Archive for March 27th, 2012

Message from the ASCLA President

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Dear ASCLA Members:

What an exciting ALA Midwinter Conference for ASCLA!  The drafts of both the Interest Group Guidebook and the Consultants’ Code of Ethics are moving forward.  The ASCLA/COSLA reception was lovely.  Many of the formal discussions of committees and interest groups were carried on more informally at the reception.  Also, ASCLA’s strategic plan was finalized and approved, incorporating your thoughts from the member survey.

Speaking of the survey, the board has heard from you loudly and clearly that you are looking for more networking opportunities.  To this end, we are moving the ASCLA/COSLA reception at the ALA Annual Conference to Saturday, June 23rd at 5:45-7:30 p.m., immediately after the ASCLA board meeting.  Thanks to our event supporter, Novelist’s LibraryAware, we will be able to offer heartier hors d’oeuvres after an exhausting afternoon of quality programming.  Following COSLA’s greetings and the unveiling of ASCLA’s awards, the rest of the social will be devoted to networking time.   We envision people grouping around the topics that interest them the most:  e-books, fundraising, marketing, advocacy, etc.  The ASCLA membership committee has some surprises in store for us as well!

I hope you will be able to join us at ALA Annual for the ASCLA/COSLA networking social.  If you are not able to get to the annual conference, please participate in ASCLA in other ways– through webinars, online courses, committee or interest group calls and chats.  Look for information about attending ASCLA board meetings by conference calling as well.  ASCLA needs your thoughts and ideas.

Best wishes,

Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian and ASCLA President

A Message from the Interface Editor

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Be careful what you ask for!

Since I took over as Editor of Interface, I have been asking, cajoling, begging, SCREAMING for content from the officers and members of ASCLA. All my wishes have finally come true! Thanks to everyone who wrote the great content in this issue. It is wonderful to see so many things going on for the members of ASCLA. There are so many people who cannot make it to the Annual Conference–Interface is one way for all of us to share our accomplishments, ideas, and hopes for the future.

The next issue of Interface will be the Pre-Conference issue. The deadline is April 15. Please keep my wishes coming!

Anne K. Abate, Interface Editor

ASCLA Member News

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

ASCLA Member Carrie Banks has been named one of the Movers and Shakers for 2012.  You can see the full list here:

ASCLA Member Anne Abate has been selected to be the next Chair of the CPLA Certification Review Committee.  Her term will begin at the end of the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.

Have you made the news?  Have you been appointed to a committee?  Do you have anything else to tell the ASCLA members?  Send it in to the Interface editor for the next issue!

Raising the Speed Limit in Idaho

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Submitted by Gina Persichini, Networking Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries

According to a 2011 report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an estimated 232,000 Idahoans—primarily in the state’s vast rural areas—do not have high-speed Internet access. But the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) has taken the lead to help close that gap with an initiative to increase broadband Internet connectivity in public libraries throughout the state. Thanks to grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in 55 of Idaho’s least connected public libraries Internet connectivity has been increased to an average of 11 Mbps, up from an average of 1.5 Mbps, and 530 new computers have been installed.

Expanding public access technology

Nearly 70% of Idaho’s 141 public library locations are their community’s only free Internet access point. Now, access to high-speed Internet sources is within the reach of many Idahoans at their public libraries. Last year, for example, the public library in Preston, ID received 11 Mbps of broadband Internet connectivity and 12 new computers. The library in Sandpoint, ID received 45 Mbps and 22 new computers through Idaho’s “online @ your library” BTOP project. Libraries report that they are now able to do online training that wasn’t possible before the expanded broadband, and their users are thrilled with the faster capabilities. Some users with Internet access at home come to the library because it’s faster.

In addition to increased broadband access and additional computers provided through the grants, most of the libraries eligible for the connectivity upgrades received Wi-Fi equipment to enable people who bring their own computers to the library to access the Internet.

Expanding resources

In addition to expanding broadband and public access technology in the state’s least connected libraries, ICfL is partnering with other state agencies to bring a whole new world of online resources to residents throughout the state. Building on the statewide electronic reference tools at Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) program, Idahoans can now access e-government, employment, education, and job-skills resources through libraries’ public computing centers and through the Commission’s portal at

New BTOP-funded online resources introduced to Idahoans through “online @ your library” include:

  • Scout Video Collections with short videos/animations for every school subject and full-length Idaho Public Television programs about Idaho.
  • Maximize Your Job Search, an online workshop and workbook developed by the Idaho Department of Labor with tips for networking, the hidden job market, using social media, and more—in English and Spanish.
  • LearningExpress Library (LEL), an online learning center with study guides and practice tests for GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, CLEP and more; job-skill tutorials; career certification preparation; and computer skills training.


“online @ your library” BTOP partners include the Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Public Television, Idaho Professional-Technical Education/Adult Basic Education, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON). Our BTOP partners have provided resources, collaborative opportunities, promotion, and other support. Throughout the project we have connected project partners and libraries at the local level, beginning with a statewide project launch in November 2010 and continuing with spring 2011 statewide “Connecting Resources & Partners Workshops” to provide hands-on access to the new online resources for libraries and their community partners.

We are currently in the middle of 25 statewide “Credible Connections” workshops that provide opportunities for libraries and community leaders to network and explore resources that can be leveraged to address local economic development as well as college and career readiness for Idaho students. Along with library staff, representatives from USDA Rural Development, Department of Labor, Adult Basic Education, local economic development groups, city officials, school officials, and Small Business Development Centers have participated. Conversations have been enlightening, connections meaningful, and next steps enthusiastically planned.

As another result of the partnership with Labor, many BTOP-connectivity libraries were able in summer 2011 to offer additional help to their computer users in the form of digital literacy tutors hired through Labor’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-funded Idaho Youth Corps. This program will be expanded in summer 2012 to include all interested public libraries.

Down the road

ICfL continues to build on partnerships with other agencies and organizations and provide opportunities and encouragement for public libraries to do the same with their local partners. We continue to promote statewide the expanded public access technology and online resources available through Idaho public libraries.

Not every home needs broadband Internet for everyone to connect to Web resources,” says State Librarian Ann Joslin. “Free public access computing at the library has the potential to efficiently provide the connection. Online resources that focus on job skills, education, and health help economic development. It’s exciting to see how a rural community might be revitalized as people come to their local public library to get online.”

See more about the “online @ your library” project at .

New York Research Analysis Documents Positive Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012


The New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC)/RMC Research Corporation, in consultation with the New York State Education Department, the New York State Library and the New York Library Association has produced a new publication entitled, Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement. This comprehensive brief provides a current and rigorous research analyses which demonstrates the positive impact that school libraries and school librarians have in advancing student learning.  

The Executive Summary notes that “Based on the conclusions from the research cited in the brief, it is clear that school libraries play an important role in student achievement, curriculum development, and instruction. Through political and fiscal state support, effective school library programs can serve as consistent drivers for student achievement in times of constant change and churning educational reform.” The full NYCC publication and the executive summary may be found at: or at 

By referencing numerous studies conducted throughout the United States, the brief illustrates the importance of school libraries in the lives of all students, particularly when it comes to literacy, college and career readiness, assessment and graduation rates. The brief is framed around the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. The Executive Summary will be published in the Spring edition of “In Transition,” the journal of the New York State Middle School Association.

The New York Comprehensive Center is one of 16 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. NYCC works with the New York State Education Department to support education leaders and encourage student achievement. For more information about NYCC, visit:

The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States for more than 185 years.  One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the New York State Education Department and is located in Albany, New York.  For more information about the New York State Library, visit:  For more information about the New York State Education Department, visit: .

New Website for Library Services for Youth in Custody

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Submitted by Camden Tadhg, Acquisitions & Youth Institutions Consultant, Institutional Library Development, Colorado State Library

Do you serve youth in detention and correctional facilities? Are you interested in working with this highly-disenfranchised and incredibly rewarding population? Then check out the newly launched website of Library Services for Youth in Custody at !

All across America, youth are incarcerated or detained with little or no access to high-interest, culturally relevant library materials or engaging programming. Research has shown that free and independent reading is the number one tool to improve literacy, a vital component to reducing recidivism. Because youth come from and will return to all communities, library services for these youth are vital to everyone. This site is designed to share best practices and facilitate networking between people providing library services to incarcerated and detained youth and to encourage everyone to promote and support high quality library services to incarcerated youth in their communities.

American Foundation for the Blind New Website

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss, has launched a redesign of its main website, The new site offers a more interactive, engaging experience, making it easier for visitors to locate information on the topics that interest them.

Like the former AFB website, the new is fully accessible to people with vision loss. Visitors can change colors, font, and font size to increase content readability.

On the new site, visitors will find:

  • A new information architecture that improves navigability via a cleaner design
  • Slideshows that highlight news, events, and resources on living with vision loss
  • New and enhanced ways to engage with AFB through public policy campaigns and social networking channels
  • The ability to easily share content by e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter
  • In-depth descriptions of more than 1,600 agencies and organizations that offer services to people with vision loss, available for free for the first time through AFB’s Directory of Services online

Volunteers Wanted

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The new ASCLA is so many good things: fun, kind, networking, innovative-thinking, and full of futurists just to name a few. ASCLA also has the best mission at ALA! Our new interest groups are a force for this new energy–volunteer for ASCLA and participate in our interest groups!

Did you know that the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, as a small and mighty division of ALA, has excellent opportunities for you to become involved? There’s lots of room in our leadership ranks for you to collaborate, contribute and become a champion.
As an ASCLA volunteer, you will:

  • Support our advocacy efforts on behalf of the libraries, librarians and library users our members serve, including incarcerated adults and youth; the blind, deaf and hard of hearing; those with learning disabilities and other special populations.
  • Make direct contributions to the quest for equitable access to information and library services for all library users.
  • Participate in the development of online learning, conference programming, workshops, and other continuing education opportunities.
  • Help cultivate interest groups that represent the diverse interests of our membership.
  • Be a leader! It’s a great way to network with other influential colleagues and to gain valuable leadership experience.

Please consider volunteering for one or more committee to help us make our mission and vision a reality! Virtual members are encouraged and welcomed.

Volunteering can be done in just two quick and easy steps:

Remember, you must be an ASCLA member in order to volunteer for committee positions, with your membership current for the duration of your volunteer term. ASCLA dues are $50 annually plus the cost of ALA membership.

We look forward to your participation!

Upcoming ASCLA Webinars: Effective Facilitation, Digital Preservation Planning

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

ASCLA has two upcoming webinars we want you to know about: “Digital Preservation Planning” and “Being an Effective Facilitator”.

Register online now for these and other webinars. Group registration information is available here. Questions about registration? Contact the ALA registration team at

Digital Preservation Planning

Monday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. Central (Chicago) Time

This one hour webinar will introduce you to the key concepts for digital preservation planning. Included in the webinar will be an introduction to the standards underlying preservation planning and digital preservation solutions and services.

Presenters: Liz Bishoff, Tom Clareson 

Being an Effective Facilitator

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 2:00-3:30 p.m. Central (Chicago) Time

Want to run better meetings or lead better planning discussions? You can be a more effective facilitator! Learn how to improve group participation and productivity. Focus groups… Staff meetings… Brainstorming sessions… Learning sessions…  All of these activities require an effective facilitator. Who makes an effective facilitator? You! With some knowledge about group dynamics, learning styles, and models for running meetings and group sessions, you can be a great facilitator. Discover ways to improve participation and productivity. Both face-to-face sessions and online sessions will be discussed.

Presenter: Brenda Hough 

Registration Rates

●      Individual registration fees: start at $40 for ASCLA members

●      Group rates: $99 single login, $38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

●      State Libraries who are members of ASCLA: $69 for a single login or $29/person for multiple logins (min. 2 people)

For questions about your membership status, contact or (800) 545-2433, option 5.

Explore libraries, pubs, and historic sites of Ireland with ASCLA in 2012

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

ASCLA is following up its sold-out Paris trip with a fall trip to Ireland in 2012, inviting you to join us as we explore the emerald isle, its castles, libraries and important historic sites. The trip will run October 4-12, 2012 and will include hotels and transportation to Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Cobh, and Killarney; four dinners; tours of the National Library and the Killarney Library, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Powerscourt Gardens, Kilkenny and Blarney Castles and the Ring of Kerry. Participants will also tour Waterford Crystal, visit the heritage center in Cobh to learn more about important Irish historical events such as the mass migration of Irish to America and throw back a pint at a pub established in 1703. Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

This Irish adventure is a follow up to ASCLA’s sold-out trip to Paris, which will take flight in late April 2012. A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefit ASCLA. All those interested in coming along on this exciting trip are welcome to attend regardless of membership status. An informational brochure is available for download at the ASCLA website.

For the tour of Ireland, deposits in the amount of $1,000 are due by June 1, 2012 with the balance due by August 15, 2012. Checks should be made payable to Lyceum Tours and sent to Lyceum Tours, 11 Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield, N.J., 08033. Questions about the trip? Contact the ASCLA office at or (312) 280-4395, or Lyceum Tours at (856) 795-9044.

ASCLA Preconferences Tackle Important Topics

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will host three half-day workshops in at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim covering library marketing and development, public library services to the visually and physically impaired and public library partnerships with jails and prisons. These preconferences highlight a few of ASCLA’s areas of expertise and are an opportunity for other members of the library community to benefit from this knowledge and experience. This year’s topics are particularly relevant to public libraries, public librarians and library supporters, but all interested participants are welcome and can register for these events with or without registering for the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.


Conference registration information is available here at the ALA Annual Conference website, www.alaannual.orgThis year’s ASCLA Annual Conference workshops are:


“The Outspoken Library: A Gateway for Public Libraries to Services for the Visually and Physically Impaired 

Friday, June 22, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Looking for inventive ideas for promoting library services? The New Jersey State Library developed “The Outspoken Library” to promote free online services that are available for print-disabled people. This program allows library customers to access services administered through the State Library’s Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC), including audio newspapers (TBBC’s Audiovision and NFB’s Newsline) and the Library of Congress’s Braille and Audio Reading Download service. Find out how to establish and market these valuable resources. Who should attend: Libraries whose customers and communities include individuals who qualify for services from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, including public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries and NLS regional and subregional libraries.

Registration Rates:

Jan. 3 through May 13: ASCLA members, $109; ALA members, $129; non-members, $149; Student and Retired ALA members, $99.

May 14 through June 15: ASCLA members, $129; ALA members, $149; non-members, $169; Student and Retired ALA members, $109.

Register online now.

Speakers: Adam Szczepaniak, associate state librarian and director, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center; Elizabeth Burns, youth services consultant for the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center; Brian Auger, director, Somerset County Library System


“The Nuts & Bolts of Building a Public Library/Jail/Prison Partnership

Friday, June 22, 8:00 a.m.-noon

Hear from speakers who have successfully built public library/correctional setting partnerships and learn how to build these kinds of relationships step by step. Public librarians and correctional librarians interested in creating literacy and reading program partnerships for youth in detention centers and adults in jails or prisons will not want to miss this half-day workshop that will cover such difficult issues of collection development, security and staff interactions. Who should attend: Public librarians and correctional librarians interested on creating literacy and reading program partnerships for youth and adults in jails or prisons.

Registration Rates:

Jan. 3 through May 13: ASCLA members, $109; ALA members, $129; non-members, $149; Student and Retired ALA members, $99.

May 14 through June 15: ASCLA members, $129; ALA members, $149; non-members, $169; Student and Retired ALA members, $109.

Register online now.

Speakers: Kathleen Houlihan, youth outreach librarian, Austin Public Library, Second Change Books; Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Write to Read program Juvenile Hall Literacy


“A Marriage Made in Heaven:  Combining Marketing and Development to Ensure the Future of Your Library

Friday, June 22, 8:00 a.m.-noon

Has your library stalled in its attempt to develop a fundraising strategy? Are you trying to raise the awareness of the value your library offers your community? It may be time to start a library champion campaign. Two years ago, the New Jersey State Library launched a public awareness campaign designed to attract famous athletes and authors to serve as Library Champions and, with the help of marketing and development teams, leveraged those champions into an effective fund raising vehicle. Workshop participants will learn 1) how to recruit celebrity champions and local heroes to promote your library; 2) how to leverage library champions, build a donor database and raise big money for your library; 3) how to build a donor development strategy for everyone in your library; and 4) the essential publications your library must produce to secure funders. Who should attend: Public and special library directors, development staff, public relations staff, foundation members, trustees

Registration Rates:

Through May 13: ASCLA members, $109; ALA members, $129; non-members, $149; Student and Retired ALA members, $99.

May 14 through June 15: ASCLA members, $129; ALA members, $149; non-members, $169; Student and Retired ALA members, $109.

Register online now.

Speakers: Nancy Dowd and Erin MacCord

ASCLA Programs and Events at ALA Annual Conference

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

We have lots of exciting programming coming up at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim! A list of program titles is below. You can get more information about these programs at the ASCLA website. This year’s ASCLA President’s Program: Duct Tape Marketing and Advocacy will feature John Jantasch, author of “Duct Tape Marketing” and “The Referral Engine”. Jantasch will apply his “marketing as system, not as event” theory to libraries as a part of this program, which will take place from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Sunday, June 24.

We’re also looking forward to seeing you at the ASCLA/COSLA reception, which is scheduled on a new day and time: Saturday, June 23, 5:30-7:30pm! Our annual awards presentation will kick off at 5:45, and after that we’ll have networking activities. More details on this event to come, but in the meantime please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

A preliminary Annual Conference schedule is available here.  This year’s ASCLA programs are:

●      ASCLA President’s Program: Duct Tape Marketing and Advocacy, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-noon

●      Writing a Way Out: The Success of Writing Programs in Correctional Settings, Saturday, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

●      Patron Driven Acquisition in Consortia, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon

●      Innovative Programs Impacting Rural and Urban Libraries Funded Through LSTA: Preschool Connections, Mother Goose Alive, and Brain Boxes Collaboration, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–noon

●      Successful Collaboration in Good Times and Bad, Saturday 10:30 a.m.–noon

●      Library of the Future, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

●      Touching Literacy:  iPads in the School Library Serving Incarcerated and Detained Youth, Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

●      Train the Technology Trainer: Developing 21st Century Library Staff, Monday, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

●      Virtual Faiths: Cooperative Digitization Projects, Monday, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

●      Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding Groups, Monday, 10:30 a.m.-noon

●      Locked Up!: Go Inside a Juvenile Detention Center, Monday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Join an ASCLA Interest Group

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

For your convenience, we list the current ASCLA Interest Groups and their leaders.  If you would like more information on any of these groups, please contact the leader. Clicking on the name of any of these groups will take you to their Connect page where you can learn how to join.

ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group

Leader: Peggy Cadigan,

ASCLA ICAN Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group  

Leader: Sheryl Knab,


ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking) Collaborative Digitization Interest Group  

Co-Leader: Jason P. Kucsma,


ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking) Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group  

Leader: Scherelene L. Schatz,


ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking) Physical Delivery Interest Group

Co-Leader: Gregory Pronevitz,

Co-Leader: Mr. James E. Pletz,


ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group

Leader: Carol Desch,


ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody (LSSP)

Leader: Kathleen Kerr Houlihan,


ASCLA LSSP Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group

Leader: Alice Hagemeyer,


ASCLA LSSP (Libraries Serving Special Populations) LSSP Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group  

Leader: Ruth Nussbaum,


ASCLA LSSP Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained

Leader: Diane Walden,


ASCLA LSSP Universal Access Interest Group

Leader: Marti Goddard,


ASCLA SLA State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group

Leader: Gina Persichini,  


ASCLA SLA (State Library Agencies)/LSTA Coordinators Interest Group

Leader: Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer,



ASCLA SLA (State Library Agencies) Youth Services Consultants Interest Group

Leader: Sharon Rawlins,



Physical Delivery Interest Group

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Submitted by Jim Pletz, Director, The Library Network 

The ASCLA Physical Delivery Interest Group will be having a conference call to discuss Inter State Delivery. Please mark your calendar for Monday, April 2, 2012 to join in on this FREE conference call. The call will be at 1:00 p.m. ET (Noon Central/11:00 a.m. Mountain/10:00 a.m. Pacific). Free Telephone Number: 866 740 1260
Access Code 2813830.

The  Physical Delivery Interest Group met at the Midwinter Conference in Dallas on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Greg Pronevitz and Jim Pletz served as co-chairs of the Interest Group for the meeting. Some of the items discussed included:

  • National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Recommended Practices on Physical Delivery of Library Resources
  • Physical Delivery/Rethinking Resource Sharing Joint Pre-Conference Program (Chicago – 2013)
  • New Model of Delivery Service in Massachusetts
  • New York State RFP for Delivery Services

The Future of Libraries–New ASCLA Interest Group

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

ASCLA has a fantastic new interest group: The Future of Libraries. This exciting new group will be examining different service models, new technologies, considering what trends may impact the future and investigating questions such as:

  • What will be real and what will be virtual?
  • What will make for a successful service?
  • What roles and skill will be absolutely necessary for information professionals?

This group plans to submit a recommendation to the ASCLA President for two areas that they think libraries should focus on to increase their value and insure their viability in the future.

Join this awesome new group today! Go here: and click on the “join” button to become a member of this group. You do not need to be an ASCLA member to join.

ASCLA Board Meetings at ALA Annual

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The ASCLA Board meets two times during the ALA Annual Conference. All members are encouraged to attend and learn more about how ASCLA is governed. The following is the schedule for the ASCLA board meetings in Anaheim for the 2012 ALA Conference:

ASCLA Board I: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT 

ASCLA Board II: Monday, June 25, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Please note that Board II will be listed in the program book as 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., however it will not actually start until 9:00 a.m.

All Committee Meeting at Annual Conference

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Do you want to become more active in ASCLA? It’s easy to do! Just show up at the ASCLA All Committee Meeting during the Annual Conference and join in.

If you have never attended one of these in the past, it could be quite daunting. You will enter a large room with about a dozen round tables. At most of these, there will be five or six people chatting away. Don’t let this deter you! Walk up to a table, and ask which committee is meeting there. Most committees will grab you faster than you can imagine! Help is needed in all areas.

The ASCLA All Committee meeting will be on Sunday, June 24, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until about 5:30 p.m. Check the program booklet or the online planner for the exact location. This is your year to become more involved!

ASCLA Online Training Needs Assessment Survey–Please Participate

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

ASCLA is in the process of upgrading its online training offerings in order to better serve the diverse needs of the members. We need your input now to be able to meet your specific online training needs. Even if you don’t ever expect to attend sessions, we would like your opinions. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Any information you include will be managed confidentially. We are committed to continuous improvement in all areas of our association and your participation in this survey is very much appreciated. Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact the ASCLA office ( if you have any questions.

You can access the survey at this link:

Transform Your Library: Top-Notch Service for All Users!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Is your library reaching all of its users with effective services, a welcoming environment and knowledgeable staff? ASCLA offers expertise in serving special populations. Take advantage of this expertise: enroll in one of our upcoming webinars or online courses to gain valuable knowledge that will help transform your library’s services to Latino populations, the blind and visually impaired, and people with disabilities. Learn more below, or visit our online learning page to find out about all of our upcoming opportunities.

For any questions regarding these learning opportunities, contact or (800) 545-2433, option 5.

WEBINAR: Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired in Your Library 

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Central Time


The need for services to the blind and visually impaired is relevant to all libraries. This webinar will introduce the Service Frontiers in BVIP Initiative for blind and visually impaired patrons. During the session we will review the definition of blindness; explore disability etiquette; and learn where the blind are and how to attract them with our library services. Service Frontiers in BVIP is a first-of-its-kind in the U.S. and we will create a successful model for public libraries around the country. This program will focus on developing partnerships –between libraries and the blind & visually impaired community– which will promote an ongoing exchange of needs, ideas and solutions for improving library services to this underserved population.

Who Should Attend: Public and academic Librarians; library staff communicating and serving this community; reference librarians identifying and delivering information materials to this community; web developers interested in gaining a practical understanding of Section 508.

Instructor: Buna Dahal, internationally acclaimed leadership strategist, ADA consultant, and secretary for the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado

Registration starts at $40 for ASCLA members. Single-login group rates are $99.


ONLINE COURSE: Improving Library Services to People With Disabilities

Apr. 23 – May 18, 2012

Two live course chat meetings: Thursday, May 3 & 17, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. CENTRAL/Chicago Time

REGISTER NOW. Previous course offerings have sold out!

Library services to people with disabilities are provided by all levels of library staff.  From the part-time aide charging out library materials to the library director determining policies, staff skills and attitudes are crucial for a satisfactory library experience. All libraries have a plan for serving people with disabilities, whether it is the installation of ramps or the creation of special needs story times. But improvements are always possible. Library staff who enroll will review the current level of service to people with disabilities then explore materials and sources that provide additional support or new ideas.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is designed for all library staff, including support staff, general professional staff, age-level or subject specialists, managers and administrators.

Instructor: Kate Todd has worked as a children’s librarian for The New York Public Library and as Emerging Technologies Librarian for Manhattanville College, where she also taught “Technology for Special Education” in the graduate School of Education. She also taught the popular ALSC online course “Children with Disabilities in the Library.”

Registration starts at $130 for ASCLA members. Group rates for multiple registrations from the same library, library system or network are available!

WEBINAR: Creating a Latino Friendly Library

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Central Time


Latino communities continue to grow and we continue to puzzle over how to get this significant segment of our communities into the library. This webinar will introduce practical and simple techniques that libraries of all sizes can use to begin the process of making Latinos feel welcome and comfortable in the library. Participants will learn how to work with and challenge the language and cultural barriers that keep Latinos from using the library.

Who Should Attend: Anyone whose library serves Latino/Spanish-speaking populations and who is interested in implementing a plan to bring more Latinos into the library and make them feel welcome.

Instructor: Yolanda J. Cuesta, lead consultant at Cuesta MultiCultual Consulting

Registration starts at $40 for ASCLA members. Single-login group rates are $99.