ASCLA Members Create New Consortial E-Books Interest Group

ASCLA members recently approved a petition to create a new Interest Group: Consortial E-Books.

The purpose of the ASCLA Consortial E-Books Interest Group is to provide a regular forum for consortial discussion and to meet at Annual and Midwinter conferences. We believe that consortia represent a large segment of libraries, and we think that acting as consortia we can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the e-book landscape evolves. We welcome any type of library or library agency as well as consortia.

The Consortial E-Books Interest Group leadership team for 2014-2015 is:
Deirdre Brennan, Executive Director of the RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and
Veronda Pitchford, Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing, RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System.
To join this new interest group, complete the form here:
You may also want to join their online discussion group, which is open to all. To subscribe, send an email to with the following subject:

subscribe ascla-igceb firstname lastname
(replace firstname and lastname above with your first and last names.) Do not put anything in the body of the message.


Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD)

Our Interest Group is only a little over a year old. Already we have about 30 members, but more are definitely welcome. There is lots of work to do to promote a national conversation about the importance of providing library services directly to people with dementia, not just to their caregivers.

Four Interest Group members (Melanie Blau-McDonald, Erik Johansen, Tal Hurwitz, and Mary Beth Riedner) facilitated a ConverStation at the PLA Annual Conference on March 13, 2014 in Indianapolis. The topic of the ConverStation was “Providing Services to People with Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias”. Thirty-five librarians excitedly reported on what they are already doing with this population and brainstormed ideas for further services. A compiled list of existing programs and services will be available soon.

This year’s work will focus on developing guidelines for services to the growing number of Americans with Alzheimer’s & related dementias. These guidelines will use the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dementia (2007) as a starting point. It has been suggested that we work closely with RUSA, which is also in the process of updating its guidelines for serving the senior population.

The Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia’s Interest Group also submitted an application to facilitate a Conversation Starter at ALA’s 2014 conference in Las Vegas.

Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Mary Beth Riedner (Chair) at


Report form Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group

We had a wonderful time at Midwinter in Philadelphia. A few of us met for lunch at Maggiano’s on Saturday. We are very much looking forward to ALA Annual in Vegas. Hoping to meet more of you there. This group will have an official scheduled meeting at the conference and will have an informal social brunch/lunch somewhere tasty. For the program Online Inside: Justification, Issues and Solutions for Digital Literacy in Correctional Settings, a few of us will be on the panel.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact LSID Leader, Elizabeth Marshak,