ASCLA at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

President's Program | Preconferences | Signature events

June 25-30, 2015 in San Francisco, CA

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Public librarians, consultants, state librarians are among some of the groups to find ASCLA’s Annual Conference programs innovative and valuable. This year’s events address trending issues and themes such as universal accessibility, resources and outreach for incarcerated youth and people with disabilities, and transforming library instruction into connected learning

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ASCLA President’s Program:





Charlene Li

Join ASCLA for a thoughtful discussion about social media and technologies with keynote speaker Charlene Li, expert on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing. Ms. Li is the founder of Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell. Learn more at

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Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015, Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: TBD

ASCLA Preconferences:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) In Your Library
The training staff of the Pacific ADA Center has tailored this preconference training program for the specialized needs libraries face with ADA questions and issues. Preconference session topics will include:

  •  An overview of the ADA – who and what does it cover?
  •  Excellent customer service skills and appropriate terminology to use with library patrons with disabilities
  •  Effective communication with patrons who have vision and hearing disabilities
  •  Accessible technology and how libraries can use it
  •  Hiring and accommodation of library staff with disabilities
  •  The basics about service animals
  •  The ADA quiz - how much do you know?

This preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA. Co-Sponsored by Universal Access and Library Services for People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Groups. Register here.

  • Erica C. Jones, Executive Director, Pacific ADA Center
  • Lewis Kraus, Deputy Director, Pacific ADA Center
  • Jan Garrett, Program Manager, Pacific ADA Center
  • Judith Stark, Accessible Information Technology Specialist, Pacific ADA Center 
Facilitator:   Christopher Corrigan

Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Location: TBD

Looking to the Future: Strategic Foresight and Scenario Planning
Go beyond trend spotting and learn how professional futurists leverage strategic foresight tools and approaches to look and see the big picture of where we are headed. Join our presenters, two consultants trained in Foresight by the University of Houston, as they lead hands-on activities where you will learn tools and techniques you can leverage for creating future scenarios at your own organization. This preconference will have maximum value for those interested in strategic planning, scenario planning, trend-spotting, futurism and anticipating significant changes that lie ahead. Co-Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries and the Future of Libraries Interest Group.  Register here.


  • Jamie Hollier, MLS., Consultant
  • Jen Chang, MLS., JD., Consultant. 

Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Location: TBD

The A to Z of RFPs: Writing, Responding, Evaluating, and Awarding Requests for Proposals
Managing a courier service requires a thorough understanding of the request for proposals (RFPs) process, from writing them through awarding them. Take advantage of the in-depth knowledge and experience this group of managers and directors have garnered through creating, responding to, evaluating, and awarding RFPs, as well as assessing performance once the RFP has been awarded. Brought to you by the Physical Delivery Interest Group. Register here.

  • Jim Minges, Principal - Minges and Associates
  • Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director - Massachusetts Library System
  • Mark Sullivan, Executive Director - IDS Project - SUNY Geneseo
  • Jane Plass, Associate Executive Director - Reaching Across Illinois Library System, (RAILS)
  • Kathleen Drozd, Assistant Director – MINITEX, University of Minnesota
  • Kristine Ferry, Head Access Services University California, Irvine Libraries
  • Sarah Troy, Head Access Services University California, Santa Cruz 
Moderator:  Jim Pletz, Director, The Library Network

Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: TBD

Network, Celebrate & Socialize:

ASCLA 101: Network, Get Oriented, Get Involved! 
ASCLA: a small but mighty division! With more than 800 members national and worldwide, ASCLA is home to library consultants, and those that work in state, public, government, prison, and special libraries and cooperatives. Come meet some of our members and hear what they have to say about ASCLA and our diverse Interest Groups and volunteer opportunities. Add to my schedule.

Speaker: Lily Sacharow

Date: Saturday, June 28, Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Location: TBA

Awards Appreciation Reception
Hang out with your ASCLA colleagues and celebrate this year's award winners at the ASCLA/COSLA awards and networking reception. All conference attendees and guests are invited to this event! Co-sponsored by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).  Add to my schedule.

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM, Location: TBA

Business As Usual:

Barring executive sessions, all of the following meetings are open and any individual registered for the 2015 Annual Conference may sit in on the meeting.

Board of Directors
All conference registrants are invited to attend the board meetings as our honored guests. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect group for ASCLA board. If you or your constituency develops an action item or document for board consideration, please give it to the ASCLA staff by noon the day preceding the board meeting.

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Board I – Saturday, June 27, Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Location: TBA
Board II – Monday, June 29, Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: TBA

All Committee
ASCLA committees may meet during this time to conduct business to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to ASCLA. Add to my schedule

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Location: TBA

Exclusive and Valuable ASCLA Programs:

What is a Consultant, Really?
Gain a better understanding of what library consulting is and the many types. The field of Library Consultant is a growing field in the library profession and a viable career choice not just for retirees anymore.  Contract consulting is more popular in this time of tightening budgets allowing libraries to hire project specific library professionals for short or long term projects such as:

  • building or remodeling their buildings or
  • completing cataloging projects or
  • creating software specific to that library or
  • creating unique webinars at less cost than expensive “canned” programs and many more.

State libraries and consortia are hiring consultants as permanent staff, offering their services to libraries on a case by case basis.  The unique and often complicated definition of consultant is a moving target and this panel discussion will help solidify what this often misunderstood sector of the library profession really is. Ideal for anyone currently consulting or interested in becoming a consultant. Brought to you by the Library Consultants Interest Group, (LCIG). 

Date: TBA, Location: TBA, Add to my schedule

AIDS in the End Zone: Working with Incarcerated Youth to Create a Graphic Novel on HIV/AIDS Prevention
An easily replicable program for librarians working with incarcerated youth and adults. The program being presented was based on working with incarcerated youth to create an HIV/AIDS prevention tool. Attendees will learn how they can work with teens and adults to create graphic novels on any topic in their libraries and / or classrooms. At the end of the program, interested attendees will learn how incarcerated youth in their facilities can participate in a future phase of the AIDS in the End Zone project.

  • Karen Gavigan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Kendra Albright, Associate Professor,School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
Date: TBA, Location: TBA, Add to my schedule.

Gaming for All:  Level the Playing Field for People with Disabilities
As gaming becomes a common item on the menu of library programs, we need to look at how to include all of our patrons and how to reach emerging audiences such as people with disabilities, aging baby boomers, veterans, and many others can enjoy getting their game on with a few tweaks and some planning if we are willing to try it.At the end of the program, attendees will be able to identify the barriers facing potential gamers, as well as identify proven strategies for marketing barrier free gaming.
Brought to you by the ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group, ASCLA Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Interest Group, ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group, ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group.

  • Judy Kamilhor, Coordinator Older Adult Services, Brooklyn Public Library,
  • Mark Barlet, Executive Director/Founder, AbleGamers Foundation
  • John Huth, Teen Librarian, Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Brooklyn Public Library
  • Rachel Meit, Regional Librarian-DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped,
  • Manger - Adaptive Services Department, DC Public Library
Moderator:    Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library

Date: TBA, Location: TBA, Add to my schedule.

Next Chapter Book Club, (NCBC): A Community-based Model for Engaging People with Disabilities
This presentation is timely in that it is responsive to numerous inquiries received by NCBC from libraries seeking an alternative approach to engaging people with developmental disabilities. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of literacy/lifelong learning, socialization, and community participation for people with developmental disabilities and can begin to take necessary steps in establishing an NCBC program in their community.  

  • Thomas Fish, Ph.D., Director of Social Work and Family Support Services, (Founder/Director, Next Chapter Book Club), The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • Linda Holtslander, Division Manager – Programming, Loudoun County Public Library
  • Jillian Ober, Program Manager, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • Deborah Motley, Independent Consultant
  • Mary Pellicano, Librarian, Loudoun County Public Schools
Date: TBA, Location: TBA, Add to my schedule

Consultants Give Back
Don’t miss this is an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions from professional library consultants.

This event features consultants with expertise in a wide variety of topics like facilitation, leadership development and succession planning, library facility planning, marketing strategy, privacy, social media, program evaluation, services to multicultural communities, services to children, tweens and teens and other relevant topics. It’s an excellent opportunity for public libraries, state libraries and other types of libraries to test drive library consulting services. Brought to you by the Library Consultant's Interest Group, (LCIG).

Speaker: Carson Block

Date: TBA, Location: TBA, Add to my Schedule.

Introduction to Conference & Event Planning for Librarians
Attendees will be learn to how to identify basic evaluation characteristics of a potential conference site;  create a checklist of planning activities to ensure a successful event;  be able to implement a competitive application process; and  know common negotiation issues involved with conference centers, hotels, and other related vendors. Ideal for those who have responsibilities in planning an event from start to finish; identifying site locations to holding of final event. Brought to you by the State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group, (LDIG).

Speaker: Jeff Slagell, Dean of Libraries at Delta State University

Date: TBA, Location: TBA, Add to my Schedule

Transforming the Sense of Wonder: The Library as a Community Science Center
Gain an understanding for the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and collaboration of State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) and partner organizations. At the end of this program attendees will understand how to collaborate with outside non-profits for STEM programming. Brought to you by the State Library Agencies - Library Development Interest Group, (LDIG). 

Speaker: Cynthia Randall

Date: TBA, Location: TBA, Add to my Schedule

Tour of the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center
Come tour the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, where the facility is dedicated to providing justice for children, protecting the community all the while balancing the interests of both.  Brought to you by the Library Services for Youth in Custody Interest Group (LSYCIG).  

Cost: Free
Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM. 
Location: 375 Woodside Ave. Tour meet at the main entrance, marked JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER, (not the Superior Court entrance) at 9 am. The tour will end at the same location at 10:30am.
Transit Directions: Take BART to Glen Park station, then take MUNI route 44 or 52 outbound and get off at the intersection of Woodside and Portola. Upon boarding, ask the driver to announce the Juvenile Justice Center stop.
Parking: Limited free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

*Each individual must complete a registration form and must bring photo ID to be admitted to the facility*

Tour Registration Here

Please note: No purses, keys, phones, cameras, or bags are allowed in the facility. Very limited locker storage space may be available. All participants must pass through a metal detector. All participants must carry a photo ID on them.