ASCLA Programs

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Exclusive and Valuable ASCLA Programs

Don’t Get Sued: What Librarians are Doing to Address the Physical, Programmatic and Web-based Accessibility Barriers for People with Disabilities.
Librarians who implement accessibility policies in academic and public libraries will offer insights about how to make physical, programmatic, and online presences more accessible to people with disabilities. They will share real-world experiences addressing the everyday needs of patrons with disabilities in the library and with responding to an audit from the U.S. Department of Justice about accessibility of web pages and online resources.

At the end of the program, attendees will be able to identify resources and tools to use to help make their own libraries more accessible, as well as gain better insight on how to meet the accessibility needs of their patrons and why it’s important that they do.

This is an ideal program for Library Managers who are their library’s ADA coordinators; supervise staff members with disabilities and Library Information Technology Specialists who want to learn more about best practices for accessible web design. This program would also be of interest for all Librarians and other public services staff who want to learn how to best serve their patrons with disabilities.

Speaker:  Sandy Cohen, Nashville Public Library
                   Chris Corrigan, Library of Congress
                   Marti Goddard, San Francisco Public Library
                   Lily Sacharow, Berkeley College (NYC)
                   Deborah Tenofsky, University of Cincinnati Libraries

Date: TBA        Time:    TBA            Location:  TBA

Brought to you by the Universal Access Interest Group of ASCLA


Active Shooter Policies in Libraries
Be able to complete an environmental scan to identify potential risk areas at your library, as well as write an active shooter policy/procedure for your library. Most libraries have policies dealing with problem or unruly patrons. Find out how to protect your patrons and staff from a darker problem, someone intent on inflicting actual physical harm. The NDSL active shooter procedure will be presented as a model as well as tips for writing your policy.

This program is ideal for staff of all levels and all types of libraries including administrative.  

Speaker:  Mary Soucie, North Dakota State Library

Date:    TBA            Time: TBA            Location: TBA


Brain Stories: Sensory Connection and the Development of a Story
Activate your mind and join an interactive presentation to learn how brain connectivity influences how we are able to tell, listen, and share stories. Stories can be personal or recreational. Participants will be guided through the areas of the brain responsible for learning and sensory base experiences to understand their responsibility in assisting the diversity of learners. This presentation will be guided by evidence base brain research and Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
Upon completion, participants will be able to define and describe the areas of the brain responsible for learning and sensory experiences, conduct a learning assessment with an individual to understand their style of learning relating to Gardner's Theory. Participants will also be able to create and conduct programs for individuals to share or experience a story as it relates to how they learn.
Although this session touches on brain research and a learning theory that participants might have learned before, this session offers a new perspective on the connection between the science of the brain and the development of story, both personal and recreational.
This program would be especially helpful for youth consultants, youth librarians, and library directors.                                                 

Speaker:  Zachary Stier, ZLS Consulting, LLC & Children’s Library Director

Date:    TBA            Time:     TBA            Location: TBA


Consultants Giving Back
Consultants Giving Back provides a chance for library leaders to meet with the consultant of their choice for 30 minutes with no-strings-attached advice for their library. Top consultants volunteer their time to meet one-on-one and provide library leaders with valuable insight and problem-solving. This event features consultants with expertise in a wide variety of topics like facilitation, leadership development, facility planning, marketing, program evaluation, services to multicultural communities, youth services, and other relevant topics.

Participants will gain a new perspective, new tools to address projects and will return to their library with an action plan for their project or problem-solving. Different from a sales-pitch, this is a comfortable, non-intrusive way to become better-informed on the subject matter discussed.                                                      
Consultant:  Carson Block, Carson Block Consulting Inc.

Date:    TBA             Time:     TBA            Location: TBA        

Brought to you by the Library Consultants Interest Group of ASCLA


Library Consortia, e-books and the power of libraries: innovative shared e-book delivery models from a library consortium near you
This program will include an interactive panel discussion of the major trends in e-books and how library consortia are at the forefront of elevating libraries as a major player in the e-book market. Navigating the e-book landscape continues to present challenges for libraries. Library consortia are a critical piece in navigating the e-book landscape for libraries to become major players in providing e-books to communities to compete with the retail market. Libraries need to become THE SOURCE for e-book content and expertise to remain relevant in the digital age.
Learn about leading models from library consortia that showcase innovation and advocacy including shared collections using open source, commercial and hybrid platforms and the investigation of a national e-book platform for local content from self-published authors and independent publishers.
Participants will be able to understand and overcome the challenges of developing a consortial approach to delivering e-books, as well as gain an understanding of the leading models to provide e-books through a consortium.
Participants will learn to advocate with vendors and publishers for better access and platform development for libraries and be able to understand the need to leverage library expertise to curate and provide local content from self-published authors and independent publishers of e-books.
This program is ideal for electronic resource managers’ library consortia, directors, state library staff, consortia staff responsible for group purchase all types of libraries.          

Speakers:    Veronda Pitchford, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
                        Valerie Horton, Minitex
                        Greg Pronevitz, Massachusetts Library System
                        Michelle Bickert, Digital Public Library of America

Date: TBA            Time:     TBA            Location: TBA        

Brought to you by the Consortial E-book Interest Group


Multiple Diversities: Capturing the Experience Intersectional Identities
Join award winning authors Padma Venkatraman and others to discuss portraying people who are twice diverse. What is the experience of an Indian dancer who is an amputee? How does one write about a gay Latina? How are these experiences similar to others? How are they unique? Join us as we expand the diversity umbrella.

Our organization has been in the forefront of insisting that libraries reflect the full range of human experiences. Including people with disabilities and people in the GLBTQ communities has begun but is still often an add-on. Consideration of people who have multiple diversities is just beginning.
Participants will learn to define multiple exceptionality, multiple diversity and intersectionality.
Learn how to identify the issues facing authors who write about the disability and GLBTQ experiences that overlap other diversities. Be able to evaluate literature that addresses intersectionality and be able to make informed collection management decisions.
This is an ideal program for public service and collection development librarians in public, school, academic and special libraries, authors and publishers.                 

Speakers:     Carrie Banks, Brooklyn Public Library
                         Padma Venkatraman
                         Leigh Turina, Toronto Public Library

Date:    TBA            Time:     TBA            Location: TBA        

Brought to you by the Universal Access Interest Group of ASCLA


Reaching Out to Adults with Special Needs Through Art, Science, and Literacy.
This program will focus on techniques used to engage groups of special needs adults. It will cover outreach efforts and steps to take when collaborating with day schools that assist this user group. The program will cover how the relationship between numerous local day training schools and the New Port Richey Public Library has developed and how library use for this user group has evolved during the course of the past two years.
This program will help the participants establish:
•    Goals in partnering with local day schools for adults with special needs
•    Plan a program for adults with special needs in their community
•    Predict how the program needs to develop over the course of time
•    Survey their community and determine the needs of this user population in developing a dynamic program
•    Formulate a plan for determining the success of a program for adults with special needs
The group that would benefit from this program the most would be public librarians. The program will focus on outreach efforts from a public library perspective so the staff that would be interested in this would range from outreach librarians to programming librarians.
This program will be presented by the ASCLA/KLAD/NOD 2015 Award recipient who developed the Red Apple ATC.                                         

Speaker:  Kayla Kuni, New Port Richey (FL) Public Library

Date: TBA            Time:     TBA            Location: TBA


Skills, Empowerment, Talent: Strengthening the Massachusetts Library Community
Learn about “Project SET: Skills, Empowerment, Talent”, and how your organization can identify and cultivate new talent in your library community. Hear how MLS staff planned, implemented and assessed a professional engagement program. We will share what we learned from our successful 2015 pilot and what our plans are for the future of this program.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to do the following:
•    Create a program that can identify and cultivate new talent
•    Plan, implement and assess a successful community-building program
•    Empower library staff at levels beyond their immediate location (i.e. present at conferences, facilitate library learning, lead trainings)
•    Learn the importance of being adaptive to the needs of their library community

This is an ideal session for library associations, state and regional library agencies (library development), state library consultants, independent library consultants, library consortia and networks, county library systems, large library systems.   
Speakers:     April Mazza, Massachusetts Library System
Amanda Fauver, Massachusetts Library System
Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Library System"

Date: TBA            Time:     TBA            Location: TBA


The World of Early Literacy Training: Who, What, Where, When, Why?
Early literacy is always important and continues to be a timely topic. It is very much in the forefront not only for libraries but for states and budgeting. Politically important; there is a federal push for early literacy. There are a number of programs offered on early literacy, but this one is broader in perspective in terms of the effects of different types and formats for training on this topic.

A panel of three youth services consultants, a state library Youth Services Advisor, a ‎state library Children’s and Youth Services Consultant, a university faculty member, and a metropolitan library Public Services Administrator will discuss why early literacy trainings are important, what is involved, who should attend, different forms the training can take (Face-to-face workshops, webinars, online courses, continuing education events, professional development days, etc.) and what happens as a result of the trainings.

Participants will learn the following:
•    Learn to be able to identify a variety of training formats and articulate the strengths of each type of training
•    Be able to identify staff at a variety of levels (other than children’s staff) who should receive early literacy training, and articulate why
•    Articulate why early literacy information, programs and/or services are a critical skill set for public library staff
•    Be able to name three positive outcomes as a direct result of training.

This program is ideal for library directors and administrators, library school professors, state youth consultants, training coordinators, continuing education coordinators and children's librarians.
Speakers:     Betsy Diamont-Cohen, Mother Goose on the Loose
Saroj Ghoting,
Sue McCleaf Nespeca,  Kid Lit Plus Consulting
Susan Pannebaker, State Library of Pennsylvania
Enid Costley, Library of Virginia
Marianne Martens, Kent State University
Kethy Shahbodaghi, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Date:  TBA             Time:     TBA            Location: TBA    

Brought to you by the Youth Services Consultants Interest Group (YSCIG) of ASCLA


From Beyond Our Borders: Reliable Multilingual and Multicultural Consumer Health Resources
The stress of having medical issues can be compounded by not understanding what the doctor is saying, how the health care system works, or what the diagnosis means. This program will cover the basics of cultural competency in consumer health care librianship and resources available to those of us doing this work. It will help us address the needs of our patrons and help us be more comfortable and competent in the work.
Learning Objectives: 
Participants will be able to describe the barriers faced by a variety of cultural groups to obtain consumer health information.
Participants will be able to identify resources to meet consumer health medical needs.
Participants will learn strategies to conduct culturally competent reference interviews around health issues.

This session is geared especially for public and hospital library information professionals, such as librarians, outreach specialists, and paraprofessionals.

Speaker:  Lydia Collins, National Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office

Date:    TBA            Time:     TBA            Location: TBA  
Brought to you by the Universal Access Interest Group