ASCLA Interest Groups

ASCLA Interest Groups
Interest Group Resources
Join an Interest Group
Join an Online Discussion Group
What Interest Groups Do

How to Join an Interest Group

To join an interest group, simply do one of the following:

1.      Call MACS (ALA’s member services department) at the following number: 1-800-545-2433, x5 and request to have the interest group added to your membership, or:

2.     Send an email to membership@ala.org with your request to be added to the interest group with subject line: ASCLA free interest groups, or:

 3.       As long as your membership is current and has more than 4 months left in your membership year, go online and add the interest group(s) to your membership record. You must use your ALA logon & password to be able to access your membership record online

ALA members, who are not ASCLA members, may join any ASCLA interest group free-of-charge for one year. If you are a non-ASCLA member, please contact ascla@ala.org to join an ASCLA interest group.

What Can Interest Groups Do?

Interest groups are not limited to the following activities, but these are some of the most popular:

  • Present or sponsor webinars and online courses
  • Plan and present programs for the ALA Annual Conference
  • Plan and present preconferences and institutes for the ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences
  • Write articles for ASCLA’s Interface e-newsletter
  • Set up discussion forums for members
  • Publish standards, guidelines, books or professional codes of ethics
  • Create a new ASCLA product, such as an online tutorial or tip sheets in ASCLA's 4 core interest areas
  • Hold social gatherings and networking sessions for members to connect with each other and share their ideas, passions and experiences

 

ASCLA Interest Groups

For more information about each group, please contact the corresponding leader, listed below.

If you don’t find one that excites you, create a new one here!

For more information about ASCLA interest groups, go here.

 

ASCLA Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Interest Group

This interest group focuses on creating, disseminating and implementing guidelines for library services to people with Alzheimer's and related dementias. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has already established such guidelines and they can readily be adapted for use in the United States.

Leader: Mary Beth Riedner, mbried@comcast.net
 

ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group

Primary focus is building support for the nation’s libraries to work with organizations serving the deaf (OSD) in forming a Deaf Cultural Digital Library.

Leader: Alec McFarlane, alec.mcfarlane@gmail.com
 

ASCLA Collaborative Digitization Interest Group

Collaborative Digitization Group Interest Group for library cooperatives which are combinations, mergers, or contractual associations of one or more types of libraries (academic, public, special, or school) crossing jurisdictional, institutional, or political boundaries, working together to achieve maximum effective use of funds to provide library and information services to all citizens above and beyond those which can be provided through one institution. Such cooperative organizations or agencies may be designated to serve a community, a metropolitan area, a region within a region, or may serve a statewide or multi-state area.  

Leader: Sandra McIntyre, sandra.mcintyre@utah.edu
 

ASCLA Consortial eBooks Interest Group

The purpose of ASCLA’s Consortial eBooks Interest Group is to provide a regular forum for consortial discussion and to meet at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings. ASCLA believes that consortia represents a large segment of libraries and that by acting as consortia, ASCLA can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the e-book landscape evolves. ASCLA welcomes any type of library or library agency as well as consortias.

Leaders: Dee Brennan, dee.brennan@railslibraries.info; and Veronda Pitchford, veronda.pitchford@railslibraries.info.

To join this new interest group, complete the form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/con_ebooks.
 

ASCLA Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group

This interest group is focused on consortial funding, advocacy, services, etc., plus discussion group on topics of interest to library cooperatives statewide, multi-state, national cooperatives, and multitype library systems.

Leader: Sheryl Knab, sknab@wnylrc.org
 

ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group

This group is open to anyone with an interest in the future of libraries.  Changes in the world around us, different service models, new technologies, determining what our customers value and what our non-customers are finding elsewhere will be examined.  This group will submit an annual recommendation to the ASCLA President for two areas that we think libraries should focus on to increase their value and insure their viability in the future.

Leader: Peggy Cadigan, pcadigan@njstatelib.org


ASCLA Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group

Provides a forum for discussion of interests in interlibrary cooperation and the statewide development of library service, emphasizing the interdependence of all types of libraries.

Leader: TBA
 

ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group

The ASCLA Library Consultant Interest Group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants, state library and regional library consultants, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of librarianship.

Leader: Carson Block , librarylandtech@gmail.com
 

 ASCLA Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained

Supports ALA members who serve patrons of any age who are held in jail, prison, detention or immigration facility.

Leader: Elizabeth Marshak, emarshak@gmail.com
 

ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group

This interest group focuses on assistive technology and accessibility services for people with visual or physical disabilities.

Leader: Carli Spina, cspina@law.harvard.edu


ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody 

The purpose of this Interest Group is to advocate, promote, and improve library services for youth who have been detained in correctional facilities of various kinds.

Leader: Camden Eadoin Tadhg, Tadhg_c@cde.state.co.us


ASCLA LSTA Coordinators Interest Group

For staff responsible for procuring and administering LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds and programs. LSTA is a federally funded state based program generally administered by the state library of each state.

Leader: Katie McDonough, Katie.McDonough@lib.de.us


ASCLA Physical Delivery Interest Group

The focus of this interest group covers the physical delivery of library materials for resource sharing and related issues.

Leader: Mr. James E. Pletz, jpletz1968@hotmail.com


ASCLA State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group

An interest group for State LIbrary Agencies staff to network and discussion matters relating to library development services, activities, and needs.

Leader: Carol Desch, cdesch@mail.nysed.gov
 

ASCLA Tribal Librarians Interest Group

The purpose of this new interest group is to increase knowledge and networking among library leaders with tribal libraries. The goal is to foster new relations and begin lifelong partnerships with community library leaders and Tribal Librarians. This interest group is not just for "Tribal." Tribal librarians and employees of tribal libraries as well as librarians and library leaders interested in knowing more about tribal libraries are welcome.

Leader: Lillian Chavez, mescalerolibrary@matisp.net


ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group

Interest group purpose is to promote inclusive library services - sharing information and resources.

Leader: Marti Goddard, mgoddard@sfpl.org


ASCLA Youth Services Consultants Interest Group

The purpose is to allow each state's Youth Services Consultant or staff member responsible for working with youth services to keep abreast of topics of interest to the group and the constituents they serve in their states through listservs, and in-person networking meetings at ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences.

Leader: Sharon Rawlins, srawlins@njstatelib.org


Resources

Interest Group Leaders' Handbook

Join an Online Interest Group Discussion Group

ASCLA Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igard first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igbdc first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Collaborative Digitization Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igcd first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Consortial eBooks Interest Group
Online Discussion Group: To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igceb first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igcm first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igfl first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igic first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-iglc first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-iglsid first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-iglspv first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-iglsyc first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA LSTA Coordinators Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igsalc first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Physical Delivery Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igpd first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igsald first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Tribal Librarians Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igtl first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igua first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.

ASCLA Youth Services Consultants Interest Group
To subscribe to the online discussion group for this interest group, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject: subscribe ascla-igsays first name last name. [Please do not put anything in the body of the message]. Anyone can join the discussion group whether they’re an interest group member or not.