Guidelines for Library & Information Services for American Deaf Community


To promote library and information service to deaf persons by: fostering deaf awareness in the library community and in the deaf and hearing populations at large; monitoring and publicizing legislation and funding developments related to library and information services for deaf persons; encouraging employment and career opportunities for deaf persons in libraries, and encouraging their participation in the American Library Association; stimulating the production, distribution, and collection of materials in formats that are readily accessible to deaf persons and that accurately portray deaf persons; and developing and operating a clearinghouse of information on services for deaf persons to assist libraries in collection development and programming. These functions shall be carried out in cooperation with other ALA units and national organizations, as appropriate. 


Martha L. Goddard (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Sandy Cohen (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Dr. Clayton Alexander Copeland (Member, July 1, 2016, to July 31, 2018)
Ms. Rebecca Sue Crawford (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Sarah E. Hamrick (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Kayla Jean Kuni (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Janice F. Rosen (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Noah Beckman (Advisor, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Susan F. Cohen (Advisor, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Elizabeth Margaret Henry (Advisor, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Jessica D. Hughes (Staff Liaison, October 9, 2017, to October 8, 2045)
Melissa Tracy (Staff Liaison, April 21, 2017, to June 30, 2021)

Displaying active committee roster as of 06/25/2018. Last retrieved on 06/25/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


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ALA values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on [insert committee name here]. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee; be able to attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings to participate in the meetings and activities of the committee; and be able to work between conferences via e-mail and ALA Connect. Express your interest in serving on this or other committees by filling out an application form. Appointments take place once a year, during the spring. Committee service usually begins following Annual Conference, about July 1.

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Jennifer Cross
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