Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies

FAFLRT/ASCLA Merger Voted to Move Forward

CHICAGO - The Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) voted to proceed with merging with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of ALA in the spring 2017 election.

Adam Szczepaniak, Jr. elected ASCLA President 2018-2019

CHICAGO - Adam Szczepaniak, Jr., Deputy State Librarian & Director at New Jersey State Library - Talking Book & Braille Center elected President for 2018-19 for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Over his 20 years as an ALA member, Szczepaniak has been involved with ASCLA's Accessibility Assembly, Nominating Committee and Planning and Budget Committee among other involvement. 

William “Will” R. Reed selected for ASCLA’s Cathleen Bourdon Service Award

CHICAGO - William “Will” R. Reed, Manager, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, Cleveland Public Library, has been selected for the 2017 Cathleen Bourdon Service Award administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

ASCLA Spring Online Learning

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, offers convenient, year round online learning opportunities to further your knowledge and career skills. ASCLA's online courses and webinars focus on topics related accessibility and outreach to underserved patrons as well as topics related to state and specialized libraries, prison libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants.

Call for Nominations: ASCLA's Achievement and Recognition Awards

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has opened its nomination period for its annual series of achievement and recognition awards. Members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues and peers to recognize exceptional library professionals that make a difference in improving the lives of the people they serve. The awards below will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 22-27, 2017.

Circulating Unusual Items Webinar by ASCLA

CHICAGO - Join ASCLA for a webinar to learn how to Circulate Unusual Items at your library on 2/7/17.

[Register NOW] ASCLA's Midwinter Institute

Activate, Collaborate and Engage: Transforming Your Community through Health Outreach @ Your Library

Friday, January 20, 2017, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Event Code: ASC1

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Deadline Approaching (12/1) - Travel to The Netherlands & Belgium with ASCLA

CHICAGO--The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will be traveling to The Netherlands and Belgium during Tulip Time as their annual fundraiser. Hosted by AMA Waterways, this seven night river cruise from April 3-10, 2017 is one not to be missed! Deadline to book this trip of a lifetime is December 1, 2016. This adventure is open to the library community and their family and friends.

Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club ‘Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide’ Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens featuring books under the theme “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide.” The project is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).