Assn. of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies

Library staff will learn how patrons with disabilities that affect print reading can access books and periodicals for independent reading online using computers, smartphones or even landline phones. We'll cover four popular collections - BARD, Bookshare, Learning Ally, and Newsline. You'll learn what each collection offers; what equipment is necessary to access each collection's materials; and what to do when the material a patron is requesting can't be found in an accessible format.
This course will serve as an introduction for both professional librarians and assistants looking to gain knowledge of the field of prison librarianship. Participants will be challenged as they learn about topics ranging from collection development, budgeting, (sometimes on a shoestring), reference serves, legal materials, technical services, intellectual freedom, working with mental health factors, security, interpersonal communication and programming as it pertains to the correctional field.
Libraries continue to be built and renovated due to the continuous changes in IT, changes in the expectations of their users, and in response to the importance of the library as place. Explores these three influences and the impact of these changes on space and the design of the modern library using examples and images.

An ALCTS webcast

This webinar provides an educational opportunity for ASCLA members to learn about special needs apps in the library setting. Apps built for people with special needs can provide effective and relevant training opportunities to raise awareness of disabilities. This webinar also provides an opportunity for participants to engage in networking focused on emerging technology as an add-on to serving library users with disabilities.

Online Course: A basic level, 4-week asynchronous course offered several times a year.
Offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Focus: Overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. Product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models will be covered.
Features: Instructor guided. 24/7 access to course material. Weekly live online chat discussions.
Cost: $109 ALCTS members, $139 nonmembers

How do young people learn about life behind bars? Books for children and young adults can portray how jail sentences impact individuals, their children, their parents and their community. In this course, we will read several juvenile books, that explore the prison experience. We will analyze the books and discuss age appropriate information that should be provided for youth. At the same time, we will look at statistics about who goes to jail and consider the role that libraries can play in assisting patrons dealing with these issues.
Seeing more families with special needs visiting your library? Have you offered sensory story times but wanted to meet their needs in your collection development, too? In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to meet the collection needs of youth, 2 – 14 years, with special needs. Gain a basic understanding of some of the more common disabilities and disorders that children in your community may have (i.e. Down syndrome, ADHD, autism, dyslexia) and what materials your library can provide to support those families better.
If you are like most children’s librarians, you are no doubt faced with the continual challenge of providing programs that are not only fun and appealing, but also highly informative and educational.  How do I fit all age levels?  What is age-appropriate?  How do I make old materials fresh again?  Where do I even begin?  This course will provide innovative ideas and suggestions on how to plan, promote, execute and evaluate your programs to work for you and your patrons.
Is your library a welcoming and empowering place for people with disabilities? Would you like to help improve library staff communication and interactions with people with disabilities? Have you been struggling to find good learning resources? If so, you’ll be happy to know that ASCLA is developing an online, interactive module on this topic.