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.
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.
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.
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.
This webinar is relevant to librarians that serve incarcerated youth and incarcerated adults. The topic will focus individually on the work the public library is doing and then focus on the work the state prisons are doing. The work will be tied together in that they both face challenges internally within their own institutions as well as both working with special populations. It supports ASCLA's mission by providing a framework of best practices in delivering services and programs to incarcerated youth and adults.
Attendance Cert.
What does your library offer to somebody in a hurry? Which display works best and how could it do better? What's the first impression people get from your library? Could small changes improve the experience for your visitors? Customer complaints,surveys and load statistics offer limited answers. To improve the library experience for all your visitors, you need objective evidence about how different groups of patrons actually use and experience the space.