Assn. of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies
There is a growing trend of adding “unusual items” to libraries’ circulating collections. Circulating cake pans, posthole diggers, ukuleles, soil testers, bread machines and more is exciting and impactful, but challenging. This talk introduces and contextualizes the trend, discusses best practices, addresses common questions, and suggests a plan for adding unusual items to your own library.
According to a recent Pew study, less than 40% of the public knows that public libraries even have ebooks. Imagine a future of ebooks where library expertise could be harnessed to expand greater discovery for the community. Libraries have the power to drive ebook discovery because they know what people need and read in their communities.
Diversity isn’t just about race and ethnicity! This 90-minute webinar focuses on increasing participants' level of understanding of the library and information needs of individuals who are considered “traditionally underserved”. Traditionally underserved populations include (but are not limited to) patrons who: have disabilities, are currently or formerly incarcerated, are English language learners, are homeless, are members of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered community.
Should library services cease with a diagnosis of dementia? Of course not. Yet library services to this growing and often overlooked population are currently scarce. With aging comes related risks of developing Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association states that there are currently over 5 million Americans afflicted with this disorder. The consequences of a dementia diagnosis and its impact on families and communities can seem overwhelming.
Story-a-thon: Creating Community Partnerships to Enhance Access to Literacy Services for Children with Disabilities
Focus Area One: Breaking Down the Walls Participants will launch into a course by first learning how to break down the walls of their library/facility to develop community partnerships specific to the disability community. They will examine how their library/facility defines outreach, identify their current services for children with disability, how these services can be enhance as outreach services and programs, and how initiate outreach programming. Focus Area Two: Outreach Backpack