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.
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Library staff have found short instructional videos to be an effective way to help readers use resources, even when the library is closed. However, patrons who are deaf or have hearing impairments cannot get the full benefit unless the videos have captions. Unfortunately, technology has not provided a flawless solution. Speech recognition is still an imperfect tool. Planning and attention to detail are needed to create useful and meaningful captions. This course will introduce some free tools that can be used to compose and synchronize captions for instructional videos.
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.
This webinar will provide you with the information you need to understand the basics of electronic resource accessibility compliance, and establish the necessary vocabulary to effectively communicate with your vendors. You'll also be guided through establishing a standardized procedure for requesting, digesting, and collecting accessibility compliance information for your purchased and subscribed online resources. Though we'll quickly review some proprietary compliance software, the focus will remain on using open source tools.
Library services to people with disabilities are provided by all levels of library staff. From the part-time aide charging out library materials to the library director determining policies, staff skills and attitudes are crucial for a satisfactory library experience. Library staff who enroll will review the current level of service to people with disabilities then explore materials and sources that provide additional support or new ideas.
Marketing and advocacy go hand-in-hand. Advocacy is telling your library's story. Those who influence funding for libraries cannot make informed decisions if they do not understand the scope of your mission. Most librarians haven't practiced the political skills needed to work with various community leaders. At times their interests may seem to conflict with your library. How do you advocate without lobbying? This session explores how to easily market your library to elected officials. No secret handshakes or big budgets needed.
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.