Assuring Materials Can Be Used By Your Community

Wednesday, 1/31/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on January 31st, 2018. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

Having materials in a library's collection is good; having those materials in the formats needed by the library's community is much better. The act of supplying content in the formats that community members require is critically important to meeting their information needs. This webinar will delve into ways of discerning the format needs of a community, including using the census and other data, along with existing reports, to discern the best way of provisioning material for the community. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the various ways content can be made accessible to members of a library's community
  • Examine U.S. Census data and draw preliminary conclusions based on that data
  • Select data from other sources which will support an understanding of the community's accessibility needs

Who Should Attend

Collection development librarians and staff and liaison librarians


Jill Hurst-Wahl is an associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the director of its M.S. library and information science program, which includes MSLIS: School Media (2012-2017). A former corporate librarian, Jill has always been an advocate for expanding the career opportunities for LIS graduates. She is a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council and the Onondaga County Public Library Board of Trustees. Her interests include copyright, the use of social media, and the future of the profession.

In 2017, Jill presented a webinar for ALCTS on creating effective webinars. Some of her presentations have been video recorded, including this one from 2012. Slides from a variety of different presentations are available.

Jill is currently re-developing a graduate class on "Collection Development and Access" for the Syracuse University MSLIS program.



A recording of the webinar will be available at no charge six months from the date of the presentation.


How to Register

No registration required.

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Program Officer, Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or