For immediate release | November 5, 2013

First module in ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy now available

CHICAGO - The first module in ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy helps librarians with a critical component of making the library an empowering place for the entire community.

The new tutorial “Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities” prepares library staff to feel fully confident when communicating and interacting with people with disabilities. It is designed for library staff at academic, public and special libraries, including support staff, general professional staff, age-level or subject specialists, managers and administrators.

With the purchase of this recorded tutorial, librarians receive tips to help employees communicate and interact with people with disabilities, strategies for interacting and building relationships with library users with disabilities and a solid understanding of how diverse types of disabilities impact the way people use the library and its resources.

The price for ASCLA members is $29; the price for non-ASLCA members is $59. For more information on pricing for organizations, visit the “Positive Interactions” website.

ASCLA, a small, mighty and growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Learn more about ASCLA and how to join this innovative division.


Susan Hornung

Executive Director

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)