ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies) Division
Ladies and Gentlemen of the ASCLA
As previously posted at the ASCLA SIG Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library, the following link will take you to a PDF showing the Deaf Culture Digital Library as proposed in Maryland by Delegate Eric Luedtke on January 31, 2013:
The members here should look at this bill and see what we need in order to take this nationwide, in order to make this something that enables others, such as prison libraries where --for instance-- the HEARD Organization in Washington, D.C., (www.behearddc.org) has put focus on deaf prisoners. This matter, of course, spans the gamut and that is part of our mission at the ALA.
This is about Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves. This is about the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, this is about how the DCDL can work as part of the solution, and as another flavor in the mix; each of which compliments the next. Where information is power, and where the public/private partnership is going to drive the growth of the DCDL nationally in lockstep with the rest of the library working to provide things as ambiguous as Universal Access.
The Universal Access Interest Group promotes inclusive library services through sharing information and resources. UAIG fosters relationships among librarians who are passionate about equal access to library resources to all patrons regardless of physically ability, hearing, or vision.
At the upcoming Midwinter Meeting, the UAIG will be meeting:
Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Marriott – Room 414
Session URL: http://alamw14.ala.org/node/13088
- Time for sharing information about accessibility programs / services for people with disabilities in our libraries
- An opportunity to bring questions for discussion and brainstorming.
- A brief discussion about potentially sharing meeting space and time with ACRL’s Universal Accessibility Interest Group at future conferences
- Chris Corrigan, a Special Populations Director on the ASCLA Board will share information sharing about an ASCLA pre-conference that will be offered in San Francisco, before the 2015 Annual Conference. Chris has arranged for a day of training from the Pacific ADA Center, focused on how the ADA informs accessibility for people with disabilities in all kinds of libraries. Our IG has been asked to serve as a sponsor for this exciting learning opportunity! Chris will talk with us about what that means and how we can support the pre-conference.
- Discussion of a project proposal from Carrie Banks and Barbara Klipper, to establish a clearing house, on-line, for information re: serving children and youth with disabilities. It could be a joint project with the youth serving divisions (ALSC, AASL and YALSA) as well as OLOS. Carrie and Barbara both routinely get questions like "how do you include a child with Autism (or Down syndrome etc...)?" and "where do I find information on LD (or braille) literacy?" This project might include a combination web page and blog that could be a go to place for these types of questions. It would have links to resources such as the ASCLA tool kit and the University of Syracuse modules on school library inclusion, blogs etc...
- Announcements and brainstorming for a program that will be presented during the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, about effective community partnerships
- Other business?
The RUSA/MARS Hot Topics in Emerging Technology committee wants to know how you’re using tech to transform reference.
- How are you handling reference for MOOCs? For Makerspaces?
- What apps, tools, or technologies are making a difference?
- How are you measuring the impact of your emerging-tech innovations?
- Have you tried anything completely awesome or off-beat (like Google Glass)? How did it go? What should we know for our own experiments?
If you have a HOT innovation that you’d like to share during our Midwinter 2014 discussion group, summarize your story and tell us about it: http://goo.gl/oOSzi6. Proposals for 20 minute presentations will be accepted until November 25, 2013.
Questions? Comments? Curiosities? Contact Beth Boatright at email@example.com
The online meeting submission form for Midwinter 2014 is now open! Check out this post for instructions and deadlines.
If you are a designated scheduler for a RUSA group or committee, you should have received an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “ALA 2014 Midwinter Meeting Submission Site now open.” If you did not receive this message, please check your spam/junk folders.
The submission form can be accessed here: https://ala2014midwinter.wingateweb.com/portal/cfp/cfpLogin.ww
If you did not receive a message with an assigned login and access information, there is a link on the submission form page (link above) where you can create a profile--click on “Need to create a login?” at the top of the page. If you run into any problems, please contact me at email@example.com.
Here are some important details and deadlines:
Designated meeting time blocks are: 8:30-10am, 8:30-11:30am, 8:30am-5:30pm, 10:30-11:30am, 1-2:30pm, 3-4pm and 4-5:30pm. Your meetings must conform to these times.
There is a block of no-conflict time on Friday, 4:00-7:00p.m. Meetings cannot be scheduled during this time.
Sept. 30 – All new meeting requests must be submitted via the online form.
Oct. 4 – Preliminary schedule of meetings sent out and posted in Connect for your review.
Oct. 6 – Last day for any changes to meeting times and dates; A/V orders are also due on this date. Staff review and approve meetings on Oct. 7 and 8 prior to the form closing on the 8th, so any changes must be entered by Oct. 6--no exceptions.
Between Oct. 8 and Nov. 1, staff will be working with Conference Services to confirm your meeting details and assist with room assignments. Final room assignments will be announced in early December.
These are all attached to this post. Please download, print out and review before scheduling your meeting! 99% of the questions you may have about the process will be answered in these documents.
Step-by-step scheduling instructions
A PDF of the Midwinter 2013 schedule for your reference
An abbreviated version of How to Make Your Events Findable in the Conference Planner that covers hashtags, tags, subject areas, audiences and how to find your iMIS committee code
Guide to Meetings, which explains room layouts and A/V options
The following meetings are scheduled by ASCLA staff:
ASCLA Board 1 and Leadership Session: Saturday, 8:00-11:30am
ASCLA Board 2: Monday, 8-10am (tentative, time may change)
ASCLA All-Committee Meeting: Saturday, 3-5:30pm (interest groups may also use this meeting space!)
All ASCLA institutes on Thursday/Friday
Consultants Networking Lunch: Saturday, 12:00-2:00pm
ASCLA/COSLA Reception: Sunday, 8-10pm (tentative! day and time may be changing)
Questions? Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the ASCLA
As much as I love self-promotion, I know the value of the word of another is worth more... and in this vein I offer the following link to a blog run by Holly Lipschultz, MLIS. Ms. Lipschultz was an attendee at our SIG Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library at the ALA Annual in Chicago and her report actually captures the essence of what we went over in this discussion on the Deaf Community and our need to serve them... Especially where the DCDL or the Deaf Cultural Digital Library is intended as a State-Level library that serves all four types of libraries and is about the deaf, but for everyone.
Hello, and happy summer!
I have received several questions regarding scheduling for Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia. We just received some preliminary info from ALA Conference Services this week, and I wanted to share it with you.
Please share with your groups as appropriate.
Save the Dates:
- Scheduling for Midwinter 2014 (Philadephia) will open in mid-September and close in early October.
- Scheduling for Annual 2014 (Las Vegas) will open in late October and close in early February.
- Authorized schedulers will receive an e-mail with access instructions when scheduling opens for both meetings (see dates above). We will be building the list throughout the month of August.
- This list of authorized member schedulers includes: ASCLA committee chairs and ASCLA interest group chairs.
- **ASCLA member schedulers will be responsible for reserving space for the following meetings only: interest group meetings, committee meetings and discussion forums.**
- ASCLA staff will schedule ASCLA board meetings and ASCLA Executive Committee, ASCLA all-committee, preconferences, institutes, approved programs, ASCLA 101 and the ASCLA/COSLA Reception for both meetings.
- Step-by-step instructions and an FAQ will be posted in the ASCLA member area of ALA Connect around the time that the scheduling form opens. That workspace is here: http://connect.ala.org/ascla
- Please consider turning on your e-mail notifications for this group: access the group with the link above, login if necessary, then scroll down on the left and look under “My Group Settings” for “Enable email notifications from this group.”
Thank you—I’m looking forward to working with you!
Did you attend a program or preconference in Chicago hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)? If so, we want to hear from you!
To help us prepare for 2014 programs and other upcoming professional development offerings, we’d appreciate your feedback on your 2013 programming experiences.
Please take a moment to complete an evaluation for each ASCLA program you attended.
**If you know of colleagues or other listservs that should be aware of this message, please forward it to them.**
Use the specified links below for each program; in other words, once you’ve completed one evaluation, come back and use a different link to access the evaluation for another program.
It’s the only way you’ll be able to use the evaluation form multiple times. :o)
- President’s Program: Storytelling Mojo: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/programascla13storytellingmojo
- Boomers to Seniors: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/programascla13boomers2seniors
- Do Those Evaluation Statistics Mean Anything: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/programascla13evaluationstatistics
- Arts and School Libraries Inside: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/programascla13schoollibraries
- Easy and Affordable Accessibility: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/programascla13accessibility
- Beyond Brainstorming: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/programascla13brainstorming
- Discovery to Delivery: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/preconascla13discovery2delivery
- Servant Leadership at Your Library: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/preconascla13servantleadership
- Ports in a Storm: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/preconascla13portsinstorm
Oh, and if you joined us for a program but you’re not an ASCLA member, please consider joining us! We are a small, mighty and innovative division of ALA with diverse areas of interest across the library profession. Learn more about the division and ASCLA membership at www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/joinascla/joinascla.
Thank you in advance for your feedback! :o)
ASCLA President and Members
The ASCLA is never far from my heart and there are so many other things that we at the ALA can do or should do. While we cannot impose these things, the objective is to find solutions, and the ASCLA has been working on solutions in regard to prisons for a while now. Alice Hagemeyer and I were a little taken aback when we realized the library resources had not been mentioned and that Ms. Boyle was unaware of the existence of the ASCLA or its focus. I also make references to my work with various committees under the DCWG and I believe these are all relevant to the larger picture.
Postings can be found on the ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library SIG.
As sent and posted elsewhere in ALA Connect:
For Public Release
Commissioner Anne C. Boyle
2nd District, Omaha, NE
Nebraska Public Service Commission
Re: The FCC Program:
Reforming Inmate Calling Services Rates
July 10, 2013 - FCC Commission Meeting Room
On behalf of Alice Hagemeyer, my boss and mentor at the LDA, I wish to thank you for your stewardship today at the FCC and for your warm welcome afterwards. We count ourselves fortunate to have had the chance to speak with you and some others in attendance. The appearance of Talila Lewis, the Founder of HEARD, as a panelist was the one of many reasons we wanted to be at this program today. Ms. Lewis understands what is happening in the deaf community, and that understanding extends to the LCD or Lowest Common Denominator, our inmates. Alice and I realized, in retrospect, that the workshop had not mentioned the library or the assets of the library. On that account I forward you my recent work in Chicago with the ALA or the American Library Association in abstract.
There are eleven (11) divisions at the ALA (http://www.ala.org/) and I am a member of two of those: United for Libraries which is composed of friends, foundations, trustees, and the likes (http://www.ala.org/united/), and the ASCLA or the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (http://www.ala.org/ascla/) which, among other things, concerns itself with prisons and prisoner rights to access to information and where a "Prison" (or for that matter a "Jail") has a library it is specialized and private, hence the "Specialized" moniker in ASCLA. The NIH or the National Institute of Health, for instance, has a private library that is considered Specialized. and this is by no means limited to governmental organizations as there are obviously many private libraries and museums in America. These all contribute to our national well being. I am no expert in prison or library issues, but we do -- at the LDA-- deal with and advocate for deaf civil rights. Our primary vehicle for this advocacy has been the pursuit of the DCDL or the Deaf Cultural Digital Library we proposed in Maryland (http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/26excom/defunct/html/11deaf.html) and as noted herewith. We would like to see Maryland be a model for the Nation and for the World, but that is another story. As we envision the DCDL at the LDA, this is a state-level public library that serves all four types of libraries. This is supposed to be a library about the deaf, but for everyone. Especially since anyone, anywhere, anytime, anyplace can become deaf and because the number one disability of veterans coming back from the war is auditory.
Our close cousin, the NLS or the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was founded in 1931, and we are not here to complain but to show how some of our friends-in-arms have utilized existing systems we identify as part of the American PPP or Public/Private Partnerships.
There is a lot more that I can, and will, share with you but to encapsulate this problem we accept that people are afraid of what they do not know. This FCC subject matter being of a national problem and of a national program; the practical subject matter is that the phone --as such-- is no longer just a phone where the phone itself has always posed technical challenges. We have to think about what happens when you no longer have a phone, so to speak? What is a phone anyway? A land-line directly traceable to a single location or an internet-enabled device? And usable by whom? And... if I am allowed to venture, why not a closed system? It seems to work in certain areas of the world. The only constant in life is change so we --again at the LDA-- have been proposing that we all (as in every one of us) make accessibility --for anyone-- the key. How does the cost come down? By supply and demand? By innovation? By wise use of resources?
Forgive me, I was leading you on; I am saying it is the wise use of resources (hint, you're inside the beltway now... not out yonder in Nebraska). On this account I think that the ASCLA, and by way of the ALA, deserve a good look in relation to this matter; no one is going to get rehabilitated without valid, reliable, and useful information by any means... and that includes --but is not limited to-- telecommunications, multimedia, and other means of communication. If the American Inmate system is a closed system and is subject to monitoring, that does not take away from the elemental fact and need of communication.
Thank You for your time and consideration
Alec C. McFarlane
Library for Deaf Action (LDA)
2930 Craiglawn Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20904-1816
ALA Member 2004704