ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group Section
Ladies and Gentlemen
The word only recently came to me, the Maryland General Assembly has proposed again to consider the Deaf Culture Digital Library as in HB 653 and as filed January 31, 2013 by Delegate Eric Luedtke:
We will need to cross-file this bill in the Senate and we are hopeful that State Sen. Karen Montgomery --who was a prior sponsor of the same basic bill-- will refile for us this year. The point with this law is the creation of a new library, not only in Maryland, but in the rest of the nation as is the ALA's general mandate.
The ASCLA LSSP SIG "Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library" was created by Alice L. Hagemeyer, Honorary ALA Member, with the intent of advocating for a Deaf National Library aka the Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL).
The DCDL is under consideration in Maryland and we want to push this beyond those borders. The purpose of this meeting is to form a Task Force or similar in order to advocate for the DCDL through the ranks of the ALA and Nationally. All types of libraries are involved, and all types of members are needed.
Ladies and Gentlemen
The long awaited report has been released today by the Maryland Department of Education, under which the Library serves. This report means that we can engage again with our legislators in Maryland and share this nationally. This is a model that we will be promoting and that the library community should be watching.
As good as this may be, we believe there is room to strengthen and improve upon this and there may yet be changes --improvements we hope-- at the legislative level and the law may well have an impact nationally. Our Legislative sponsors, Delegate Eric Luedtke and Senator Karen Montgomery have expressed interest in making Maryland the first in the nation to pass such a law and we are optimistic given our legislative history of this bill.
Comment at will, we understand this is just the beginning,
Ladies and Gentlemen
The recently uploaded file:
Commentary on Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library Program in Chicago
Was eBlasted out to our key supporters, including, but not limited to our legislative sponsors that include Maryland Senator Karen Montgomery, Maryland Delegate Eric Luedtke, and Maryland Delegate Craig Zucker (just to name three of 14 sponsors of our bill). Only yesterday, Alice Hagemeyer and I brought her family in tow to an annual picnic for Delegate Zucker. Mr. Zucker was a co-sponsor of the Maryland Bill to create the DCDL or the Deaf Cultural Digital Library. Senator Montgomery and Delegate Luedtke were the two sponsors from each house; where the bills were cross-filed in the House and Senate. (See: MD SB 571 and HB 390 from 2012).
At this picnic there were a large variety of people, including the Montgomery County Executive, Mr. Lebbett, and the Montgomery County Sheriff, along with a large delegation of legislators, staffers, and residents of Maryland's 14th District. This letter and its references will be shared with many of these people that we have just met; part of our ever-expanding network of people.
Maybe people like you.
The recent posts below are all shared here as part of our ongoing work with libraries and my committee work and involvement with other committees. Also the letters and postings that I have shared here all tie back to the same concepts of access; and there are several.
There is the matter of access to information, and there is the matter of Universal Access, and the matter of Cultural Access, among others that all ties in to the same thing. If you think about it the needs of access between a deaf person, a prisoner, a foreigner are largely the same.
In addition to being a leader here at the ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library I am also serving on the DCWG Accessibility subcommittee and am a participant on the DCWG Universal Access subcommittee. I have tried to follow the various forums to see what is common and my objective is to take this above and beyond (but don't worry, I've already been told I can't change the world but I pretended I didn't hear.)
That said, I do want feedback and commentary here and anywhere. The pursuit of the DCDL or the Deaf Cultural Digital Library is no different in that it is inclusive and knows no boundaries.