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ALCTS webinar: Assuring Materials Can Be Used By Your Community

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, US/Central

ALCTS webinar: Assuring Materials Can Be Used By Your Community


Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018


All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.


Description: 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; 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 oncreating effective webinars. Some of her presentations have been video recorded, includingthis one from 2012. Slides from a variety of differentpresentations are available.


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




Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate $129 


For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:




ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, Program Officer, ALCTS Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.


Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.