ALA Literacy Assembly Committee
ASCLA Midwinter workshop addresses "access for all"
“Providing access for all”—what does this mean for libraries who are striving to accommodate patrons with some functional differences?
If you or your library are interested in finding out more about creating physical, communication and information environments that minimize limitations and maximize the library experience for all types of patrons, we encourage you to attend ASCLA’s upcoming midwinter institute:
“Breaking Down Barriers: Best Practices in Universal Design for Libraries”
Friday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hosted by the Institute for Human Centered Design
located at 200 Portland Street, Suite 1, in Boston.
The topic of this event has become even more timely as a result of the recent economic crisis, which has brought people to libraries in record numbers to take advantage of the unique opportunities, experiences and services available there. The agenda includes presentations on an array of best practices in universal design, including opportunities for experiential learning and a forum for presenting your library’s universal design problem or aspiration and receiving on-the-spot consultation and solutions.
More information about this engaging half-day workshop, including registration rates, is available at the ASCLA blog:
Register online now at www.ala.org/midwinter. You’ll find this event under Step 7—scroll down to ASCLA’s events and check the box next to “Breaking Down Barriers.”
This event is made possible by a partnership between the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Institute for Human Centered Design (ICHD, formerly Adaptive Environments).
**Know someone who would be interested in attending this event? Please forward this message to them!**
Liz F. Markel, M.A.
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
The American Library Association // 50 E. Huron Street // Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433 // p. 312-280-4398 // f. 312-280-5273 // e. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Interested in introducing gaming programs but unsure how to justify it? This panel of public, academic, and school media library staff will explore how they have justified gaming in their libraries. Bring your questions to get advice about your situation.
Invited Panelists include:
Sarah Couri, Teen Services, New York Public Library; Christopher Harris, School Library System, Genesee Valley BOCES; Kieran Hixon, John C. Fremont Library District, Florence, Colorado; Paul A.D. Waelchli, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WisconsinLocation: McCormick Place West in W-470a Unit: ALA - Subunit: OLOS
ALA 2009 Annual Conference
Location: Chicago Hilton, International Ballroom South
We engage those interested in games and gaming activities in libraries of all kinds and to collaborate with ALA units to support gaming initiatives and programs across the Association. Games, as defined in their broadest sense, include traditional and modern board, card, video, mobile, computer, live-action, role-playing, and miniature games. Gaming activities include planning and running gaming programs, providing games for informal play, developing a game collection, creating games, development of information and other literacies through games, and partnering with other community organizations to support gaming, will be topics for professional exploration.
In April 2009, ALA’s Committee on Literacy and the National Institute for Literacy webcast the first national library literacy summit. The Summit examined the role that libraries of all kinds have in delivering literacy services across the lifespan and issued a call to action. View the archived webcast at: http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/literacyforall09/webcast0407.html
During this follow-up session, speakers will respond to questions raised during the webcast and address literacy services to adult English language learners and juvenile offenders and collection development across the lifespan.
McCormick Place South, 105 a-d
The ABCs of Library Literacy: How Chicago Public Schools are Improving Literacy through School Librariesby Dale Lipschultz (staff) on Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Through a federal Improving Literacy through School Libraries grant, Chicago Public Schools is taking an A·B·Cs approach to addressing primary students’ literacy needs in 12 schools by:
· increasing Access through extended library hours and integrating new print and technology resources;
· providing Best practice professional development; and
· fostering Collaboration among school library media specialists, school-based literacy experts, technology coordinators and classroom teachers.
Parent and public library participation are included, along with assessment measures.
We will visit the library at Claremont Academy, located on Chicago's southside. Paul Whitsitt, Director of Libraries and Information services, at Chicago Public Schools and representatives from the US Deparment of Education will also be joining us.
This special off-site session is limited to 50 participants. Transportation will be available from McCormick Place. To register contact Dale Lipschultz, ALA/OLOS Literacy Officer, at email@example.com by July 1, 2009.