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  • 27 Oct 2012 12:50 PM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to DCLA Member Christopher Corrigan (DCPL Adaptive Services Division) for his recent community service award from the National Federation of the Blind's DC affiliate.  

    This award comes to Chris for his work revising and improving the DC Public Library Adaptive Services Division's adaptive technology training program. 

    Chris works extensively with visually impaired learners, teaching them how to use the screen reading software, Job Access With Speech (JAWS). Most of DCPL Adaptive Services Divisions' patrons, besides adjusting to the condition of their vision, in many cases have never before used a computer. Therefore, the challenge faced is teaching them computer concepts as well as adaptive technology. To meet this challenge, Chris created a one of a kind curriculum and training program for instructing visually impaired individuals in these concepts as well as the adaptive technology provided in the Division. This curriculum is available to the public at

    To promote the library as place, Chris host Game Nights once a month for blind and low-vision gamers, where a committed following of participants play Braille and large print games. In addition, he created an innovative Wikipedia Book Club, where blind participants create new Wikipedia articles for books, again using the screen reading software JAWS. For the past two summers, Chris coordinated a computer camp for visually impaired teens. 

    Do you have an accomplishment or announcement you would like to share with the DC library community? If so, contact the DCLA Board

  • 27 Oct 2012 11:43 AM | Deleted user

    Today the DCLA Executive Board unveils a new Strategic Plan for our Association. In June 2012, the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) Board invited DCLA Past President Susan Fifer Canby (1991-1992) to lead the group in developing a two year strategic plan and setting goals for the coming year. Over the past several months, we have synthesized the notes and discussions generated from that meeting, reviewed the current DCLA handbook, and refined the drafts of our new plan.


    We have set up a discussion forum in the members-only section of our website where we invites comments and reviews. You are also welcome to contact me and the DCLA Executive Board directly, or have an open discussion on the DCLA listserv.

  • 27 Oct 2012 11:18 AM | Deleted user
    The Washington Examiner reports that a DCPS task force is to examine school libraries:
  • 27 Oct 2012 11:16 AM | Deleted user
    The Washington Examiner reports that D.C. Council members push for longer library hours:
  • 17 Oct 2012 11:34 AM | Deleted user
    The Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant Committee, a group within the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association, is seeking applicants for a $1000 research grant to support projects related to the YALSA Research Agenda. Information about the application process can be found here:
  • 12 Oct 2012 2:58 PM | Deleted user
    From the ALA Chapter Relations Office - 

    The nominated slate of candidates for the 2013 ALA election is announced. Please see attached:
    Nominated Slate - 2013 ALA Election.pdf.

  • 12 Oct 2012 2:45 PM | Deleted user
    From the ALA Chapter Relations Office - 

    CHICAGO - The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.
    Applications must be received by Nov. 2, 2012. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2013.
    Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."
    For more information and guidelines, visit or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275; e-mail:
  • 05 Oct 2012 10:50 AM | Deleted user
    Information and registration:
  • 05 Oct 2012 10:34 AM | Deleted user
    From the ALA Chapter Relations Office:

    The ALA Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award, sponsored by the ALA Cultural Communities Fund. The award will recognize a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by developing and presenting a cultural or thematic program or program series during the previous year (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012). The Award consists of $5,000 and a citation of achievement, to be presented during the ALA Award Presentation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.  Applications and award guidelines are available at  To be considered, nominations must be received by December 1.
    In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are all eligible.  The nominated program/series must have been for a public audience. The nominated cultural/thematic program should be one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions, community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs.   The nominated program should have engaged the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addressed an identified community need, and have had a measurable impact. 
    With questions, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, or 800-545-2433 x5045.
  • 01 Oct 2012 11:07 AM | Deleted user
    Virginia Library Association's annual conference will be happening in
    Williamsburg VA just a few weeks from now, Oct. 24-26, 2012.

    The deadline for registration (without a late fee) is October 11.

    All of the details can be found here:

    One-day registration is available.

    Courtesy announcement forwarded by DCLA Board member, Barbara Conaty

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