Hello (sorry for any cross posting, but please share!),


At next year’s ALA Annual Conference, in San Francisco, there is an exciting preconference for anyone who wishes to learn more about the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it affects them in their library.


Understanding the ADA is important for all types of libraries.  The preconference session presented by the Pacific ADA Center will answer many of the questions you have about serving people with disabilities, and even questions you didn’t know you had!


This preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA. 


Preconference session topics will include:


·         An overview of the ADA – who and what does it cover?


·         Excellent customer service skills and appropriate terminology to use with library patrons with disabilities


·         Effective communication with patrons who have vision and hearing disabilities


·         Accessible technology and how libraries can use it


·         Hiring and accommodation of library staff with disabilities


·         The basics about service animals


·         The ADA quiz - how much do you know?



While registration may be a long time from now, this email is an invitation for anyone interested in attending the preconference to sign up for email updates and alerts as we get closer to the registration period.


The cutoff period between opening of registration and the decision to cancel a preconference is short, so we want to ensure that all who are interested in attending this preconference, or sending a member of their staff to attend, are able to know when the registration period opens.


Once registration begins, we’ll send out an email to all who complete the one-question online form from the link below. Please note, using the link and entering your email will not commit you to attending the preconference. Its sole purpose is to inform you as to when registration opens. That said, here’s the link to sign up:



We hope you can make it to the preconference.  It will be informative and helpful – and you’ll even have some fun!



This preconference is a partnership between the Pacific ADA Center and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).


The Pacific ADA Center is designed to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Founded in 1992, the Center is a recognized leader in the areas of disability awareness, and ADA training and technical assistance.  Center Staff, many of whom have disabilities, have conducted thousands of training sessions with businesses and governmental agencies across the Center’s geographic region of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Basin.  Learn more at


ASCLA is the premiere destination for ALA members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants.


ASCLA's more than 800 members are:

  • Librarians, library agencies and staff serving populations with special needs, such as those with sensory, physical, health or behavioral conditions or those who are incarcerated or detained.
  • Librarians and staff of state library agencies, and state library consultants – organizations created or authorized by the state government to promote library services in the state through the organization and coordination of a variety of library services.
  • Library networks and cooperatives – organizations of one or more types of libraries: academic, public, special, or school. They collaborate to maximize the funds available for provision of library services to all citizens. They may serve a community, a metropolitan area, a region, or a state-wide or multi-state area.
  • Consultants, independent or contract librarians, as well as those who work outside of traditional library settings.

To learn more about ASCLA, visit



Come to the preconference session.  It will be informative and helpful – and you’ll even have some fun!



Chris Corrigan
Designated Director of Special Populations