[kids-lib] Project ENABLE - Opportunity to Increase Accessibility in Your School, Public, or Academic Library

Greta Bergquist greta.bergquist at state.or.us
Wed Mar 11 20:36:11 PDT 2020

See below for Project ENABLE information.



Greta Bergquist
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From: yscon-bounces at lists.library.ohio.gov [mailto:yscon-bounces at lists.library.ohio.gov] On Behalf Of Donna Throckmorton
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:57 AM
To: yscon at lists.library.ohio.gov
Subject: [yscon] Project ENABLE

Hello - I am passing this along.  Please share with academic, public or school librarians that you feel would  be interested.

They do pay a modest honorarium for participation.  Please contact Ruth V. Small, Ph.D. if you are interested.


Have you heard about Project ENABLE<https://projectenable.syr.edu/>?  This project provides free online training for librarians who are trying to transform into accessible and inclusive libraries for their patrons with disabilities. For this project, we need some school, public and academic librarians nationwide who have experience in this area.

We need librarians for the following two parts of a project:

  1.  Video Interviews. We use Skype to interview librarians in their libraries to address one of the following challenges, describing the challenge and how they resolved that challenge. We are looking for 7 librarian interviews to add to our completed 9 interviews. The challenges are:
*        Providing outreach efforts that give community members with disabilities "a voice" in decision-making about library programs and services that meet their needs. (need 1 academic or public librarian)
*        Offering some tips and tricks for creatively applying Universal Design for Learning principles to their instructional programs when faced with small budgets and limited choices. (need 1 school of academic librarian)
*        Avoiding assumptions, unfounded expectations, taboos and stereotypes around people with disabilities. (need 1 school or academic librarian)
*        Using Universal Design as an accessibility framework for adapting or replacing library facilities and furniture. (need 1 school or academic librarian)
*        Providing appropriate services to teen and adult patrons with developmental disabilities. (need 1 public or academic librarian)
*        Finding inexpensive ways to make a space accessible. (need 2: 1 school, public or academic librarian)

  1.  We need 8 librarians nationwide for our project Review Committee. This committee will review and provide feedback for improvement on the quality of various materials we are developing for this project, including workshop outlines, pathfinders, videos, and handouts. We are looking for librarians with some background in instructional design, adult education, workshop development, or similar area of expertise.

We pay each librarian a modest honorarium for the successful completion of this work.

Thanks for any help you can give us.


Ruth V. Small, Ph.D.
Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor Emerita/Research Professor
Project Director, Project ENABLE; Young Innovators Project
Project Co-Director, Connecting Literacy & Innovation
Founding Director, Center for Digital Literacy
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
drruth at syr.edu<mailto:drruth at syr.edu>

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