ALSC Community Forum
January 10, 2018 @ 3PM (Central)
Topic: Inclusive Spaces and Services for Children of All Abilities
Jason Driver, Renee Grassi, Eva Thaler-Sroussi, and ALSC President Nina Lindsay will be hosting an ALSC Community Forum live chat on the topic of Inclusive Spaces and Services for Children of All Abilities. This forum will include a live text discussion with the opportunity to ask questions to our presenters.
In the past 5 years alone, the topic of inclusion, accessibility, and youth librarianship has moved forward in positive and innovative ways. This discussion will focus on tangible practices for inclusion of children of all abilities in library spaces and services. What can we do to make our youth departments, our branches, or our libraries more welcoming to children and their families? What have we learned from our successes and our failures in programs and services? What tips, strategies, best practices, and resources can we share with others in the field to support this learning?
This conversation will focus on the topic of serving children of all different abilities. Members are invited to review the Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers Committee Toolkit before the Forum.
Join the conversation online at #alscforum!
*Access to this forum is limited to ALSC members. ALSC members will receive an email approximately one week prior to the forum date, which will contain a direct URL to access the live forum. For more information about the ALSC Community Forum on January 10, 2018, check out the ALSC Community Forum info page.
Jason Driver is the Early Literacy Specialist for the Chicago Public Library where he coordinates all of early learning initiatives, programs and trainings for children’s librarians in Chicago’s 80 neighborhood libraries. Previously he worked as an early intervention specialist for the State of Illinois Early Intervention Program, providing developmental therapy for at-risk infants and toddlers. He is currently the co-chair of the ALSC Library Service to Underserved Children and their Caregivers Committee.
Renee Grassi is the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library in Dakota County, Minnesota. Renee was a former member of the ALSC Library Service to Underserved Children and their Caregivers Committee, is currently a member of the ALSC Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee. She was also one of the co-founding members of SNAILS—an Illinois networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries to children and teens with disabilities.
Eva Thaler-Sroussi is the Children’s Programming Librarian at Needham Free Public Library in Needham, MA. Eva is currently co-chair of the ALSC Library Service to Underserved Children and their Caregivers Committee. She created and managed an early literacy library partnership program to reach underserved children ages 0-5.