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SWFLN DigiRef Academy: Disability Resources – Empowering ALL People with Information

May 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Type: SWFLN Webinar
Date: 5/23/2017
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM

 How can libraries connect people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing? What about organizations in your community that can help them get the support they need? Many people with disabilities go from being surrounded by their teachers, peers and helpers regularly, to being by themselves more often and needing to learn strategies for independence. Creating an environment that focuses on understanding disabilities and leverages learning tools can help with education and in daily life.

How can you help students, teachers, parents, college and special library customers find resources that will help? What about typical research questions? Disability resources will be the focus of this session. Additionally, in times of shrinking budgets and increasing pricing for subscription databases, how can you provide quality resources? What’s free? What is worth paying for? We will focus on disability sources that will help answer these questions while at the same time suggesting free or low-cost resources.

With Digital Reference quickly becoming an established practice in all types of libraries, this workshop will cover how to effectively serve patrons in a digital environment while ensuring they feel their question is valued and they are received appropriately. We will also focus on methods of service; “chat etiquette,” clarifying queries, and evaluating your overall service to patrons. This focus will also enhance your in-person patron interactions.

Academic Library staff will be interested in this course because it will help them understand selected Disability Resources and the methods of providing technological resources to help students, faculty, and staff in a digital environment.

Public Library staff will find this training beneficial because it will help them understand and to relate to patrons and provide technological resources to help them with Disability questions. Public library staff will want to attend because they encounter various levels of technical skills in their patrons, and knowing how to help patrons effectively remotely is key.

School Librarians and Media Specialists will enjoy this course because it will help them understand and relate to students and parents in a digital environment and provide help with Disability topics. They will want to attend because this course will provide tips that will help communicate with parents and teachers.

Special Librarians will be interested in this workshop because it will help them relate to diverse patrons and provide technological resources to help them in performing research on disability topics.

Location: Web Based Training

Other Information:
 About the Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Rollins is the Chief of Information Services at Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center (MSFRIC). She is also an adjunct “Digital Reference Professor” for the University of Alabama. Stephanie serves on both regional and state library committees, and she has 22 years of experience in academic and special libraries. She holds a BA in English from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree in Library Service and a Doctorate in Public Administration (both from the University of Alabama).

Contact: Aaron Blumberg
Contact Number: 2393136218
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Rollins