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Outreach Materials Survey

Please take the time to answer 5 questions about the outreach materials you've recieved recently: Outreach Materials Survey

Name That Library: Children's Sections

Continuing Education Opportunities

A NEW ONLINE COURSE “Serving Library Users on the Autism Spectrum” is NOW available through WebJunction!

According to Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization, autism is the fastest growing disability. Developed by Project PALS at Florida State University, a new online course has been designed by experts in both the library and autism fields. It includes four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended to help librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve users with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Hosted in the WebJunction Course Catalog, now all libraries have access to this robust and informative course. Learn more and explore this valuable, new course today.

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Library Space & ADA Compliance

Have you & your Board discussed accessibility in your library lately?

Reports from the 2010 U.S. Census found that at least half of all individuals over the age of sixty-five and over 1/5 of the workforce have some type of disability. Check out this Trustee Tip Sheet from ASCLA & start the accessibility conversation at your library today.

Twelve things to keep in mind about ADA Compliance:

1. Parking:
If there are less than 25 parking spaces at the library-- there needs to be at least one handicapped space (8'x8') that is van accessible. It must have a level, hard surface & signage; the curb cut must be close to the entrance of the library. There needs to be 1 additional handicapped space for every additional 25 spaces.

2. Signage:
Signs should be large & clearly readable from the street. The print on the signs should be adequate in size and contrast. The signs should also be at height readable by someone in a wheelchair. The requirements are the same for signs inside the building and they should show which restrooms are accessible, directions to the elevators & stairs, as well as to public service desks, exits, meeting rooms and special collections. (WebAim Article- Is your signage visible to everyone?)

3. Path and Doors:
The path to the main entrance should be smooth with a hard surface, & have no barriers; in addition, it should be at least 36 inches wide and have a ramp if necessary. Door openings should be 36 inches wide and not difficult to open. The threshold cannot be more than 1/4 of an inch high. If there is an inaccessible entrance, there should be a sign directing people to an accessible entrance. Book returns should also be accessible and barrier-free. Inside the library, pathways should be at least 32 inches wide and 60 inches wide where wheelchairs would need to pass each other.

4. Elevators and Stairs:
If there is more than one level to the library, there should be an accessible elevator. Stairs should be at least 36 inches wide and have hand-rails. The steps should be non-slip and not more than 11 inches high each.

5. Floors:
Floors should not be bumpy and have no debris or obstacles in the way. They should be flat & smooth, and also not have loud colors that could disrupt the balance of someone navigating through the library.

6. Lighting:
Lighting should be strong and glare-free. It is important too that the walls are not dark because they could interfere with the vision of some people with disabilities.

7. Public Access Catalogs and Computer Stations:
The computer stations should have 36 inches of clear space around them and be at seating level if there are less than 3 of them. In larger libraries there can be a mix.

8. Furniture:
There should be 40 inches of clear space between furniture in the library and tables should have a 27 inch high clearance and 19 inches of depth underneath for people in wheelchairs to fit at the tables.

9. Periodicals and Stacks:
The top row at the periodicals section shouldn’t be higher than 48 inches and if it is, there should be a sign indicating that you can ask for assistance to reach higher material. In the stacks areas, the aisles must have at least 36 inches of clearance (but 42 inches is preferred).

10. Checkout:
The checkout counter cannot be higher than 36 inches and must be at least 36 inches long.

11. Reference or Help Desk:
The counter at the reference or help desks should not be too high for someone in a wheelchair or the library should otherwise make an accommodation; like having a section of the counter accessible or another table available for people with disabilities.

12. Restrooms:
There should be no barrier to restrooms and their doorways should be 36 inches wide and doors should be made to be easily opened by someone with a disability. The stalls should be 5' by 5' to allow for movement in a wheelchair. Grab bars should also be installed. Fixtures should be no higher than 48 inches. Sink handles should be push-type or motion-sensor activated. -See article

Libraries Outside the Lines: Sept. 13-19

OUTSIDE THE LINES (OTL) is a week-long celebration to reconnect patrons with the creativity, technology, discovery & all of the fun and unexpected experiences happening in libraries today–think: 3D printers, ebooks, woodworking classes, personal job search help, laptop checkouts, biz incubators, seed libraries, recording studios...the list goes on.

Join libraries stepping Outside the Lines September 13th-19th!

What are you planning to do to get OTL?

New Mobile App Available to Help Patrons Find Affordable Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) new app for smartphones & tablets can help your patrons get answers to their housing-related questions. The app connects users with building managers, public housing authorities & property management companies so they can learn more about available HUD housing-- including affordable housing for people with disabilities & seniors. See the Press Release

Assistive Tech Corner

Assistive Tech News

Action Connect:
A New Social Media Website has been launched allowing the visually impaired to share ideas, solutions and tips for everyday life.

Announcing the word's first tactile tablet for blind and visually impaired users:
BLITAB is an innovative Braille device that allows text to appear in Braille via small physical ‘bubbles’ that rise and fall on demand.

ClearCaptions provides text of phone conversations for people with hearing loss:
Certified as a caption telephone provider by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ClearCaptions offers an innovative suite of communication services on a variety of platforms, including personal computers, mobile devices and home phones. Spread the word to your patrons about this free captioning service.

Design With the Blind in Mind:
A TedTalk About Accessible Spaces given by Chris Downey, an architect who suddenly went blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before & after-- and shows how the thoughtful designs that enhance his life now might actually improve the quality of life for everyone-- sighted or not.

New Browser Add-On for the Visually Impaired:
"Depict" is a new crowd-sourced image description tool that could change the experience of browsing the web for the blind and visually impaired. The tool works in two parts—a browser extension for blind users that provides user-created descriptions of images around the Internet, and a website for sighted users to provide those requested descriptions.

Web Accessibility:
"The future is promising for visually impaired people using technology. But there are simple things we can do now to bring that reality closer—adding image descriptions on websites and refraining from using unreadable graphics could make a huge difference..." Read the whole article on web accessibility

Quotable Quotes from PLA's Boot Camp:

"The core mission of libraries – providing books for readers – is as relevant today as it was years ago. In fact, it’s what people overwhelmingly identify as THE reason for libraries. Formats might change, and library patrons might only visit the library virtually, but the library is still the place where readers go to find books. Libraries should embrace this role in their communities – and become “Centers for Readers.”
-- Ad for Library Journal/Novelist webinar, 2013

"Librarians that are arguing and lobbying for clever ebook lending solutions are completely missing the point. They are defending library as warehouse as opposed to fighting for the future, which is librarian as producer, concierge, connector, teacher and impresario. --Seth Godin

More From PLA Bootcamp:

Henry Ford said “If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have asked for a better horse carriage...”

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Did you know... 3 out of the 4 counties we serve have the lowest unemployment rates in the state?

Unemployment rate highlights in July 2015:

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Hamilton County (4.0%)
    • Columbia County (4.1%)
    • Saratoga County (4.3%)
    • Genesee County (4.7%)
    • Nassau County (4.7%)
    • New York County (4.7%)
    • Ontario County (4.7%)
    • Tompkins County (4.7%)
    • Washington County (4.7%)
    • Yates County (4.7%) -From the DOL