CALL FOR PROPOSALS! Spring 2020 Library Conference in Kentucky Focusing on Diversity & Inclusion

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Libraries in Action: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Communities

The 2020 KLA/SLA Joint Spring Conference planning committee welcomes proposals for mini-sessions, panel discussions, and lightning round talks for “Libraries in Action: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Communities,” to be held March 25-27 at Lake Cumberland State Park.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions:   Monday, December 2nd



To submit, please complete the submission form: (https://forms.gle/sAMUPoBVAT9iUaL99)

Your proposal should include:

Presenter(s) name

Institution name

 Library name

 Title of your presentation

 Short (250 word) abstract

There is Still Time to Apply for an “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More”Grant

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GRANT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  For the fifth year, this grant will award a total of $5,000.00, with all of the funds either awarded to one proposal or divided among several applicants, depending on the applications received. All types of libraries in the United States or Canada are encouraged to apply.  Proposals will be eligible that fund projects and/or services directed at any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service or enhance one that they currently offer. All proposed projects must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, buy program materials, pay for staff coverage, etc., so long as these expenses further the library’s ability to serve people with autism through the proposed initiative.   Click HEREto see the previous grant winners and funded projects.

  • The application deadline:                                  Monday, December 2, 2019         
  • The winning applicant(s) will be notified by:  Monday, March 2, 2020       
  • The grant-funding period:                                   April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021


SELECTION CRITERIA – Each application must show evidence of:

  • A clear, well-planned and organized description of the project.
  • Significant potential impact.
  • Institutional support.
  • People with autism, family members or other community stakeholders who are involved in the project development and/or its implementation.
  • A project that can be replicated in other communities.
  • An understanding of the needs of people with autism and/or best practices in working with this population.
  • A sustainability/continuation plan of the service or program after the end of the grant period.
  • The need for outside funding to execute the project.



The 2020-2021 grant forms can be downloaded at the three linked headings below:

Crisis Center Toolkit Helps Workers Identify & Support Autistic Callers

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Suicide rates are a national concern, and although more studies are needed,  individuals on the autism spectrum are challenged with depression, anxiety, sensory and social issues, all  which impact emotions and impede daily life.


Thanks to Erin Miller, speaker at the 2019 Forum, Self-Advocate and Co-Founder of SAVE IRIS (Include, Respect I Self-Direct) for sharing this important toolkit:

Crisis Supports for the Autism Community

The Recent Webinar “A Spectrum of Shelves: Building a Library Collection for People with Autism” is now available for viewing.

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Jennifer Taggart, Librarian, Bloomfield Township Public Library & Accessibility Services Speaker & Consultant



If you were unable to attend this valuable webinar, presented by Jennifer Taggart, a national leader and expert on accessibility in library services and collection development, you can view her complete presentation here:

For more great resources and innovative ideas about inclusive library services, check out Jennifer’s blog,  Adaptive Umbrella 





Targeting Autism Initiative Featured in the October issue of The International Journal of Information, Diversity & Inclusion

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Targeting Autism in Libraries:cover_issue_2229_en_US
A Comprehensive and Collaborative Training
Program for Librarians

This article describes the Targeting Autism program, funded by multiple grants from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS). This program was created to provide free training to the librarians of the State of Illinois on providing quality services and programs to patrons with autism. The State Library of Illinois leads the project, in partnership with Dominican University and Syracuse University and in collaboration with dozens of autism related organizations. The Targeting Autism program has included a variety of educational opportunities—in-person annual forums, group workshops, follow-up individualized coaching, webinars, blogs, and an online self-paced, in-depth training program for individuals or groups through Project ENABLE (Expanding Non-discriminatory Access to Librarians Everywhere) to librarians in Illinois and beyond. The program is a model for the development of similar programs both nationally and internationally.

The complete article is available at:

The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 3(4), 2019
ISSN 2574-3430, jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/ijidi/index
DOI: 10.33137/ijidi.v3i4.32998

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