Can Small Changes Produce Big Impacts? You Bet They Can!!!
July 07, 2021 | Ruth V. Small, Ph.D., Director, Project ENABLE, Syracuse University
"Project ENABLE has provided training for more than 5,000 librarians and our resources have been used by thousands more. As we conclude our 5th and latest Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant from IMLS in support of our work at Project ENABLE, we have been able to add a number of new resources to our website, with more to come. Our most recent additions to our Resources database include 26 Challenge Videos in which librarians nationwide share some of their greatest challenges to inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities and the successful solutions they have developed to meet those challenges. We also added two dozen pathfinders, short lists of the best resources on a number of topics, in printable format for bookmarks that can be handed out to your patrons."
Meeting the Challenge: What Librarians are Doing to Better Serve Their Patrons with Disabilities
May 26, 2021 | Marilyn P. Arnone, co-PI, Project ENABLE
"Sometimes, getting started on incorporating Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning principles into library facilities and into the programs and services for library patrons can be overwhelming. So, the Project ENABLE team reached out to its community, libraries, to learn about some of the creative and successful ways library staff are meeting these challenges, making their library spaces more accessible, and creating programming and services that are more inclusive for their patrons with disabilities. We found a variety of librarians, working in public, school and academic libraries located throughout the country, who were accomplishing a lot, often with very little or no funding and willing to share their ideas and results with the entire library community....."
February 07, 2021 | Guest Blogger: Eileen O’Shea, Consultant for Infopeople
"Infopeople (https://infopeople.org) first partnered with Project Enable in 2018 to provide learning experiences relating to accessibility awareness and libraries. Infopeople’s expertise in developing and delivering online learning combined with Project Enable’s amazing efforts to build the capacity of library staff to provide equitable access and services to students with disabilities was a great matchup. Between online courses and a webinar, over 350 people participated in learning events related to issues around inclusion and accessibility in 2019-2020 and gained new knowledge and skills."