[Libs-Or] Online training opportunity--Library and Autism: We're Connected

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Sep 6 08:33:34 PDT 2011

Need or want more training around working with patrons of all ages with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?  Here is an affordable online opportunity! Read the following email for course details.  If you haven't seen the Libraries and Autism: We're Connect website, you should check it out at: http://www.thejointlibrary.org/autism/.  Their website provides great information and resources.

What: Libraries and Autism: We're Connected course
Where: Online
When: Starts September 26, 2011
Duration: Course is 4 weeks long
Cost: $25
Register: http://host5.evanced.info/lva/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
Questions: Enid Costley, enid.costley at lva.virginia.gov<mailto:enid.costley at lva.virginia.gov>, 804.692.3765

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

From: Costley, Enid (LVA) [mailto:enid.costley at lva.virginia.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 6:19 AM
Subject: Library and Autism Online course - please share with libraries in your state

Library and Autism: We're Connected - four Week online course begins in September
Taught by Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss

Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss developed Libraries and Autism: We're Connected in response to the lack of information available on library service to those with cognitive challenges. Their training video and website provide an overview for excellent customer service to better serve those in the autism community. Providing staff with more in-depth training increases their comfort level in interacting effectively with patrons of all ages with ASD and their families. An additional benefit is that the basic customer services skills and techniques provided can serve as universal models for best-practices library service to all members of the public. The workshops they have presented around the country have been met with a very positive reception. This four-week online course, offered September 26, by the Library of Virginia expands on the workshop and will empower staff to enthusiastically embrace their role as ambassadors for their library, confidently utilizing new strategies and tips to provide effective and inclusive universal service.
During this four-week online course, participants will:

* Gain an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), current research, theories and controversies
* Identify problems and issues in delivering effective customer service in the library to those on the spectrum, their families and teachers
* Learn basic, easy to implement tips and strategies for delivering excellent customer service
* Assess your library's strengths and weaknesses in relation to universal access and service to the developmentally disabled
* Develop individualized tools to assist in providing excellent services
* Strategize special projects and/or library-based programming for the ASD community
* Develop an action plan to position your library as an effective community resource and consider what your role in that process could be.

Cost for the course is $25.00, which includes course materials.
You are not registered until payment is received
Course begins September 26, 2011
Prior to taking any Library of Virginia Moodle Course, participants will be required to take Introduction to Moodle, a free two-session online course that will be offered September 12 - 23 or two weeks before Library and Autism. When you sign up for any Library of Virginia Moodle course you will automatically be signed up for Introduction to Moodle.
To register, go to http://host5.evanced.info/lva/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

For more information on Moodle http://www.vpl.lib.va.us/ce-training/moodle.html - Moodle is not an webinar, nor a set of powerpoint presentations, but an online course which allows you to work at your own time and own pace to complete weekly assignments.

This course is funded impart with funds from Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Library of Virginia.

Enid Costley
Library of Virginia
Children's and Youth Services Consultant
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
enid.costley at lva.virginia.gov<mailto:enid.costley at lva.virginia.gov>
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