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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

I want to let everyone know that the American Libraries Association is offering a 2 part workshop on Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library.

The topics include:

  • an overview of the different ways deaf people communicate
  • understanding and meeting your library's legal obligation to serve the deaf
  • strategies for communicating with a deaf or hard of hearing person in the library
  • tips for finding, hiring, and working with interpreters

Kathy MacMillan, a writer, ASL interpreter, librarian, and storyteller will present the workshop online February 22 and February 29, 2012. See this webpage for times and registration information. 

I'm thrilled that my profession is offering a service oriented workshop aimed at raising deaf awareness among library workers and improving communication with the deaf community.


Anonymous said...

Too bad that it has to be a hearing person doing it. There are plenty of deaf librarians out there. Why isn't Gallaudet presenting this?

Anonymous said...

Thats briliant Sarah. :)

SpeakUp Librarian said...

@Anonymous -
It's possible that Gallaudet and deaf librarians have presented similar workshops. I can't say.

I simply want to raise awareness that this time Kathy MacMillan and ALA are stepping up and presenting on this topic. I want to do all I can to support their efforts and encourage other professions to provide deaf awareness training to their staff.

Thanks for your comment.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Isn't it Liz? I knew you would appreciate this post as you often blog about the need for such training in the workplace.