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ALA Conference 2011 – Behavioral Issues in the Library: How do We Respond?

Hi All:

I am at AlA right now and wanted to share with you a really good session I went to this morning.  It was the Behavioral issues in the Library.  It turned out to be different but better than I thought it would be.  It was not so much about “behaviors” as it was disabilities and therefore should have been called Behaviors Associated with a Disability and How do we Respond  — It was very good and very well attemded. so much that folks were having to peek over people from outside the room — they needed a larger space.

Anyways, a program and  resource that is available to librarians and is becoming increasing popular is Libraries and Autism.  This is a project for getting individuals on the austism spectrum and their families involved with the library by offering services and programs.  You can learn more by going to their website at www.thejointlibrary.org/autism They have nation-wide workshops where they travel to states and talk about how we as librarians can make a difference in the lives of those affected with autism.  They provided handouts at today’s sessions listing additional information, such as communication tips, behaviors to ignore, behaviors you should not ignore, emergency tips, and of course and very important – relationship building tips. 

This is an award-winning customer service training project to help library staff serve individuals with Austim Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families more effectively.  You can watch the video, customize resources, access  and strategies that work for programming and more.  The presenters names were Meg and Dan and you can email them at [email protected]

Enjoy!  This was my first post on the PLA blog and I hope to be doing more. 

Stephanie Hill, Arizona