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Library Accessibility: What Public Library Trustees Need To Know

Monday, December 10, 2018 (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM) Export to vCalendar
Where:   GoToWebinar (Web Conference/Webinar)

  • This webinar will be run through GoToWebinar. Use the "register" link below to sign-up for this event, and you will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to join the webinar : Register

Library accessibility means more than designing 36” wide aisles or building disability parking spaces. A Library Board of Trustees plays a crucial role in ensuring their public library is inclusive to all residents. In this webinar, former Illinois librarian and ILA’s 2017 Alexander J. Skrzypek Award winner Renee Grassi will equip Library Trustees with the information and tools they need to be more effective accessibility advocates for their library communities.

• Introduction
• How can library trustees advocate for accessibility?
• Where can you learn more about what your library is doing?
• Resources to Learn More

Desired Outcomes
• Participants will learn the definitions of library accessibility and universal design.
• Participants will acquire 4 – 6 strategies they can utilize in their role as Library Trustee to advocate for community members with disabilities.
• Participants will learn about 2 – 3 new online resources that support further learning in library accessibility.

Author, blogger, speaker, trainer, and accessibility advocate Renee Grassi is a nationally recognized leader for library services for patrons with disabilities. In 2012, she was named Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work in this area. A graduate from Dominican University’s Library and Information Science Program in River Forest, Illinois, Renee has worked in small, medium, and large public libraries throughout the Chicago suburbs. After 10 years working in Illinois libraries, Renee moved to Minnesota in 2016, where she is currently the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library. You can find her online at

Type:   Program

Thank you to the presenter for giving RAILS permission to record this event. Please allow time for processing before it appears on the RAILS CE Archives page: If you cannot attend the live session, please feel free to register in order to receive an email alert when the recording is available to view.

Categories: Advocacy, Public Libraries, Services to Special Populations, Trustee Development, Burr Ridge Area, Freeport Area, Galena Area, Galesburg Area, Joliet Area, Kankakee Area, LaSalle Area, Macomb Area, Moline Area, Northbrook Area, Peoria Area, Quincy Area, Rockford Area, Sterling Area, Sycamore Area, Aurora Area, Chicago Area, Bloomington/Normal Area

This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

Event listed by: Illinois Heartland Library System

Questions? Please contact Joe Filapek.

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