Anna Coats on Microaggressions

SLIS 720 will host a virtual live session with Anna Coats April 9th, 2020

“Microaggression is a term used for brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioural, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative prejudicial slights and insults toward any group, particularly culturally marginalized groups. This session will focus on racial microaggressions, which are rooted in the United States of America’s long history of racism and xenophobia. This session will focus on how this history, whether we as individuals are aware of it or not, affects present day library services and provide strategies for self education, standing up for ourselves, and / or standing up for colleagues and patrons who are on the receiving end of microaggressions.”

Recorded Lecture:

Part of the Augusta Baker Lecture effort and the course SLIS 752 – Diversity in Libraries.

Barbara Jones: Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

SLIS 720 will host a virtual live session with Barbara Jones March 26th, 2020

“My talk will concern how intellectual freedom and social justice sometimes clash in such situations as hate speech. I will use a recent example, from the Urbana, IL Free Library, of the controversy over the use of sex/gender terminology and dialogue re: LGBTQ people. The questions: Should libraries allow programs with speakers who do not accept the current definitions and activities of transgender people? What should libraries do with books and articles that are now deemed outdated in their definitions? How can a library uphold its ethical principles and still include all people in their selection of information and programming? “

Recorded Lecture:

Part of the Augusta Baker Lecture effort and the course SLIS 752 – Diversity in Libraries.

Valerie Byrd Fort Real Time

Valerie Byrd Fort will be our guest on the Librarian.Support real time session. Join us Thursday April 9th at 9 am Eastern Time.

Topics may include: What school and public librarians are doing to keep students and young people engaged in reading, storytime, and other programming.

The session will be recorded

Valerie Byrd Fort engages students with passion and enthusiasm for reading and literacy.  She has over 15 years of teaching in the K – 12 environment and was selected as Teacher of the Year at both schools in which she taught. As a school librarian, she was an advocate for both students and teachers. She teaches courses in children’s literature and in school library management. Byrd Fort is the coordinator for Cocky’s Reading Express, the University of South Carolina’s literacy outreach program.

Clayton Copeland Real Time

Clayton Copeland will be our guest on the Librarian.Support real time session. Join us Thursday April 2nd at 9 am Eastern Time.

Topics will include: Universal Design and accessibility

The session will be recorded

Dr. Clayton A. Copeland is Director of the SLIS Laboratory for Leadership in the Equity of Access and Diversity (LLEAD) and helps manage the Linda Lucas Walling Collection for Universal Access. Her research focuses upon equity of access to information for underserved populations and literacy. She also pursues research interests in technology, Universal Design, facilities planning, materials and programming for children and young adults, and information behavior.

Accessibility Resources List

Dr. Clayton A. Copeland

Faculty & Director, Laboratory for Leadership in Equity & Diversity (LLEAD)

School of Library and Information Science

University of South Carolina


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Apple, Inc. (n.d.). Accessibility. Retrieved from:

            An overview of the accessibility features offered through Apple/Mac products, including Switch Control, Text to Speech, and Voiceover.

Center for Applied Special Technology. (2018). Retrieved from

The homepage for the CAST website. This site provides information about their organization and what they are currently doing to make education more inclusive.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, 20 U.S.C. § 1401

A law aimed at improving education for students who are differently able.

[LarsensSyndrome]. (2009, Aug. 17). A family visit to the library. [Video file]. Retrieved from

A short video about a family visiting the library, and how accessible the library is for individuals in wheelchairs. (~8 minutes)

Learning Ally. (2018). Retrieved from

The homepage for the Learning Ally website. This site provides information about their organization and the resources they offer for parents, educators, and students.

Linda Lucas Walling Collection for Universal Access. (2017). Retrieved from

The homepage for the Walling Collection website. This site provides information about the collection along with helpful resources for evaluating books for use with differently abled individuals.

Microsoft Corporation. (n.d.). Microsoft accessibility. Retrieved from:            

            Accessibility developments and Accessibility Tools for Businesses, Organizations and Governments provided by Microsoft.

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). (2020). Retrieved from

The homepage for the NLS website. This site provides information about their organization and their current activities.

SC Talking Books Services. (2017). Retrieved from

The homepage for SC Talking Books website. This site provides information about their organization and allows users to browse their collection.

The Center for Universal Design in Education. (2018). Retrieved from

The homepage for the CUDE website. This site provides information and resources about Universal Design at all education levels.

The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program. (2017). Retrieved from

The homepage for the SCATP website. This site provides information about their program and the resources they offer.

Web Accessibility Initiative. (2018, February). Introduction to web accessibility.     Retrieved from:

            An easy to read overview of the many aspects involved in Web Accessibility.

WebAIM. (2016). Accessibility evaluation tool. Retrieved from

Discussion of many tests and tools, and their place in an overall accessibility effort. Tests and tools are a first step, but most important is knowledge and commitment of the web development team

WebAim. (n.d.). Articles and tutorials. Retrieved from

Articles and tutorials on web accessibility from WebAIM.

WebAIM. (n.d.). Creating accessible web content in Dreamweaver. Retrieved from 

Includes an Accessibility Test that can be run against your code.

WebAIM. (n.d.). Microsoft Word – creating accessible documents. Retrieved from

An article on creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word.

WebAIM. (2016). WCAG 2.0 checklist. Retrieved from

            Web accessibility guidelines checklist.

Karen Gavigan Real Time

Karen Gavigan will be our guest on the Librarian.Support real time session. Join us Tuesday April 7th at 9 am Eastern Time.

Topics may include: Graphic novels in youth and school library services, use of primary materials in the classroom.

Gavigan is a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include the use of graphic novels and other resources in K-12 libraries and classrooms. She has also conducted research regarding school library issues such as the instructional role of the school librarian.

Using Graphic Novels across the Curriculum
A Selective Bibliography of Resources for Librarians and Teachers

Karen Gavigan, University of South Carolina, School of Library and Information Science                                                                                     

Professional Books

  • Bakis, Maureen. The Graphic Novel Classroom: Powerful Teaching and Learning with Images. Skyhorse Publishing, Reprint, 2014.
  • Bitz, M.  When Commas Meet Kryptonite: Classroom Lessons from the Comic Book Project. New York:  Teacher’s College Press, Columbia University, 2010.
  • Brozo, William G, Gary B. Moorman, and Carla K. Meyer. Wham! Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum., 2014.
  • Elder, Joshua, and Chris Giarrusso. Reading with Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter! 2014.
  • Frey, N. & Fisher D. Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008.
  • Gavigan, K.W. & Tomasevich, M.  Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12.  Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011.
  • McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: [the Invisible Art]. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994.
  • Monnin, Katie.  Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom.  Gainesville, FL: Maupin House, 2010.
  • Monnin, Katie. Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts: An Illustrated Adventure. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House. 2013.


Association for Library Services for Children

Comics in Education

Comics in the Classroom

Graphic Classroom

Graphic Novel Resources

Great Graphic Novels for Teens – YALSA

My Comic Shop – Browse by Graphic Novel Publisher

No Flying! No Tights!

Reading with Pictures

TOON Books

*Many publishers / vendors provide helpful information about graphic novels on their websites.

Review Sources

  • Booklist and Book Links
  • Horn Book
  • ICv2  (
  • Library Journal
  • School Library Connection
  • Publishers’ Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) 

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May –

Erik Boekesteijn Real Time

Erik Boekesteijn will be our guest on the Librarian.Support real time session. Join us Tuesday March 31st at 9 am Eastern Time.

Topics may include: Multifunctional Buildings organizations. Co-Creation, of-by-for-all, Keep Stories, Share Stories,Make Stories.

The session will be recorded

Erik Boekesteijn is a senior advisor at National Library of the Netherlands as well as a facilitator and consultant for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and a SLIS Fellow. Boekesteijn got his start in the Netherlands’ DOK Library in Delft, recognized as one of the most innovative public libraries in the world.

Jason Broughton Real Time

Recording of the session is at the end of this post

Jason Broughton will be our guest on the Librarian.Support real time session. Join us Thursday morning March 26th at 9 am Eastern Time.

Topics may include: Library resources and emergency management. Librarians in emergency management positions! Emergency management, information and archival systems, and project management. This can be for cultural institutions or for embedded librarianship in county, state, and federal government positions to assist with finding information to assist in the effort to promote communication, awareness, and collaboration

The session will be recorded

A 2014 SLIS alumnus and SLIS Fellow, Jason Broughton was appointed state librarian of Vermont in April 2019. Broughton leads the Department of Libraries within the Agency of Administration and is the first African American to hold the post.

Jason sent along this list of related resources:

List of websites and resources for the conversation with Dr. Lankes.

Is your institution ready to deal with a disaster today?

Disasters can come in all shapes and sizes, from natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes) to emergencies resulting from an accident (burst water pipe), deferred maintenance (leaking roof), or negligence (fire or mold). An effective response will be determined by how well prepared you are to deal with a disaster.

Disaster planning is an essential component of preserving your institution’s collections. With a written disaster plan, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other collection-holding institutions can reduce the risk of disaster and minimize losses. dPlan is perfect for small and medium-sized institutions that do not have in-house preservation staff. dPlan is also valuable for large library systems or museum campuses that need to develop separate but related plans for multiple buildings, locations, or branches.

dPlan can help you create a plan for disaster prevention and response. Enter data into the online template to create a customized disaster plan for your institution. This plan will help you:

  • prevent or mitigate disasters,
  • prepare for the most likely emergencies,
  • respond quickly to minimize damage if disaster strikes, and
  • recover effectively from disaster while continuing to provide services to your community.


The first step when developing an emergency response plan is to conduct a risk assessment to identify potential emergency scenarios. An understanding of what can happen will enable you to determine resource requirements and to develop plans and procedures to prepare your business. The emergency plan should be consistent with your performance objectives.

John Hopkins Coronavirus COVID19 global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering

ALA Disaster Preparedness & Response

Financial Planning for Natural Disasters: A workbook for local governments and Regions

This workbook, spreadsheet tool, and webinar were developed by the NADO Research Foundation and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

[UPDATE]: In April 2015, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet was released to supplement “Financial Planning for Natural Disasters: A Workbook for Local Government and Regions.”  This spreadsheet replicates the Appendix on pages 36-47 in the workbook.  It provides formulas to assist with some of the calculations in each of the module worksheets; however, it does require the collection of some external data.  You can download the spreadsheet here (Microsoft Excel). 

COOP Planning

Matt Finch Real Time

Recording of the session is at the end of this post

Matt Finch will be the very first guest on the Librarian.Support real time session. Join us Tuesday morning March 24th at 9 am Eastern Time.

Planning for uncertainty; scenario and foresight work for libraries; how to do the anticipatory groundwork for the post-pandemic ‘New Normal’ which awaits librarians, information professionals, and the institutions they serve

The session will be recorded

Matt Finch helps communities, companies, and institutions to create effective and innovative activities, programmes, and partnerships. His work spans scenario planning and foresight, policy consultation and strategic direction, plus facilitation and professional development for staff at all levels.

Matt is regularly invited to keynote at conferences and events including ASPAC 2019LIANZA 2017SWITCH 2016 (PDF download), and VALA 2014. He is currently a facilitator on the Scenario Planning course at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Matt holds a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History from the University of London, and holds PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner certification for project management. His writing credits cover a range of print and online media in the US, UK, and beyond.


Real Time Sessions Through April

Starting this Tuesday, March 24th David Lankes will be doing open support sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at least through April. I’ll be inviting faculty, staff, and great librarians from the field to join me in a call-in-style class/show. I’ve already had folks like Erik Boekesteijn for the Royal Libraries of the Netherlands, Karen Gavigan SLIS Professor and genius in everything graphic novels, Marie Østergaard director of one of if not the most innovative public library in the world Aarhus Public Libraries in Denmark, and Kim Silk Strategic Planning & Engagement Librarian at Hamilton Public Library agree to join me for shows. The idea is a real-time conversation that you can join to ask questions and join the conversation.

I’ll do a separate post this afternoon with details, but for now know the link will be

9-10 Eastern Standard Time and archives of the conversations will be posted on the Librarian.SUPPORT site. It should be great to get a global view on librarianship. We can have up to 150 folks join the live sessions.

If you have a topic you or your library would be interested in, or want to be a guest, please email me at