Project ENABLE – A terrific resource for everyone! Please check it out!

From their website found at http://projectenable.syr.edu/

Project ENABLE provides free, foundational training, designed specifically for public, academic or school librarians worldwide, to help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to create inclusive and accessible libraries that meet the needs of all students. Teachers, administrators, and parents are also welcome to use the site to learn, review or update their learning in this area.

 This unique training site allows librarians to designate their library type and location (state) on their registration form and receive content that is tailored just for them. In addition, training can be customized for individual or group use. The site is free and open to all who can benefit from this training.

 Project ENABLE is a partnership of the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL), the School of Information Studies (iSchool@Syracuse) and the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Funding support for Project ENABLE was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Wow! I am in the process of transcribing interviews with children’s librarians for my dissertation project about early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities and I can attest to the timeliness and necessity of this resource in our profession. We MUST be better prepared to ensure both accessibility and inclusiveness of the lifelong learning opportunities that all libraries are meant to provide, to everyone. 

No longer can librarians lament “I can’t afford to get trained in this area” or “I don’t have time to learn what I need to learn”. Now there is that free, self-paced training and did I mention that it is free and fully online so go get yourself to Project ENABLE and learn more about it!

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