American Sign Language for Librarians
Do you live in a community with a sizable Deaf population, or do you simply wish to offer more accessibility to patrons in your library? Developed by librarians and American Sign Language (ASL) experts, American Sign Language for Librarians is an essential tool for reaching out and communicating with your Deaf patrons and developing your library sciences career.
Topics covered in American Sign Language for Librarians include: Welcoming New Patrons, Getting to Know the Library, Accessing Digital Resources, Programs at the Library, and Accessibility at the Library. Each lesson contains video flashcards teaching the most useful library-specific vocabulary related to the lesson topic, cultural notes on Deaf culture to help you communicate appropriately and effectively, simple grammar notes explaining the fundamentals of American Sign Language, and multiple interactive games to help test your knowledge of the American Sign Language you’ve learned.
Topics Covered in this Course
Welcoming New Patrons
Learn how to greet Deaf library patrons, help them sign up for a library card, and learn other essential signs such as the alphabet, numbers, and the Five Parameters of ASL.
Getting to Know the Library
Learn how to give directions in ASL to library patrons who want to be familiar with the layout of your library, and how best to communicate with Deaf people.
Accessing Digital Resources
Learn how to talk about accessing your library's digital assets, such as eBooks, online programs, Internet, and Wi-Fi services, as well as how to get someone’s attention and make requests.
Programs at the Library
Learn how to communicate information about your library's programs to patrons, as well as talk about their likes and dislikes.
Accessibility at the Library
Learn how to tell a patron about the accessibility features of your library, and talk about their wants and needs.