Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jan: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff (ALA)

Asynchronous eCourse beginning January 6, 2014 and continuing for 6 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 30Certificate of Completion available upon request 
Price: $195.00

Learning outcomes

After completing this eCourse, participants will:
  • Know and be able to use approximately 20-30 signs
  • Have a basic understanding of Deaf culture and how to interact effectively with deaf patrons
  • Understand multiple applications of ASL in different library contexts
  • Understand how the library can use ASL as a service that ties into the broader community
American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals.  A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for baby storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, in this eCourse, librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.