Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere), funded by grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, provides high quality, comprehensive, and free train-the-trainer professional development to school librarians nationwide to help them develop and deliver effective library and information services to students with disabilities. In summer 2011, we provided face-to-face professional development to 35 teams of educators (school librarians, special educators and classroom teachers) from New York State. In November 2012, we launched a comprehensive, multimedia, freely accessible training Web site (see below).
An IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Continuation Grant is allowing the expansion of face-to-face workshops nationally this summer 2013. Recruiting has begun for three-person teams (librarian, general educator, special educator), as well as fifteen, school library faculty from graduate school library programs, to attend a four and a half day workshop on the Syracuse University campus either June 22-26 or August 5-9 in 2013. Applications and detailed information for these workshop opportunities are available on the Project ENABLE site (http://projectenable.syr.edu/WORKSHOPS/Applications). The workshop curriculum will expand upon the same curriculum areas addressed during the 2011 summer workshops, integrate content from the training Web site, and incorporate collaboration and hands-on learning experiences (e.g., assessing accessibility of a library design, using legal standards, assessing lesson plans using UDL standards, etc.).