Asynchronous eCourse beginning September, 2015 and continuing for 6 weeks
(Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course material)
Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request
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 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, this eCourse taught by 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.
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
Comments from past participants:
“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”
“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”
“This has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”
“This class was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”