Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

$195.00
ALA Member: 
$ 175.50
Item Number:
1541-8996
Dates: 
From:  November 5, 2018
To:  December 23, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Duration: 
7 weeks (includes a one-week break for the week of Thanksgiving)
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
30 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
  • Description
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Registration
  • eCourse Outline
  • About the Instructor
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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.

Reviews 

"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."

"Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others."

After completing this eCourse, participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn over 100 signs and have a grasp on how to use these signs in library settings
  • 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

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on November 5, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Kathy MacMillan will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 7-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: Getting Started with ASL

  • Introduction: Overview of Course, “The 5 Parts of a Sign”
  • Vocabulary  (Introducing Yourself): MY, YOUR, ME, YOU, NAME, WHAT, NICE, MEET,  PLEASE, THANK YOU, EXCUSE ME, SORRY, DEAF, HEARING, YES, NO, the manual alphabet and its purpose
  • ASL Grammar: Information-seeking Questions
  • Sentence Activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Terminology and Battling Audism
  • Library Services: How to Communicate with Deaf People
  • Quiz

Week 2: Around the Library

  • Review activity
  • Vocabulary: LIBRARY, DESK, INFORMATION, LIBRARIAN, MAN, WOMAN, BATHROOM, WATER, FOUNTAIN, DOOR, CHILDREN, COMPUTER, CLOCK, SODA, COFFEE, EAT/FOOD, DRINK, MACHINE, BOOK, SALE, OPEN, CLOSE, MAGAZINE, BULLETIN BOARD, DVD, CD, AUDIOBOOK, the numbers 0 through 10
  • ASL Grammar: Yes/no questions
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Earth vs. Eyeth 
  • Library Services: Collection Development of Sign Language Materials
  • Quiz

Week 3: At the Circulation Desk

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: CHECKOUT DESK, PAY, FINE, LIBRARY CARD, OVERDUE, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, RETURN-BOOK, CHECKOUT BOOK, DOLLAR, CENTS, FIRST, LAST, CHANGE, LINEUP, RESERVES, SHELF, MEETING ROOM, CALENDAR, DUE, FREE, money signs,  the numbers 11 through 19
  • ASL Grammar: Topic-Comment structure
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Early History of ASL
  • Library Services: Services Typically Used by Deaf Patrons
  • Quiz

Week 4:  At the Information Desk

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: Library will close in 5/10/15 minutes, PRINT, COST, sentences, first 5 pages free, FINISH, HELP, GIVE, TIME, FAX, DON’T KNOW, HAVE, WHERE, REQUEST, FORBIDDEN, FICTION, NONFICTION, LAB, WANT, time signs, numbers 20-29
  • ASL Grammar: Directional verbs
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: ASL in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Library Services: Technologies for Accessibility
  • Quiz

 

Week 5: Programming

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: PROGRAM, INTERPRETER, REQUEST, REGISTER, CALENDAR, BROCHURE, NAMETAG, TEACH, STORY, MUSIC, CRAFT, COOK, BOOK DISCUSSION, MOM, DAD, SISTER, BROTHER, BABY, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, days of the week, months, numbers 30-66 with doubles
  • ASL Grammar: Numerical incorporation and use of space
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Signing Etiquette
  • Library Services: Providing Interpreters
  • Quiz

Week 6: In the Community

  • Review Activity
  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary: STORE, BANK, POLICE, FIREFIGHTER, SCHOOL, RESTAURANT, GO-TO, PLAYGROUND, OFFICE, WORK, SPORTS, COLLEGE, GAS STATION, DOCTOR, HOSPITAL, numbers 67-100
  • ASL Grammar: Pronouns and space
  • Sentence activity: Putting it all Together
  • Deaf Culture: Deaf Gain and the Library as a Source of Empowerment
  • Library Services: Working with Interpreters
  • Quiz

Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita's First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996.  She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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