Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Reading Special Recorded Webinar Available!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Reading Special

1 hour webinar, recorded.

Learn basic American Sign Language vocabulary for summer and animals and how to use it in storytime! This session teaches themed vocabulary while demonstrating storytime activities and best practices for signing with young children. Includes storytime demo and language and culture notes to help you present American Sign Language to hearing audiences in context. Purchase includes access to the webinar for 30 days, plus access to webinar resource page. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other books for children, teens, librarians, and educators.

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Get Live Feedback with Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Group Coaching Session

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Group Coaching Session

Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 1:30-2:45 PM Eastern/12:30-1:45 PM Central/11:30 AM-12:45 PM Mountain/10:30-11:45 AM Pacific

1 hour and 15 minutes, Online via Zoom

Here’s your chance to get live feedback on your storytime activities using American Sign Language! In this interactive small-group session, each participant will demonstrate a story, song, rhyme or other activity they plan to use with signs in storytime, and storyteller and nationally certified ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will give live feedback on vocabulary choices, sign production, presentation, and introducing ASL vocabulary in context. Expand your storytime toolbox with ideas from your peers and enhance your storytime confidence!

Each session is capped at 12 participants, so register now!

Pricing:

  • Individual: $40 (includes live webinar and recording access for 30 days after the live event)
  • Group rate (10 people): $300 (includes live webinar and recording access for 30 days after the live event)
  • Optional Add-on: Individualized video feedback: $25. Submit a video (up to 10 min) demonstrating more planned signing activities for storytime and receive individualized feedback on sign choices, production, and more from Kathy MacMillan via return video within 14  days. Must be used within 6 months of purchase.

About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other books for children, teens, librarians, and educators.

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ASL for Library Staff, Level 2 begins June 28! Register now!

American Sign Language for Library Staff: Level 2 

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, June 28, 2021 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 

Level up your knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) along with your library’s services to deaf and hard of hearing library users. Designed to provide more in-depth learning, practice, and feedback for those who have completed American Sign Language for Library Staff Level 1, this course will use readings, multimedia resources, online discussion boards, and hands-on assignments to introduce more ASL vocabulary, grammar, and culture topics relevant to the library setting. Instructor Kathy MacMillan is a librarian and ASL interpreter and will provide individualized feedback via a video project customized to your learning goals. You will also have the opportunity to participate in two live online class sessions to interact with the instructor and peers. The live sessions will be recorded for those who do not attend.

This 6-week, asynchronous online course will introduce more American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting and place that information within a linguistic and cultural context to aid participants in improving library services to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Each week will focus on a different aspect of library services and will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

Please note that ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses on learning American Sign Language focus on library-specific vocabulary and Deaf Culture topics. Even if you have taken a conversational ASL course elsewhere, we recommend that you begin with American Sign Language for Library Staff Level 1 (called Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff in past iterations), as it covers library-specific vocabulary not usually taught in community ASL courses.

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Also open for registration:

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, August 23, 2021 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, expert Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children.  In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

A few of your assignments will be to create videos of yourself signing, so that you can get direct feedback from the instructor.

Reviews

“Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide is one of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken. I really appreciated the topics covered and all the additional tips the instructor contributed to the discussion forums.”

“Your methods for teaching, quizzing, and giving feedback for assignments were more responsive than any ecourse I’ve taken so far (on this site or in grad school!)”

“Kathy MacMillan was an outstanding teacher, and I would highly recommend this class to my colleagues.”

“This course was appropriately named. It was practical and extremely informative.”

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Register now for Hands Up! Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginner)

Hands Up! Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginner)

Wednesdays, June 30-July 21 from 1-2:30 PM Eastern/12-1:30 PM Central/11-12:30 PM Mountain/10-11:30 AM Pacific. Online sessions via Zoom (4 weeks, 1.5 hours per week). Recording access will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live.

Learn and practice American Sign Language for library settings in this interactive series. Each session will build on those before it to reinforce your knowledge and expand your ability to communicate with members of the Deaf community, and you’ll get plenty of interactive signing practice! Recording access will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

Pricing:

  • Individual: $240 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 4-week series)
  • Group rate (10 people): $2000 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 4-week series)

 

About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, instructor, consultant, writer and signing storyteller. Kathy is the author of the Little Hands Signing board book series (Familius Press) and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press), as well as many other books for children, teens, and adults. She has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, and was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Kathy presents American Sign Language programs for families and workshops for library staff and educators. She also serves on the board of Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Summer Reading Special

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Reading Special

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern. 1 hour, Online via Zoom.

Add some American Sign Language to your summer reading toolbox! In this interactive session, we’ll focus on basic ASL vocabulary for summer and animals, to go with the Collaborative Summer Library program theme of Tails and Tales. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

Pricing:

  • Individual: $40 (includes live webinar and recording access for 30 days after the live event)
  • Group rate (10 people): $300 (includes live webinar and recording access for 30 days after the live event)
  • Optional Add-on: Individualized video feedback: $25. Submit a video (up to 10 min) demonstrating your planned signing activities for storytime and receive individualized feedback on sign choices, production, and more from Kathy MacMillan via return video within 14  days. Must be used within 6 months of purchase.

About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other books for children, teens, librarians, and educators.

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Trainings for Library Staff: eCourses and Webinars

I’ve been getting several questions lately about my various training offerings for library staff, so I thought I would write up an FAQ about the different offerings and how they complement one another.

How are eCourses and webinar series different?

My eCourses offered through ALA Editions (ASL for Library Staff, Levels 1 and 2; Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom) are asynchronous, meaning that you work through the lessons on your own time and at your own pace.  Each eCourse contains 6 lessons that will take you approximately 5-6 hours each to complete, for a total of 30 learning hours. Course material is presented through videos, readings, and quizzes. You have 12 weeks to complete each course. Each course also includes at least 1 video project that allows you to get individualized feedback from the instructor on your signing.

Webinars and webinar series are conducted live online via Zoom, and all include access to the recording if you cannot attend live or want to review the material after the live session. Participants are encouraged (though not required) to share their video for a truly interactive experience and real-time feedback and assistance in learning the signs.

  • The Hands Up! Live ASL Practice for Library Staff webinar series (Beginner and Intermediate levels) is designed to provide interactive practice and reinforcement of ASL vocabulary and grammatical structures relevant to the library setting, to help library staff gain confidence in their abilities to serve ASL users.
  • Each Little Hands Signing Professional Development series webinar focuses on a specific storytime theme, allowing participants to register for the areas most relevant to their training needs.

 

Would the eCourses benefit me if I already took the webinar series?/Would the webinar series benefit me if I already took the eCourses?

The answer to both questions is yes!  The eCourses and webinar series have been designed to complement one another and allow those who have taken either of them to expand their knowledge by moving to the other. The eCourses provide a broad overview of the topic, touching on multiple facets and introducing a wide range of vocabulary. The webinar series cover less material but in much greater depth, allowing for interactive practice to develop your confidence in signing in the library setting.

 

Which training should I take if…

…I am totally new to signing in the library and I want to better serve Deaf and hard of hearing patrons?

If you enjoy learning on your own and setting your own pace, start with ASL for Library Staff, Level 1 (eCourse). If you would prefer a more interactive, guided introduction, start with Hands Up!: Live ASL for Library Staff (Beginners) (webinar series).

…I want to start using ASL vocabulary in my storytimes and I am totally new to the topic.

Start with Sign Language for Storytime or the Classroom (eCourse) or the Little Hands Signing Professional Development series.

…I have taken one or two ASL classes in the community, but I am not familiar with vocabulary for the library setting.

If you enjoy learning on your own and setting your own pace, start with ASL for Library Staff, Level 1 (eCourse). If you would prefer a more interactive, guided introduction, start with Hands Up!: Live ASL for Library Staff (Beginners) (webinar series).

…I can conduct a basic ASL conversation in the library setting (greeting a patron, discussing basic library locations and services, conducting a basic reference or circulation transaction), but I want to develop my skills more.

To expand your library ASL knowledge and explore ways to improve your library service to deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, continue on to ASL for Library Staff, Level 2 (eCourse). If you want to focus on practicing and reinforcing your signing skills alone, take Hands Up!: Live ASL for Library Staff (Intermediate) (webinar series).

…I have completed ASL for Library Staff, Levels 1 and 2, and I want to keep up my signing skills for the library setting.

Practice and reinforcing your signing skills with Hands Up!: Live ASL for Library Staff (Intermediate) (webinar series).

…I took the old Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse, and I want to continue to grow my skills.

Depending on how long ago you took the course and how much you remember, you may wish the start with ASL for Library Staff, Level 1 (eCourse) OR get a refresher with interactive guided practice in Hands Up!: Live ASL for Library Staff (Beginners) (webinar series).  If you feel you retained what you learned in the basic course, continue on to ASL for Library Staff, Level 2 (eCourse) or Hands Up!: Live ASL for Library Staff (Intermediate) (webinar series).

…I have completed the Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Library eCourse and I want to expand my vocabulary for storytime.

Take the Little Hands Signing Professional Development webinars (offered as standalone webinars and series). Each webinar is focused around a storytime theme to help you grow your ASL vocabulary in different areas.

…I have taken one or more Little Hands Signing Professional Development webinars and I want to deepen my understanding of signing with children in storytime.

Take the Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Library eCourse, or select others in the Little Hands Signing Professional Development webinars series. Each webinar is focused around a storytime theme to help you grow your ASL vocabulary in different areas.

 

Don’t see your particular situation on this list? Have other questions about these trainings? Contact me to find out the best fit for your learning needs!

May Little Hands Signing Storytimes – Online and FREE

Little Hands Signing

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family presented by Kathy MacMillan.  These FREE online Storytimes hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD).
Registration required at the links below. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program. These programs will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. Programs will be presented in spoken English and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Manners Signs Register here.

Saturday, May 29 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Farm Signs Register here.

Register now for Intermediate ASL Practice for Library Staff

Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Intermediate: Tuesdays, May 11-June 15, 2021, 10-11 AM Eastern | StoriesByHand.com/webinars | Words appear over a drawing of upraised hands in bright pastel colors against a white background.

Hands Up! Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Intermediate)

Practice and gain confidence in your American Sign Language skills for library settings in this interactive series.

Tuesdays, May 11-June 15 from 10-11 AM Eastern/9-10 AM Central/8-9 AM Mountain/7-8 AM Pacific. Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week). Recording access will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live.

This series is appropriate for those who have taken previous Hands Up! sessions, ASL for Library Staff eCourses through the American Library Association, or anyone who already knows some library vocabulary in ASL and wishes to polish their skills.

Pricing:

  • Individual: $240 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)
  • Group rate (10 people): $2000 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)

About the Instructor: Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, instructor, consultant, writer and signing storyteller. Kathy is the author of the Little Hands Signing board book series (Familius Press) and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press), as well as many other books for children, teens, and adults. She has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, and was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Kathy presents American Sign Language programs for families and workshops for library staff and educators. She also serves on the board of Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

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Next session of Beginners series starts June 30!

Hands Up! Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginner)

Learn and practice American Sign Language for library settings in this interactive series.

Wednesdays, June 30-July 21 from 1-2:30 PM Eastern/12-1:30 PM Central/11-12:30 PM Mountain/10-11:30 AM Pacific. Online sessions via Zoom (4 weeks, 1.5 hours per week). Recording access will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live.

See complete details and registration here.

Technologies and Tools for Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons

Someone recently asked me:
“Our library has access to some funds for technology purchase and an interest in using the funds to make our library more accessible and useful. Can you suggest some useful tools for serving deaf and hard of hearing patrons?”

And I thought perhaps others might find my answer useful, so here you go!:

I have listed some ideas below, but really it depends on what your focus is. There are technologies you can buy, but often serving the deaf and hard of hearing community is more about ongoing services, such as providing interpreters for programs, providing captioning for video content on the library’s website, and providing training for library staff to better serve these patrons. Unlike say, providing a wheelchair ramp, where it is a one-time cost, improving services to deaf and hard of hearing patrons is often an ongoing cost and effort. (And even purchasing an FM system or a communications device won’t do you much good unless staff get the training to know how to use it effectively.)  So, if at all possible, I encourage you to invest in staff training and/or ongoing provision of services such as interpreters or captioning, instead of just one-time technology purchases.

That said, here are some thoughts:

What technologies would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!