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Project ENABLE, a collaborative project of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, Center for Digital Literacy, and Burton Blatt Institute, provides high quality, comprehensive, train-the-trainer continuing education program for school librarians nationwide in ways to create and deliver effective library and information services to students with disabilities.


Here are some recent activities by the PE Team.


  • May 2014: William Myhill presents "Reaching the 21st Century Library and Information Needs of All Students" at the Pacific Rim 30th Anniversary International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Learn from Yesterday. Live for Today. Envision Tomorrow in Honolulu, H.I.
  • May 2014: William Myhill is an Invited Speaker at the Westchester Library Association in Tarrytown, N.Y. His presentation entitled "Providing Inclusive and Accessible Library Programs and Services for Everyone in My Community" introduced participants to Project ENABLE's training website.
  • June 2014: Ruth Small presents "Stepping Up: Providing Effective Library and Information Services, Programs and Resources to Students With Disabilities" at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Nancy Everhart, Director of Project PALS at Florida State University is co-presenter.



Our 2013 Project ENABLE summer workshop participants from all over the U.S. are helping us spread the word about Project ENABLE training at their local, state, and regional meetings and conferences  . We are so proud of them! Here are some examples of the great work they are doing.


Joan Abraham (AZ) made a presentation on Project ENABLE to the Kingman Unified School District.


Linda Houck (NY) talked about Project ENABLE to the Cornwall Terrace Elementary School staff.


Lynette Mitchell (FL) presented to the Citrus County School Board.
Christina Stoutenberg (OH) presented Project ENABLE at the State of Ohio School Librarian Conference.


Elizabeth Hester (AL) made a presentation about PE at the Alabama Library Association Conference.


Brenda Young (MD) presented Project ENABLE to the Redland Middle School staff and para-educators.


Rita Vargas (NM) shared what she had learned with the Sky City Community School staff.


Sean Fallon (NJ) talked about Project ENABLE to 60 elementary teachers and support staff in his district.


Elizabeth Switek (TX) made a presentation about Project ENABLE to the Austin Discovery School teachers and staff.


Cheri Dobbs (MI) presented Project ENABLE to librarians from Michigan's independent schools.


Kendra Allen (NC) shared the knowledge she had gained with the graduate students in the "Curriculum Issues and the School Librarian" class at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) iSchool.

IMLS Awards Third Grant to Project ENABLE


A 2013 IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant has been awarded to Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Libraries Everywhere), the third one the project has received. The project was originally funded in 2010, and now will continue until 2015 with this grant. The project is a partnership between the iSchool's Center for Digital Literacy and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. The project's principal investigator is Ruth Small. Co-PI's are William Myhill and Renee Hill.

Project ENABLE has focused on face-to-face and online training for school librarians to help them better design and implement their library and information programs and services for students with disabilities. The current grant will expand the training to public and academic librarians nationwide.

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