Project ENABLE Partners with Califa/Infopeople to Deliver Innovative Disabilities Training to Librarians

Project ENABLE (Expanding Non-discriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere) is a collaborative project of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, Center for Digital Literacy, and Burton Blatt Institute, providing a high quality, comprehensive, and totally free online disabilities training to librarians nationwide.


Project ENABLE's newest grant partners CDL with non-profit Califa and its professional development arm, Infopeople, to provide professional development to librarians and library staff nationwide, through courses, large group webinars, and small group discussion forums, all using a problem-based learning approach to help librarians learn how to create more accessible and inclusive libraries to meet the needs of patrons with disabilities.


The project also includes original, free Train-the-Trainer packages for librarians wishing to provide in-house training to their staff and a variety of unique learning support materials, including a series of "challenge videos," featuring interviews with 16 school, academic and public librarians who have faced specific challenges and devised successful solutions to those challenges.


You can see these videos for yourself by visiting our Project ENABLE website at Just click on Resources and pull down the Format menu to Video. Each completed video is divided into two parts: "The Problem" and "A Solution." All Project ENABLE resources are free to nonprofit educational organizations only.




CDL Goes Virtual!

The Center for Digital Literacy (CDL) at Syracuse University, is a research and development center founded in 2003 by Professors Ruth Small (Director) and Marilyn Arnone, (Co-Director). Together, they have led more than two dozen funded projects that explore the intersection of information and human motivation and their impact on the quality of life.


CDL was located on the Syracuse University campus until recently, when it was transitioned into a totally virtual center. All work is conducted online; the directors and their graduate student research assistants work from remote locations across the country.


For more information about CDL, please visit the About Us section of this site.





Interviewing Young Inventors

CDL's Young Innovators Project (YIP), funded by grants from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. YIP explores youth invention processes and how young inventors can be mentored by librarians and inspired through through literature. The project has produced more than 50 video interviews with successful, young (K-8) inventors and entrepreneurs, investigating their underlying motivation to invent, the processes and resources they use, and the people who support and guide them along the way.   


For more information about this project, visit our site "The Innovation Destination"  at



What's Happening

Registration Now Open

Free Course: "Increasing Library Access and Inclusion"

Dates: Oct. 6-Nov. 2, 2020

Instructor: Mary Kelly

Enrollment is limited

Register now at:


Coming in Spring 2021…

Free CDL/ Infopeople Webinars and follow-up discussion forums.

Dates and Online Registration: TBA

Watch for announcements on CDL and Infopeople sites




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