The joint webinar from the IFLA Information Literacy (IL) Section and Library Services to People with Special Needs (LSN) Section on “Using Universal Design for Learning to Enhance Information Literacy Programs: Online and in the Library”  will be aired live twice in opposite time zones to accommodate participants in different parts of the world.  Three different world class speakers will be in each webinar so sign up for one or both.

This Can’t-Miss Webinar is sponsored for librarians from school/teacher-librarians, academic, and public librarians, and library school students–anyone who plans inclusive online Information Literacy courses. This is particularly critical in the current crisis when information seeking, and many library services, have moved to a virtual environment. The webinar will be useful for anyone providing online user training to ensure all user learning needs can be met. This 60-minute webinar is in English and will be live captioned. It will also be recorded for later viewing.

Webinar I (Registration for Webinar I)
Date: Sept 16, 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 14:00 (2pm) Eastern Time Zone in New York (18:00 Universal Time Coordinated/Greenwich Mean Time)
Welcome remarks to be delivered by Min Chou, Chair, IFLA Information Literacy Section


  • Dr. Gihan (Gigi) Mohamad, Assistant Professor at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, USA.  Dr. Mohamad teaches instructional design to pre-service educators. 
  • Ms. Caroline Smith, the Inclusive Services Consultant at the South Carolina State Library, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.  Dr. Smith focuses on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within libraries and provides support to public library staff.
  • Ms. Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library, Eagan, Minnesota, USA is an author, blogger, speaker, trainer, and advocate for people with disabilities.  She is a founding member of SNAILS, an Illinois networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries to children and teens with disabilities.

Webinar II (Registration for Webinar II)
Date: Sept 23, 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:00 am Hong Kong Time (02:00 UTC/GMT)
Welcome remarks to be delivered by Nancy Bolt, Chair, IFLA Library Services to People with Special Needs Section


  • Dr. Clayton A. Copeland, Director of the Laboratory for Leadership in Equity of Access and Diversity at the University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Dr. Copeland’s research and teaching focus on universal design and equity of access to information for people with disabilities and other underserved populations.
  • Prof. Carli Spina, Associate Professor and Head of Research & Instructional Services at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Prof. Spina is coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities and has extensive experience in projects related to accessibility, inclusion, universal design, and user experience.
  • Dr. Kim M. Thompson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communication, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.  Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on the relationship between information access and social inclusion.

Questions: Helen Chan, LSN Secretary, [email protected]

More Information: Go to IFLA Events at for full information about BOTH webinars and to register for one or both webinars.