Libraries and Autism: We're Connected

A Good Idea


The Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Libary joined together to produce a customer-service training video for library staff to be more informed about the autistic population. These videos featured nationwide experts in the field of autism. Additionally, the libraries share a common database of resources available for those with autism, their families, and professionals.

Goal / Mission

This program aims to educate library staff and train workers how to best serve library patrons with autism and their families.

Results / Accomplishments

The project received an award by the American Library Association, co-sponsored by ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies) and the Keystone Library Automation System and the National Organization on Disability. This national award recognizes an innovative and well-organized project which successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities.

The video has generated both national and international attention in the library and autism communities.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Meg Kolaya, Director
Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 Bartle Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Art & Recreation / Libraries & Museums
Education / Literacy
Health / Disabilities
Scotch Plains Public Library and Fanwood Memorial Library (NJ).
Date of implementation
Target Audience
Additional Audience
librarians, people with autism