Purpose and History
The Red Notebook is a loose-leaf
binder containing fact sheets, library reprints, announcements and other printed
informational materials that are related to both deaf and library issues.
It is designed to help build communication among individuals and groups within
the deaf community by letting them know about existing products, programs,
and services of interest. It is also intended to unify deaf community participation
in local activities of libraries, their related friends and foundation groups.
The focus is on assisting libraries in providing cost-effective and efficient
library and information services to these consumers in an unbiased fashion.
The Red Notebook was originated in 1979 by Alice
L. Hagemeyer, who was at that time Librarian for the Deaf Community at the
District of Columbia Public Library in Washington, D.C., U.S. (1976-1991).
She chose to use the subtitle, "Communicating with Hearing People" for The
Red Notebook because she wanted to encourage deaf people to be resourceful
in using their local libraries and in communicating what they learned with
hearing people, as needed. However, after a few years, the subtitle of this
resource book was changed to "Library and Information Services to the Deaf
Community" to better describe the extensive list of library and information
services for each interest group.
Since 1995, due to circumstances beyond her control, Hagemeyer
has not been able to mail free updated information materials to registered
subscribers for inclusion in their print copy.
In 2001, The Red Notebook went online under the new
subtitle, "Deaf Awareness Begins @ your library."
To assure its attraction to global deaf and library communities, Hagemeyer
and her associates have voluntarily modified some previous topics and created
new ones that subscribers may like to freely print out from the FOLDA website
to add to their print copy.
Lisa Fisher was a volunteer FOLDA webmaster for four years
until April 2006 when Merrie Davidson took over. After a homepage for the
National Literary Society of the Deaf (NLSD) was added in March 2007, Ron
Friedrich volunteers to become a webmaster for both the FOLDA and NLSD.
FOLDA has acknowledged the many contributions of librarians,
allied professionals, library workers and friends to what The Red Notebook
is today. Thank you!
For information on how to order The Red Notebook, click here.