Access Services Manager at the San Francisco Public Library
Marti Goddard was a teacher at the New Mexico School for the Deaf before curiosity took her to library school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. With her MLS in hand, she worked as a reference librarian at Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado before returning to NMSD as the school librarian.
In 1989, Goddard became the Deaf services program manager at the San Francisco Public Library. From 1998 until March of 2022, she served as SFPL’s access services manager and ADA coordinator for public programs and services.
Access services staff members at SFPL provide direct services for patrons with disabilities through a Deaf Services Center and a Talking Books and Braille Library. Staff members also advise and work with IT staff members to provide computers with assistive technology throughout the SFPL system, with Collections and Technical Services and Web Services staff members to help ensure that online resources are accessible, and with Community Programs and Partnerships staff members to help ensure that public programs are accessible for patrons who need accommodations.
Goddard is active in the American Library Association, currently facilitator for the ODLOS Universal Accessibility Interest Group. She was the editor for “Guidelines for Library and Information Services for the American Deaf Community”, published by ALA in 1996.