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Contact: Kathy Agarwal
Communications Specialist
312-280-4381
 kagarwal@ala.org
For Immediate Release,
October 30, 2007

AASL offers its first Digital Institute

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has just launched its first ever Digital Institute.

Available as part of the AASL e-Academy online offerings, the “Minding Your Students' Future” institute offers a rich continuing education experience through multiple media, including podcasts, vodcasts, and video.

Focusing on the future of learning in school library media programs, the institute pulls together a variety of digital sessions captured during the AASL 13th National Conference & Exhibition in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 25-28. Highlights include clips from the Opening General Session with Dan Pink in a montage with the One Book, One Conference discussion session of his best-selling book “A Whole New Mind.” Another main attraction is a session on the “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner,” presented by Cassandra Barnett and Barbara Stripling. Other topics explored in the digital sessions include teaching information literacy, research, podcasting, book challenges and more. A complete list of digital institute offerings can be found at http://www.ala.org/aasl/eAcademy.

Registration opens Oct. 30 at http://www.ala.org/aasl/eAcademy.

The “Minding Your Students' Future” Digital Institute is available as a special offer to AASL members for just $99 for the complete package - videos, vodcasts, podcasts; 10 full sessions in all. Non-members may also register for $199. Participants will receive a certificate of completion worth 10 contact hours. Registration is now open at http://www.ala.org/aasl/eAcademy.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.


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