AASL @ ALA Annual Conference

School Library Research

Monday, July 1 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Resources to Engage Native American Students

Presenters: Barbara Ray and Graduate Students from Northeastern State University (Tulsa, OK)

How can school librarians and teachers increase Native American students’ engagement and performance in reading? Native American students crave choice in literacy activities, culturally relevant content, and a personal connection with their school librarian and teacher. This presentation will share activities created to use with teachers and students; collaborative lessons, book discussion groups, book trailers, Reader's Theaters, Web Quests, and pathfinders. Activities are aligned with Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Common Core.

Topic Area: Teaching and Learning; Professional Development and Leadership; School Relationships


Making 21st-Century School Libraries a Reality: Why They Matter, What They Cost, and How to Advocate for Them

Presenters: Debra E. Kachel, Dr. Keith Curry Lance, Dr. Mary Kay Biagini, and Sandra Zelno

Results from an IMLS National Leadership collaborative research project about Pennsylvania school library programs can help you build support for your school library.  Learn what infrastructure (e.g., staffing, technology, access, and collections) results in higher student achievement, what these cost, and which ones stakeholders value. Share project findings written for education and community groups and learn tested advocacy strategies and how to reach out to stakeholders in the community.

Topic Area: Professional Development & Leadership; School Relationships; Teaching and Learning


Teach the 21st Century Teacher to Teach the 21st Century Student - Make a Minor Change to Make a Major Difference

Presenters: Lena Darnay and Janice Gustaferro

Imagine teachers who instinctively instruct their students on when to use databases versus Google or how to evaluate a website for authenticity, relevancy and currency. Too good to be true? Hopefully not! Come get some simple professional development ideas to get your staff building, using and modeling outstanding information literacy skills. Find out how a full-time school librarian and full-time academic librarian helped develop Butler University’s College of Education’s new Information Literacy Minor program.

Topic Area: Teaching and Learning; Professional Development & Leadership; School Relationships