AASL @ ALA Midwinter Meeting - Discussion Groups

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)

Friday, Jan. 24 | 8:00 p.m.

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is pleased to present Maryann MacDonald, author of the Bluebonnet honor book Odette’s Secrets and a former IBBY Ambassador to the United Nations. Ms. MacDonald’s appearance is supported by Bloomsbury. The Outstanding International Books Lists will also be announced at this event.

Super Human or Super-Stressed

Saturday, Jan. 25 | 10:30 a.m.

Digital resource curation, STEM support, makerspaces, professional development leadership, transliteracy, 21st century collection development, pedagogical pioneer, learning support, information literacy, and oh, by the way, advocacy so we can keep our jobs. Does the survival of school librarianship demand that we are all things to all people? What is the role of a librarian in an increasingly-digital environment?

School Librarian Evaluation: How Do We Rate?

Saturday, Jan. 25 | 10:30 a.m.

Library supervisors will discuss school librarian evaluation. The discussion will include information about evaluation models that are designed specifically for librarians. The session will also include information about districts that require the same model to be used for all certified staff and what district supervisors have done to guide evaluators through the use of these models with librarians.

School Library Research Update

Sunday, Jan. 26 | 1:00 p.m.

AASL's Research and Statistics Committee will present and discuss current research in the field.

Is There a MOOC in Your Future?

Sunday, Jan. 26 | 3:00 p.m.

MOOCs, Massive Online Open Courses, are often offered free or nominal cost and allow hundred, even thousands, of students easy access to lectures from faculty without registering with the university. What do these mean for the future of education and what should the role of librarians/library educators be in their implementation? A panel and discussion about the many issues surrounding MOOCs in terms of librarian’s support for patrons, support for implementation of MOOCs through resources, technology, and local support groups, the possibilities for offering our content through a MOOC, and opportunities for our own continuing education.