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The following webinars are complimentary and available for all to view. To access to the entire portfolio of archived AASL professional development, join AASL or subscribe to AASL eCOLLAB.


Join members of the 2014 AASL National School Library of the Year Award Committee for a detailed look on preparing to apply for NSLPY recognition.
Writer Patricia Owen discusses AASL’s newest publication, A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation. In this workbook, Owen uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators. In this webinar, Owen walks participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations.
This presentation addresses ongoing Internet safety issues affecting children, such as sexting and cyberbullying. Due to the widespread availability of the Internet and mobile technology, the sky-high hormone levels of young people, and the difficulty that they can have understanding the consequences of their decisions, sexting and cyberbullying incidents are occurring among tweens and teens all over the U.S. Media stories and statistics are used throughout the webinar to illustrate these behaviors.
The annual membership meeting provides AASL members with a “state of the association” update via reports from AASL leadership. Topics include AASL initiatives, programs, recognitions and financial standing.
In this webinar, participants learn about the modules of the AASL Planning Guide, evidence that demonstrates the strengths and needs of their programs, and ways that librarians can use the Guide to drive their own professional development. Keeling highlights strategies, such as data collection, peer coaching, and reflective questions, that district leaders can use to support their librarians as they use the Planning Guide. Information in this webinar will help district leaders discover the potential for the Planning Guide so they can plan to budget for the Planning Guide in their districts.
Are you making the most of your “library time?” Whether you are working with a fixed or flexible schedule, it is imperative to treat every opportunity as a valuable teachable moment. In this short webinar, we hope to leave you challenged to insert an element of higher level thought into your lessons. We all need to raise the rigor of our learning endeavors and train students to think, discover, and share.
The dominant view is that school library programs will cease to exist if their impact on test scores is not demonstrated. But does that imply our job of impacting student learning is restricted to these outcomes? Does it mean we cannot (and should not) consider the benefits of informal learning and support students who want connected learning? Students yearn to connect their interests, needs, and cultures to every aspect of their daily lives, and seek safe and supportive environments where they can discover and make such connections.
More librarians than realize it have leadership traits within. This webinar is designed to coach and develop those skills to better meet and accomplish the demands of today’s school librarian. Developing individuals into leaders requires coaching. Coaches know the big picture, develop trust and respect, make reasonable demands, hold others accountable, delegate work and develop individuals. In this webinar you will identify coaching techniques to sharpen leadership skills in yourself and to assist you in guiding a team. You will compare coaching dispositions to leadership qualities.
In this Knowledge Quest webinar, Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard discuss the exciting ways in which school librarians and teachers work together, and what effect teaching collaboration has on school library programs and students.
Have we lost our ability to count? As school library collections become increasingly digital and less visible, school librarians will need to find new ways to evaluate their collections and demonstrate their value to stakeholders. Shelves bulging with books were never a clear measure of student access to those books and the ideas and information they contained. Today’s resources require new technologies and kinds of infrastructure that need to be counted along with the numbers of titles.
In this webinar, learn how to leverage observation skills to “see” how students interact while working, what tools they choose to use, where they enjoy spending time and what activities naturally lead them into exploration. Learn how to observe people’s behavior and appreciate their comfort zones then use those observation skills to direct you in planning your school library. This webinar is open to all viewers.
This webinar provides information on loan forgiveness and cancellation benefits for school librarians with federal student loans. Presenters Ian Foss, Federal Student Aid program specialist, and Brian Smith, Office of Postsecondary Education program specialist, discusses Perkins Loan cancellations and Direct Loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
It's not enough to have a great program that meets the needs of your students and staff, you need to "Flip the Switch" for advocacy. Take the time to build your personal advocacy plan to have needed support by the decision makers who affect the quality of your school library program. Sara Kelly Johns will give you techniques and tools that will make it easy to promote and market your program.
In honor of Banned Websites Awareness Day, this webinar focuses on how overly restrictive filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools affects student learning. Presenter Gwyneth Jones will also share what school librarians can do to fight this type of restrictive filtering in their schools.
In the Fall of 2013, AASL received word that the organization that hosts and provides technical support for the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database refocused their mission and no longer be provides these services. As such, the lesson plans published in the database were archived.
Presenter Susan Kowalski discusses how to create a schedule of programs to support personal interests, talents, and expertise.
Presenter Susan Kowalski discusses how to use curriculum, content, and standards to get stakeholders connected to the library program.
Presenter Susan Kowalski discusses how to involve all stakeholders in programs that empower thinking, innovation, and problem solving.
Presenter Susan Kowalski discusses how to prepare students for college/career via programs in the library and leadership opportunities.
This webinar provides a review and conversation about the need for collaboration, most specifically instructional collaboration, in our learning communities. Challenges and barriers related to collaboration and strategies to address them will be considered and presenter Susan Ballard shares practical tools that can be utilized to improve the planning process and increase the level of collaboration.
How do Nooks and ebooks fit into high school library collections? Downers Grove South High School Library has successfully implemented the Nook and eBooks into its circulating collection. The librarians share their journey of how acquiring Nooks meant exploring their impact on collection development practices. Descriptions of everything from first wondering about how it can work to discovering the impact on student reading is presented.
In collaboration AASL and Achieve published a new action brief linking libraries and librarians to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian is available for download on the AASL and Achieve websites. Join AASL in an idea swap led by the AASL volunteers who worked on the action brief with Achieve. Use this exchange to propel the school library program into the center of teaching and learning in the era of CCSS. Learn how to recreate the idea swap activity with your own school teaching teams.
In this dynamic panel discussion, four prestigious members of the Project Connect team share their views on the future of the library, its integration with the classroom, and the role of the librarian as a driver of Common Core State Standards curriculum development, content selection, and the digital transition. Hear from elite members of the education community on the future of your industry!
In this dynamic panel discussion, four prestigious members of the Project Connect team share their views on the future of the library, its integration with the classroom, and the role of the librarian as a driver of Common Core State Standards curriculum development, content selection, and the digital transition. And it starts from the top! As leaders in their districts, Dr. Mark Edwards and Dr. Steve Joel are empowering their librarians to play a larger role in digital and curriculum decisions. Hear from elite members of the education community on the future of your industry!
With increased emphasis on college-and career-readiness in today's schools, the Senior/Capstone Project can serve as that singular piece of evidence that students are prepared for the demands of college and career. Join school librarians and teachers from around the U.S. who have been integrally involved in the Senior/Capstone Project process. Presenters address potential roadblocks or challenges, opportunities to raise the rigor of an existing project, practical tips for creating a Senior/Capstone Project, and how to become more involved in the process at your school.
Discover how public and school librarians can work together to implement the Common Core State Standards in their school community. Participants learn about the Common Core State Standards, discover resources to help public librarians understand and use the CCSS, and identify the ways public librarians can support school librarians and patrons in navigating these standards.
The Power of Data analyzes the types of data available to school librarians and how the data can be used to support school library programs. Dr. Sandra Andrews explores with participants a variety of datasets at the local, state, and national level that include information on schools and school libraries. Participants compare local and national data to determine how it can help in making decisions at the school level. The concept of benchmarking is reviewed and demonstrated. Topics will also include using data for advocacy and communicating needs and successes.
Students and teachers can have varying levels of engagement with technology in the classroom and library. Mobile technology adds new dimension to this experience. At what level is this technology being used to enhance student learning, and at what level is it being used to truly transform education? In this webinar, participants explore selected mobile apps from the past two years of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and learn how to inspire and engage students with mobile technology.
In an age of dwindling budgets and rising expectations, librarians must constantly be on the lookout for inexpensive ways to improve their libraries. This three-part interactive workshop will equip librarians with inventive strategies for enhancing their library’s atmosphere at minimal to no cost. Firstly, the presentation will recount how—with the help of eager student volunteers—I was able to re-design, re-shelve, and reinvigorate Willoughby South High’s library to create an organized and aesthetically pleasing information commons.
Modeled after the introduction presentations at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference, this short video provides an overview of the module layout, functionality, planning process and benefits of using A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners.
Two years ago, it was estimated that over 500,000,000 GB of data is created online every 48 hours. To put that into perspective, it is the same amount of information we created from the dawn of civilization until 2003. The amount of information that has already been indexed online and the amount that is being added everyday is enough to overwhelm even the sharpest of researchers. It is apparent that students do not have the research skills they need to tackle this issue, and many are lacking in basic information literacy skills.