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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Educational Gaming has become an increasingly popular resource in education. This issue explores how lessons based on games are currently contributing to school learning standards, what effect educational games have on students, and the ways in which school librarians are helping to develop games as educational tools. This issue is guest edited by Terri Kirk and Chris Harris.
As education funding is being cut throughout the country, many school librarians are being asked to do “more with less.” Guest edited by Audrey Church and Frances Reeve, this issue features the stories of librarians from rural, suburban, urban, and different regions of the country, and address what resources might be available to assist the solo librarian in tough economic times.
Futurecasting focuses on how predicting and preparing the future helps to ensure school libraries will be ready to accept the challenges of the 21st century. The issue anticipates how librarians will need to adapt library programs and stay relevant in this era of rapid change. The issue is guest edited by Wendy DeGroat and Steven Yates.
Coteaching focuses on building and teaching courses in tandem with subject area teachers. This issue explores the exciting ways in which school librarians and teachers work together, and what effect teaching collaboration has on school library programs and students. The issue is guest edited by Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard.
“Caring is Essential” issue explores the effects of caring on students and the ways in which school librarians can help foster caring environments. The issue is guest edited by Jami L. Jones.