AASL Upcoming Webinars



Rich Student, Poor Student, & the School Library

What the PISA Exam Tells Us about Our Value

Thursday, February 5, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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In the ideal picture, school and their resources, including school libraries, are intended to help level the playing field and make sure all American children are academically successful. In practice, we know this is not always the case, that schools in poor neighborhoods have fewer resources and more academic challenges. 

The Programme for International Student Assessment in 2009 looked at 15-year-old students’ library use and educational performance. This provides a snapshot into the material resources and backgrounds that students come from, and gives insight into challenges a school librarian might face in providing equitable services for all children. It also provides evidence that school library “adequacy” plays a role in student performance. 

The PISA exam also provides an opportunity to look at reading and technology use among teenagers, including what technologies they prefer to use for information, what they prefer to read, and how they use the library. PISA results give us some insight into both what our students know and what they do, and these may help school librarians shape their practice. 

Learning goals:

  • Participants will explore national education data sets and learn how they can use data sets for their own research.
  • Participants will learn about major predictors of student performance, and what factors they can control that might influence student performance. 
  • Participants will learn how technology use relates to student academic performance. 
  • Participants will learn about students’ reading preferences and how those relate to library use and academic performance.

Denice Adkins is Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri. She is a past president of REFORMA, the National Association for Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Her research interests are Latino library services, public libraries, and services to children.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Representation Matters: The School Librarian and LGBTQ Curriculum Inclusion

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Although the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ students has become a widely discussed topic across the U.S., little has been written about the role of school librarians in supporting LGBTQ students beyond gay and lesbian book lists. As educators, curriculum leaders, and information specialists, school librarians are in a unique position to advocate for LGBTQ students through supporting LGBTQ curriculum inclusion. 

Recent studies by the California Safe Schools Coalition have shown that a LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum not only improves safety and school climate for all students (LGBTQ and straight), but can positively impact academic performance as well. Since many educators still face barriers covering LGBTQ topics in school, this webinar aims to go beyond LGBTQ book lists. 

The webinar will introduce the rationale for LGBTQ inclusive education and legal rights and protections. Participants will also learn strategies for curriculum inclusion, including defining and overcoming barriers, providing access to information, uncovering LGBTQ topics in the subject areas, and classroom best practices.

Learning Goals:

  • Participants will be able to explain the rationale and role of LGBTQ inclusive curriculum.
  • Participants will be able to define best practices for LGBTQ inclusion.
  • Participants will be able to identify next steps for inclusion in their own practices.

AASL member Elizabeth Gartley began her career as a school librarian in 2008 as a Peace Corps volunteer. She earned her B.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College and M.L.I.S from Simmons College. Elizabeth has worked with children and teens of all ages in Maine, Massachusetts, Samoa, and the Dominican Republic.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Big Data: What We Learned about Information Literacy from 10,000 Students and 1,200 Librarians

Thursday, February 19, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Working at an ed tech company, we have unique insight into how students conduct research. How are students interpreting and synthesizing information? How skilled do they consider themselves with key information literacy skills? And how do their perspectives differ from the librarians who teach them? We surveyed 10,000 EasyBib users and 1,200 librarians in the K-12 and academic space to find out. We will share our findings, and encourage you to share your own experiences, during this webinar.

Learning goals

Participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • Differences between how information literacy is taught in K-12 and academic communities
  • K-12 and academic librarians' perspectives on student information literacy skills
  • How students evaluate their own information literacy skills
  • How the aforementioned perspectives align (or differ) from librarians who teach them

Emily Gover is an in-house librarian and professional development coordinator at Imagine Easy Solutions, the parent company of EasyBib and ResearchReady. She also works part-time as a public reference librarian in a suburban town north of NYC. She loves to connect via Twitter (@Emily_EasyBib), and hopes that you'll join her and the 5,000 other educators who participate in EasyBib's free professional development throughout 2015.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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iTunes U & You: Digital Content in the School Library

Thursday, March 5, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Explore the largest repository of free content in the world through the lens of the school librarian. Learn how iTunes U has revolutionized the way educators create, share, and engage with students. Participants will investigate a variety of collections from K-12 & higher education institutions and learn how to curate content specific to school curricula. Participants will also be introduced to building a course, uploading content, and engaging in online discussions using an iPad, Mac, or PC.

Cheryl Boes is a library media specialist who shares her love of literature through engaging lessons that incorporate technology. She has 20 years of experience in the classroom and media center with Utica Community Schools, the 2nd largest district in Michigan. Cheryl is an Apple Distinguished Educator who presents at local, state and national conferences.

Attendance at the webinar is open to all. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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The Best of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Come and check out a session on the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang. She has handpicked a selection of great sites just for librarians. In this presentation she will discuss sites, how they can be used, examples from the field as well as look for new ideas and suggestions. Come and learn about some new technology and have fun chatting about sites. 

Learning goals:

  • Participants will discuss new methods for integrating the AASL Best Websites into their libraries and classrooms.
  • Participants will determine where new tools best fit into schools curricula and pedagog
  • Participants will leave session with a list of selected online resources geared toward the field of librarianship.

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. She received her masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is focused in technology integration in education and libraries. She is the chair of the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee. Her current research is involved with makerspaces and subsequent technology implementation in libraries and education. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website www.techfifteen.com or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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School Library Collaborations: Making Them Work to Improve Student Achievement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Research studies indicate that qualified school librarians who actively engage in effective collaborations in their teaching and curricular roles are major contributors to increased student achievement. This webinar will address the concept of collaboration and the actual functions, or operations, of collaboration that make up effective collaborative efforts. We will discuss the models and strategies of school library collaborations that must be reinforced by effective professional development. Most teachers view the role of the school librarian to be that of resource manager and not of instructional collaborator who is an expert in information literacy and 21st century instructional technology. We will also discuss how teacher education programs might introduce the information literacy role of the 21st century school librarian to pre-service teachers and administrators.

Learning goals:

  • To provide ways to analyze and assess current collaboration efforts.
  • To assist school librarians in recognizing effective collaboration opportunities.
  • To advocate for effective collaborations through SL-driven, school-wide professional development.

Charles E. (Ed) Hockersmith is currently the School Librarian at Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Delaware. During the last 42 years, he has administered library programs at the middle school, high school, and college levels. He is a Past-President of the Delaware Association of School Librarians, former Secretary of AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section, former Chair of the ABC-CLIO Award for School Library Leadership, and a former School Board President. He holds a BSEd in English and Library Science from Shippensburg University (PA), an MLS from Syracuse University, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Administration from the University of Delaware, where he is adjunct faculty in the School of Education’s School Librarian Certification Program. His research interests are in school library collaborations and school Library Information Literacy Instructional programs and curricula.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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