AASL Upcoming Webinars



Saving Stories in School Libraries

Wednesday, April 29, 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 2014, 48% of book challenges took place in schools. Join us to celebrate school librarians who have been successful in protecting the right to read for their students. This webinar will profile specific situations, librarians, and books. They will each be given a chance to tell their story and share what they learned and how it affected them and their students.

Learning goals:

  • To advocate for reporting challenges to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
  • To understand through others’ experiences with book challenges, the importance of accessing information.
  • To learn who can help defend libraries from censorship: YOU.  
Presenters  
Charlotte Ballard is currently the school librarian at Roberson Middle School and at Bammel Middle School in Spring ISD in Houston, Texas. She also serves as the district’s lead cataloger, the webmaster for the library resources site, and the owner and writer of the librarian’s wiki, their online handbook. Prior to becoming a school librarian, Ballard taught high school English. She was inspired to become a school librarian by those she worked with and in 2001, she received my MLS from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas
Malena Koplin has been teaching in Southeastern Wisconsin for 25 years and has been a school librarian since 2001. She has worked with students in all grades K-12. The greatest joy for her as a librarian is connecting students with that book or information they are seeking and seeing the light in their eyes when they have found something they enjoy. While this is her first experience with a formal book challenge, she has worked with parents, teachers, and administrators on several occasions to ensure that students have access to books and information. 
Joe Prince has been in public education for 15 years, 8 of those years as a middle school English teacher, the other 7 as a middle school librarian. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Library Science program, teaching three courses: Storytelling, Resources for Children, and Resources for Young Adults. He was one of twelve finalists of Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year in 2012. 

 

 
Julie VanMetre Tate is currently the Lead Teacher Specialist, Library Services for Hanover County (VA) Public Schools. Prior to this position, she was employed as a library student assistant during high school and college, a public library cataloger and bookmobile librarian during college summers, and a school librarian at elementary, middle, and high levels. She is past president of the Virginia Association of School Librarians, has been a conference planner and presenter, and received the 2002 Virginia State Library Media Specialist of the year award. Julie is a graduate of Concord University in Athens, WV, and received her MSLS from The University of Tennessee.

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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Exploring Apple's Library of Free Multi-Touch iBooks for Education

Thursday, May 7, 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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Apple's ecosystem of media-rich educational content is rapidly growing. Thousands of open educational resources in the form of multi-touch iBooks are available to libraries, teachers, and students for download from the iBookstore. This webinar will highlight some of the best interactive iBooks for education. We will explore iBooks connected to your curriculum and those that are just plain fun to download, read and interact with. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how you can easily create these dynamic iBooks for your own students with free software from Apple called iBooks Author. Please join us to learn about these amazing resources. 

Learning goals:

  1. Understand Apples Ecosystem for finding, downloading, and reading free iBooks from Apple's iBookstore. 
  2. Expose educators to the unique features of interacting with a multi-touch iBook. 
  3. Learn how easy it is for educators to create their own multi-touch iBook.

Anthony DiLaura serves Zeeland Public Schools as a high school math teacher and instructional technology specialist. His one-to-one iPad math classroom leverages the iPad as tool for inquiry and student creativity. Anthony was recognized by Apple for his innovative use of iPad in education and named as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013. Anthony enthusiastically shares his knowledge at various conferences around the country and recently founded the organization iBookhack.org.  Through ibook hackathons, he helps educators create their own digital curriculum in the form of mobile, media-rich, multi-touch iBooks that foster curiosity and student engagement.

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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