AASL Upcoming Webinars



Turn on a Dime: Changing Your Library on a Limited Budget

Wednesday, April 22, 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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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. -Jorge Luis Borge

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. Secondly, a Google slideshow will showcase economically savvy strategies for enhancing a library’s physical space as well as its online presence while encouraging students to take an active role in their library’s transformation. The presentation promises to be an interactive, fun learning experience, in that, attendees will vote in real time about the direction they wish the discussion to proceed and what examples they are most interested in exploring. Following the presentation, participants will demonstrate learning objectives by brainstorming ideas for transforming their own libraries into attractive spaces with appealing websites. Responses will be displayed on a Google form and spreadsheet. Participants will leave the session with extensive resources including a sample grant proposal, a list of grant-writing tips, a list of student program suggestions, a study hall expectations handout, an aiding application with skills inventory, and most importantly an inspired outlook for turning their libraries into places where students feel welcome and excited to learn.

Learning goals:

  • Redesigning space through planning thoughtfully, recruiting student volunteers, and writing grants
  • Enlivening atmosphere and web presence
  • Saving time and money with student volunteers and book bargains

Willoughby South High School librarian, Jennifer Holt, enjoyed teaching English for eight years before becoming her school's librarian last year. Immediately after accepting the WSHS school librarian position, she discovered that her school would be undergoing renovations and that she would be moving all of the books out of the library for the summer.  What first seemed an intimidating task became a wonderful opportunity for her to put her MLIS degree from Kent State University to good use as she re-designed the library into an appealing information commons.

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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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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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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