School library leaders provide 30-second insights in new video podcast series

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/15/2011

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CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to present its new video podcast series 30 Second Thought Leadership:  Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community.  The series features school librarian experts delivering brief and practical advice based on the themes of Knowledge Quest issues. Questions, current videos and thought leader bios can be viewed at bit.ly/aasl30second.

The inaugural 30 Second series focuses on the recently released Knowledge Quest issue, “The Solo Librarian,” and explores the question, “What one traditional activity should school librarians stop doing in order to increase time for strategic activities (collaboration, co-teaching, professional development, advocacy)?”  Those offering their insight include: Helen Adams, chair of the AASL intellectual freedom committee and Mansfield University online instructor; Audrey Church, editor of the “The Solo Librarian” issue and associate professor at Longwood University; Gail Dickinson, chair of the National School Library Program of the Year committee and assistant professor at Old Dominion University; Carl Harvey, AASL president and school librarian at North Elementary School in Noblesville, Indiana; and Ann M. Martin, a past AASL president and educational specialist for the Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia.

“30 Second Thought Leadership is an exciting new program for AASL,” said Harvey.  “Launching the series with the issue on solo librarianship couldn’t be timelier – it’s small bites of professional development delivered in a way that even the busiest librarian can find time to view.”

Published bimonthly September through June by the American Association of School Librarians, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. Articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant disciplines.  Visit Knowledge Quest online at www.ala.org/aasl/knowledgequest.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.