American Association of School Librarians

AASL member Elissa Malespina receives 2014 school librarian Bammy Award

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Elissa Malespina was named the 2014 Bammy Award recipient in the school librarian category. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the contributions of educators from across the education field. Malespina was presented with her award by Sylvia Knight Norton, AASL executive director, and Deven Black, the 2013 award recipient. The award was presented during a red-carpet event on Sept. 26 in Washington D.C.

Six programs commended for support of school libraries

CHICAGO — Moving on recommendations made by its Affiliate Assembly, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended six programs based on the programs’ support of the school librarian profession. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines as well as the principles expressed in the AASL mission and value statements.

AASL Fall Forum panel epitomizes district collaboration for blended learning

CHICAGO – An expert panel showcasing an exemplary school district collaboration to create a truly blended learning experience has been added to the AASL 2014 Fall Forum. Moderated by Fall Forum committee chair, Steven Yates, and featuring the AASL 2014 Distinguished School Administrator Award recipient, Harlingen Independent School District (HISD) superintendent Dr. Arturo Cavazos, the panel will take place during School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, Oct. 17-18, 2014. The forum will convene in St.

School librarians shine as Connected Educators in October

CHICAGO — This October 2014, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) joins more than 300 major education organizations in celebrating Connected Educator Month (CEM). Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012, CEM offers diverse and engaging activities to educators at all levels, with the ultimate goal of sparking collaboration and innovation. AASL has been a participating partner in the CEM initiative since its inception.

Innovative researcher David Loertscher to present at AASL Fall Forum

CHICAGO – David Loertscher, innovative educational researcher and learning commons revolutionary, will exemplify the anywhere, anytime learning concept by facilitating an online working session during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2014 Fall Forum. Dr. Loertscher will work simultaneously with ten sites across the country during School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape taking place Oct. 17-18, 2014. For more information and to register, visit fallforum.aasl.org.

AASL webinar helps school librarians release the leader within

CHICAGO – With help from a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), school librarians with reluctant or unrealized potential can unlock their inner leader.  Presented by Ann Martin, “Coaching the Leader Within” will take place at 7 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Oct. 7. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL awards showcase the best in transformative teaching and learning

CHICAGO  Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2015 awards season are now available using AASL’s online awards application. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program.

AASL webinar provides framework for professional growth

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will demonstrate how the use of A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners, AASL’s online program assessment and planning module, can drive a school librarian’s personalized learning plan.  Presented by Mary Keeling, “AASL Planning Guide: A Framework for Professional Growth” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Sept. 25. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL invites members to share the wealth – and win

CHICAGO – Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are invited to “share the wealth” of AASL membership – and win! With each new member recruited, the referring AASL member will earn an entry into a monthly prize drawing as well as an entry into the final grand prize drawing worth an estimated $1,500. View complete campaign details at www.ala.org/aasl/STW

AASL releases white paper outlining research agenda

 CHICAGO – The white paper resulting from the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” forum, convened by the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available for view and comment on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/research.

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