American Association of School Librarians

AASL webinar helps school librarians evaluate school library collections

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will help school librarians in this increasingly digital age to evaluate and demonstrate the value of their school library’s collection. Presented by Sue Kimmel, “Counting on What We Have: Evaluating School Library Collections” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Nov. 13. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

Dollar General renews support of school libraries impacted by natural disaster

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has renewed its commitment to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and school libraries across the country by dedicating an additional $258,000 in grants to AASL’s Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund.  This donation brings the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s support of rebuilding school libraries impacted by disaster to a total of $1.8 million.

Learn how to expand student learning with screencasts in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will help school librarians expand their 24/7 learning capabilities by providing a tutorial of free screencast software. Presented by Brenda Stephens, “Screencast Innovations for the 21st Century Learner and Educator” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Nov. 6. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

Two new SLR articles explore school librarian instructional partner role and school library impact on students

CHICAGO – Two new research articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The articles cover the topics of how preparation programs prepare pre-service school librarians to fill the role of instructional partner and an examination of how school libraries support students based on the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment. Articles can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

AASL thanks 2014 Fall Forum sponsors Capstone and Follett

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) would like to thank Capstone and Follett for their generous support of its 2014 Fall Forum. Representatives of both companies will join school librarians during School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, taking place Oct. 17-18 in St. Louis and at eight satellite sites across the United States.

Amanda McCoy wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Amanda McCoy in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. McCoy’s name was drawn as the first monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) new Share the Wealth Campaign.

School librarian’s role in Senior/Capstone Projects examined in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will demonstrate the school librarian’s integral role in Senior/Capstone Projects - research-oriented courses driven by student interest rather than curricular mandates.  Presented by a panel of high school educators, “Senior/Capstone Project: The Role of the School Librarian” will take place at 7 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Oct. 29. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

New resource for school library conversations

CHICAGO – A new digital magazine issue, featuring articles from prominent members of the profession, showcases the way school libraries and school librarians transform learning. “School Libraries Transform Learning,” an American Libraries digital supplement produced in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), is available electronically in ebook format and as a downloadable PDF at www.ala.org/aasl/transforming.

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.

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