American Association of School Librarians

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.

AASL webinar reshapes read-alouds into 'talk-alouds'

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will examine read-aloud strategies that promote the exchange of reader responses between children and educators. Presented by Raquel Cuperman, “Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Sept. 10. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL extends deadline for national conference preconference proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is extending its submission deadline for preconference workshops proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The new deadline is midnight on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

AASL releases position statement on the role of the school librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects

CHICAGO The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has published a new position statement on the role of the school librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects. Senior/Capstone Projects are research-oriented courses driven by student interest and not curricular mandates. The position statement affirms that school library programs, and specifically school librarians, are crucial to the successful implementation of these projects.

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