American Association of School Librarians

New webinar addresses Internet safety issues and the school librarian

CHICAGO — Members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are invited to attend “A School Librarian’s Role in Preventing Sexting & Cyberbullying,” a webinar presented by Laurie Nathan from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and hosted by AASL.  Taking place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 28, 2013, the webinar addresses ongoing Internet safety issues affecting children, including cyberbullying and sexting. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Webinar offers in-depth look at PBS LearningMedia™ literacy lessons

CHICAGO —  In a new vendor webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), presenters Carol Studebaker,  Charlotte Hodges and Carolyn Jacobs will offer an in-depth look at middle school literacy tools now available from PBS LearningMedia™. The webinar, “PBS LearningMedia™ Launches Blended Literacy Lessons,” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Complimentary AASL preconference prepares librarians for disaster recovery

CHICAGO — The Association of School Librarians (AASL) has added a complimentary disaster recovery workshop to its preconference line up taking place at the American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Annual Conference.  The half-day session, “Beyond Words: How to Recover from a Disaster in Your Library,” will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28 in Chicago. For more information on this and other AASL offerings, visit www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

New AASL publication explores new concepts for school library spaces

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) added to its series of Learning4Life publications with the release of “Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts.” Written by Margaret (Peg) Sullivan, the book focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies. The publication is available in both print and e-book formats, as well as in a print/e-book bundle, and can be purchased through the ALA online store.

New SLR articles examine LGBTQ literature and school library programs in special ed schools

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of LGBTQ-themed literature for teens and school library services provided to students with special needs are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR).

AASL forms special interest group for school librarian students

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the creation of a special interest group (SIG) for school librarian students based on a request made by AASL members. AASL members looking to join the new interest group should visit connect.ala.org/node/184925.

Preconference workshops at AASL national conference help school library professionals rise to the challenge

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals rise to the challenges of their careers with its offering of hands-on, full-day preconference workshops. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge," will take place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. Full-day preconference workshops will be held Nov. 13. More information is available on the national conference website at national.aasl.org/preconferences.

AASL opens online registration for its 16th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO - Online registration and housing are now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., and is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders.

AASL webinar invites participants to join the Common Core conversation

CHICAGO —  In a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), presenter Kristina Holzweiss will introduce participants to professional social networking using Edmodo and illustrate its use in establishing nationwide connections relating to the Common Core State Standards. The webinar, “Join the Common Core Conversation,” will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section opens call for papers

CHICAGO - The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition to be held from Nov. 14-17, 2013 in Hartford, Conn. More information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/esls-call-for-papers.

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