American Association of School Librarians

Webinar helping school librarians prepare for performance evaluations added to AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO - Writer Patricia Owen discusses the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) recently published “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” in the newest archived webinar available in AASL’s professional development repository, eCOLLAB.

AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO — Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IDEAxCHANGE, formerly known as the Exploratorium, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 14–17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. To submit a proposal, visit national.aasl.org/rfp.

Video contest challenges students to let loose their creativity

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with SchoolTube, announces the launch of the School Library Month 2013 student video contest “Communities matter @ your library.” Contestants are urged to let loose their creativity and use humor, drama, music and/or special effects  to illustrate how the school library program fosters a sense of community in their school. More information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/video.

School librarians shine as part of Digital Learning Day

CHICAGO  — Digital Learning Day, taking place Feb. 6, is a nationwide celebration of teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, education experience.

Nine lesson plans featured as part of “Digital Learning: Lessons in Action” were created by school librarians or as part of a school librarian and teacher collaboration.

Knowledge Quest webinar aligns graphic novels to the standards

CHICAGO – In a new Knowledge Quest webinar hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), writer Katie Monnin will guide attendees through aligning graphic novels to various national standards, including the AASL learning standards and the Common Core State Standards. “Aligning Graphic Novels to the Standards” will take place at 6 p.m. central time on Feb. 12, 2013. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

AASL preconferences empower school librarians as education leaders

CHICAGO – Preconferences offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) before the American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Annual Conference are designed to empower school librarians as education leaders in their schools. These half-day  workshops will be offered Friday, June 28 in Chicago. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

AASL recordings explore transliteracy in the school library program

CHICAGO – During Transliteracy in the School Library Program, the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum, school librarians from all over the country met to discuss transliteracy - the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media.

Jonathan Kozol to keynote AASL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Best-selling author and student advocate, Jonathan Kozol, will speak during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program at the ALA 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago. Kozol’s presentation, preceded by a brief membership meeting, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29.

AASL announces travel grants for first-time national conference attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 16th National Conference & Exhibition, to be held  Nov. 14–17, 2013 in Hartford, Conn. 

The $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can access the application at national.aasl.org/btsb. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. Central time on March 11, 2013. Late applications will not be considered.

AASL webinar helps prepare school librarians for performance evaluations

CHICAGO —Writer Patricia Owen will discuss the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL), newest publication “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” in a webinar of the same name taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Jan. 31, 2013. During the webinar, Owen will walk participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations.

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