American Association of School Librarians

AASL executive director receives outstanding achievement award

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), was recognized with an outstanding achievement award by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) during its 2012 annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Nominated by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Walker was recognized for her exceptional work in the field of online safety.

AASL webinar looks at making the most of professional learning communities

CHICAGO — School library professionals are encouraged to register for the new Knowledge Quest webinar, “Making the Most of Professional Learning Communities” taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Dec. 12, 2012. Hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the webinar will examine the variety of roles school librarians play as members of professional learning communities (PLCs). To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Archived AASL webinar reveals how data can be used to support school library programs

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent webinar, “The Power of Data,” is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. The webinar, presented by Dr. Sandra Andrews, explores the types of data available to school librarians and how they can help in making decisions at the school level. Andrews also explored how datasets at the local, state and national level can be used to support advocacy and communicating your program’s needs and successes.

Worlds of learning revealed in new AASL webinar on transmedia storytelling

CHICAGO — The place of transmedia in learning will be examined in a new webinar offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Dec. 11, 2012, “Worlds of Learning with Inanimate Alice” will explore how transmedia storytelling exemplifies learning in the 21st century. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Remote access to school library resources continues to rise

CHICAGO — According to trend data collected by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), library staffing, expenditures and physical usage remains consistent with 2011 results.

Beyond Words website offers resources for recovery

CHICAGO — The Beyond Words website, part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, contains linked resources for school librarians and students to use while recovering from a natural disaster. Links include guides to facilities and funding, recovery and repair of damaged materials and helping students cope and process their experiences. Resources can be accessed at www.ala.org/aasl/disasterrecovery.

AASL president commends teen digital research report

CHICAGO —The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) commends the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the College Board and the National Writing Project for the recently published report, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. The report shares findings on a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers about their students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies.

Susan Ballard, AASL president, released the following statement regarding the report:

Filtering in schools creates disconnected educators

CHICAGO — According to the results of the 2012 School Libraries Count! longitudinal survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools continues to be an issue in most schools across the country.  While these schools report that overly restrictive filters negatively impact student learning, findings indicate educator curriculum development and collaboration activities are also impeded.

AASL national conference website launched

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched the website for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition, “Rising to the Challenge.” The website, national.aasl.org, contains preliminary information on the conference including registration rates, preconference workshops, educational tours, general session speakers and author events.

AASL offers assistance to schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers its support to its East Coast colleagues as recovery from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy begins and encourages schools to apply for a Beyond Words disaster relief grant.  The AASL Beyond Words grant program, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation can be used to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment within school libraries affected by natural disasters.

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