American Association of School Librarians

Transliteracy takes center stage at AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum

CHICAGO — Gain a deeper understanding of transliteracy during AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum, Transliteracy and the School Library Program, taking place Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C. Kristin Fontichiaro and R. David Lankes will join media studies scholar Henry Jenkins, in providing a comprehensive overview of the importance of participatory culture in education.

New School Library Research articles available online

CHICAGO — Three new research articles covering the topics of subscription databases, serving students with special needs or the dynamics that inhibit and/or enable school libraries to contribute to educational agendas are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s research journal, School Library Research.

AASL and NCLE provide school librarians with literacy resources

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined 30 other stakeholder groups representing educational, school and community leaders in support of the new National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). As a result of this collaboration, AASL members have the opportunity to join two networks focused on working collaboratively to strengthen literacy practices and professional learning.

AASL releases an evaluation workbook for school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new publication that provides school librarians an opportunity to engage in rigorous self-evaluation and shape school administrator evaluations. “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation,” written by Patricia Owen, is available in both print and e-book formats, as well as in a print/e-book bundle. This and other AASL publications can be purchased through the ALA online store.

AASL releases book to help school librarians analyze and articulate data sets

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new publication focused on increasing a school librarian’s ability to analyze and articulate data sets. “The Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs,” written by Sandra Andrews, guides school librarians through the effective use of data in order to influence school library program stakeholders.

AASL joins the U.S. Department of Education in celebrating Connected Educator Month

CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month (CEM) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has signed on as a participating organization. CEM will be be celebrated with four-plus weeks of online events and activities, including forums, webinars, guided tours, open houses, contests, badges and more. Visit the Connected Educator Month website for more information and a complete schedule.

'Socialize' AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum and win!

CHICAGO —  Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum are invited to pin, tweet and post their way into a drawing for an autographed copy of keynote speaker Henry Jenkins’ book “Convergence Culture.” To enter, attendees are asked to share their excitement over attending the Fall Forum across social networking platforms and complete an entry form located on the AASL website.

AASL Fall Forum Ning opens the transliteracy conversation

CHICAGO — All are invited to become a part of the conversation on the range of skills comprising the concept of transliteracy, the focus of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum, by joining the new AASL 2012 Fall Forum Ning.  Fall Forum attendees and those unable to join their colleagues at the live event Oct. 12-13 are invited to join the Ning and start the discussion on the range of skills students need in order to navigate the current information landscape.

AASL joins nearly 3,000 organizations to make voice of nondefense discretionary programs heard

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and others from the nondefense discretionary (NDD) community have delivered a letter to Congress urging leaders to avert sequestration by adopting a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs.” Joining AASL in this effort are nearly 3,000 national, state and local organizations from all 50 states representing the education, public safety and health communities.

Nominations sought for the best curriculum based apps

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting nominations for its new Best Apps for Teaching and Learning recognition. Nominations are being solicited for apps that encourage student engagement in learning and reinforce innovative teaching.  Apps nominated should also strengthen instruction, critical thinking skills and inquiry. Apps can be nominated via the online form on the AASL website.


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