American Association of School Librarians

The worlds of transmedia and personal learning networks examined in AASL webinar archives

CHICAGO — Archives of two recent webinars, “Worlds of Learning with Inanimate Alice” and “Making the Most of Professional Learning Communities,” are now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. AASL members and eCOLLAB subscribers can view the archives at www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab.

Be calm, cool, and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO — Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Feb. 4 – March 1, 2013. Registration and course information are available on the AASL e-Academy page.

Professional development and school library collections research discussed in new SLR articles

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of professional development offerings available to school librarians at state-level conferences and the  instructional role of the school library collection are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research.

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:

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