American Association of School Librarians

AASL seeks program reviewers for the 2013 AASL National Conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently accepting applications for one group of 20-30 volunteers to participate in a blind review and scoring of two sets of proposals for the AASL 16th National Conference and Exhibition, “Rising to the Challenge.” This volunteer position is essential to conference planning. To apply, please use the application form located at national.aasl.org/volunteers. The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 9.

AASL seeks proposals for concurrent sessions at the AASL 16th National Conference in Hartford, Conn.

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition. Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov.15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The submission deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m. Central time on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/aaslrfp.

Filtering webinar now available in AASL professional development repository

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent webinar, How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!, is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB.  Presented by Gwyneth Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, the webinar focuses on how overly restrictive filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools affects student learning.

AASL professional development repository now hosts recent Knowledge Quest webinar

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent webinar, Opening the Space: Libraries as a Site of Participatory Culture, is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. Presented by Andy Plemmons, the webinar explores participatory culture and how the library can be a space of participation.

School librarians engage in transliteracy conversation at AASL 2012 Fall Forum

CHICAGO — Transliteracy and participatory culture were the topics of conversation for school librarian professionals across the country as they met face-to-face and virtually for the AASL 2012 Fall Forum, Transliteracy and the School Library Program, Oct. 12-13, 2012. More than 250 attendees participated in the forum either at the Greenville, S.C., location or at participating satellite sites in Doylestown, Pa.; Homestead, Pa.; Richardson, Texas; and San Jose, Calif.

AASL becomes Picture Book Month partner

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the second annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas,  Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age. More information can be found on the initiative’s website at www.picturebookmonth.com.

Filtering continues to be an issue for schools across the country

CHICAGO — According to results of a 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.  An executive summary of the supplemental questions on filtering included as a part of AASL's longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count! is now available on the AASL website in conjunction with the observance of Banned Websites Awareness Day.  Banned Websites Aware

AASL receives NCLE grant to create personal learning network

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has received a grant from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) to create a personal learning network centered on the topic of its 2012 Fall Forum – transliteracy. The funding will be used support school librarians and their teaching partners in the collaborative development of materials for the transliteracy practice exchange.

AASL releases white paper on technology use in schools

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in conjunction with its second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, has released a white paper covering the appropriate use of educational technology in schools.  The paper covers the topics of filtering practices, acceptable use policies (AUPs), apps, social media, bring your own device (BYOD) and other related subjects and can be read via the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/educational-technology.

AASL introduces new dues category for unemployed school librarians

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Board of Directors has approved the addition of a non-salaried/unemployed dues category to its membership rates.  The new category, which includes librarians earning less than $25,000 per year or not currently employed, allows those eligible to pay a discounted rate of $25 for division membership.

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