American Association of School Librarians

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.

School librarians called to raise awareness of the impact of filtering on student learning

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, as the second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL designates one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day.

AASL Fall Forum advanced registration pricing extended to Sept. 28

CHICAGO — The deadline for advanced registration pricing for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum has been extended to Sept 28. Transliteracy and the School Library Program will be held Oct.

AASL kicks off new volume of Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO — The first issue of Knowledge Quest Volume 41 will soon be arriving on the doorsteps of members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The September/October 2012 issue of AASL’s official journal covers the topic of Participatory Culture and Learning and was guest edited by Buffy Hamilton and Ernie Cox.

Coinciding with the newly released issue, the AASL website features a variety of additional content and resources related to the theme of participatory culture and learning:

Information literacy webinar now available in AASL professional development repository

CHICAGO — The archive of the recent vendor webinar, Wanted: Information Literacy Skills in a World of Google & Wikipedia, is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. The webinar, sponsored by EasyBib and presented by Emily Gover, shares recent findings on the status of plagiarism, research methods and citation practices and cross-references those results with data pulled and analyzed directly from EasyBib.

AASL starts the school year with new webinars

CHICAGO – This fall, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will present three all new webinars covering the topics of information literacy, intellectual freedom and participatory culture:

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