American Association of School Librarians

AASL to announce 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will announce the recipients of the 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  The announcement will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, in room 213D of the Anaheim Convention Center.  For more information on this and other AASL events at ALA Annual Conference, visit www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

AASL webinar on Common Core State Standards encourages school librarians to 'seize the day!'

CHICAGO — In a new webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), facilitator Paige Jaeger will discuss the vital role school librarians play in assisting teachers with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  “Common Core Carpe Diem: Seize the Day on Information Integration!” will take place at 6 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 6, 2012. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.  Registration for this webinar is required and is limited to the first 100 logins.

AASL expands its advocacy brochure series with Spanish translation

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has expanded its School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series of advocacy brochures with the addition of a Spanish translation of the parent brochure. Each brochure in the School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series is designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents and teachers.  For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/advocacybrochures.

New AASL Knowledge Quest issue features interview with former first lady Laura Bush

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) executive director, interviews former first lady Laura Bush in the new issue of AASL’s professional journal, Knowledge Quest. The issue focuses on the theme “Caring is Essential.” During the interview, Walker and the former first lady discuss the caring power of the Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative, a project overseen by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

AASL webinar presents the power of care in the school library program

CHICAGO — The June 12 Knowledge Quest webinar, hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will focus on caring and its place in the school library program. Presented by Olga Nesi, the webinar “The Transformative Power of Care,” will look at how showing care can make school library programs stronger and help them become the heart of the school community. The webinar will begin at  7 p.m. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

AASL Fall Forum toolkit helps school librarians 'make their case'

CHICAGO — To help school librarians demonstrate to their supervisors the value of attending the 2012 Fall Forum, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has included a justification toolkit as part of its Fall Forum website. AASL’s national institute, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program,” will take place Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C., and satellite site offerings include Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, North Texas and the California Bay Area.

AASL e-Academy continues the learning throughout the summer

CHICAGO — Register now for one or more of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)  e-Academy courses scheduled through the end of summer. These four-week self-paced courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Registration and course information are available at www.ala.org/aasl/eacademy.

The upcoming course schedule includes:

Dickinson elected AASL president, 2013-2014

CHICAGO — Gail Dickinson, associate professor at Old Dominion University (Va.), has been elected as the 2013-2014 AASL president.  Dickinson will serve as president-elect during 2012-2013 under AASL President Susan Ballard.

AASL launches eCOLLAB

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new feature of AASL membership, eCOLLAB –Your eLearning Laboratory: Content Collaboration Community. This repository of AASL professional development provides members and subscribers with a central location to find and manage their e-learning as well as to connect with others in the learning community. eCOLLAB contains webcasts, podcasts and resources from various AASL professional development events, as well as  the latest issue Knowledge Quest in an interactive PDF format.

South Texas Independent School District named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is the recipient of the 2012 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award. The NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, each recipient is recognized with a crystal obelisk and $10,000 for their school library program.

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