American Association of School Librarians

ALA creates institutional repository

CHICAGO – The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository (ALAIR).  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives. 

New AASL webinar builds powerful partnerships to implement the Common Core

CHICAGO – Participants in “Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core,” a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will learn how to propel the school library program into the center of teaching and learning in the era of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Facilitated by Kathryn Lewis and David Loertscher, the all-access webinar will take place at 8 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

AASL’s School Library Research examines social media policies and librarian staffing

CHICAGO – Two new research articles covering the topics of public school district social media policies and the correlation between librarian staffing levels and student learning are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR).

AASL opens call for participation in national research summit

CHICAGO – Research scholars are now invited to submit their interest in participating in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) research summit. Focused on setting an agenda for future school library research, the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” summit will take place April 11-12, 2014, in Chicago. More information on the application process can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

AASL national conference is on-demand on eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition wrapped up in Hartford, Conn., on Nov. 17, but the learning and conversation continues on AASL’s professional development repository, eCOLLAB. A selection of recorded concurrent sessions and related handouts are now available for view by AASL members and eCOLLAB subscribers. With these additional resources, AASL eCOLLAB offers more than 155 webcasts and podcasts for on-demand learning.

AASL sponsors Emerging Leaders Beth Ebenstein Mulch and Jillian Rudes

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2014 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Nation’s largest school librarian conference educates and inspires

Hartford, Conn. — Three-thousand inspired school librarians, educators, exhibitors and guests left the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition ready to "rise to the challenge" of the profession. The largest conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians, AASL13 featured preconference workshops, school and educational tours, more than 140 top-quality continuing education programs, author events and more than 160 exhibiting companies.

Nation’s school library leaders meet in Hartford, Conn. to discuss the evolving role of U.S. school library programs

CHICAGO – As schools integrate technologies to meet college and career readiness standards, it becomes increasingly important for educational decision makers to recognize the value of school libraries and librarians in ensuring 21st century literacy skills. School librarians from across the country will meet from Nov. 14 – 17, in Hartford, Conn., for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition to explore their roles as education leaders within a diverse academic landscape.

Action brief helps school librarians support Common Core State Standards implementation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians, in partnership with Achieve, has released an action brief on the role of school librarians in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The brief was designed not only for school librarians who are supporting higher standards for student learning, but also for school leaders as they rethink and re-envision the role that the library can and should play in a major school initiative.

AASL seeks hosts for Fall Forum satellite sites

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will once again host a hybrid presentation of its biennial national institute, the Fall Forum, in 2014. As part of the presentation, three or four satellite sites across the country will present a live broadcast of events taking place Oct. 17-18, in St. Louis. Universities, school districts, intermediate education units or similar locations interested in hosting as a satellite site are invited to submit a one-page statement describing their qualifications to AASL by Dec. 10, 2013.

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