CHICAGO – Attendees of the Unconference held during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition should bring plenty of energy and be prepared to participate and contribute during the participant-driven, organic and dynamic event. The focus of the Unconference, which starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and runs until midnight, is informal peer-to-peer learning with all ideas welcome. More information and links to participate can be found at national.aasl.org/unconference.
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has named the members of its new task force responsible for developing a plan to support states, school systems and individual schools preparing to implement the association’s new learning standards and program guidelines. Chair Mary Keeling will be joined by members Judy Deichman, Sara Kelly Johns, Kate Lechtenberg, Ellen McNair, Jeanie Phillips and Joyce Valenza.
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new member-created resource to help school librarians promote the ways their programs transform teaching and learning. Available on the AASL website or as a PDF download, the tool offers strategies, practical tips and key messages school librarians can implement immediately.
CHICAGO – In preparation for the upcoming review and revision of its learning standards and program guidelines, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched an online survey to assess attitudes and perceptions about the current AASL standards and guidelines documents. Open until Sept. 18, 2015, the survey can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1EZrlop.
CHICAGO – Best-selling debut author Sabaa Tahir will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Tahir will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Kate Messner at the Sunday, Nov.
CHICAGO — Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 awards season are now available using AASL’s online awards application. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program.
CHICAGO - School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store. Generously sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), these specially created packs are available while supplies last. Valued at $29.99, school library advocates pay only for shipping.
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals evolve their practice with its offering of full- and half-day preconference workshops on a variety of timely and relevant topics. The conference, “Experience Education Evolution,” will take place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Workshops will be held Nov. 4 and 5. More information is available on the national conference website at national.aasl.org/precons.
CHICAGO – “Early evolving” attendees of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to participate in tours featuring a Tony Award winner, metal whistles and delicious buckeyes. Three preconference educational tours will offer attendees of “Experience Education Evolution,” taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, an opportunity to explore Columbus and network with their colleagues prior to the opening of national conference.
CHICAGO – The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for proposals for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition to be held from Nov. 5-8, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, the selected papers will be automatically considered for publication in School Library Research (SLR) (pending the journal's peer review process).