American Association of School Librarians

Spring into learning with an AASL e-Academy online course

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for two of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy online courses. The self-paced courses Design for Understanding Meets the 21st Century School Librarian and BYOL: Bring Your Own Lessons into the 21st Century!  begin March 17, 2014. Registration and additional course information are available at www.ala.org/aasl/eacademy.

Educational technology expert David Warlick keynotes AASL Fall Forum

CHICAGO – David Warlick, recently named one of the 10 most influential people in educational technology by Technology & Learning Magazine, will serve as keynote speaker and primary facilitator at the American Association of School Librarians’ 2014 Fall Forum. Taking place Oct. 17-18, School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, will convene in St. Louis and broadcast to nine satellite sites across the country. For more information and to register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum.

Satellite sites make AASL Fall Forum an 'anytime, anywhere' experience

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Fall Forum will emulate its “anytime anywhere learning” theme by offering nine satellite sites at locations across the country during the institute, which takes place Oct. 17-18. In addition to the main site in St. Louis, Mo., attendees may choose to attend School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape in Montgomery, Ala.; Atlanta, Ga.; Johnston, Iowa; Greensboro, N.C.; Houston, Texas; Mercedes, Texas; Richardson, Texas; Norfolk, Va., or Vancouver, Wash.

AASL celebrates innovative teaching during Digital Learning Day

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) again joins the Alliance for Excellent Education and other national educational associations and organizations in celebrating the third annual Digital Learning Day on Feb. 5, 2014. Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, education experience.

AASL celebrates School Library Month with spokesperson Jeff Kinney

CHICAGO – Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has been named the national spokesperson for the 2014 observance of School Library Month. Celebrated in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month honors the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.

'Powerful' on-demand learning offered on AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – With the addition of the newly archived webinar “Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) eCOLLAB continues its tradition of offering relevant on-demand professional development for school librarians.  While content on eCOLLAB is intended for AASL members and subscribers, AASL is offering all members of the profession complimentary access to the “Powerful Partnerships” webinar archive by visiting www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/achieve-ccss.

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.

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