American Association of School Librarians

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.

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.

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