ALA Collaboration Resources

AASL's eCOLLAB: Your eLearning Laboratory! This resource is provided as a feature of AASL membership or to subscribers of eCOLLAB. Browse different topics to find webcasts, podcasts, and resources from various AASL professional development events. Members and subscribers will also get a read-only version of the latest issue of AASL’s journal, Knowledge Quest.
Report outlining ways of initiating and fostering closer collaboration between librarians in K-12 and post-secondary education to the benefit of the constituencies they serve.
ALA Library Fact Sheet listing resources reporting on joint-use (or combined) libraries across the country, especially public/school libraries.
Book trailers are an interactive and exciting way to get students interested in books. Learn how a team of teachers collaborated to transform a traditional book report into a student-centered production involving creativity, technology, and innovation. From storyboard to film festival, each project will be outlined allowing participants to jump right into the process of creating their own book trailers.
Many school librarians have a vision for engaging student research projects that have authentic curriculum and real-world connections, but don’t know where to start. Participants learn how to build collaborative school and community partnerships, identify and communicate with community resources, structure inquiry-based action-research projects, and document the process for ongoing advocacy. Participants also explore practical strategies that they can apply in their instructional contexts.
Do you want to collaborate with others on your campus, but don’t know how? Where is the time? How do we get together? What can we do to work together with so many obstacles in our way? This session provides practical advice, strategies, and tools for facilitating collaboration among teachers, librarians, and educational technologists.
Examples of faculty/library collaboration on information literacy at academic institutions.
The wisdom that many experts have contributed on collaboration in Knowledge Quest, AASL's official, highly respected journal on school library media programs.
This issue of Library Technology Reports gives library professionals, including managers, tools to encourage collaborative work both within and outside their organizations to expand or enhance library services.
Need a fresh perspective? Looking for some practical tips for encouraging greater collaboration between the library and classroom while meeting the needs of 21st century learners? Learn practical tips for building and enhancing a successful partnership between your librarian, technology specialist and the classroom teachers that will encourage collaboration and excitement. Hear how one school went from limited collaboration to having teachers clamoring to collaborate and incorporate technology and research into their already jam packed schedules.
In this Knowledge Quest webinar, Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard discuss the exciting ways in which school librarians and teachers work together, and what effect teaching collaboration has on school library programs and students.
In this podcast, guest co-editors Susan Ballard and Judi Moreillon share their thoughts on the theme of the Mar/Apr 2012 issue of Knowledge Quest.
Let's face it: The school library website as a one-way stream of information has limited usefulness and appeal for 21st-century students. For four years, students at San Jose State University have been developing a giant collaborative virtual space that allows the entire school community to grow, build, learn, create, and experiment together. In this session, participants will download a free Google template that can instantly be used as a giant learning space for a school.
School librarians explore how they can rise to the challenge of teaching AASL learning standards through CCSS curricula. In focus groups participants will analyze an exemplary ELA lesson to identify common ground for coteaching that integrates critical reading and critical thinking. School librarians can re-conceptualize their work as managers of facility, collection, and staffing by interviewing an ELA teacher/presenter to understand how she envisions a school library that supports her 21st-century teaching.
Because libraries are information and research centers, they can support a huge variety of grant funding initiatives outside their own purview. Maxwell offers an abundance of practical advice and encouragement for using this novel approach to secure additional funding for libraries.
Because libraries are information and research centers, they can support a huge variety of grant funding initiatives outside their own purview. Cultural centers, businesses, and educational institutions are untapped resources for library funds.
MILI, the Metronet Information Literacy Initiative, is a school-year long training program in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area focusing on research, information literacy, web 2.0 tools, and teacher-librarian collaboration. Come hear about the program and learn about the wonderful things a teacher and school librarian have implemented in their classrooms, schools, and at the district level because of what they learned in MILI. You’ll leave with ideas you can try in your own schools.
This webinar provides a review and conversation about the need for collaboration, most specifically instructional collaboration, in our learning communities. Challenges and barriers related to collaboration and strategies to address them will be considered and presenter Susan Ballard shares practical tools that can be utilized to improve the planning process and increase the level of collaboration.
A school librarian and the coordinator of Michigan eLibrary demonstrate an open source system of online services and curriculum materials supporting Common Core State Standards. Session attendees will discover how the MORE project can be replicated outside of Michigan. Attendees will break into groups to brainstorm and report how online resources and comparable tools from other states can further inquiry learning.
Columbia and Cornell have worked to build collaborative relationships in the broad area of technical services. The experience has taught valuable lessons about the nature of collaboration—some are hardly surprising or unique, mirroring the experiences of similar ventures such as the University of California's Next Generation Technical Services initiative. The broad scope of 2CUL and its intense focus on just two library systems gives this venture unique challenges and opportunities. An ALCTS webcast
Participatory culture is grounded in low barriers to artistic expression and allows students to be creators of content as well as pass on their experiences and knowledge to others. The Barrow Media Center is a site of participatory culture through elements such as student book budgets, collaborative projects that culminate in student product creation, opportunities for students to showcase their creations to others in a variety of ways, and students taking leadership in teaching one another how to use technology to create.
Award recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation, or archiving of library materials.
School librarians are educational leaders adept at crafting creative solutions to common problems. In this session a school librarian and a reference librarian rise to the challenge to improve the learning experiences of students, inspire teachers, and dazzle administrators, all while meeting state and national standards. With the help of the presenters, participants will create their own action plans for collaborative activities that meet the needs of their libraries.
Research studies indicate that qualified school librarians who actively engage in effective collaborations in their teaching and curricular roles are major contributors to increased student achievement. This webinar will address the concept of collaboration and the actual functions, or operations, of collaboration that make up effective collaborative efforts. We will discuss the models and strategies of school library collaborations that must be reinforced by effective professional development.
With increased emphasis on college-and career-readiness in today's schools, the Senior/Capstone Project can serve as that singular piece of evidence that students are prepared for the demands of college and career. Join school librarians and teachers from around the U.S. who have been integrally involved in the Senior/Capstone Project process. Presenters address potential roadblocks or challenges, opportunities to raise the rigor of an existing project, practical tips for creating a Senior/Capstone Project, and how to become more involved in the process at your school.
Part of a series of 20 minute webinars presented by the AASL Advocacy Committee in conjunction with School Library Month, this webinar explores tools AASL offers to demonstrate to stakeholders why a school librarian is essential to empowering the community leaders of tomorrow.
Participate in this rowdy session to read out loud, consider a diversity of texts, and experience first-hand the power of sharing texts out loud. We understand the value of reading aloud with students, but the 21st Century Standards cross the lifespan including ourselves and the teachers we collaborate with. Reading aloud is a powerful means for engaging professionals with ideas and texts. Join with us to gain strategies for making it happen in your collaborative settings.
The Toronto public library has teamed up with a local comic shop to host their own comic festival.
What characteristics contribute to the success of a school librarian? Come to this session to discuss the development, field-testing and implementation of instruments and procedures for assessing the dispositions of school librarian candidates. A six-year assessment timetable, tied to the Minnesota Board of Teaching competencies, and assessment strategies will be shared. Conference participants will have an opportunity to complete the self-assessment instrument created by this project.