For immediate release | May 14, 2013

New AASL eCOLLAB advocacy archives provide professional development in 20 minutes

CHICAGO — A series of three advocacy webinars, presented by the AASL Advocacy Committee in conjunction with School Library Month, is now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development archive, eCOLLAB.

Presented in a new 20-minute format, these webinars focus on a single topic and explore AASL advocacy tools attendees need to most effectively promote their program. The webinar series includes:

  • “Quantity vs. Quality,” presented by Judi Repman, assists school librarians in helping stakeholders understand the difference between Internet access and information skills.
  • “A Space vs. A LEARNING Space,” presented by Rebecca Morris, focuses on helping school librarians justify the space their school library program needs.
  • “Strong School Library Programs Build Strong Communities,” presented by Andrea Ange and LeeAnna Mills, explores advocacy tools AASL offers to demonstrate why a school librarian is essential to empowering the community leaders of tomorrow.

AASL members can access the webinar via eCOLLAB by logging into the AASL website using their ALA-provided website login. Nonmembers who wish to view the webinar and other archived professional development can receive access to eCOLLAB resources with an annual subscription of $199 per year.

eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Laboratory: Content Collaboration Community, a repository of AASL professional development, provides members and subscribers with a central location to find and manage their e-learning as well as to connect with others in the learning community. eCOLLAB contains webcasts, podcasts and resources from various AASL professional development events, as well as access to a read-only version of the latest issue of Knowledge Quest. To begin utilizing eCOLLAB or to subscribe, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

800-545-2433 ext.4383