For immediate release | December 17, 2013

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

The webinar complements the recently released action brief, “Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian,” created by AASL in collaboration with Achieve. The document provides no-cost takeaways, talking points, action steps and CCSS implementation examples school librarians can put into practice immediately. Lewis and Loertscher, co-authors of the brief, will lead webinar participants in an idea swap building on these examples.

Kathryn Lewis, a former school librarian and classroom teacher, is the director of media services and instructional technology for Norman (Okla.) Public Schools. She currently serves as the chair of the AASL Supervisors Section, a member of the AASL Common Core task force, and chair of the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Common Core task force. David Loertscher, a former elementary and secondary school librarian, is presently a professor at the school of library and information science at San José State University. He is a past president of AASL and has served on the AASL research and statistics committee and the School Library Research editorial board.

“Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core” is open to all. Registrations will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, and a seat in the webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. To register, visit Registrants are asked to download a copy of the action brief prior to the webinar by visiting

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)