For immediate release | January 22, 2013

AASL recordings explore transliteracy in the school library program

CHICAGO – During Transliteracy in the School Library Program, the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2012 Fall Forum, school librarians from all over the country met to discuss transliteracy - the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media. Select recordings from this day and a half long institute are now available in AASL's professional development repository - eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Library.

The 2012 Fall Forum featured Henry Jenkins, renowned author and media studies scholar, who served as the opening and closing speaker as well as primary facilitator. Jenkins shared his extensive expertise on participatory culture and engaged with attendees throughout the day-and-a-half institute. Joining Jenkins as facilitators were Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, and Barbara Jansen, chair of educational technology and library services and upper school media services director at Saint Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Together the facilitators provided a comprehensive overview of complex concept of transliteracy, explored current research on how young people learn and play in the contemporary online environment and helped participants develop strategies for integrating transliteracy skills into subject areas across the curriculum.

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 the latest issue Knowledge Quest in an interactive PDF format. 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

Web Communications Manager

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

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