For immediate release | February 11, 2013

Webinar helping school librarians prepare for performance evaluations added to AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO - Writer Patricia Owen discusses the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) recently published “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” in the newest archived webinar available in AASL’s professional development repository, eCOLLAB.

In the webinar, titled after the AASL publication, Owen walks participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations. “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” uses the program guidelines established in AASL’s “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs” as the basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators. Owen’s step-by-step walkthrough of the workbook helps prepare school librarians for their annual performance evaluation.

AASL members can access the webinar via eCOLLAB by logging in to the AASL website using their ALA-provided 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 the latest issue of Knowledge Quest in a read-only 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)

800-545-2433 ext. 4383