AASL offers Pre-Midwinter Institute on library media best practices

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For Immediate Release


November 21, 2005

AASL offers Pre-Midwinter Institute on library media best practices

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will offer a Pre-Midwinter Institute, "Library Media Best Practices Workshop and Tour," on January 20, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in San Antonio.

The “Library Media Best Practices” institute will allow attendees to experience enabling students to be life-long learners in a modern age where knowing HOW to learn is as important as WHAT you learn. The staff of the San Antonio Northside Independent School District, winners of the 2004 AASL School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) Award, will lead morning workshops covering topics including integrated lessons, teacher collaboration and technology connections. Attendees will spend the afternoon touring area school library media centers where best practices will be demonstrated and observed live.

“We are thrilled to present the AASL Pre-Midwinter Institute, which enables us to share our successes with colleagues from across the nation,” said Jana Knezek, Director of Library and Textbooks Office of the San Antonio Independent School District.

“Like a perfect storm, many good things converged to create excellence in the school library media program in our district,” Knezek added. “Facilities, budgets, administrative support, professional development, integrated library lessons, rich technology experiences for students, and above all, the sharing of ideas with each other combine to make the Northside Independent School District's library media program a special place for 78,000 students to become lifelong readers and learners.”

Online registration for the AASL Pre-Midwinter Institute is open now; go to
http://www.ala.org/aasl/midwinter for more information. Registration prices are as follows: AASL member: $169; ALA member: $209; Non-member: $259. Advance registration ends December 9.

The American Association of School Librarians , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media 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 media field. For more information, visit
www.aasl.org.