AASL preconferences tackle trends in reading, learning and Web 2.0

Contact: Melissa B. Jones

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381

For Immediate Release,

March 4, 2008

AASL preconferences tackle trends in reading, learning and Web 2.0

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), looks to the future of reading, learning and Web 2.0 in its four preconferences planned for the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 26 to July 2. The half-day and daylong programs take place Friday, June 27.

The full-day program
"Reading and the Secondary School Library Media Specialist" provides a brief overview of current research on reading instruction, discusses how the research informs school library programs, explores reading strategies and explains what library media specialists can do to strengthen their role as literacy leaders in their schools.

Not sure how to get started or what's next with online collaborative learning? Join your colleagues at "
Eating Elephant 2.0 One Bite at a Time: Using the Read-Write Web in Classrooms and Libraries." Find out how teachers and librarians are using wikis, blogs, feed readers, social bookmarking sites and other Web 2.0 tools to increase student engagement in this new workshop. The session runs 8 a.m. to noon and is led by Doug Johnson, Director of Media and Technology, Mankato (Minn.) Area Public Schools.

Johnson also will lead an afternoon session on "
E-Books, E-Kids, E-Flat! Three Trends Schools and Libraries Will Ignore at Their Peril." This new workshop explores three major themes: the prevalence of ubiquitous digital information sources, the defined attributes of a "Net Generation" and the rise of a global economy. Each change will be discussed, along with strategies that schools and educators can use to stay relevant in their students' lives. The preconference runs 1 to 5 p.m.

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" will introduce you to AASL's new standards, which provide a framework for school librarians to use in preparing students for productive lives in the 21st century. This workshop will engage participants in reviewing the standards and exploring their integration into the curriculum of their schools. Participants will leave this session with at least one identified curricular integration opportunity, strategies for teaching skills and dispositions, assessment templates and a goal for the first step in schoolwide implementation. The half-day session starts at 8 a.m. and is led by Cassandra Barnett, SLMS, Fayetteville High School Library, Fayetteville, Ark., and Barbara Stripling, Director of Library Services, New York City Department of Education.

Tickets for the full-day session are $169 for AASL members, $209 for ALA members and $259 for non-members. Half-day sessions are $79 for AASL members, $129 for ALA members and $184 for non-members.

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