Register now for Spring AASL e-Academy courses

Contact: Jonathan West

AASL Communications Manager

(312) 280-4389

For Immediate Release,

January 30, 2008

Register now for Spring AASL e-Academy courses

CHICAGO - Registration is now open for American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy courses scheduled to begin April 7. The courses are offered via a partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) project LE@D.

"The online courses offer a convenient and affordable way to stay current, increase your professional knowledge and better serve your community," said AASL president Sara Kelly Johns.

Spring offerings include four facilitated courses and three self-paced courses. AASL e-Academy facilitated programs will be accessible 24 hours a day from April 7 to May 16. These static tutorials are facilitated by experts who guide the learning experience at key points within the program. The learner will be able to share and collaborate with other participants through discussion boards, activities and occasional scheduled live chats. The registration fee for AASL members is $49.95 and $59.95 for non-members.

  • Marcia B. Kardick will lead
    "Copyright Issues in the Classroom and Library." After completing this course, participants will be able to: define copyright; identify the six rights of a copyright holder; explain fair use; name several ways copyright affects school library service; and locate online and print resources on copyright. Kardick has 27 years of teaching experience and currently is the K-12 representative on the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Copyright Advisory Network.
  • Jody K. Howard will facilitate
    "Creating Collaborative Lessons for the Elementary School Library" and
    "Creating Collaborative Lessons for the Secondary School Library." The elementary school library course will help participants develop the skills necessary to: devise strategies to collaborate and overcome obstacles such as fixed scheduling; recognize and cultivate opportunities to collaborate with teachers; maximize the impact of the library program by linking technology, subject area curricula and library skills; produce technology shortcuts that will lead to co-teaching; and construct lessons using tools, tips, templates and references offered in this course. The secondary school library course will focus on teacher-librarian collaboration, including defining this collaboration; understanding its benefits and how it addresses state, national and school standards; identifying roadblocks; and cultivating opportunities for collaboration. The course also will provide tools, tips and references for constructing lessons. Howard is an affiliate professor for the University of Denver College of Education and has been a librarian for the last 30 years, with experience that includes district-level management, school-level service, public library experience and academic teaching.
  • Past AASL president Dawn Vaughn will lead
    "Creating Compelling Programming in Your School Library." This course presents special opportunities for developing successful programs. It discusses programming in the school environment, and provides support for programs that meet the needs and goals of the school library. Vaughn has worked at all levels of librarianship, from elementary school to middle school to high school. She also has been a district professional librarian.

The AASL self-paced courses also offer 24-hour access. The four-week courses start April 7 and end May 2. These static tutorials offer participants an independent learning environment, without interaction between other learners or discussion boards. The registration fee is $19.95. Available Spring self-paced courses are:

  • "Multi-Cultural Literature for Children and Young Adults." This short course will introduce tenets of evaluation of different genres of literature in terms of both literary and extra-literary concerns. It will take you off line to read, think and respond to books which ultimately can be shared with other readers of all ages.
  • "Reaching Reluctant Readers in the School Library Media Center." At the end of this tutorial, learners will be able to: recognize reluctant readers; enhance the library environment so that it welcomes these readers; design programs that engage the reluctant reader or those who may become reluctant readers; design programs that tap teachers' knowledge about reluctant readers; and know resources that appeal to reluctant readers.
  • "Trends in Children's Literature." In addition to providing a brief review of the basics of children's literature, this tutorial will examine contemporary books and trends for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Emphasis will be placed on books published since 2000 and strategies for keeping current on new titles published each year.

For more information and to register for the courses, go to

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.