Meet the presenters of AASL’s new L4L webinar series

Contact: Melissa Jacobsen

Communications Specialist, AASL

(312) 280-4381


For Immediate Release

April 6, 2010

CHICAGO –The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces presenters and objectives for the new series of Learning4Life (L4L) webinars. This series is designed for school librarians to learn more about the implementation of the AASL program guidelines. The webinars will be held at 4:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesdays during the month of April. For more information about the L4L webinar series, presenters, individual and district pricing options, and to register, visit

This April, AASL will offer a new series of webinars supporting the L4L initiative to nationally implement the AASL learning standards and program guidelines. This series will help advance school library programs to meet the needs of the changing school library environment by focusing on the four chapters in “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs” – Developing Visions for Learning, Teaching for Learning, Building the Learning Environment and Empowering Learning through Leadership.

On April 7, Dr. Carol Gordon will present the “Developing a Vision for Learning” webinar. The hour will focus on relating the mission of the school library program to the learning standards. Participants will learn how to interpret the standards in terms of the leadership role of the school librarian.

The next webinar will focus on “Teaching for Learning.” In this session, LaDawna Harrington will give participants an opportunity to explore strategies for serving as leaders in implementing quality instruction through collaborative partnerships for teaching, learning and assessment. Participants will be able to identify and develop strategies to nurture a culture of collaboration, articulate guidelines for Teaching for Learning, and make connections to reading, multiple literacies, inquiry and assessment. This webinar will take place on April 14.

Marcia Mardis, Eileen McIlvain, Gail Long and Jennifer Pleszkoch will lead the third week in the series with “Building the Learning Environment” on April 21. The session will introduce participants to a variety of freely available, interactive and engaging resources for a range of grade levels and science-related topic areas, placing them in the context of the AASL “Standards for the 21st Century Student Learner.” Participants will also learn strategies for collection development and organization of digital resources in the school library.

The final week, “Empowering Learning through Leadership,” will be led by Daniella Smith on April 28. Smith will help participants become transformational leaders, increasing their involvement within their schools while considering time constraints and resources. Participants will be provided with easy, yet effective suggestions for becoming transformational leaders, and design activities to apply the principles within their school communities.

AASL is offering district pricing for the entire series at $199 for three-five individuals, at $399 for six-nine individuals, and $699 for 10 or more individuals. District pricing packages are available for the entire series only and must be purchased by an AASL member. AASL individual members pricing is also available at $39 per webinar, or $140 for the entire series. ALA member pricing is $69 per webinar, or $248 for the entire series. Non-members can take advantage of the Webinars at $99 per webinar, or $356 for the entire series.

For more information on the L4L initiative, the learning standards and program guidelines, visit Information and pricing on the 2009 series of archived webinars can be found at

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.