For immediate release | December 10, 2013

AASL national conference is on-demand on eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition wrapped up in Hartford, Conn., on Nov. 17, but the learning and conversation continues on AASL’s professional development repository, eCOLLAB. A selection of recorded concurrent sessions and related handouts are now available for view by AASL members and eCOLLAB subscribers. With these additional resources, AASL eCOLLAB offers more than 155 webcasts and podcasts for on-demand learning. To access these resources, visit

Recorded session topics include implementation of the AASL learning standards and program guidelines along with the Common Core State Standards, promoting school librarians as partners in the teaching process and addressing the needs of a new generation of students. Sessions also address emergent topics such as Dewey Decimal System versus genre shelving, the expanding role of e-books in collection development, and virtualizing library services.

“School librarians are being asked to do more than ever,” said Gail Dickinson, AASL president. “As their roles in their schools expand, so do the demands for their time. This is why eCOLLAB is a fabulous resource for school librarians. The archive allows members and subscribers to plan professional development into their schedule, keeping them current and knowledgeable about the latest trends in the profession.”

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 Knowledge Quest in a read-only PDF format.

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

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)