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In the file cabinet at my school that holds all the records of the library including budgets, articles, handouts, and lesson plan ideas, there is a folder titled: Do. Not. Forget. There nestled inside are many small straggly pieces of paper of different…
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In an informal, open discussion I have begun with educational friends and colleagues, I posed these questions: What do you want from your School Library Media Specialist? What skills do your students need? I was surprised that their responses all bordered…
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ALA Midwinter is always an interesting time. There is a lot of hard work and challenging decisions to be made, but there is also something rejuvenating about being surrounded by people who care so much about libraries and young people. Our week began with…
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AASL celebrates 2016 School Library Month with spokesperson Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2016 observance of School Library Month. Celebrated in April, School Library Month honors the essential role that strong school library…
Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2016 observance of School Library Month. Celebrated in April, School Library Month honors the essential role that strong school library programs... Read More ›
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Directing the Dialog around ESSA and “Effective” School Library Programs"

Written by Erin Downey, Boise (ID) Schools The recently-passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a historic piece of education legislation for school libraries because it is the first time in over five decades that school library programs have been…
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This January in preparation for the study of Black History month our high school and two of our feeder middle schools joined together to host the Freedom Riders exhibit created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The librarians at Murray…
This January in preparation for the study of Black History month our high school and two of our feeder middle schools joined together to host the Freedom Riders exhibit created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The librarians... Read More ›
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Designed to equalize educational opportunities and resources for disadvantaged children, Title I has been in existence since the inception of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) enacted in 1965 to address the “War on Poverty.” Most recently…
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By Schenell Agee This is the final post of the series. Part 4 – Confirmation Before they arrive To track your progress consider preparing a checklist of jobs for individuals or groups to complete with timestamps. Use a checklist to avoid forgetting…
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Have you wanted to learn more about how ALA governance impacts AASL and the students, teachers, and communities we serve? During ALA Midwinter and Annual there are several open meetings where members are encouraged to attend. During the ALA…
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One of my friends spent this past weekend working with her 2nd grade daughter on a research project. While her daughter flew through the arts and crafts portion and was able to handwrite the “sloppy copy” of her presentation, she struggled when it came to…
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I must confess that I am not a huge football fan.  I am amused when they play in the rain, the ball often squirting out of players’ hands in a muddy free-for-all.  I am fascinated to watch normally agile athletes go sliding uncontrollably across a slick…
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When I listened to others talk about their makerspaces they were always so enthusiastic about what they were doing.  All I kept thinking was where is the curriculum connection and how am I going to convince my stakeholders that this is a good idea.  In…
When I listened to others talk about their makerspaces they were always so enthusiastic about what they were doing. All I kept thinking was where is the curriculum connection and how am I going to convince my stakeholders that this... Read More ›
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The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.
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The American Association of School Librarians is:

  • A proactive organization that addresses issues, anticipates trends, and sets the future agenda for the profession;

  • An advocate for the indispensable role of school library programs with school librarians, for best practices in school librarianship, and for the core values and ethics of the library profession;

  • An open, friendly, welcoming organization that embraces cultural and ethnic diversity;

  • An inclusive professional home for all school librarians and a partner in mutual interests with educators, technologists, researchers, vendors, and other librarians;

  • An essential resource for school librarians seeking professional development, leadership opportunities, communication with peers, and the most current information, research, and theory in the field; and

  • A flexible, responsive organization that models effective management practices.