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In addition to being Hispanic Heritage Month and Library Card Sign-up Month, September is also when Banned Books Week begins. My co-librarian and I have already started gathering brown butcher paper and caution tape to assemble a display in the library.…
In addition to being Hispanic Heritage Month and Library Card Sign-up Month, September is also when Banned Books Week begins. My co-librarian and I have already started gathering brown butcher paper and caution tape to assemble a display in the... Read More ›
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About a year ago, I read an article about a high school English teacher who was improving reading scores by challenging his students to read a million words “for fun” during the school year. With that idea in the back of my mind, I applied for the Ruth…
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On Sep. 17, more than seventy school librarians and educational stakeholders in Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Presented by the…
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You could hit all of the right notes and still come to nothing in karaoke. On the other hand, you could hit around 20% of a melody and still bluster your way to solid gold. Sometimes it’s so bad, it’s good. In order to encourage expressive culture and…
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AASL Forum, LM_NET, and other librarian ListServs were rife with orientation ideas this year; and all those great ideas got me thinking about changing up my orientation lessons. My usual tack is to use a scavenger hunt that asks questions such as: “How…
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AASL has launched a new, comprehensive website for the Every Student Succeeds Act implementation. The site, available at essa.aasl.org, contains discussion forums, social media links, position statements, and state workshop information. Nowhere else can school librarians connect with peers from across the country to discuss the strategies and success stories in their states as they ensure student success through strong school libraries.
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In his insightful speech to a 1998 world on the cusp of the explosion of the Tech Age, American philosopher Neil Postman presented his five basic ideas on the concept of technological change. Even though his talk is now nearly 20 years old, his ideas…
In his insightful speech to a 1998 world on the cusp of the explosion of the Tech Age, American philosopher Neil Postman presented his five basic ideas on the concept of technological change. Even though his talk is now nearly... Read More ›
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With the new school back in session, it’s time to share some great ideas in using the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. At the American Library Association Annual Conference in June 2016 new websites were presented by the AASL Best Websites…
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Are you using social media to promote your library?Yes: Excellent. See below for examples and ideas from other libraries. Not yet: Great news! There are many tools you can choose or use them all! Social media allows us to tell our library story–showcasing…
Use social media to showcase your library and provide a story.
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When I reflect on my role as a library media specialist, I think about the many 21st-century skills I try to foster in my students. My district’s Information and Technology Literacy Curriculum mirrors these same skills and was written to ensure that all…
When I reflect on my role as a library media specialist, I think about the many 21st-century skills I try to foster in my students. My district’s Information and Technology Literacy Curriculum mirrors these same skills and was written to ensure... Read More ›
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Don't forget! Join AASL and the Library as Incubator Project for the free webinar "Engage Community & Incubate Creativity @ Your Library." Laura Damon-Moore and Holly Storck-Post from LAIP will share how you can connect with creatives in your community and find opportunities for creative collaborations.
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Got cardboard? Tape? Creative students? If so, you are ready to join makers from all over the world on October 1, 2016, as they design and build in the Global Cardboard Challenge. The challenge began with the heart-warming story of an incredibly creative…
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The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.
Introduction

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.

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800-545-2433 x 4382, 312-280-4382
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