February 27, 2015

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What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24

What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24

The fourth annual Banned Websites Awareness Day makes excessive filtering an intellectual freedom issue in K–12 learning.

AASL Approves New Mission Statement of Empowerment

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At the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the AASL Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve a new mission statement for the association that more accurately reflects its goals and practices.

Beyond Words Grant Winners Announced

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Two libraries devastated by fire can now begin the process of rebuilding their schools and communities thanks to the commitment of Dollar General and the AASL Beyond Words Catastrophic Grant awards.

DC Public Schools Looking to Hire 30 Media Specialists


After years of budget cuts that eliminated full-time school library media specialist positions, DC Public Schools (DCPS) fiscal year 2014 budget has allotted an increase in budget for full-time library media specialists; DCPS is currently in the process of hiring as many as 30 media specialists for 2014-2015.

AASL Board Shakes Up Its Bylaws with Amendments Vote


AASL President Gail K. Dickinson urges the organization’s 7,000 members to vote to amend two bylaws geared to widen access to its members for participation and leadership roles. Voting starts March 19.

AASL, Head Start Praise Federal Budget’s Focus on Early Learning


The American Association of School Librarians and the National Head Start Association are praising the early learning dollars included in this week’s federal budget. However, both say challenges to funding remain—and the budget comes too late to help the 57,000 children cut off from Head Start last year.

Intellectual Freedom 101: Strategies for School Libraries | AASL 2013


Among the dozens of concurrent learning sessions at the American Association of School Librarians’ National Conference last month, a popular theme was that of intellectual freedom. “What Do I Do If? Intellectual Freedom Dilemmas in School Libraries” stood out for its scope and its round-robin style approach to problem-solving.

From Definition to Implementation, Librarians Embrace Common Core | AASL 2013


Finding new and innovative ways to implement the Common Core was one of the hottest programming themes during the recent American Association of School Librarians conference. During the event, the nations’ media specialists showed they have the will and the knowledge to lead the conversation on academic rigor.

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

Kids Reading

How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?

School Librarians Explore Their Role as Education Leaders | AASL 2013


School library professionals converged in Hartford, CT, November 14–17 for the 16th National Conference of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). During the event, media specialists explored their evolving role as education and technology leaders through concurrent sessions; an intense, late-night unconference; and an elearning commons of continuous how-to learning.

Broadening Cultural Literacy with LGBTQ Content for YA | AASL 2013


Of the numerous concurrent sessions at the American Association of School Librarians’ National Conference focusing on strategies for creating culturally diverse collections and serving the needs of all kids, “Queer Library Alliance Goes to School,” was a memorable one.

Connecticut Students Sign ALA’s Declaration for Rights to Libraries | AASL 2013


Fifty Connecticut schoolchildren joined ALA president Barbara Stripling, library officials, and other Connecticut residents for a signing of the Declaration for the Right to Libraries at the Hartford Public Library.

Connecticut’s School Librarians Seek Stakeholder Support

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As school library professionals from around the country flock to Hartford, CT, this weekend for the AASL National Conference, Connecticut’s own media specialists are at a crossroads. They face one of the highest achievement and budget gaps in the US between the state’s poor and wealthy school districts. However, the potential for successful advocacy is very high.

AASL to Survey Branding of School Librarianship


The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching two national surveys—one for school librarians, one for stakeholders—in order to examine ways that the two groups view the profession and to, ultimately, “provide a refreshing and inspiring image” of school librarians and school library programs.

AASL, Follett Accepting Nominations for School Library Program of Year Award


Follett and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have announced that applications are being accepted for the 2014 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award. The competition is open to K–12 programs that are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum and meet the needs of the changing library environment. The deadline to submit an application is January 1, 2014.

2014 AASL Awards Season Now Open

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Know a deserving school librarian, media specialist, or teacher-librarian? AASL has many opportunities for recognizing their smarts, bravery, and innovative style through its 2014 Awards program. And the online awards database promises to make the nomination process easier than ever.

NEA Votes to Support AASL in Lobbying for ‘Strengthening America’s Schools Act’


The National Education Association this week voted to support the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in its lobbying efforts with regard to the “Strengthening America’s Schools Act,” the first piece of legislation to recognize the role school library programs play in student learning since 1965, according to the American Library Association.

Youth Librarians Inspired in Chicago | ALA 2013


There was a spirit of optimism among attendees at the 2013 annual American Library Association (ALA) conference held recently in Chicago, especially among school media specialists and youth services librarians. Members of ALA’s three youth divisions were particularly energized and motivated by the dynamic programming and renewed advocacy efforts, they say.

Kiera Parrott’s Picks from the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning | ALA 2013

Kiera Parrott’s Picks from the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning | ALA 2013

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) revealed its inaugural Best Apps for Teaching and Learning list on Jun 30 at the American Library Association annual conference. Head of children’s services at Darien Library, CT, Kiera Parrott highlights some of her favorites from the 25 winning apps that cover a broad range of subjects, inspire curriculum connections, and can be used for classroom instruction and public library programming.

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Teacher librarian Joyce Valenza reflects on the 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning, the highly anticipated list chosen annually by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).