May 6, 2016

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Author Megan McDonald Named 2016 Spokesperson for National School Library Month

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Judy Moody creator to support AASL’s National School Library month this April with outreach focusing on the importance of school libraries and librarians.

Lead Brave: Buoyed by the Alliance of the Lilead Fellows | Editorial

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This powerful cohort of school district library heads is poised to bring innovation, bold leadership, and a new communal strength to the field.

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Post-AASL, Inspired Brainstorming at a Lilead Project Think Tank

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Members of the Lilead Project—25 library district supervisors from across the country—gathered for a face-to-face meeting in Ohio. Topics discussed? Outcomes-based planning, effective marketing and leadership, and evaluating student success, to name a few.

Hacking the Night Away at AASL

Angela Martinez, librarian at Washington, DC public schools, reveals her team's top hack.

Talk about Midnight Madness! Get an insider’s look at the playful problem solving that went down after dark at AASL.

School Librarian Jobs At Risk In Ohio

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Ohio’s school librarians are losing Jobs after a state education mandate, colloquially referred to as “5 of 8,” was removed.

Update: ESEA: ALA and Advocacy Community Urging School Library Supporters to Act Now

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With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coming up, the American Library Association has been leading the campaign to get dedicated funding for school libraries into the bill.

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

I love SLJ ,of course. I am also a huge fan of AASL’s bimonthly journal, Knowledge Quest. It grows more relevant and inspirational with every issue. I keep a sticky-noted stack of them on my desk. Just yesterday, AASL announced the launch of Knowledge Quest‘s companion website, focused on integrating theory and practice. And it […]

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning needs your input

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning needs your input

I am honored and kinda thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee. This particular best list is now three years old and recognizes apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of […]

Opinion: State Legislation and Parent Advocates Must Bridge Skills Gap

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With information literacy among the top five skills that employers look for in potential hires, according to a recent report, Sarah Darer Littman argues that it is not just state regulation supporting the hiring of certified media specialists that will bridge the skills gap—but the advocacy of parents.

State Orders New York City to Comply with Mandate for Secondary School Librarians

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A ruling by New York State Education Commissioner John King in response to an appeal filed by the United Federation of Teachers means the NYC DOE has to address the staffing gap in the 2014−2015 school year—and in the best case scenario—could result in hundreds of new positions.

AASL’s picks for apps and websites

AASL’s picks for apps and websites

On Saturday, two hard-working AASL committees presented juried lists of resources. While I try my best to keep up with this stuff, these two darn committees just filled my summer with new explorations. I take that back.  They’ve actually significantly narrowed the field by pointing to the learning tools most worthy of exploring and integrating […]

DC Public Schools Looking to Hire 30 Media Specialists

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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.

Social Media Resources 101 for the School Librarian

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Virginia middle school librarian Lauren McBride presents some must-have links and resources for librarians looking to hone their social media expertise. An expert in social media, McBride maintains her school’s Twitter page, participates in a weekly Twitter chat hosted by the Virginia Association of School Librarians, and next month will lead a professional development “Boot Camp” session for Virginia’s Loudoun County Public School librarians on how to use Twitter.

AASL Board Shakes Up Its Bylaws with Amendments Vote

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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

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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.

The AASL Unconference: Join us!

The AASL Unconference: Join us!

If you’re planning to attend AASL in Hartford, please add our first-ever Unconference on your agenda. Our kinda edgy, late-night event will take place in the Capitol Ballroom at the Marriott beginning at 9 PM on Friday night. The focus is on informal, peer-to-peer learning, PLN building, and sharing–ensuring that voices get heard and that […]

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.

ALA Youth Divisions Announce New Presidents

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The American Library Association has selected the presidents of its three youth divisions and the members of its 2015 Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Printz, Edwards, and Nonfiction Awards committees.

Disaster Relief Programs and Publishers Offer Many Ways to Help Schools and Libraries Afflicted by Sandy

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Those wishing to help school libraries and children’s collections that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy now have an array of giving options, thanks to several disaster relief programs, children’s book publishers, and charities.

Second Annual Picture Book Month Kicks off in November

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Librarians, authors and illustrators are gearing up for Picture Book Month in November. Events and activities include daily postings to the Picture Book Month site by authors and illustrators like Chris Raschka and Paul O. Zeinsky. School libraries will be featuring Mock Caldecotts and author visits.