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AASL offers online learning opportunities to meet the needs of busy school library professional. This collection contains archives of AASL webinars, recorded concurrent sessions from AASL national conferences, and national institute presentations. Online professional development available through ALL is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.

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Curating for Connections: Applying Tools and Activities for Implementing the Curate Shared Foundation

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Curating a school library collection extends beyond selecting popular titles, and the roles that school librarians fill have evolved well past maintaining materials. Explore all the aspects of the Curate Shared Foundation in the National School Library Standards with this webinar archive. Developed and presented by a team of five school librarians from the 2022 ALA Emerging Leaders Program, Developing Critical Curators Seeking Diverse Perspectives is an implementation guide focused on the Curate Shared Foundation. Viewers will exit the webinar with concrete ideas and tools for their school libraries and their learners. Scenarios, activities, and resources in the guide support school librarians in collection development as they work toward inclusivity and in teaching learners and educators to gather, evaluate, and organize information from diverse perspectives. This webinar and the guide make an excellent independent or group professional development project.

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AASL Town Hall: School Libraries as No Place for Hate

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During the September AASL Town Hall, AASL President Kathy Lester is  joined by Molly Berwanger, Kristin Jager, and Dennis Nelson from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) who share information about No Place for Hate. No Place for Hate is a holistic, school-wide approach to improving school climate through anti-bias and bullying prevention education. It leverages the wisdom of the entire school community to plan and achieve school climate goals and the customizable program amplifies student voice as learners lead school-wide activities.

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AASL Town Hall: Back to School with Award Winning Collaboration

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Head back to school with new ideas after listening to a lively discussion about collaborating with our education colleagues. AASL President, Kathy Lester, and AASL Award winning panelists kick-off the Town Hall discussion.

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Michael Giller, Director of Library Services at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the 2022 AASL Collaborative School Library Award winner, shares his project “Bulls on Parade - Banned Books Week Poster Design.”

Sarah Sansbury, Teacher Librarian at Dunwoody Elementary School in Georgia and the 2022 AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award winner, shares her project “Asian American History IS American History.”

With the current national environment around book challenges and teaching accurate history, these projects are timely and provide excellent examples of working with our colleagues and our students.

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Your Databases Are Next: The Digital Redlining Movement and How Your Databases Might Not Work the Way You Think

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While school librarians continue to reel from the unprecedented assault on books in libraries across the country, a new threat has sought expression as the same astroturf political groups seek to demonize database content in legislation in a variety of states. Depicting database content as potentially dangerous to children (and in many cases stripping away legal protections that would prevent librarians and educators from being sued), these groups have been working against database companies for years. While librarians can empathize with the pressures these companies have felt from parent groups, the discovery that some databases oriented to middle and elementary school audiences have encoded stopwords that do not return results despite age-appropriate content being present has come as a shock to many librarians. Learn how to protect your electronic materials, to initiate conversations with vendors and consortia, to combat legislation in your state, and how to reframe how you present databases to students and faculty.

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AASL Town Hall: Happily in the Year Just Past – AASL Reflects on Time Too Fast

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Sit down with your AASL community for the epilogue that wraps up a year of telling school librarian stories. Narrated by AASL President Jennisen Lucas and other members of the AASL Board of Directors, this town hall provides a look back on AASL’s 2021-2022 initiatives, programs, and recognitions.

AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

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AASL Town Hall | Sharing Winning Stories: How to Develop Sustained Stakeholder Support

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How are you engaging with your educational community for lasting advocacy? During this AASL Town Hall, AASL President Jennisen Lucas hosts three recent AASL award winners who share how they built and sustain stakeholder support for school librarians and school librarians. Be inspired by peers who have connected with pre-service teachers and administrator associations, taken their place at their state department of education, and mobilized community support. You’ll want to replicate their successes in your own school community!

AASL Town Halls are a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of school librarians and their learners. Join AASL leadership, special guests, and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

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Summer Reading Book Recommendations

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During this webinar presented by the AASL Independent Schools Section, panelists share their book recommendations for prekindergarten through grade 12.

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  • Elisa Gall, Early Childhood Librarian, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Jamila Felton, Librarian, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School
  • Katie Ryan, Middle School Librarian, Brooklyn Friends School
  • Kit Ballenger, Children’s Literary Consultant, Help Your Shelf

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Summer Reading Implementation

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During this webinar presented by the AASL Independent Schools Section, panelists from lower school through high school share their summer reading activities, from book circles to book challenges to postcard reviews and beyond.

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AASL Town Hall: What's Your Wheelhouse? Finding Your Fit Within School Librarianship

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What’s Your Wheelhouse? Finding Your Fit Within School Librarianship encourages participants to lead from the school library. The AASL Practice Committee proposed the topic in a recognition of the need to encourage and develop leaders and influencers in school libraries. Hear from AASL President Jennisen Lucas, members of the AASL Practice Committee, and peers for a discussion on leadership that encompasses more opportunities than the traditional assumptions.

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Celebrate School Library Month

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Hear from 6 school librarians as they share ways to celebrate School Library Month for grades Pre-K to 12. They provide examples of past celebrations, along with resources to help you celebrate in your library.

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For more resources for School Library Month, visit www.ala.org/aasl/slm.

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