Archived Webinars


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 eCOLLAB is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.

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Computational Thinking in Your Library: Systematic Problem Solving in School & Real Life


Credits: None available.

Computational thinking is a systematic problem solving process applicable to multiple arenas, including various curricular areas and real life. In this session, learn about the basics of computational thinking, how it applies to school library programs and curriculum, and how it benefits our future ready learners in academia and real life.

Participants will:

  • Explore computational thinking in multiple contexts
  • Recognize the benefits of teaching computational thinking to our K-12 students
  • See examples of problem solving in school and in real life using computational thinking

Speaker(s):
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Collaborate with Content Areas for Deeper Learning


Credits: None available.


“When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Maggie Stepanek

This webinar will focus on creating collaborations between the school library and content teachers in an effort to create lessons and units that foster critical thinking. Layering standards from content areas with national standards from AASL, ISTE and Future Ready librarianship creates in depth and substantial lessons for critical thinking and growth. Utilizing resources such as the AASL app and the AASL Crosswalk sets, this webinar will identify ways that school librarians can work with subject area teachers on lessons that prepare students for 21st century learning.

Learning Goals

  • Participants will identify creative ways to collaborate with content-area teachers to create lessons that address AASL, ISTE, and Future Ready Standards, as well as, content standards.
  • Participants will learn ways to extend their reach within their school as a resource by creating lesson plans that focus on content standards and standards specific to librarianship.
  • Participants will understand the importance of creating partnerships with content area teachers in order to reinforce 21st century skills.

Speaker(s):
  • Jill Slay, School Librarian, Putnam City West High School
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Don’t #%?$ My Graphic Novels: Conquering Challenges and Protecting the Right to Read


Credits: None available.

We strive to create inclusive library collections that reflect a diverse global community. But what happens when members of the school community challenge or attempt to ban such inclusive materials? In 2018, 38% of reported book challenges took place in schools. Among the challenged works were those in illustrated format, including Persepolis, Drama, This One Summer, Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty, and Bone. As we celebrate School Library Month, join us in advocating for and defending books that incorporate art with Bad Kitty author and illustrator Nick Bruel and librarians Mariela Siegert, Martha Hickson, and Suzanna Panter. They will share their experiences with censorship and navigating a graphic novel challenge. Moderated by Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, with resources and tools to support inclusion of all types of learning resources.

Learning Goals

  • Commit to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community
  • Gain awareness of the experiences and struggles of school librarian colleagues
  • Understand school-based challenge cases and the strategies used to defend resources & services
  • Recognize the tools and support available to promote intellectual freedom

Moderator(s):
  • Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
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Comics Librarianship: Essential Tools for the School Librarian


Credits: None available.

Comics are increasingly taught in schools, and included in academic libraries, and school librarianship presents its own unique challenges and requirements. In this discussion teachers, creators, book distributors, and library experts offer details on where to find quality reviews, collection development assistance, programming tools and ideas, and more!

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Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics into Believers


Credits: None available.

While many librarians and educators understand the value of comics and graphic novels, there are still those who need convincing. How do we get these resistant gatekeepers to open the doors and let comics in? This webinar will give you tools to address concerns, dispel myths, and show the benefits that comics and graphic novels bring to classrooms and libraries. Learn how creators, publishers, and librarians have dealt with these issues. Panelists include Betsy Gomez from the Banned Books Coalition and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, John Jennings a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riversideand Chloe Ramos Peterson from Image Comics. Emily Ratica, a high school Teacher Librarian in San Bernardino, CA and member of AASL’s Induction Program will moderate.

Moderator(s):
  • Emily Ratica, Teacher Librarian, Arroyo Valley High School
Panelist(s):
  • Betsy Gomez, Educational Content Developer, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
  • John Jennings, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California at Riverside
  • Chloe Ramos-Peterson, Library Market Sales Representative, Image Comics
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The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners


Credits: None available.

Using the lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners, we will examine the role of manga, comics, and graphic novels to promote literacy and learning. Participants will not only learn about the power of these genres but they will also be exposed to the language of the AASL Shared Foundations.

Learning Goals

  • Participants will gain the knowledge and tools required to foster a culture of reading and advocate for the acceptance of manga, comics, and graphic novels in their collections.
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the connections manga, comics, and graphic novels have to learning and critical thinking.
  • Participants will be empowered to support learner growth and personalize learning experiences. 

Speaker(s):
  • Jillian Ehlers, School Librarian, Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
  • Juan Rivera, Librarian, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Standards at Your Fingertips: Using the AASL Standards Mobile App in Your Building-Level Practice


Credits: None available.

The AASL Standards Mobile App is a powerful tool allowing you to have the National School Library Standards at your fingertips. The app allows you to search the standards framework and to take and share notes. During this session, five school librarians will share how they use the AASL Standards Mobile App in their building-level practice for creating or aligning lessons, collaborating with teachers and other librarians, putting together professional development, and more!

Learning Goals

  • Participants will have an understanding of the AASL Standards Mobile App and how it works.
  • Participants will see several examples of the use of the AASL Standards Mobile App by building-level librarians.
  • Participants will understand some possible applications for use of the AASL Standards Mobile App in their own practice.

Speaker(s):
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Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for Supervisors to Learn, Advise, and Evaluate


Credits: None available.

Supervisors of school librarians will learn about the features of the new AASL Standards Mobile App and its use as a valuable tool in learning the new AASL Standards. School library supervisors can utilize the app to adopt the new terminology and in turn, present goals and objectives of a 21st century school library to stakeholders, advise their school librarians in goal setting and development of a school library that facilitates delivery of the AASL Standards, and evaluate school libraries objectively and communicate findings in consistent and defined terms.

Learning Goals

Supervisors will be able to utilize the mobile app to:

  • Learn the new AASL Standards
  • Advise school librarians
  • Evaluate school libraries

Speaker(s):
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Using Makerspaces to Build Teacher/Librarian Collaboration


Credits: None available.

This session will demonstrate to participants how use of 3D printing can help teachers augment their lessons, develop higher order thinking and research, and give students exposure to 21st century technology. School librarian Harry Ostlund and social studies specialist Ryan Fontanella will share how their campus/district worked to create “archival boxes” - boxes of premade lessons incorporating various elements of the library’s digital and print resources available for checkout by teachers for use in the classroom.

Learning Goals

  • Teacher/Librarian collaboration best practices
  • Creative and engaging use of Makerspaces found in most libraries
  • Modeling of excellent integration of 3D printing and pedagogy

Speaker(s):
  • Harry Ostlund, School Librarian, William J. Brennan High School
  • Ryan Fontanella, Social Studies Specialist, William J. Brennan High School
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Standard: $6.99
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Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators


Credits: None available.

This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. To demonstrate how the app is both distinct from and complements the National School Library Standards text, we will share examples for use in three categories: working with school librarian candidates on lesson planning and reflections; professional development planning; and writing and presenting research as a university faculty member. Our session will conclude with opportunities for participants to engage in discussion about the use of the app as school library educators and possible advocacy connections afforded by the app.

Learning Goals

  • Identify and explain features of the app for use as school library educators
  • Apply tools in the app across three areas:
    1. for educator and pre-service student lesson planning and instructional activities,
    2. planning professional development for conferences, workshops, etc., and
    3. for writing and research activities
  • Discuss use of the app to strengthen and simplify the work of school library educators
  • Share advocacy opportunities pertaining to the app, such as communication with stakeholders

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