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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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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 Objectives:
  • 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.
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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 Objectives:
  • Supervisors will be able to utilize the mobile app to learn the new AASL Standards
  • Supervisors will be able to utilize the mobile app to advise school librarians
  • Supervisors will be able to utilize the mobile app to evaluate school libraries
Speaker(s):
  • Elizabeth B. Rush, Library Specialist, Northside Independent School District
  • Jennifer Nitz, District Technical Librarian, Caddo Parish Public School System
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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 Objectives:
  • 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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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 Objectives:
  • 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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Gamify Your School Library


Credits: None available.

You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will understand the design process for gamifying school library activities.
  • Participants will explore teaching strategies and digital tools for enhancing school library instruction.
Speaker(s):
  • Sam Northern, Teacher-Librarian, Simpson Elementary School
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Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth


Credits: None available.

This session introduces participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will develop a deeper understanding about the meaning of diversity in children’s books.
  • Participants will learn useful strategies for incorporating diversity into library programs on a consistent basis.
  • Participants will understand the role of librarians in selecting authentic, multicultural books that reflect a myriad of cultures and experiences.
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Google and Paperpile as the Basis for Effective Research


Credits: None available.

Harness the power of Google Search and Google Scholar to work your way through the research process. From a broad topic, to question, to keywords, evaluation and results conduct efficient searches and get better results without paying for databases.

Learning Objectives:
  • To apply a research method while leveraging the power of Google Search
  • To demonstrate the use of Google Search to investigate what the ‘world is saying’ about a topic
  • To demonstrate the use of Google Search to create keyword lists and hone research questions
  • To use Google Scholar to identify seminal papers in a given field
  • To use PaperPile with Google integration to create a ‘one stop shop’ for students and teachers which includes, research collection, organization, citation and research access
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The "Fake News" Problem: Tips, Tricks, & Tools to Use Both in and out of the Classroom


Credits: None available.

Living in a Post-Truth world can be tough, especially for anyone consuming news and information online. This webinar frames the issue of "Fake News" in a manageable way, and provides tips, tricks, and tools you can use immediately, both in and out of the classroom. In a neutral & non-partisan manner, presenter Kelsey Bogan explores the "Fake News" Problem; from defining the term "Fake News," to its real world impact, and including several practical strategies for dealing with it.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand that the term "Fake News" has many definitions, and is actually an umbrella term under which various forms of false, mis-, and dis-information fall.
  • Explore methods & strategies for discussing "Fake News" in the classroom, in a neutral and non-partisan way.
  • Explore tools and strategies that can be used to identify and avoid "Fake News."
Speaker(s):
  • Kelsey Bogan, Library Media Specialist, Great Valley High School
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Literacy Heroes & Global Libraries


Credits: None available.

Literacy heroes all around the world are promoting global literacy, and many of them are advancing literacy in impoverished and neglected communities by creating libraries. Presenter Krista Welz shares their stories and offers participants a powerful learning opportunity for their students.

For individuals who wish to learn about the various types and methods of global literacy, Krista also shares The Literacy Heroes online community website. The website offers featured articles of the hard-working individuals who are spreading literacy to the impoverished communities of the world. From the Indonesian Don Quixote of literacy who brings books to children by horse to the Afghan bicycle library literacy hero educating the poor children of Bamiyan province, Literacy Heroes’ community members share these inspiring stories through the use of the community’s online forum. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Examples and Benefits of Learning about Global Libraries
  • Incorporating the Topic into Your Lessons
  • Resources for Teaching about Global Libraries
Speaker(s):
  • Krista Welz, School Librarian, North Bergen High School
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Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries


Credits: None available.

AASL's new resource guide, Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries, examines how to build and safeguard LGBTQ+-inclusive collections, instruction, and spaces. Developed and framed through the lens of the Shared Foundations from the new AASL National School Library Standards (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Engage, and Explore), the guide includes why this is such crucial equity work, as well as easily accessible activities, reflective questions, real-world scenarios, and extensive resources. During this eCOLLAB webinar, the guide--including its exercises and frameworks and an introductory infographic--will be unpacked. Ideas for using the guide as part of a school or district-wide professional development will be explored, as well as ways a similar framework could be used to address other key issues for school librarians.

Learning Objectives:
  • Become familiar with AASL's Resource Guide, Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries, accompanying infographic, applied framework, and activities.
  • Reflect on proactive steps they can take to build and safeguard their own LGBTQ+-inclusive collections, instruction, and spaces.
  • Brainstorm ways to engage their colleagues in ongoing professional development centered on this topic.
  • Begin to use the AASL Standards and six Shared Foundations as a similar lens to unpack a key school library issue of their choice.
Speaker(s):
  • Rachel Altobelli, Director of Library Services & Instructional Materials, Albuquerque (N.Mex.) Public Schools
  • Julie Stivers, Teacher Librarian, Mount Vernon Middle School
  • Juan Rivera, Librarian, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School
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