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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Gamify Your School LibraryGamify Your School Library

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Gamify Your School Library


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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 Goals

  1. Participants will understand the design process for gamifying school library activities.
  2. Participants will explore teaching strategies and digital tools for enhancing school library instruction.

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Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth


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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 Goals

  • 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


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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 Goals

  • 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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Standard: $6.99
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The "Fake News" Problem: Tips, Tricks, & Tools to Use Both in and out of the Classroom


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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 Goals

  • 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
Standard: $6.99
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Literacy Heroes & Global Libraries


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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 Goals

  • 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
Standard: $6.99
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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 Outcomes

Participants will

  • 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, Librarian, Mount Vernon Middle School
  • Juan Rivera, Librarian, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School
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Accessible MakerspacesAccessible Makerspaces

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Accessible Makerspaces


Credits: None available.

As makerspaces continue to grow in popularity in library settings are we as librarians ensuring accessibility for all students and library patrons? Do we look at our spaces, activities, outcomes and consider inclusion of all students? Join Heather Moorefield-Lang for a rich discussion in makerspaces, accessibility, and inclusion.

Upon completion of this webinar attendees will:

  • comprehend accessible makerspaces,
  • interact with real life scenarios in accessible making and makerspaces,
  • understand the scope of accessibility for makerspaces in libraries.

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Standard: $6.99
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AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2018


Credits: None available.

Take a whirlwind tour of the newly named Best Apps! Members of the committee will introduce each app and highlight key features. The presenters will also share ideas for using some of the apps in an educational context.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  1. Discover high quality apps to support teaching and learning.
  2. Collaboratively consider strategies for integrating selected apps in the school program and “walk away” with ideas on how featured apps might be used/”applied.”
  3. Learn about the work of the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee and how to contribute to next year’s list.

Speaker(s):
  • Mary Morgan Ryan, Chief Technology, Communications, & Data Services Official , Northern Suburban Special Education District
  • Deb Logan, Elementary Makerspace Teacher, Pleasant Local Schools
  • Chris M. Young, Middle and Upper School Librarian, Metairie Park Country Day School
  • Joyce Kasman Valenza, Assistant Teaching Professor, Rutgers University (SISL)
Tags: Best Apps
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Exploring AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2018


Credits: None available.

Hear from the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee incoming and outgoing chairs as they highlight and explore the newly named 2018 Best Websites. These recognized sites all align with the new AASL Standards Shared Foundations. Learn more and explore the latest winning websites in the fields of librarianship, education, and instruction, so you can use them yourself, and share them with teachers and students.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will

  • Learn about new tools they can use to enhance their teaching with students and that they can share with teachers,
  • Learn about new tools they can use to enhance their own productivity,
  • Benefit from examples of how these tools can be applied in difference environments for teaching and learning.

Speaker(s):
  • Jane Lofton, School Librarian, Retired, Mira Costa High School
  • Sherry Gick, Director of Innovative Learning, Five-Star Technology Solutions
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Using the Standards to Foster a Culture of Deep Learning


Credits: None available.

School librarians guide learners as they develop the habits of lifelong learning. In this webinar, Kate Lechtenberg and Jeanie Phillips, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, consider opportunities for deep learning through the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. Kate and Jeanie explore the possibilities for engaging learners of all ages in authentic, meaningful work that sparks curiosity and builds real world skills.

Learning Goals

  • To familiarize participants with opportunities within the Standards to foster deep learning through authentic audiences, meaningful work, thoughtful collaboration, and risk taking.
  • To explore instructional scenarios that engage learners in deep learning.
  • To identify instructional practices that transform surface learning into deep learning.

Speaker(s):
  • Kate Lechtenberg, Doctoral Candidate, University of Iowa
  • Jeanie Phillips, Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
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