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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PBS LearningMedia™ Launches Blended Literacy Lessons


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The literacy demands on middle school students are unique and often perplexing to their teachers: “I want to teach science (or social studies, or math)…not reading!” PBS offers turnkey tools for middle school that support literacy in the content areas. This webinar offers an in-depth look at those tools. The Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection, produced by WGBH and funded by the Walmart Foundation, is designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic. The lessons are available at no cost at pbslearningmedia.org/collection/midlit. See a one-minute introduction to the collection at https://youtu.be/kkYDXJJMFcA.

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Join the Common Core Conversation


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In a profession of isolation where districts are fortunate to have even one certified librarian in each school, school librarians must create ways to connect with one another, their colleagues, their students, their parents, and even with other educators worldwide. Social media opportunities such as Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, and nings are powerful ways of staying connected on a professional level. With Edmodo, however, school librarians can extend their classroom beyond the bookstacks as, well as collaborating with other educators. This webinar will introduce school librarians to a valuable resource so that they can begin establishing nationwide connections relating to the Common Core State Standards.

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A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation


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Writer Patricia Owen discusses AASL’s newest publication, A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation. In this workbook, Owen uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators.

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Making the Most of Professional Learning Communities


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School librarians can and are performing a variety of roles as members of professional learning communities (PLCs). In this webinar the eight roles for school librarians—all encouraged by the AASL program guidelines—are explored: information specialist, staff developer, teacher and collaborator, critical friend, leader, researcher, learner, and student advocate.

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Worlds of Learning with Inanimate Alice


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Transmedia storytelling exemplifies learning in the 21st century and is why Inanimate Alice was recognized as a Best Website for Teaching and Learning by AASL. In this webinar, the digital story of Inanimate Alice guides participants as they explore the effective production and consumption of non-linear stories that are connected across different media platforms. A number of issues that are key to an understanding of the place of transmedia in learning are examined. This includes, amongst many others, the eternal power of storytelling, the nature of knowledge and literacy, the shifting locus of control in education from teacher to learner, the need now to consider a spectrum of literacies for our young people, and the merging of storytelling with the current crop of digital and networking technologies.

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The Power of Data


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The Power of Data analyzes the types of data available to school librarians and how the data can be used to support school library programs. Dr. Sandra Andrews explores with participants a variety of datasets at the local, state, and national level that include information on schools and school libraries. Participants compare local and national data to determine how it can help in making decisions at the school level. The concept of benchmarking is reviewed and demonstrated. Topics also include using data for advocacy and communicating needs and successes.

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  • Sandra Andrews, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Opening the Space: Libraries as a Site of Participatory Culture


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Participatory culture is grounded in low barriers to artistic expression and allows students to be creators of content as well as pass on their experiences and knowledge to others. The Barrow Media Center is a site of participatory culture through elements such as student book budgets, collaborative projects that culminate in student product creation, opportunities for students to showcase their creations to others in a variety of ways, and students taking leadership in teaching one another how to use technology to create. This year, developing the participatory culture of the library is a specific goal that has been made public to all students, teachers, and families in the school and all members of the library have been invited to find their place in the library and make things happen. This webinar will explore participatory culture and how the library can be a space of participation.

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How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!


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In honor of Banned Websites Awareness Day, this webinar focuses on how overly restrictive filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools affects student learning. Presenter Gwyneth Jones will also share what school librarians can do to fight this type of restrictive filtering in their schools.

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Wanted: Information Literacy Skills in a World of Google & Wikipedia


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Two years ago, it was estimated that over 500,000,000 GB of data is created online every 48 hours. To put that into perspective, it is the same amount of information we created from the dawn of civilization until 2003. Undoubtedly, this is a mind-bending number, but also totally believable, living in a world of Tweets, Pinning, Tumbling, status updates and instantaneous sharing. The amount of information that has already been indexed online and the amount that is being added everyday is enough to overwhelm even the sharpest of researchers. It is apparent that students do not have the research skills they need to tackle this issue, and many are lacking in basic information literacy skills. Join Emily Gover of EasyBib as she shares recent findings on the status of plagiarism, research methods and citation practices and cross-reference these results with data pulled and analyzed directly from EasyBib.

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  • Emily Gover, In-house Librarian and Professional Development Coordinator, Imagine Easy Solutions
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The Transformative Power of Care


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Care is central to the improvement of all school library endeavors. Interactions, inquiry instruction, readers’ advisory, collection development and the library’s physical environment are all positively transformed by the consistent demonstration and application of care.

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  • Olga M. Nesi, Library Coordinator, New York City School Library System
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