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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Sessions

Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library


Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the National School Library Standards (NSLS). The intentional shift from outcomes to competencies in the standards is designed to better align the AASL framework with other education standards and provide increased opportunities for learners, school librarians, and school libraries to thrive in a more personalized learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objective: Learner Competencies
Participants will examine the role of competencies within the six Shared Foundations as a continuum on which school librarians and school libraries empower learners to master competencies in the domains of Think, Create, Share, and Grow.

Learning Objective: School Librarian Competencies
Participants will explore how the school librarian competencies parallel those of the learner, and emphasize the integrated nature of a comprehensive learning environment.

Learning Objective: School Library Competencies
Participants will recognize the school library as an environment for learners and school librarians to develop competence and achieve mastery relating to educational content and tools.

Learning Objective: Assessment/Evaluation of Competencies
Participants will recognize the importance of the assessment and evaluations processes as described in the NSLS that measure progress toward competency for learners, school librarians, and the school library. 

Speaker(s):
  • Susan D. Ballard, Project Director, School Librarian Program Development, Granite State College/USNH
  • Sara Kelly Johns, Online Instructor, Syracuse University iSchool
Free

A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program


This webinar will empower participants add diverse titles to their collection through awards, lists, websites and social media. Additionally, participants will explore programming ideas and instructional activities for engaging diverse students and parents and ways of incorporating instructional technology. Participants will begin by reviewing a definition of diversity and the American Library Association’s Bill of rights. They will then delve into using keyword searches as a method of analyzing their collection for diversity. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their circulation and fines policies, hours of operation as a means of promoting diversity. They will be encouraged to consider how the Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress Subject Headings may or may not support diverse collections. Various web based applications such as Biblionasium, Bookopolis and Goodreads, to name a few, will be presented.

  • Participants will analyze their collection to determine if diversity is present.
  • Participants will scrutinize their school library program policies to determine if they support diversity.
  • Participants will locate publishers, lists and specific titles to add to their collections.


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Connecting the Dots: A Look at the National School Library Standards for Policymakers


Participants will examine the National School Library Standards to mine shareable concepts for discussions with local school and/or state policymakers in order to inform them about the National School Library Standards and to advocate for standards adoption in their district or state. Use the AASL Message Box and learn how to frame conversations that will garner support for standards adoption.

Learning Outcomes

Common Beliefs: The Why

Objective: Participants will examine the six Common Beliefs and develop an understanding of these core principles that empower learners through school libraries.    

Shared Foundations: What does this do for Learners?

Objective: Participants will explore the six Shared Foundations and their implications for teaching and learning as they relate to the total school landscape and how they support the goals of local school administrators and state policymakers.

Standards Frameworks: How does this look in practice?

Objective: Presenters will share how frameworks are integrated and what they should see in practice. (3 examples)

Message Box: How is a customized message different from talking points?

Objective: Presenters will demonstrate how to use the School Libraries Transform Learning Message Box to craft messages for stakeholders.

Call to Action: Next Steps for Engaging with Policymakers

Objective:

  • Craft a message that can be shared with school and/or state policymakers.
  • Craft a communications plan/messaging plan.
  • Develop a local- or state-specific social media outreach campaign to continue sharing information, resources, and innovations.

Speaker(s):
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
  • Kathryn Roots Lewis, Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Norman Public Schools
  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education
Free

Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership


Librarians are leaders. Join Jeanie Phillips and Ellen McNair, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they unpack critical aspects of instructional leadership. We’ll talk about aligning your superpowers as a librarian with the new standards and the needs of your school community. We will collaborate to discover opportunities, strategies, and leverage points, so you can flex your instructional muscles to impact your entire school community.

Learning Goals:

  • To familiarize yourself with leadership opportunities in the AASL Standards.
  • To consider instructional leadership strategies related to our role in implementing in the AASL Standards.
  • To identify important leverage points of instructional leadership in your library program.

Speaker(s):
  • Ellen L. McNair, Librarian, Centreville High School
  • Jeanie Phillips, Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
Free

Tips and Tricks: mysimpleshow DIY Explainer Video Creator


During this webinar, Emily Cleary, Content Marketing Manager for mysimpleshow, will share simple tips and tricks on how to use mysimpleshow. Emily will introduce the tool and how it works, and then provide insider tips and tricks on how to make your mysimpleshow experience even simpler than it already is. These insider tips include efficient writing through explanation, best practices for visualization, which templates work well for specific purposes, and how to use each feature to make your video even better!

At the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Understand how to write a captivating script that gets the message across within a word count
  2. Learn how each visualization feature can contribute to greater understanding of their content
  3. Know how to better use mysimpleshow to create engaging DIY videos

Speaker(s):
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Standard: $6.99

The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources


AASL’s web portal for national school library standards has everything you need to access the new standards and the wealth of support resources available! Join Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield on a guided tour of the website, and discover infographics, videos, links to articles and many more supports for the new standards.

Learning Goals:

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Gain familiarity with the AASL web portal for national school library standards.
  2. Discover support resources for the implementation of national school library standards.

Speaker(s):
  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education
Free

It All Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries


Meet your new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries! Join AASL Standards editorial board and implementation task force chairs Marcia A. Mardis and Mary Keeling on a guided tour of the standards development process as well as in-depth introductions to the National School Library Standards (NSLS) integrated content designed to support and enhance learners' experiences, school librarians' practice, and the alignment between school libraries and learning goals. Marcia and Mary will take you through the main components of the document; provide an overview of the implementation plan; and highlight opportunities for you to engage with the new standards while thinking, creating, sharing, and growing!

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Be able to describe the motivations for and main components of the NSLS;
  2. Be aware of the NSLS implementation plan's opportunities for professional engagement;
  3. Gain familiarity with ways in which the NSLS aim to support learning, assessment, and evaluation, in and through the profession and the school library.

Speaker(s):
  • Marcia A. Mardis, Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Florida State University
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
Free

AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2017


Feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the great apps out there and not sure where to start? Or, maybe you are looking for a few apps to add to your repertoire/toolkit for this school year? Two members of the 2017 AASL Best Apps committee are giving an overview tour of the apps recognized as the 2017 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. Committee members Joyce Valenza and Deb Logan will highlight their personal favorites and share ideas for using these apps in your practice. Participants will be able to contribute their ideas on using apps to this “app chat” as well. The session will also include information on how the committee works and app trends and issues!

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):
Tags: Best Apps
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Kick Starting Author Involvement with Your School


Authors of books for teens are "hot." Their visits to schools inspire reading – and questions! Your library is The Place to build book excitement because your students want to know everything about their favorite writers. Four YA authors – Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige, Mindee Arnett, and Natalie Richards – and school librarian Dorcas Hand (Houston, TX) – will present proven ways to connect your students, teachers, and school to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Provides school librarians with specific practices and suggestions they can put to use immediately to revitalize teen reading.
  2. Aligns the librarian with the students and teachers by demonstrating the ability to move beyond the school to access valuable resources.
  3. Supports and strengthens advocacy for the library and librarian by putting the library front and center in programming that will not only be notable, but also popular.

Speaker(s):
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Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budget


Maximizing your investment in digital content is an important goal for today’s school librarian. In this webinar, you'll learn tips and tricks for stretching your eBook budget to reach the most readers with the most titles. Becky Calzada, information and library services coordinator for the Leander Independent School District (TX), shares insight from her experience growing a successful digital collection that registers thousands of checkouts each month. Becky is joined by OverDrive Education’s Christina Samek, who’s worked hand-in-hand with schools across the country to deeply engage students and staff with eBooks, audiobooks and other digital resources. She shares proven best practices for serving reading and learning needs while maintaining a low cost-per-circ.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn how flexible lending options like shared collections, class sets and simultaneous use can help you maximize your budget to meet your unique priorities.
  2. Learn how to leverage free digital reading platform features like curated collections, professional development “rooms” and student-driven acquisition to boost engagement and circulation.
  3. Learn how free resources like promotional templates, on-demand training and collection development recommendations can help build staff excitement around your digital reading service. It’s been proven that one of the best ways to increase student usage of digital content is to have educators on board as active users.

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