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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Virtual Field Trips for the 21st Century Learner


With an increasing emphasis on integrating 21st century learning skills into the classroom, teachers, schools, and educational organizations are seeking new ways of engaging students with people and places outside the classroom. This webinar will highlight resources that are available, the tools needed for a quality virtual connection, and ways you can facilitate a rewarding, educational, and fun experience for all involved!

  • Learn what resources are available and where you can find them.
  • Discuss what tools of the trade that are needed, and how to maximize their use.
  • Explore ways to make the virtual learning experience rewarding and memorable from beginning to end.

Speaker(s):
  • Kaytee Smith, Digital Marketing Specialist, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
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Got Stuff, But No Staff?: Adventures in Creating a Student Techspert Team


During difficult times of budget cuts, school librarians are often fortunate to hold full-time positions never mind having support staff. Learn how a student techspert team can increase engagement in your library program, while also proving opportunities for management of library resources and makerspaces.

  • Develop ways to empower their students and increase engagement.
  • Understand how to create a student techspert team.
  • Help their students to develop a sense of ownership of their library program.

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Use an Elevator Speech To Prove Your Value


Elevator speeches are 2- or 3-sentence statements that make a point quickly. When you have just a moment to get someone's attention, you must use it wisely. Crafting an effective elevator speech is an art, and you can learn it during this webinar. So next time someone asks, "Why do school librarians still matter when everything is online?" you'll be ready with the perfect comeback!

  • This webinar will help people in the school library field speak confidently about why they matter,
  • Get the attention of stakeholders, legislators, etc. to bring them into longer conversations, and
  • Be prepared for interviews.

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MakerSpaces on a DimeMakerSpaces on a Dime

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MakerSpaces on a Dime


To have a successful MakerSpace, you don't need a dedicated space, just a dedicated mindset. This presentation will empower teacher librarians to initiate a Maker movement in their buildings. Teacher librarians will learn how to implement STEAM activities and challenges using supplies that cost little to no money to encourage student creativity and ownership of learning.

  • Staff education on MakerSpaces
  • STEAM actvities for little to no money
  • Using data to propel your maker movement

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Delivering The Message: Using Podcasts, Google Hangouts, and Other Technologies for Professional Development


Looking for new or different ways to deliver professional development? Wondering what others are doing in the field of librarianship? In this webinar learn about librarians and library professionals who have created free online programs specifically geared to the field using technologies such as podcasting, YouTube channels, Twitter Chats, and Google Hangouts. Librarians in public, academic, and school settings, how they created their programs, topics, technology, and much more will be discussed.

  • Learn to inspire and engage peers in the field using new technologies for professional development and information
  • Gain ideas for classroom and library integration

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Acing the InterviewAcing the Interview

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Acing the Interview


The Interview is the middle section in a three-step process that leads to a job offer. Discover how to manage each step and you will ace the interview and most likely get the job you want. Learn how to stand out from the crowd and make your interview one that the administrators remember.

  • Participants will be able to write a cover letter and prepare a resume that will get results.
  • Participants will know how to prepare for the interview enabling them to be confident and demonstrate they are ready to hit the ground running.
  • Participants will leave a memorable impression with their interview follow-up.

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Don't Get Faked Out by the News


Fake news is proliferating. While fake news has always been part of the (dis)information picture, social media and campaign documents have highlighted its impact. The 2016 Stanford report on evaluating information found that most students have difficulty discerning online media such as fake news. Students need to be media literate, which is seldom addressed in curricula. Because of their information expertise and cross-curriculum reach, librarians are well positioned to teach media literacy and apply it to fake news. This webinar explains face news and media literacy, and provides resources (e.g., Bookmark Collection: Fake news - https://bit.ly/2kHVgCA), instructional strategies and learning activities to address fake news.

  • Explain fake news.
  • Explain media literacy.
  • Describe ways to teach students how to evaluate fake news as part of media literacy.

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School Libraries Supporting Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a triad of impairments which affect an individual’s social, communicative, and behavioral development. Any child can be diagnosed with ASD regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, but it is more prevalent among boys than girls. School librarians can help learners with ASD by providing a safe, informal learning environment that supports academic pursuits, facilitates technology use, creates social opportunities, distributes interest-based material and media, and creates a bridge between the student and his or her teachers. Based on research, this webinar provides practical suggestions for activities and examples of technology that school librarians can use to support students with ASD.

  • Attendees will be able to recognize the characteristics of students with ASD.
  • Attendees will be able to identify technologies that can be used to support students with ASD.
  • Attendees will be able to develop learning activities for students with ASD.

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Read Aloud for Middle GradersRead Aloud for Middle Graders

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Read Aloud for Middle Graders


Read-aloud is a great way to encourage kids of all ages to enjoy books and yet we rarely read aloud to middle graders. The demands of curriculum and standards have left little time for such “guilty pleasures.” Recently, Tracey Hecht partnered with the New York Public Library to launch a read aloud program in fourth and fifth grade classes in NYC public schools. Using a novel she wrote with a cinematic vernacular that engages group dynamic, Tracey and the students explored characters’ voices, narration and plot to contribute to the success of the book for listeners. Tracey and the students also looked at other writers who engage great read-aloud through their writing styles and narrative voice.

  • Provide inspiration and proven successful methods for implementing a read-aloud program in schools for school libraries, classrooms and even into homes and the greater community.
  • Give participants tools for identifying the best books and resources for read-aloud in order to build a collection for in-library use and borrowing.
  • Encourage middle grade students to write their own read-aloud books with specific techniques that will help them get started.

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Virtual Learning Commons: Rethinking Your Library Website


In this webinar, school librarians will learn how to take the concept of the physical Learning Commons and apply it to their virtual space. This webinar will provide viewers with an overview of the five elements of a virtual learning commons as outlined by David Loertscher and will show viewers ways to include these elements in their library website. This webinar will feature many free tools to integrate and embed in their existing webspace and help librarians move their library website from a one-way stream of information to a collaborative, interactive space.

  • Participants will understand the five elements of a virtual learning commons.
  • Participants will understand the difference between a traditional website and a virtual learning commons, and the advantages and limitations of both.
  • Participants will learn many tools to integrate within their existing library website to help move from a "website" to a virtual learning commons.

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