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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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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Using Free and Inexpensive Technology to Transition Your Library to a Learning Commons


The Learning Commons model cannot be thought of as only the physical hub for collaborative learning. It also has to incorporate an outreach model. Free and inexpensive technologies, such as social media, self-created presentations and short videos, email boards, etc., facilitate this outreach to the entire school community of students, faculty, and administration.

  • Attendees will recognize the need for outreach to fully implement the Learning Commons model.
  • Attendees will analyze their specific needs.
  • Attendees will evaluate the tech tools that will best fulfill their needs.

Speaker(s):
  • Jen Bigioni, Educational Media Specialist, Princeton High School Learning Commons
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Your “Principal” Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success


You’re doing a terrific job collaborating with teachers and getting students to read independently, but – does your principal know? Communicating positively and regularly with your building principal is your key to partnering for student academic achievement. Learn effective ways to communicate evidence of school library program successes that appeal to your principal’s communication, generational, and work styles. Learn how to use monthly and annual reports to:
1. Document the library’s good work with students and teachers,
2. Determine trends, growth, and challenges for the library program over time,
3. Set annual library program goals and objectives,
4. Enhance your professional portfolio to use in your own annual assessment by your principal, and
5. Target your professional development needs.

  • Determine effective styles of communicating with principals based on their differing work, leadership, and communication styles;
  • Use effective formats of communication and report designs that will have appeal to a specific principal;
  • Collect and present evidence in a compelling way to communicate program successes to the principal;
  • Build on reports to set library program goals and professional development goals.

Speaker(s):
  • Mary Kay Biagini, Associate Professor and Director, School Library Certification Program, University of Pittsburgh
  • Debra Kachel, Adjunct Instructor, Mansfield University
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Using Comics to Teach STEMUsing Comics to Teach STEM

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Using Comics to Teach STEM


Bring a one-two punch to teaching STEM: text and images teaming up in comics! Join educators and comics creators as they present their specific strategies for teaching STEM topics.

  • Design lesson using comic book content to teach various topics.
  • Engage in discussion techniques/strategies to address needs of diverse learners.

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Engage Community & Incubate Creativity @ Your Library


The Library as Incubator Project is the go-to place for new ideas related to creativity and arts programming and practices. Since our founding in 2010, the LAIP team has collected information from more than 500 libraries, artists, writers, performers, and creatives of all kinds about how libraries can support the work of fine and creative artists. Join Laura and Holly from the LAIP for a conversation about ways to engage your community through creative programming and practices; hear new ideas and share yours!

  • Learn how to survey your community to find opportunities for creative collaborations.
  • Learn how to showcase your library's space and collections in new ways to promote interaction and creativity.
  • Learn how to connect with creatives in your community and welcome them to the library.

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Graphic Novel Book Clubs: From Idea to Reality


Many librarians report that graphic novels are the highest circulating collection in their libraries – even more than DVDs. Yet, many libraries have not been able to capitalize on this attractive new media due to a variety of factors including unfamiliarity, lack of access, and anxiety.

Graphic novels provide an eloquent opportunity to welcome youth and adults into the process of critical reading and discussion. Their multi-modal (pictorial and textual) format provides inroads that traditional literature cannot. With minimal training and exploration, all librarians can come to understand and (gasp!) enjoy not only reading, but sharing, this unique art form through engaging patrons in graphic novel book clubs.

  • Participants in this webinar will learn about how to promote, plan, and execute a successful graphic novel book club.
  • Participants will learn about the benefits of a graphic novel book club.
  • Participants will learn about a variety of proven graphic novels for various age groups.

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Graphic Novels: Look Deeper Than POW and WHAM


In addition to being flat out cool, graphic novels and comics have become expansive in their content and style. Additionally, graphic novels closely resemble the infographic and iconographic style of today's media. All these factors create an art form that is appealing to the masses and offers tremendous opportunity for literacy development and cultural association. Come learn how you can drive greater traffic to your libraries through this appealing and accessible art form.

  • Participants will learn the basics about comics and graphic novels.
  • Participants will understand the rationale and benefits to building and maintaining a high-quality graphic novel collection in their libraries.
  • Participants will understand how graphic novels support high-level literacy development in all readers.

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AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2016


Eight years, 200 sites, and counting! In this webinar, explore a selection of the 2016 AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang, current chair of the Best Websites committee. The Best Websites for Teaching & Learning committee selects and honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. From this year’s recipients, Heather has hand-picked a selection of great sites specifically for librarians and classroom teachers. She will demonstrate how these websites can be used and share examples from the field.

  • Participants will engage with selected websites that support inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
  • Participants will familiarize themselves with ideas for classroom and library integration of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning.
  • Participants will investigate the characteristics of each website, in order to select the best online tool for future technology-integration projects/lessons.

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