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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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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AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2016


In this webinar, participants will learn about the 2016 list of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning in the categories of Content Creation, Organization & Management, STEM, Humanities & Arts, and Books. Cathy and James provide tips for how the apps may be used in classrooms and libraries. Discover how students and educators may use apps to create, organize information, learn new content and connect with others outside the walls of school.

  • Participants will become familiar with the 2016 list of twenty-five Best Apps for Teaching and Learning vetted by the AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee.
  • Participants will learn how to engage students with apps in classrooms and libraries to meet the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

Speaker(s):
  • Cathy Potter, School Librarian, Falmouth Elementary School
  • James Allen, K-12 School Librarian, Eminence Independent Schools
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Whose History is it Anyway?: Diversity in Children's and Young Adult Historical Fiction


Whose history is portrayed in the current world of children's and young adult historical fiction? Our population is increasingly diverse, yet relatively few titles in school libraries reflect the experiences of people of color and the poor. This webinar examines the current lack of diversity in historical fiction collections and provides resources for identifying quality multicultural materials, as well as tools and ideas for encouraging teachers to integrate diverse titles into their social studies instruction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the extent of the diversity gap in children’s books overall, and historical fiction titles in particular.
  • Identify the potential benefits to young readers of access to books that provide a “mirror” into their own experience.
  • Identify more than 2 dozen high-quality historical fiction titles with diverse characters.
  • Identify strategies for incorporating diverse historical fiction into the curriculum and for advocating its use.

Speaker(s):
  • April M. Dawkins, Doctoral student and Graduate teaching assistant, University of South Carolina
  • Elizabeth Hartnett, Doctoral student and Graduate teaching assistant, University of South Carolina
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School Author/Illustrator Visits…You Can Too!


Given today’s tight school budgets, there is not a enough time in the day, not to mention the logistics of such an event, why would anyone want to think about hosting an author/illustrator visit? Now, look at this from the opposite perspective: Given today’s tight budget, let me show how a shared event can benefit all students, everyone is vested and will want to be part of this wonderful experience, and the benefits tremendously outweigh any shadow of a doubt! Students deserve and need to see authors and illustrators talk about the creation of the books they read. When done right, author/illustrator visits could be the pinnacle of collaboration for a school event. Learn the basics of hosting author/illustrator visits and how you can build an event sure to leave your students, staff and faculty wanting to learn more before, during and after the event!

Learning Objectives:

  • Better understand how to create opportunity for ALL students: with the teaching and learning process through reading, writing, and thinking, listening and speaking with author / illustrator events.
  • Model collaboration involving all content areas, to include all elective classes to support author/illustrator visits (For example: commercial by student run-broadcasting class or a newspaper article from the journalism class).
  • Build on your knowledge base of funding sources to bring this event to fruition.

Speaker(s):
  • Schenell Agee, Supervisor of Library Media Programs and Research, Prince William County Schools
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