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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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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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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