2021 AASL National Conference

Oct 21, 2021 ‐ Oct 23, 2021


The AASL National Conference is the only national conference devoted solely to the needs of school librarians. In 2021, concurrent sessions focused on AASL's National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, giving school librarians and other educator attendees an opportunity to dig deep into the guiding document of the profession.

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Sessions

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Young Game Designers Challenge

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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Inspired by the Chicago Toy and Game’s “Young Inventor Challenge (CC),” school librarians created a camp where learners imagined, designed, and created board games. Explore ways to use the ideas of the Young Inventors Challenge to generate opportunities for learners to become the next Hasbro™ inventor! Whether adding to an existing makerspace, coteaching game design within classroom curriculum, spawning a club, or designing a camp, use the seeds of inspiration for your next Grand Plan!

Speaker(s):
  • Kym Kramer, Lecturer, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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Beyond the Echo Chamber: School Librarians Advocate

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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School librarians are amazing! Obviously, we all know that, but how do we go beyond the echo chamber and ensure everyone else knows how essential we are? Join members of New York City School Librarians’ Association as we travel our path from social gatherings to library advocates and everything in between. Learn why and how we leveraged librarian collaboration to become school librarian advocates. This session will help every school librarian find their voice.

Speaker(s):
  • Amber Fink, HS Librarian, NYCSLA Treasurer, NYC DOE, Murry Bergtraum Campus
  • Arlene Laverde, School Librarian, Adjunct Professor, Past President NYCSLA, NYC DOE, Townsend Harris High School
  • Juan Rivera, School Librarian, Past VP of Membership NYCSLA, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School
  • Marie Southwell, Librarian, NYCDOE, Graphic Arts Campus
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Radical Inclusion in Every School Library

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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Radical Inclusion means welcoming and affirming the voices of all library stakeholders in a way that shares power. It means that libraries are not neutral or apolitical spaces.

In our session, we'll share strategies and experiences that will help those in attendance learn to disrupt the fallacy of providing equal access by centering historically marginalized voices in our schools, which is the only way we can truly support and strive for justice.

Inclusion must be Radical, or it will fail.

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The Social-Emotional Learning Commons

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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Remote learning and pandemic-induced stress have focused attention on the necessity of meeting our students’ social-emotional learning needs in culturally responsive ways. The four panelists, all regular contributors to School Library Connection on the topics of Collaboration, Inquiry, Reading Culture, and Information Literacy, will explore ways in which a school’s library program can empower all young people to recognize their own strengths and grow cognitively, emotionally, and socially.

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Research Empowering Practice: Standards & Literacy

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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Does It Really Count as A Book? The Attitudes of Teachers and School Librarians Toward Graphic Novels - This session presents the findings of a study related to the equitable access to graphic novels. The debate over the viability of graphic novel use in the classroom continues. The researchers of this study questioned not only the attitudes of school librarians and classroom teachers towards the use of graphic novels but also, equitable access to graphic novels. Enabling School Librarians to Serve as Instructional Leaders of Multiple Literacies - This session will present research that was conducted to explore how school district leaders can foster the development of an effective school library in which school librarians serve as instructional leaders in multiple literacies. Implications for practice will be shared regarding the specific types of support needed by building-level school librarians and district leaders to establish effective school libraries. Strategies for advocating for this support will be discussed. Secondary Student Information Literacy Self-Efficacy Vs. Performance - Although students have grown up as digital natives, they are often weak when it comes to implementing information literacy (IL) skills. School librarians know this anecdotally, but other school stakeholders may not. In this session, you will arm yourself with data that shows evidence of these discrepancies and participate in a discussion on ways to present these data to multiple stakeholders as well as how to increase instructional teacher-librarian collaborative partnerships in the area of IL.

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Riveting Research and Other Library Lessons

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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Teaching research and other library skills can be a challenge because students often considered these topics “boring.” We have curated available resources (and even made some of our own) to make engaging lessons students WANT to participate in! You will leave this session with fun, hands on, and gamified ways to teach research and other important library skills!

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Increased Access Through Open Educational Resources (OER)

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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Come learn how you can leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) and your professional expertise to increase access to resources for teachers and students. This interactive session will focus on locating, evaluating, and curating OER, along with strategies to use with teachers to revise and remix OER to create engaging learning experiences for all learners.

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Building Alliances with Black Community Service Organizations

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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In this interactive panel-led session, attendees will gain an awareness of historically Black community service organizations, including the Divine Nine sororities and fraternities, and other notable groups, which support student achievement. Learn about their histories and their ongoing community involvement. AASL members, who are members of these various organizations, will give contact information and share ideas for strategic partnerships.

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Step-by-Step Digital Citizenship: Creating a Culture of Change

Oct 22, 2021 4:30pm ‐ Oct 22, 2021 5:30pm

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Is digital citizenship more than a buzzword? Does access to digital spaces automatically promote digital skill growth? Recent #digcit research unites with digital pedagogy and library best-practices in an informative session designed to lead efforts in instructional growth. This session serves to inform participants how to prepare, implement and review current digcit curricula for faculty growth in instructional leadership.

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Transforming School Libraries: Children’s Access to Reading Materials

Oct 23, 2021 9:00am ‐ Oct 23, 2021 10:00am

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Recent events have transformed school libraries and the ways children access reading materials. In this session, participants will explore research, then informally collect and examine data to define recent pivots to varied reading platforms. Participants will actively engage in discussion of innovative practices which have served as solutions to providing the best opportunities for our students. By reflecting on exchanged experience, participants will discover innovative solutions for access.

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