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AASL resources to address the challenges (and expressing your professional voice in reopening)

Update: I am currently curating a variety of resources on school library return to learning and reopening plans. The resource includes Shannon Miller a Padlet of reopening plans. AASL just released the very helpful School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions. Part of a larger group of Pandemic Resources for School Librarians, this much-needed tool […]

#notatAASL, no worries!

I was among the fortunate who were able to attend the AASL National Conference in Louisville this week. We are all fortunate that a dedicated and hardworking social media squad had our backs.  So whether you suffered FOMO over sessions you couldn’t fit in, or couldn’t get into, or if you couldn’t attend onsite, you are covered. […]

Focus on Include: AASL’s new Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide

At ALA Annual, AASL released its new, downloadable Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide. Designed to support school librarians in nurturing inclusive learning communities, the Guide offers reflection activities, scenarios, and resources based on the six Shared Foundations and the four Domains of our National School Library Standards. The goal of the Activity Guide is […]

ALA highlights: What I saw and what I missed (Banquets not included)

This started as a post and got completely out of hand. It made far more sense to recap ALA 2019 Annual Conference using a social media approach. So here’s a Wakelet offering my personal highlights both of the events I had the privilege to attend in the brief time I had before ISTE as well […]

New from AASL: Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries

Simply, don’t miss Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School. Several years ago, I helped launch the Springfield Township Gay/Straight Alliance after a local doctor and alum visited for a conversation. She wanted me to help her ensure that no other student ever lived through the ordeal she herself experienced as a gay high school student. We both […]

AASL National Standards: A few essentials to get started!

As a member of the AASL National Standards Implementation Taskforce, I was honored to take part in the rollout in Phoenix. Whether you were in Phoenix or were #NOTATAASL, you will need to get your arms around the Standards and share them with your colleagues or stakeholders, I’d like to highlight a few of my personal […]

The first live #AASLstandards Twitter chat is coming!

Please help spread the word and please save the date (actually the hour) for a first live Twitter chat in anticipation of the launch of AASL’s National School Library Standards, prior to their official release at National Conference in Phoenix. Plan to join members of the Editorial Board and Implementation Taskforce on Twitter from 7:00 […]

AASL Best Apps and Best Websites

On Saturday, AASL committee members announced the 2017 Best Websites and 2017 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In case you missed those big reveals, no worries!  Actually, worry–big time. You are in for a serious summer rabbit hole adventure. Now in its ninth year, The 2017 Best Websites for Teaching and […]

Apps: a call for nominations and a round-up of review ources

I am a proud member of AASL’s Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee.  And we need your help.  You’ve been exploring apps with your students and faculty over the course of the year, now’s the time to nominate your faves! But while you wait for the completion of the nomination process and our always […]

Update: AASL’s Infographic on Standards and Guidelines Research

Earlier this week, Marcia Mardis, Chair of AASL’s Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board shared an update on their work on our  Standards project. Our Standards for the 21st Century Learner debuted in 2007, followed in 2009 by Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, what Marcia calls a cornerstone of many school librarians’ practice. The […]