AASL has published a new position statement on the role of the school librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects. The position statement affirms that school library programs, and specifically school librarians, are crucial to the successful implementation of these projects. www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/resources/statements/capstone
Would you like to be involved but feel that you don’t have the time to commit? Or maybe you are new to school librarianship and feel intimidated? No matter your schedule limitations or where you are in your career, there is a place for your contribution. AASL has many opportunities for members to participate in the work of the association through short-term projects. Your colleagues value the unique perspective you bring to the profession – submit your interest to give back to your community today! www.ala.org/aasl/getinvolved/form
Getting ready for the new year? Edutopia blogger Carrie Lam has shared what she thinks are “11 Habits of an Effective Teacher.” What are your habits already? Are there any new habits you’d like to start? http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/11-habits-effective-teacher
Working on your new students/new teacher library orientation? Why not create a multimedia presentation using one of the Best Websites for Teaching & Learning? Look for those sites listed under “Media Sharing.” (This is a great way to test drive sites to use during instruction later!) www.ala.org/aasl/bestwebsites
During the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the AASL Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve a new mission statement: The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.
In the upcoming school year, how can you be a leader in your school and transform your students’ education? http://bit.ly/1zJS1Jf
If you haven’t discovered Pleasedontcheat.com check it out! This site was designed with the grade 6-12 audience in mind. We tried to take a “positive” spin on the power of creativity, rather than a punitive spin on punishment.
Share this with your teachers and other librarians. Share this with your students. The goal is to get students to value their own voice and take time to be original.
Submitted by Paige Jaeger