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AASL Board of Directors Committee

In: American Association of School Librarians (AASL) -- Governance

Good morning AASL Board of Directors!

Prior to the Fall and Spring Executive Committee meetings, AASL asks that the Board Liaisons prepare a report for the Executive Committee's review regarding their respective committees. 

Please note that these reports are to be filled out by the Board Liaison and not the Committee Chair.

To complete your Board Liaison report for the fall Executive Committee meeting please visit:

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Discussion Reimbursement Form

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 04:34 pm

Hi AASL Board,

Attached here you will find the AASL reimbursement request form. You will use this form each time you are asking for reimbursement from meeting or supplies expenses. ALA asks for original receipts so generally these will need to returned to via snail mail. However, if you're ordering your book through Amazon, or another online service where the receipt would be sent electronically, you can attach the necessary documentation and send it back to me at jashley@ala.org.

Have a great weekend!

Discussion Board Calendar

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 04:30 pm

Attached here you will find a calendar of 2014-2015 board meetings, events, and deadlines. As always, you will receive notices from AASL on Connect and through email as important events approach, but we are hoping that this can serve as a quick reference for you. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Discussion AASL Governance Schedule at Annual

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 01:41 pm

Attached you will find a schedule of AASL Governance meetings at ALA’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. This includes Board, EC, and Affiliate Assembly meetings, with times and locations. You can find a full schedule of AASL events online here: http://www.ala.org/aasl/conferences/annual/schedule

Discussion Midwinter 2014 Board Documents

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 05:26 pm

Hello AASL Board of Directors,

I hope everyone is looking forward to travelling to Philadelphia next week for Midwinter! Attached here you will find the documents for your Board of Directors meeting, being held on Saturday January 25th, from 8:00 am-12:30 pm, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 121-A. Please download the materials and have them available at the meeting.

Have a great weekend and happy reading!

Jonna

Discussion New Board Report Template

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 04:39 pm

Hello AASL Board,

See information below regarding a new process and structure to bring requests and information forward to the AASL Board of Directors.  If you would like to request any action be taken by the AASL Board of Directors at the 2014 Midwinter meeting please see the new process below.

Hello AASL Board,

See information below regarding a new process and structure to bring requests and information forward to the AASL Board of Directors.  If you would like to request any action be taken by the AASL Board of Directors at the 2014 Midwinter meeting please see the new process below.

Starting in 2014 the attached board report has been approved by the AASL Executive Committee for use at all board meetings.  This new template allows any board member, committee chair/committee, and staff to submit both requests for action as well as reports of information to the board.  The intent of the new report is to ensure that all necessary information is presented to the board for consideration as well as a clearly spelled out request to the board and a consistent format.  Obviously there will be a learning curve to this new process but we are hopeful that this will enable a direct path to requesting action of the board as well as a higher level of information sharing and issue understanding.

To this end, anyone that wishes to submit a board report for the ALA Midwinter meeting needs to submit a report, using the attached template, no later than January 13th. If you have any questions please let me know.

Have a great weekend!
Jonna

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Discussion AASL at Midwinter schedule available online

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Hello AASL Board of Directors,

The schedule for AASL at Midwinter is available online at:

http://www.ala.org/aasl/conferences/midwinter/schedule

Please note, there have been a few minor changes since the original schedule that I posted to Connect last month. Most notably, the Saturday Board Meeting is now scheduled until 12:30 PM.

Best,

Jonna

Discussion Full 2014 AASL Midwinter Schedule

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 04:22 pm

Hi AASL Board of Directors,

I’ve received some questions regarding the AASL schedule at Midwinter 2014. Please take a look at the schedule of Board Meetings that I posted on October 16th, for your specific events. I’m attaching a list here of all AASL events at Midwinter for your review. Please note, this is the programming that we submitted to ALA, we are still waiting for locations and a final confirmation. I hope this helps with your planning!

Best,

Jonna

Discussion Affiliate Assembly Concern Discussion #2

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 01:14 pm

Hello AASL Board,

The first Affiliate Assembly Concern discussion will remain open for comments. Please, take look at Concern #2 this week and post your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns by Friday, October 4th:

Name and Contact Information of Affiliate Organization

Jay Bansbach, Maryland Association of School Librarians

cjbansbach@yahoo.com

Hello AASL Board,

The first Affiliate Assembly Concern discussion will remain open for comments. Please, take look at Concern #2 this week and post your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns by Friday, October 4th:

Name and Contact Information of Affiliate Organization

Jay Bansbach, Maryland Association of School Librarians

cjbansbach@yahoo.com

State Concern

STEM is a key educational initiative. Research is a vital component. School librarians are a driving-force in integrating inquiry-based learning and research. Currently AASL does not provide any position or resources related to national STEM initiatives.

 

Action (if any) taken by Affiliate Organization

Maryland has STEM standards of practice and frameworks that include embedded school library indicators. 

Action Requested of AASL

Create a task force to produce products such as position paper, toolkits, etc. Investigate partnerships associated with STEM initiatives.

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Discussion Affiliate Assembly Concern Discussion #5

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

This is our last concern to discuss. Please, be sure that you have posted any remaining comments to all five concerns by Friday October 18th. Next week I will be compiling your thoughts and ideas for each concern to share with the Executive Committee during their October 25-26 meeting.

Name and Contact Information of Affiliate Organization

Kansas Association of School Librarians

This is our last concern to discuss. Please, be sure that you have posted any remaining comments to all five concerns by Friday October 18th. Next week I will be compiling your thoughts and ideas for each concern to share with the Executive Committee during their October 25-26 meeting.

Name and Contact Information of Affiliate Organization

Kansas Association of School Librarians

Gwen Lehman, President, Gwen.lehman@usd495.net
Carmaine Ternes, President-Elect, carmaine.ternes@usd253.net

State Concern

Since Kansas has extreme levels of poverty and wealth in addition to a vast array of students with high and low reading levels, one concern is the lack of materials and library curriculum available to students.

For instance, over 2,000 Wichita school children are considered homeless. Over 66 percent of Emporia students accept free or reduced lunch. If AASL wishes to raise awareness about poverty and literacy, perhaps more materials and professionals should be available.

Another complication is the fact that numerous students do not live in one household with two parents/guardians. Often times, students live in one home on select days a month, while living with a grandparent a few days a month. If students live in multiple homes or move several times within a school year, they have limited access to academic resources and educators. If students move from parent to parent or town to town, they are at higher-risk of not graduating high school, not being functionally literate, and not being productive members of society.

Not only are students not returning library materials and textbooks, they are leaving without a basic understanding of the curriculum and life-long learning skills. How unfortunate that school libraries across Kansas have transient students who never experience a true library and rarely return books that are vital to the school.

My district is in one of the bottom two lowest income counties in the state. People survive, many times 'off the land' as their family has done for generations.  The school is really the pipeline into this century for these kids. It is so important that we provide access and the 'how-to' for all information and the DESIRE for information to these students so that they can at least live an informed life, even if they choose not to leave the area or change their way of living.  To me the library and all we can provide offers a life-choice to them that they may not get in the classroom.

We need to go beyond the homeless and non-traditional homes (which are actually becoming the traditional home) to include foster care and migrant worker students. 

Action (if any) taken by Affiliate Organization

We are planning a sharing/problem solving session at our next state conference next fall.

Action Requested of AASL

We would like to see AASL offer programming, strategies or resources for school libraries serving homeless and transient student populations.

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Discussion Affiliate Assembly Concern Discussion #3

by Jonna Ashley (staff) on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 08:58 am

Good morning!

Thank you to everyone who contributed the first two Affiliate Assembly Concern discussions. Below, and attached, you will find Concern #3. Please, post your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns by Wednesday, October 9th:

Name and Contact Information of Affiliate Organization

Good morning!

Thank you to everyone who contributed the first two Affiliate Assembly Concern discussions. Below, and attached, you will find Concern #3. Please, post your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns by Wednesday, October 9th:

Name and Contact Information of Affiliate Organization

Region 3
OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association)
Susan D. Yutzey
sdyoelma@gmail.com

State Concern

School librarians would like to seek more support of state library agencies in order to work more collaboratively to promote the academic achievement of students in our schools. The decline in credentialed school librarians and quality school library programs is having an effect on students and staff of our schools. 

Action (if any) taken by Affiliate Organization

In Ohio, a special task force was convened by the state librarian called Working Together for Ohio Libraries.  This task force included representation from school, public, and academic libraries. 

Action Requested of AASL

We are requesting that the ALA School Library Task Force, initiated by ALA President Maureen Sullivan, seek support of state library agencies. Recommendations for this are:

  • Provide state library agencies with information about the decline of quality school library programs and the implications for student achievement
  • Creation of toolkit for state library agencies that would assist in gathering and/or providing data on status of school librarians and school library programs
  • Provide advocacy tools for quality school library programs with credentialed school librarians to support student achievement
  • Seek representation from state library agencies on the ALA School Library Task Force
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