AASL Affiliate Assembly Community
This is a friendly reminder that the Affiliate Assembly Concerns and Commendations process is now underway.
The deadline for states to submit statements of concern or commendation to Regional Representatives is May 15, 2015. The correct forms for submission can be found on the AASL website here: http://www.ala.org/aasl/working-with#affils. An overview of the concern process, along with a database of all past concerns approved since 2005, can be found here: http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/affils/concerns. The commendation process overview is here: http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/affils/commend.
I encourage everyone who is interested in submitting a concern or commendation to work collaboratively with their Regional Representative, and other leaders in their sate, to ensure that the most relevant submissions are going forward. As you work on your concerns, some questions to ask are:
- Has this concern been address by the Affiliate Assembly in recent history? (please utilize the Concerns database referenced in the link above)
- Is this concern “doable” by AASL Headquarters and/or the AASL Board of Directors?
- Is this concern an issue that needs to go through the formal Concern and Commendation process in order to be addressed?
The 2015 Concerns and Commendations will be discussed and voted on at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. If you have questions about the process, please contact me at email@example.com.
Does your state have a conference in 2015? Have you recently had any changes in your association leadership?
If so, please let us know so that we may keep the AASL website and calendar up to date. To send us information about your association’s conference, please fill out the form found here: http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/affils/conf-form. To update your leadership information please fill out the form found at the bottom of each Regions online listing here: http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/affils/update.
Also, if you have a conference coming up this spring or summer, AASL would love to send you a box of materials to pass out and display. We have brochures and flyers on AASL Membership, Publications, Awards, National Conference and much more! We also have a limited quantity of the “Ask Me How School Librarians are Transforming Learning” buttons and message cards available.
If you are interested in receiving AASL materials for your conference please fill out the attached form and send it back to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). For the buttons and cards, please include a note in your email to me with your requirements. I am also attaching a quick overview of the cards and buttons for anyone who was not in attendance at Midwinter.
As Chair of the 2014-2015 School Library Month Committee, I am asking for your help in spreading the word about planned activities for SLM. This, being the 30th annual celebration of School Library Month, we wanted to honor school librarians for the amazing job that they do everyday. We are thrilled to announce that Julianne Moore, the Academy Award winning actress and children's author, is our Spokesperson and will be promoting the theme, Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends, throughout April.
To celebrate this 30th anniversary, we have planned the following activities:
*The Student Digital Storytelling Festival – see Website for details. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Midnight on March 20th.
*The School Librarian Showcase – see Website for details. Please encourage your constituents to participate in this activity and share their wonderful school librarian stories.
The School Library Ambassador Initiative – look for this on social media throughout April and later on Pinterest.
The Author Gallery and Tip of the Day Calendar –look for this on social media throughout April and later on Pinterest.
Send us your Best Shot – this will be a Twitter and Instagram activity announced at the end of March.
Professional Development Sessions – see Website for details.
*These activities are important to share ASAP.
This is the link to the 2015 AASL School Library Month Website:
Thank you very much.
Chair – School Library Month Committee
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has scheduled a web meeting, in hopes that school librarians will be available to share their experiences and raise issues that are specific to their institutes.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21, 3:30pm CST (4:30pm EST, 1:30pm PST, 2:30 MST)
All State IFC Chairs and/or Representatives are welcome to attend. There is plenty of virtual meeting room space so if you know of a school librarian interested in IF issues or has struggled with a challenge, please invite them.
What are the specific needs and challenges of school librarians in the context of IF issues?
Do you feel school librarians can reach out for support?
Curriculum vs Library Material Challenges?
How do your AASL IF associations work?
You can join the online meeting by visiting http://ala.adobeconnect.com/stateifc . You’ll need a stable internet connection and working headphones/speakers. Microphones and webcams are not required but they do make the meeting more engaging.
Speak Up a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, is currently collecting data for their annual survey, which includes specific data from school librarians. To view a current “snapshot” of data already collected visit http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakupamerica_snapshot_librarians2014.html. The deadline to participate is Friday, December 19th.
The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.
Go to http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/ to take the survey and pass it on.