AASL Affiliate Assembly Community
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.