We as librarians understand that offering a rich, diverse range of reading options to meet needs of all community members is a major focus of both school and public libraries. Unfortunately, some individuals (and, recently, groups) are working to limit… Read More ›
New Years’ Resolution: Advocacy for Effective School Libraries!
Let’s shout it together! All students deserve equitable access to a school library staffed by a certified school librarian. This is AASL’s vision: “Every school librarian is a leader; every learner has a school librarian” and is something that drives… Read More ›
Are you attending LibLearnX?
LibLearnX is the future. One of my favorite library conferences in my 20-plus years in the industry has been the ALA midwinter conference. But according to a December 2021 Publisher Weekly article, “The ALA Midwinter Meeting is history, LibLearnX is… Read More ›
“Turn It Up!” Helping the Message Escape the Echo-Chamber
“Oh, No; Not Again!” I saw the above Tweet, and it hit me all over again. We are all tired of hearing about the ongoing onslaught of book challenges across the nation. School librarians have been talking about this for… Read More ›
Organize Breakout Boxes for Easy Use
No doubt that a breakout box engages students in learning. Students enjoy using the provided clues to open a lock – 3 digit lock, word lock, color lock or a key lock. Once all the locks are open, the box… Read More ›
My Favorite Collaborative Lesson: Learn About Each Other Using Hexagonal Thinking
Inspiration can come from so many places! Sometimes a collaborative project starts with the school librarian and sometimes it begins with the classroom teacher. This project was developed from an idea shared by a classroom teacher. She had listened to… Read More ›
AASL Leadership Travel and FAME
AASL highly respects and values its relationship with the AASL Chapter organizations. In order to stay connected with the chapters, AASL is committed to its policy of leadership travel to the AASL Chapter organizations’ conferences. AASL Chapters are visited in… Read More ›
Genrify your Catalog, not your Collection!
I still recall with a shudder the second school library I worked at in NYC: a small, cramped space that needed to be weeded, a large circulation desk taking up valuable real estate in a 500 square-foot room, and worst… Read More ›
SEL and the Inquire Shared Foundation: Lesson Ideas with Picture Books
Have you ever thought that all learning is social and emotional learning (SEL)? This is something I recognize as an educator and as a learner. When teaching and learning new ideas, SEL is an essential part of the process. That’s… Read More ›
Collaborations Outside the Box
Often when people think of collaborations with the school library, English and Social Studies are the first subjects to come to mind. So much of the English and Social Studies curriculum is based around literacy and research making the school… Read More ›