Poster Sessions at AASL23

As I strolled into the poster sessions, I had a general notion of what caught my interest. My checklist was concise, but I secretly yearned for some unexpected gems.

As a college preparatory librarian, my must-see list was:

  • College Readiness: Academic & School Library Partnerships, A Statewide Organizational Approach – This collaboration between college and school librarians in New Jersey is fascinating. This collaboration reminded me of a 2019 AASL session called “Collaborating to Bridge the Gap between High School and College Level Research” by Kerrie Burch.
  • Creating AASL’s Guidebook to Driving Inquiry in School Libraries is part of the ALA Emerging Leaders program; this group developed the linked resource for school librarians to access free of charge.
  • Getting Reading Right with Choice, Voice, and Accessibility had such a crowd it was hard to get close, but I did get a photo of their poster and hope to check it out later.

My surprising finds include the following:

  • Diverse Bookfinder – This poster entry is a project supported by IMLS, Bates, and The University of Florida Georg A. Smathers Libraries.  It is a free online tool to help you diversify your catalog with a collection analysis tool. Currently, the tool only analyzes picture books, but they will have added chapter books and YA in January.
  • Normalized Barriers: The Structure and Performance of Library Routines – This study, sponsored by IMLS and The University of South Carolina, was conducted in public libraries; however, researchers are looking for school library participants for a future study.
  • Investigating Principals’ Perceptions of the Role of School Librarians: A Mixed Methods Study – An excellent research poster by Deeth Ellis! See the photo below.
  • Creative approaches for integrating WWII Graphic novels and primary sources in the classroom – Finally, this was my favorite from Jenna Spiering, Valerie Byrd Fort, and Liz Hartnett. My library and archives back in Tennessee have a primary source collection from WWI or The Great War, and this session inspired me to go back to my school to create a collection of graphic novels and picture books to support the collection and curricular connections! 

Reach out in the comments. We took pictures of most of the poster sessions.


Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond. I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale. With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

Categories: AASL National Conference, Professional Development

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