The AASL School Library Event Promotion Committee is excited to support and encourage school librarians and their programs with a new Twitter Chat in 2021! Each month members of this committee hope to engage librarians across the nation in a 30-minute chat that focuses on how to practically implement the AASL Standards, share how librarians reflect with the standards’ Core Beliefs, and provide a platform for school librarians to advocate for themselves and their school library programs.
Each monthly chat will feature current AASL, AASL partner, and ALA-related events and will give librarians the opportunity to share how they celebrate these initiatives. Committee members hope to highlight the amazing work of librarians across the country, share new ideas, and facilitate more connections and camaraderie throughout the school librarian profession. The first chat will be on January 25, 2021, at 7:30 pm EST, and will highlight the ALA Youth Media Awards and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This committee hopes to establish a great platform for conversations to continue throughout the year. The chat will take place on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm EST. This committee will use the #AASLpromotes hashtag to highlight their work and provide updates regarding future chats.
Committee members include Lisa Brakel, District School Librarian at Airport Community Schools; Chelsea Brantley, Librarian at Nags Head Elementary School; Jennifer Habley, Web Communications Manager at the American Library Association; Eboni Henry, School Media Specialist at District of Columbia Public Schools; Amanda Hurley, Library Media Specialist at Henry Clay High School; Amanda Jones, Librarian at Live Oak Middle School; and Cathy Pope-Gotschall, Teacher Librarian at Tracy Unified School District. We encourage AASL members to follow the hashtag, participate in the chat, and invite school librarians far and wide to join in! We look forward to chatting with everyone on January 25!