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                        AASL:
        National Trends in School
                 Libraries
                       Cyndi Phillip
                    cphillip_56@yahoo.com
                     www.cyndiphillip.com
                      AASL Past-President
School Library Media Specialist, Grand Haven Area Public Schools
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            AASL
The American Association of
     School Librarians
Your National Professional
    Organization and
You=Partnership for Power
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      AASL – Connecting Nationally

•   AASL Overview
•   National Trends
•   Strategic Planning
•   AASL Initiatives
•   Affiliate Assembly
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AASL is a professional membership
 organization that serves close to
         10,000 members
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  What’s in it for YOU?
 Professional               Professional responsibility
  Development                Information for my job
 Collegiality with like     Energized by conferences
  minds
                             Latest research shared
 Communication
                             Leadership development
 National/state voice for
  advocacy                   Classes for credit
                             Connections!!!!
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                   AASL Mission

The mission of the American
   Association of School
  Librarians is to advocate
excellence, facilitate change
 and develop leaders in the
  school library media field    www.ala.org/aasl
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                 AASL Vision
•   A proactive organization
•   An advocate for SLMP & SLMS indispensable role
•   An open, friendly, welcoming organization
•   An inclusive professional home
•   An essential resource
•   A flexible, responsive organization
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                       AASL Goals
AASL works to ensure that all members of the School
Library Media field collaborate to:
–   provide leadership in the total educational program
–   participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process
–   connect learners with ideas and information, and
–   prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-
    making, a love of reading, and the use of information
    technology
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  Building a Knowledge-Based Association
• Foresight about the future of the profession
   – think outside to inside, think future back to present
• Sensitivity to member views
   – identify perceived values, wants, and needs
• Insight into resources of the Association
   – consider both financial and staff time and energy
• Considerations of ethical issues
   – Identify the ethical implications of our choices
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Member Benefits
• Registration discounts
• Subscription to Knowledge Quest
  and AASL Hotlinks
• Discount on AASL publications
• Awards, grants and scholarships
• E-mail news and discussion lists
• Access to AASL “members only” web site
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       ALA Membership Benefits
• Conference discounts up to 50%




• Subscription to American Libraries
• 10% discount off ALA Editions & Graphics
• Credit card, car rental, travel
  programs and health insurance.
• Networking opportunities
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Professional Development:
         AASL Fall Forum
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              AASL 2008 Fall Forum
Assessment, Part II: Constructing and Interpreting
   Viable Tools for Effective Student Learning
          in the Library Media Center

October 17-19, 2008 Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, Oak
               Brook, Illinois (Chicago area)
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  Top 10 Reasons to go to national
       library conferences…
• The conferences are always   •You get to see the inside of
  in the BEST cities like      a conference center for 3
  Philadelphia when it’s 20    days but not the city!
  below or Orlando in June
                               •Same chicken, different
• SWAG! You never knew you
                               city
  needed that many pens
                               •Guaranteed blisters twice
• Cancelled flights in every
  airport in the country
                               a year
                               •Admiration from
                               administrators and teachers
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             Conference, Con’t
• Conference Centers
  where it is OK for women      And…
  to take over the men’s        Number One…
  room.
• Meetings, programs and       Going back to work on a
  exhibits start at 7am, go       Conference High,
  all day and then it’s time
                                 ready to tackle new
  to dance!
                                     challenges!
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                    Mark your Calendars
                     November 4-8, 2009
                AASL 14th National Conference &
                          Exhibition
                        Charlotte, NC
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All parts of the Organization are important
 •   Board
 •   Committees
 •   Affiliate Assembly
                                    AASL
 •   Staff
 •   ALA
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      AASL Board of Directors

AASL Regional Directors/Director-Elects

      AASL Affiliate Assembly

State-level School Library Associations

   School Library Media Specialist
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Your Current AASL Board
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      AASL – Connecting Nationally

•   AASL Overview
•   National Trends
•   Strategic Planning
•   AASL Initiatives
•   Affiliate Assembly
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         National Trends

Informal Survey of the Affiliate Assembly
                  and
              AASL Board
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                     From Colorado
•   Teacher librarians and technology specialists are
    collaborating to plan for ET-IL integration.
•   Teacher librarians are recognized as important leaders in
    solving the puzzle of how to show students are “technology
    literate” by the end of 8th grade.
•   The conversation has moved to recognize the important 21st
    century critical thinking skills that teacher librarians regularly
    integrate into instruction through collaboration with
    classroom teachers and technology specialists.
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                From Oregon
•   Plagiarism
•   Online subscription databases
•   Social networking
•   Statewide licensure
•   Patron friendly places
•   NCLB
•   Increased collaboration
•   Adequate staffing
•   Adequate funding
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                    From Florida
– Creating media centers all over the state that address the
  needs of the 21st Century student. Dr. Nancy Teger of the
  Florida DOE has created a rubric for evaluating the media
  program. http://www.fldoe.org/bii/library%5Fmedia/
– Creating an on-line handbook that mirrors the ExC3EL Rubric
  to assist all media specialists to strive to make their programs
  the best they can be.
– Florida Department of Education has invited media
  specialists to be a part of committees charged with planning
  the implementation and evaluation of information literacy
  skills that are now part of the language arts standards.
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       National Trends – Web 2.0
• Shifting from:
   – Single computers to interoperability and multiple
     device connections
   – Static web pages to dynamically-generated online
     resources
   – Closed systems to open systems and software
   – Onetime publishing to ongoing content creation and
     participation by end users
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          Shifting (continued)
– Single authors to collaborative writing and
  consensus building
– Data storage such as photo sharing to social
  networking and commenting
– “stickiness” (people come to your website) to
  syndication (RSS you send info to the people)
– Taxonomies (standard-based organization) to
  folksonomies (user-based organization)
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               From Michigan
– Teacher collaboration works
– Administrator collaboration works (hopefully)
– The Media Specialist is often the tech person for the
  school
– The Media Specialist does not always want to be the
  tech person for the school but tries to make the best of
  it if it is a given
– It is sometimes difficult to get classroom teachers to
  balance their requests that students use print and
  electronic resources
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          Michigan (continued)
– It is sometimes difficult to get students to use proper
  electronic resources (as opposed to Google-ing
  everything)
– Uninformed administrators still feel that everything can
  be found on the Web and that media centers are not
  essential
– Well-informed, insightful administrators know that
  media centers staffed by a professional are essential to
  student achievement
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         Michigan (conclusion)

– Media specialists must be aware of Web 2.0 tools and
  social networking whether or not they are the tech
  person. The students are aware and the teachers and
  administrators are not.
– Educators, in general, are bad at marketing themselves
  and their resources. They often have the attitude that
  they do not have the administrator's ear and never get
  staff meeting time to talk about resources.
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                   National Trends
• Elementary school librarians providing planning time for
  classroom teachers - thereby limiting collaboration, inquiry
  and research projects, and teacher-librarian impact on
  student achievement.
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               From Virginia
–   Resurgence of the importance of reading at all
    levels.
–   Use of social networking for teaching and using
    information literacy skills.
–   Demand for upgrades to dated print collections.
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          Virginia (continued)
–   New technologies such as Smart boards/white
    boards for library instruction, vodcasts, and
    podcasts.
–   More instances of federated searching that will
    combine the catalog search with database
    resources and Internet searches.
–   Larger physical space for libraries.
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         Virginia (concluded)
–   Need for students to form answers to questions by
    synthesizing information in creative non-linear
    ways.
–   Libraries will become centers for diversity,
    intellectual freedom, and global understanding
    through programs and resources.
–   Libraries will find new ways to share and deliver
    information across magisterial lines.
–   Better staffing.
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           From New Jersey

– Development of professional learning communities
– Online courses
– Ubiquitous computing (one-to-one laptops)
– Open Source software (including Integrated Library
  Systems)
– Google for librarians/educators
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       New Jersey (continued)
– Growing questions as to whether testing is really
  working. (is it really testing all standards? Should
  it?)
– Loss of SLMS positions
– Better preparation of students so they will be ready
  for college work
– Libraries on Web 2.0
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          Best Practices

Informal Survey of the Affiliate Assembly
                  and
              AASL Board
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               Shared Resources
• State level databases provided to schools,
  academic, and public.
   –   Funded by LSTA grants
   –   www.mel.org in Michigan
   –   OSLIS www.oslis.org in Oregon
   –   NOVELny http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/novel/
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              Battle of the Books
• Organized Statewide
  –   Oregon
  –   New Mexico
  –   Alaska
  –   North Carolina
  –   Wisconsin
  –   California
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                    NSLMPY
• 2005 Winner William Floyd School District
  in Mastic Beach, N.Y.

• 2006 Winner Kapolei High School in Kapolei, Hawaii

• New ALA Publication:Leadership for Excellence:
  Insights of National School Library Media Program
  of the Year Award Winners
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      Palm Beach County Florida

• created multi-day workshops called
  academies for instructional staff
• developed a cadre of trainers or guides called
  the MOD (Multimedia On Demand) Squad
• Team TLC is a unique staff development
  opportunity for library media specialists.
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    Web 2.0 / School Libraries 2.0
• Blogs
  – AASL Blog       http://www.aasl.ala.org/aaslblog/
  – Washington Middle School, Seattle
    http://wmslibrary.org/
  – Grandview Elementary School , New York
    http://www.grandviewlibrary.org/
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    Web 2.0 / School Libraries 2.0
• Podcasts
• Isinglass Teen Read Award Booktalks
  Hopkinton High School & Hopkinton
  Middle School Library, New
  Hampshire
  – http://www.hopkintonschools.org/hhs/library/podcast.
    html
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    Web 2.0 / School Libraries 2.0
• Vodcasts
  – Digitales http://www.digitales.us/
  – StoryKeepers’ Gallery
    http://www.digitales.us/gallery/gallery_living_memori
    es.php
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    Web 2.0 / School Libraries 2.0
• Wikis
  – Grandview Elementary School, New York
    http://www.grandviewlibrary.org/ThirdGradeWikis.as
    px
  – Wright 3 – Student Project
    http://thewright3.wikispaces.com/
  – Joyce Valenza’s “Teacherlibrarianwiki”
    http://teacherlibrarianwiki.pbwiki.com/
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     Web 2.0 / School Libraries 2.0
• Virtual Libraries and 24/7 Service
   – Springfield Township High School Library, PA
     http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/
   – Birch Lane Elementary School, CA
     http://birchlane.davis.ca.us/library/Default.htm
   – Grand Haven Area Public Schools
     http://www.ghaps.org/librarymedia/index.htm
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      AASL – Connecting Nationally

•   AASL Overview
•   National Trends
•   Strategic Planning
•   AASL Initiatives
•   Affiliate Assembly
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                 Strategic Plan
                    Policies
• Integration with the
  Association’s Programs,
  Services, Products
• Drives the Budget
  Process
• Assessment of
  implementation of plan
• Annual updating
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   Strategic Planning - Background

• Planning began in January, 2004
• Involved AASL Board of Directors and Staff
• AASL members and non-members were
  surveyed and interviewed
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    Areas Most Important to Members
•   Advocacy
•   Continuing Issues
•   National Standards
•   Knowledge Quest
•   School Library Media Research
•   National Conference
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            Strategic Planning

• Core Ideology
    To provide leadership for excellence in the
    school library profession and school library
    programs.

• Core Organizational Values
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             Strategic Planning
    5-10 Year Assumptions about the Future

•   Demographics
•   Legislation/Regulation
•   Global Business Climate
•   Science/Technology
•   Professional Competition/Structure
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             Strategic Planning
         Big Audacious Goal (BAG)
  To achieve universal recognition of school
  library media specialists as indispensable
             educational leaders.

• Vivid Description of the Desired Future
   –   The Association
   –   School Library Media Programs
   –   School Library Media Specialists
   –   Students
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            Strategic Planning
               3-5 Year Plan

•   Guidelines and Standards
•   Advocacy
•   Professional Development
•   Influence Within ALA
•   Community
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          Guidelines and Standards
• The school library profession will recognize AASL’s
  guidelines for School library media programs and
  information literacy standards for student learning as
  the model of excellence for the profession.
• Objectives
   – Increase currency and relevancy of AASL’s guidelines for school
     library media programs
   – Increase the currency and relevancy of AASL’s information
     literacy standards for student learning
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http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslproftools/lear
ningstandards/standards.cfm
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                     Advocacy
• All stakeholders will understand and recognize that
  the school library media specialist and school
  library programs are essential to teaching and
  learning.
• Objectives
   – Increase member involvement in national advocacy.
   – Increase member involvement in state advocacy.
   – Increase member involvement in local advocacy.
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          Professional Development
• AASL’s professional development opportunities will be
  important, valuable, and available to school library
  media specialists.
• Objectives
   – Increase the link between member needs and professional
     development content.
   – Increase the financial viability of professional development
     programs.
   – Increase opportunities for professional development.
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            Influence Within ALA

• ALA will understand and support the issues
  important to school library media specialists and
  school library media programs.
• Objectives
   – Increase AASL member involvement in ALA leadership
   – Raise the profile of school library media issues within ALA.
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                Community
• AASL will be a vibrant, inclusive, accessible,
  and supportive community for school library
  media specialists.
• Objectives
  – Increase the number of members involved in AASL.
  – Increase SLMS’ understanding of and value of
    AASL.
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      AASL – Connecting Nationally

•   AASL Overview
•   National Trends
•   Strategic Planning
•   AASL Initiatives
•   Affiliate Assembly
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     SKILLs Act
     • Tuesday June 26, 2007, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad
       Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and
       Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) introduced the Strengthening Kids’ Interest
       in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act that guarantees students
       across America will be served by highly qualified, state-certified
       school library media specialists and will have the library
       resources they need to succeed.



http://alfocus.ala.org/videos/library-day-hill
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                 Spokane Moms
            • Fund our Future
              Washington rally and summit, 2.1.08
            • http://librariesfordemocracy.org/fundfuture/

KQ Web (36:3) President’s Column
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AASL Initiatives driven by our
Strategic Plan
• @Your Library Campaign
• School Library Media Month
    – http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslissues/aasladvocacy/scho
      ollibrary.cfm
•   AASL 2.0 Taskforce
•   E-Academy offerings
•   Best Websites Award Taskforce
•   Leadership Institutes and Fall Forum
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    @your library school campaign
                         ®



• School Library Media Programs
  are Critical
• School Library Media Specialists
  are Crucial
• School Library Media Centers
  are places of Opportunity
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    @your library school campaign
                         ®



• Toolkit for School Library Media
  Programs
• With messages, ideas and
  strategies for promoting the
  value of school library media
  programs and library media
  specialists in the 21st century
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              AASL Initiatives

•   AASL Blog
•   Learning Standards and Guidelines Rewrites
•   65% Solution
•   NCLB reauthorization--LMS as Highly
    Qualified--We need your lobbying for the
    SKILLs Act!
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             AASL Initiatives
• Partnership for 21st Century Skills
• Restructuring
• Regional Institutes
     Leading through Collaboration, Reading, and
  Advocacy
• Online Communities
• Beyond Words (Disaster Relief Fund)
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     Beyond Words
  Disaster Relief Fund
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      AASL – Connecting Nationally

•   AASL Overview
•   National Trends
•   Strategic Planning
•   AASL Initiatives
•   Affiliate Assembly
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Vision of the Affiliate Assembly

     Communicating Issues
     Connecting with AASL
      Catalyst for Change
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  Purpose of the Affiliate Assembly

• Provide a channel of communication
• Facilitate discussion of activities and
  concerns
• Report AASL actions to the Affiliates
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Advantages of Affiliation
•   Voice at the national level
•   Networking and new ideas
•   Issues of concerns
•   Collaborative sharing
•   Promote excellence
•   Leadership training
•   Gateway to Communication
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    Criteria for Affiliation
•   Purposes compatible with those of AASL
•   Hold regular meetings and conferences
•   Channel of communication with members
•   25 members - or 10% of membership -
    including the President and delegates must
    be personal members of AASL
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           Affiliate Assembly
• Connects building level LMS to the AASL
  Board
• Link between the state affiliate and national
• Identify the issues and trends
• Assist AASL Leadership
• Communicate Issues
• Provide a Forum
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            Affiliate Assembly
• Organization
  – Two voting delegates from each affiliate
  – Nation divided into nine regions
  – Each Region has a Director and Director-Elect
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                    Texas
• Region VI (AR, NM, OK,TX )
  – Director
    Barbara J. Ray
    Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK
    dbjray@earthlink.net
  – Director-Elect
    Maribel Garza-Castro
    Texas Association of School Librarians
    Houston, TX
    mgarzacastro@sjs.org
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Why Join – Why Get Involved ?
      You are AASL and AASL is You!
  Think of your professional and personal
  growth, and become a member of AASL.
If you are a member, become involved and
             make a difference!
      This year you can elect an AASL
         member as ALA President
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• Your questions?

                            Cyndi Phillip
                            AASL
                            Past-President

                           cphillip_56@yahoo.com

                           www.cyndiphillip.com
                              www.ala.org/aasl

				
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