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2013 AASL Candidate Videos March 19, 2013

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Voting opens today for the 2013 ALA and division elections. Candidate statements and credentials for ALA candidates can be viewed in the ALA election guide.

Candidates for AASL and its section offices presented their platforms during the Candidates Forum at 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA. Candidates not present at the conference were given the opportunity to submit videos for inclusion in this post. The presence or absence of videos does not imply endorsement of any particular candidates. To view, you will need QuickTime if you do not already have it. Due to the traffic on the blog, it may take several minutes for each video to download.

Candidates for AASL Board

President-Elect
Note: Although the candidate videos for president-elect are somewhat dark due to the podium’s location in the meeting room, the audio is fine. You can also read candidate statements from Ann and Terri in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Knowledge Quest.

Ann Ewbank

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Terri Kirk

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Member-at-Large

Jody Howard

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Steven Yates

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Region 6 Director

Lori Bush

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Carlyn Gray

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AASL Division Councilor on ALA Council

Valerie Edwards

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Paul Whitsitt

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Candidates for AASL Independent School Section

Chair

Stephanie Light Eames

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Kerrie Roeder

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Secretary

Sarah Levin

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Sheila MacDowell

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Candidates for AASL Educators of School Librarians (ESL)

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David Loertscher

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Rebecca Morris

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Secretary

Maria Cahill

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Deborah Parrott

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Candidates for AASL Supervisors Section

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Mary Keeling

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Paul Lanata

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Representative to the Board

One of the candidates for SPVS Representative to the AASL Board of Director, Eva Efron, passed away on March 20, 2013.

Eva Efron

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Devona Pendergrass

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Secretary

Jacqueline Rose

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Amy Short

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AASL Presidential Rotation Visit – California School Library Association December 12, 2012

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Posted on behalf of Gail Dickinson, AASL President-Elect, 2012-2013


California, there I went!  On Nov, 15-18, I was pleased to represent AASL at the California School Library Association conference in San Jose as part of the official presidential rotation to state conferences.

The conference theme was School Libraries Link Lifelong Learners.  President Jane Lofton and conference chair Janice Gilmore made me feel very welcome.  I was invited to be very involved with CSLA’s preparation for the conference and to write a short article for the conference issue of CSLA Journal called Playing Library in the 21st Century – The Game has Changed on using the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner for assessment of student learning.

I presented a half-day workshop at the conference called Advocating for Teaching and Learning, shared greetings from AASL at the CLSA membership meeting, and presided at the AASL information booth to meet and greet members. I also attended as many sessions as I could, including Lesley Farmer’s session on the recently concluded IASL conference in Doha, Qatar. The sessions were invigorating, participants came eager to learn and to share, and the conference overall was an exciting experience!

Also during conference, I met with AASL and CSLA members to discuss issues relevant to the profession and CSLA. The issues of CSLA were both familiar and unique.  Like other Affiliates, they are seeking ways to increase attendance at their conference.  To do this, they are exploring partnerships with other organizations with similar interests and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of moving their conference from fall to spring.

This was a vibrant and exciting conference, and I was pleased to learn about the California issues first-hand. Thank you, CSLA, for making me feel so welcome.  There are great things happening in California, and school libraries are building strength.

Gail Dickinson
AASL President-Elect

AASL President Update #4 July 2, 2012

Posted by Carl Harvey II in AASL News, AASL Officers.
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Fourth Quarter Report

This is my 4th and final update of my activities as AASL President.  My term officially ended on June 30, 2012.  It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your President this year.   This last update covers May and June.

Events/Projects:

  • My last Presidential visit was to New York.  I visited the SLMS conference in Binghamton, NY on May 3rd-5th.   This was a great group to visit and I enjoyed their conference.  As always I met wonderful school librarians and loved several of the sessions I attended.
  • The main event for this time period was the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.  Much of the time was spent working on prepping for the conference – board agendas, program details, etc.  A summary of the Board’s actions will be out soon in “For the Record,” a special email newslettersent to every AASL member. Some other highlights:
    • AASL President’s Program – I had the opportunity to provide a brief update of the year’s activities to the members as well as enjoy Lori Takeuchi’s presentation about social media and young children.  You can check out some of what she shared from the Joan Cooney Center – http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/
    • The release of the 2012 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning which brought the total list in the last 4 years to 100 websites – http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=10809
    • Our annual luncheon to recognize the AASL Award winners was an absolutely hit.  Author Carmen Agra Deedy had us all in stitches as she shared her new book.  The award winners were also amazing in telling their stories.  It is wonderful to have an event celebrating the great things happening in school libraries across the country.
    • I also enjoyed visiting AASL’s Affiliate Assembly meetings.  This group is something that makes AASL unique in our structure, and the connections between the national organization and our affiliates are an amazing opportunity for collaboration and communication.

 

Board Votes:

  • Prior to Midwinter:
    • Approved to sponsor a resolution at ALA Council written by the ALA School Library Task Force.
  • Approved to signing on to a letter to Congress by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) regarding cuts to nondefense discretionary funds.
    • Approved supporting the concepts of Professional Learning Communities.
    • Approved the Position Statement on School Library Supervisors.
  • Items from the three Board meetings at ALA Annual Conference will be available in  “For the Record” which should be out soon.

Press Interviews:

  • I did not have any interviews during this time due to my travel out of the country, but Susan Ballard, AASL President-Elect, had a few interviews to comment about the FCC issue that arose in early in June.

Congratulations to AASL President-Elect Gail Dickinson and the New Members of the Board May 8, 2012

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ALA election results were announced Friday, May 4. AASL and ALA results are posted online.

Some 21.3% of 52,866 ALA organizational members voted, an increase from 18.2% in the 2011 election.
    
     

AASL President Update #3 May 7, 2012

Posted by Carl Harvey II in AASL News, AASL Officers, ESEA Reauthorization.
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Where does the time go?  I had this ready to post at the end of March and then the response to the White House petition arrived, it turned to April, and I’m just now getting back to it.  Anyway, the update below covers until the end of April.  One last update will be out at the end of June.

Events/Projects:

  • The major item from the last few months was the White House Petition for School Libraries.  With the support of ALA President Molly Raphael, the ALA Division Presidents, and many of our vendors and external partners, the petition was promoted at every major event.  The petition surpassed the goal of 25,000 signatures nearly a week before the Feb. 4 deadline, which ensures it will receive the attention and response of White House policy experts.  The official reply was sent Friday, April 15th.  You can read some of my comments about the reply on the blog.
  • I met with OCLC during the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia to talk about school and public library opportunities for collaboration.
  • National Legislative Day was held in Washington D.C.   AASL met with the National Education Association, staffers to the House Education and Workforce committee on both sides of the aisle, and the Office of Civil Rights  at the US Department of Education.  All were good conversations.  We need to continue to be aware of what is happening in Washington and help  them make that connection of what an effective school library program can do for student learning.
ALA President Molly Raphael, Senator Jack Reed, and AASL President Carl Harvey
  • The highlight of NLLD for me was when I presented Senator Jack Reed with the 2012 AASL Crystal Apple.  He has long been a strong advocate for school libraries in Congress.  Last year his efforts got almost $14 million in dedicated funding for school libraries.

The Board met during ALA Midwinter and the following action was taken:

  • The Board voted to propose a restructure of the AASL governance.  Under the proposal, the position of Director-Elect would be eliminated.  The Nominations Committee would be replaced with the Leadership Development Committee.  All of these changes are pending membership approval of revised bylaws and will be phased in over time.  (You can read some commonly asked questions about the Leadership Development Committee in ALA Connect at: http://connect.ala.org/node/172666)
  • Established several task forces:
    • Senior Projects / Capstone Projects Task Force – to create resources for librarians who work with senior projects.
    • Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Task Force – to begin setting up a recognition process and structure.
    • Quantitative Measures Task Force – to investigate quantitative measures and recommend a direction for AASL.
    • Internet Access Task Force – to write a white paper about Internet and school libraries.
  • Approved a position statement on The Role of the School Library Program.
  • Formed working groups to:
    • Submit a proposal for Emerging Leaders projects.
    • Investigate a position statement on Collection Balance.

 

Board Votes (after Midwinter):

  • Vice-Chairs – The Board voted to accept a recommendation of the Bylaws committee that AASL committees have a vice-chair.  The mmittee will choose the vice-chair from the members of the committee.  The AASL President will retain the right to appoint committee chairs each year.
  • Pre-Service Task Force – The Board voted to extend this task force for another year.
  • Project Red – Voted to support this program (with our name).
  • Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media document – Voted to help disseminate the report.

Press Interviews:

AASL President Update #2 January 3, 2012

Posted by Carl Harvey II in AASL News, AASL Officers.
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From time to time, I’d like to share with you what AASL has been working on from my perspective as AASL President.  Here are just some of the highlights between October 1st and December 31st.  From our amazing member leaders to our AASL staff, it is amazing to see all that has been happening in a short time.

Events / Projects

  • Most of my time from October to December was spent traveling.  I had the chance to visit some wonderful state conferences as well as our own AASL National Conference.   AASL has a rotation where the President, President-Elect, and Past-President visit a total of 10 state conferences each year.  It brings a connection between the state and national organizations.  Of the five states I’ve visiting this school year, four had conferences this fall.

Below are links to blog postings with my thoughts from the various events.

Board Votes

The Board continues to work in between our Annual and Midwinter meetings.

  • The Board voted to ask the ALA Education Committee for a permanent seat for the ESLS section on their committee.
  • The Board voted to approve Columbus, Ohio as the location of the 2015 AASL Conference.
  • The Board voted to sign on as a stakeholder of the National Center for Literacy Education.

Press Interviews

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the work of AASL.

AASL President Update #1 October 4, 2011

Posted by Carl Harvey II in AASL News, AASL Officers, Community, Conferences, Professional Development.
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From time to time, I’d like to share with you what AASL has been working on from my perspective as AASL President.  Here are just some of the highlights since July 1st!  From our amazing member leaders to our AASL staff, it is amazing to see all that has been happening in a short time.

Events / Projects

  • Congressional Briefing – Probably the biggest project we are working on currently is preparing to provide a briefing to Congress on the 21st Century School Library.    School librarians and school library stakeholders are encouraged to support the work of the congressional briefing by contacting their members of Congress and urging them to attend the briefing.  We are currently working to raise funds to defray the cost of the briefing via the Friends of AASL.   Read the complete press release.
  • The timing of the briefing connects perfectly with the SKILLS Act and the reauthorization of ESEA which is on Congress’s agenda.  We are currently urging school librarians to call their Senators and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors of the SKILLS Act today!  Get your colleagues and friends to call, too!
  • Committee Chair Orientation – Over the course of 4 weeks, an online training for all committee chairs was held.  We began with a webinar and then moved to online discussions in ALA Connect.  It was a great way to get our committees all on the same page and get working on their Minimum Intended Outcomes!
  • AASL National Conference – Minneapolis – Obviously a great deal of time has been spent getting ready for the AASL National Conference in Minneapolis.  The committee led by Ty Burns and Cheryl Steele has been hard at work putting together an amazing professional development experience.  I’ve been personally involved with the online book discussion of Nicholas Carr’s book The Shallows on the conference Ning which has been very enlightening and engaging!
  • ALA Campaign for School Libraries – ALA has started a task force to create a campaign in support of school libraries.  Read the press release here.  http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=8155  Working with ALA President Molly Raphael, we helped to set the stage for this group and appoint AASL members to represent us.  AASL President-Elect, Susan Ballard, has agreed to co-chair this task force.
  • Banned Websites Awareness Day – Sept. 28, 2011 – recently AASL sponsored the first Banned Website Awareness Day.  This idea  had been tossed around for years in blogs and articles such as this one by Doug Johnson < http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2011/blue-skunk-blog/2008/9/23/blocked-bytes-week.html>.  The AASL Board in June  of this year voted to have the first annual event this year during Banned Book Week.  Thanks to Helen Adam and the Intellectual Freedom Committee as well as AASL Director-Elect Michelle Luthala for all their hard work on this project.
  •  AASL Executive Committee Meeting – In a few weeks the AASL Executive Committee will be meeting in Chicago.  Our annual fall meeting allows us time to prepare for the Midwinter meetings as well as engage in a joint meeting with the Executive Board of ALA and all the ALA divisions.
  • Treasurer’s Training / MIO – In July I had the chance to travel to Chicago for AASL Treasurer’s Training.  Every 3 years we elect a new treasurer and Karen Lemmons began her term in July.  The staff provides a training to help get the new treasurer up to speed, and since I live so close I drove up for the training.  I also spent a great deal of my time in Chicago working on the Minimum Intended Outcomes for our committees this year!

Board Votes

The Board has been working in between our Annual and Midwinter meetings.  Two Board votes have been taken on position statements.  Both statements below have been approved.

Press Interviews

 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the work of AASL.

CEO / CSO Symposium April 21, 2011

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Last week I traveled to Chicago to attend the CEO Symposium.  Organized by ASAE – The Center for Association Leadership, this two day workshop focuses on associations along with the roles of the CEO (Chief Elected Officer) and CSO (Chief Staff Officer).  This intense training was created by Tecker Consultants, LLC — Glenn Tecker along with his colleagues, Paul Meyer and Leigh Wintz.

Many years ago, AASL began sending both the President-Elect and the Executive Director, Julie Walker, to this training together.  The design of the workshop provides for lots of talking, discussion, and sharing between the CEO and CSO.  While Julie has attended before, she told me that each new President-Elect has a different perspective and the conversations are always rich and useful.  There are still a few more months (thank goodness!) with Nancy Everhart as the President of AASL, so I have a little while to ponder and think how the training might be useful during my term!

There were all types of associations at this conference.  The group is kept small — 100-150 — so that you really get a chance to interact with the presenters and attendees.  AASL has had Paul Meyers come and work with us during out strategic planning several times since I’ve been on the board.  His insight has help guide AASL through some pretty heavy topics and come out with a plan and course of action.  So, to have three of the Tecker group leading it was pretty amazing!

In talking with other Past-Presidents, I had been told this was one of the best professional development sessions you’ll attend as President of AASL.  I certainly would have to agree.  For someone who is learning about our organization, you’ll find that much of how the board operates, deliberates, and make decisions is based off this training.  Sometimes with associations, you can come off and on the Board so fast you don’t really get an understanding of how and why it operates the way it does.  This training really is great for the President-Elect to really see there is research and thought behind how the organization operates.

I can only share my experiences, but in the years I’ve been on the Board I’ve seen a real focus on being strategic from the AASL.  We could spend a lot of time in managing the association, but we don’t.  Instead we focus most of our time on the big issues surround the field and how we as an organization can help move it forward.

My two days in Chicago this last week were amazing.  My hope is that I can use some of what I learned to help continue to move AASL and our field forward during my year as President.  I’m still kind of thinking through a “theme” for my year, but I keep coming back to this word – engaging!

  • I want us to engage the AASL membership to get active and involved!
  • I want us to engage our AASL leadership to help accomplish the work of the association and move AASL and the the field forward.
  • I want us to engage in our schools to become leaders within our buildings.  We all have those teacher leaders in our buildings who are respected for what they do and how they do it!  I think as school librarians we should be right there at the top of that list!

But, I know that a lot of what I learned, I can take back and use in my school.  A lot of what I learned in how to work with people, how to thinking strategically, and how to evaluate our effectiveness can work at my school and school library just as well as it will work for AASL.  Anytime I talk with someone who asks why I’m involved in the profession I can give them two quick reasons:

  • I feel obligated to give back to a field that has given so much to me.
  • Every committee, meeting, conversation, interaction, etc. that I have had in working in AASL, I learn something new that I can transfer back to my day to day job.

So, I can hardly wait to see what all I have to learn in the months ahead.    I’m certain that with all the opportunities to work with many of you, I will be learning a lot!

AASL visits Lafayette, LA! March 21, 2011

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Jan McGee, Elizabeth Dumas, and Carl Harvey

Last week I had the pleasure to head down to Louisiana and spend a few days at the Louisiana Library Association.  The Louisiana Association of School Librarians is the state affiliate to American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  LASL is a division of the Louisiana Library Association.

One of my favorite parts of being President-Elect of AASL is that I get a chance to represent the association at some of the state conferences.  Many years ago the AASL Board votes to start a rotation so that the AASL President (President-Elects and Past-Presidents) would visit the various state conferences on a consistent basis.  Earlier this year I visited Nevada, and the other state on my list was Louisiana!  The goal of the program was to help build and reinforce the connection between our affiliates with AASL.

The reason I enjoy it so much is the people.  Over the 2 1/2 days I was there, I got a chance to meet some amazing librarians doing some amazing things.  LASL is luckily to have quite a dedicated group at the helm of their organization.  They ran a wonderful conference.  I had the honor to present a couple of sessions – Engaging the Profession and 21st Century Skills are Elementary.  It was great to share some of the things AASL is working on.  Even more exciting is that we’ll be back in LA for ALA this summer in New Orleans.

Besides the time I was sharing in front of the group, I got time to sit back in the audience and enjoy of the session they offered.  There were some wonderful session such as Skyping with an Author and What to Read Next after  Percy Jackson with some great tech connections.   You can see some of the resources on the LASL wiki!  I also had the chance to attend their awards reception and the author luncheon with Wendelin Van Draanen who is an amazing presenter.

But, as I said before the people are what makes these conference so wonderful.  The little chats and conversations in the hallways, before and after sessions, or at the meal functions were certainly the highlight for me.  I came back for ideas I can use in my own library as well as feedback for AASL, too.  Thank you to all the great librarians in Louisiana for a great visit!  Looking forward to being back there in June!!!

AASL president releases statement on school library position cuts March 20, 2011

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Coinciding with her visit to a state-recognized school library program, American Association of School Librarians President, Dr. Nancy Everhart released the following statement in response to the elimination of school librarian positions in schools facing budget shortfalls.

“Faced with the pandemic loss of school librarian positions due to drastic and alarming cuts in educational spending, AASL continues to advocate for the school librarian as an indispensable member of the educational team. Not only do strong school library programs create an environment where independent reading is valued, promoted and encouraged, but studies have repeatedly demonstrated that students in schools with strong school library programs learn more, get better grades and score higher on standardized tests. By eliminating school librarians, schools are losing a vital collaborator whose educational specialty is teaching lifelong, independent learning skills. Without these crucial skills, how will today’s students succeed in tomorrow’s global economy?”

As schools in Wisconsin face impending budget cuts and the elimination of more school librarian positions appears certain, Everhart visited Luther Elementary School in Fort Atkinson, Wis., as a part of her tour of school library programs across the country. School libraries on the Vision Tour were nominated by their state association as an outstanding example of the field. Luther Elementary and school librarian Michelle Maniaci were nominated for this honor by the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). Everhart concludes her visit to Wisconsin with a speaking engagement at the WEMTA conference and a presentation on best practices gleamed while on her Vision Tour.

“School librarians, as educators, are being impacted along with teachers by the sweeping policy changes in Wisconsin and other parts of the country,” Everhart said. “Despite this, they are continuing to provide an excellent level of service and empower their students to be learners for life. In addition, school librarians are technology leaders who instruct teachers how to make the best use of these tools which are a substantial capital investment.” The goal of Everhart’s Vision Tour is to raise the profile of what an outstanding school library can do for students, as well as the school and local community by visiting exemplary school libraries in each state. More information about the tour can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/l4lvisiontour and www.outstandingschoollibraries.org/.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

AASL Wisconsin members, Erlene Bishop Killeen, Valerie Edwards, and Cara Cavin outside the capitol in Madison.