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

Posted by Jen Habley in AASL Officers, Affiliate Assembly, Check this out!.
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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

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