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Report from Affiliate Assembly I June 29, 2013

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By Carolyn Starkey and Elizabeth Hester

Got an issue you feel has far reaching implications for our profession? Take it up with the AASL Affiliate Assembly!

In Affiliate Assembly I at the ALA Annual Convention, eight concerns from affiliates were discussed in breakout groups for possible recommendations to the AASL Executive Board. Stay tuned for the results of the recommendation vote taking place on Sunday morning in Affiliate Assembly II.

  • The New Jersey Association of School Librarians expressed concern that the existing skill set that school librarians can contribute to Common Core State Standards implementation is overlooked. They are requesting that AASL create a series of advocacy brochures for stakeholders stating the correlations between Common Core and the role school librarians can play to advance the standards.
  • The New York Library Association-Section of School Librarians is concerned that the terminology used in AASL initiatives be accurately aligned with national initiatives. For example, most educational institutions, and AASL partners use the term “college and career readiness” and not L4L (Learning 4 Life). They are requesting “expansion of the L4L Brand to include language that encompasses “College and Career Readiness”.
  • The New York Library Association-Section of School Librarians are also concerned that the Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner have inconsistencies of standards across grade-levels. The action requested is that AASL review and update the Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner for consistency and flow, collect exemplars from state affiliates’ crosswalks that focus on the standards that librarians own, teach and assess, then publish a refined Crosswalk.”
  • The Maryland Association of School Librarians’ concern is that AASL does not provide any position or resources related to national STEM initiatives. They would like AASL to create a task force to produce products such as a position paper, toolkits, etc. and investigate partnerships associated with STEM initiatives.
  • The Ohio Educational Library Media Association would like to see more support of state library agencies in order to work more collaboratively to promote the academic achievement of students in schools. The decline in credentialed school librarians and quality school library programs is having an effect on students and staffs of schools. They are requesting that the ALA School Library Task Force, initiated by ALA President Maureen Sullivan seek support by state library agencies through provision of information concerning status of school library programs, creation of a toolkit to assist state library agencies in school library information gathering, provision of advocacy tools for quality school library programs with credentialed school librarians to support student achievement, and seek representation from state library agencies on the ALA School Library Task Force.
  •  The Tennessee Association of School Librarians is concerned that the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database is limited in breadth and scope with just over  100 lesson plans. They would like for AASL to facilitate contributions to the of new lessons to the database and to make the database searchable by the Common Core State Standards.
  • Kansas Association of School Librarians is concerned about the nomenclature of job title. Kansas would like AASL to reconsider the name change and return to the formerly used media specialist from the currently used name of school librarian.
  • Kansas Association of School Librarians is concerned about the lack of tools on the AASL website that focus on services to the homeless and transient student populations. They would like to see AASL to offer programming, strategies, or resources for school libraries.



1. Carole Kupelian - June 29, 2013

Congratulations to all who presented their concerns in clear, concise language. For the most part, resolution of these concerns would help us in NY State, where representatives of three iterations of school librarians meet 3 times a year with the council of educational associations. There we join with representatives of most disciplines, administrators, unions, and the state education department. It is helpful to present consistent explanations and requests in our deliberations.

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