Category Archives: AASL 2011
If you aren’t able to make it to Minneapolis for AASL 2011, there are several ways you can still experience the conference and enjoy from afar:
- Follow the conference hashtag of #aasl11 on Twitter; we will also be tagging videos on YouTube and Flickr photos with aasl11 as well; the Tweet archive is available at http://twapperkeeper.com/hashtag/AASL11 .
- Join the AASL 2011 Conference Ning! This is a virtual network where people can engage in conversations, share conference materials and reflections, and network with other librarians. You do not have to pay to join the Ning, nor do you need to be a registered participant to be part of the conversations for learning. Join today at http://aasl11.ning.com/ .
- We hope to be streaming and/or filming some of the sessions from the Learning Commons—this is a space where people can do mini-presentations and/or simply lead a conversation about any issue/topic in librarianship. See the lineup in progress for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as well as our teaser video at http://aasl2011learningcommons.wikispaces.com/ . If you’re coming to Minneapolis, come join us at the Learning Commons for a diverse group of librarians who will be presenting on a wide range of topics!
- AASL Virtual Conference is an alternative option for those who can’t attend in person in Minneapolis. Virtual conference details and registration fees are available at http://www.aasl11.org/virtual/ .
Questions? Please feel free to contact me at buffy.hamilton at gmail.com . Thank you!
Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.
AASL 2011 National Conference Committee Social Media Chair
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from Carl Harvey:
I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and thoughts on Chapter 1. I think we’re going to have a lively discussion as we continue through the book. Here are some discussion questions from Chapter 2, but please feel free to add your own questions, thoughts, and ideas as well!
How do our experiences impact our perceptions? Thinking about the connection with Gary Hartzell and the work he has done in how administrators understand school libraries. How can we create experiences that will better educator today and future administrators?
There are two trains of thoughts shared in Chapter 2 whether nature or nurture have an impact on how our brain learns? What are your thoughts?
On page 41 Carr writes, “Evolution has given us a brain that can literally change its mind – over and over again.” How do you think this impacts how we prepare students for their future in the library?
What role do you think neuroplasticity plays in students who have over time developed habits that they can’t learn or succeed?
Are you ready? As we prepare for the 2011 National Conference in Minneapolis, we’ve started the online book discussion of the Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. This book will be our One Book, One Conference title! So, no time like the present to start reading and thinking!
Starting August 15th, we’ll start a weekly discussion on the AASL Conference Ning. Click on groups and join The Shallows-Book Discussion group. We’re going to take a chapter each week which should take us almost up to the AASL Conference! I’ll post some discussion starters in a forum, but feel free to respond and ask your own questions, too! I’m really looking forward to the conversation! Then, we can continue the conversation on site in Minneapolis on Friday, October 28th!
In The Shallows, Carr asks the question: “As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?” Carr then describes throughout the book how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind” — from the alphabet, to maps, to the printing press, the clock and the computer. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store and share information can reroute our neural pathways. A preview of “The Shallows” is available via the AASL conference website.
Here’s the link to the official press release about our book discussion here.
Carl A. Harvey II
President, American Association of School Librarians
The 2011 Emerging Leaders team working with AASL needs your help! We’ve been tasked with creating promotional materials for Learning4Life, and we would love your input. As an initial step, we’ve created a survey about how librarians are using the Standards for the 21st Century Learners to empower their students to think, create, share, and grow; we’ll then be highlighting the excellent work librarians all over the country are doing as we create promotional materials for the standards.
Please take a few minutes to tell us about the amazing work you’re doing with your students, and please share this link with other school librarians. We’re particularly interested in any pictures or videos you have of learning in action that you’re able to share!
So tell us–How does your school library program empower students to THINK, CREATE, SHARE and GROW?
You can find the survey at: http://bit.ly/EL2011
Thanks in advance for your input, and stay tuned for more!
–AASL’s 2011 class of Emerging Leaders
Buffy Hamilton, GLMA Communications Chair for Sara Kelley-Mudie, AASL/ALA 2011 Emerging Leaders