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November 14th through November 16th were the best three days of my entire 22 year career as an educator. Thanks to the Bound To Stay Bound Grant I was able to attend my first National Conference for the American Association of School Librarians.
School librarians are often the only person in their schools that do what they do. It was refreshing to be among so many of "my people". I started making friends right away, starting at the airport bus stop.
I came to realize that the heating and air issues I've experienced are not unique to just my school. That budget woes plague many librarians across the country. Questions about how to best collaborate, Genrefication vs. Dewey, role as Professional Development leaders, are on the minds of school librarians everywhere.
These issues along with a whole slew of other topics were discussed at length informally as well as in formal concurrent sessions. There were so many great concurrent sessions offered at the AASL 16th National Conference there was simply no way to attend them all. I love that AASL recorded many of the sessions and have them available in the AASL’s eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Laboratory!
Another much loved feature of the AASL 16th National Conference was the eLearnings Commons. The sessions offered here were a mix of formal and informal sessions. The TL News Night Team also made an appearance and broadcast LIVE from AASL! We pulled Joyce Valenza, Matthew Winner & Tiffany Whitehead out of the audience, turned the cameras on the audience and gave a shout out to the Vermont School Library Association.
Even though the AASL Unconference was a late night event, we had so many in attendance we spilled out into the hallway. The event started with a brief explanation of the participant nature of the Unconference/EdCamp concept. Participants quickly filled up the session boards and we started the first round of sessions. Discussion topics included Google Apps in the Library, Twitter, Research, CCSS, Copyright, Maker Spaces, Genrefication, Library Songs, etc.
TL News Night Team and Special Guest, Vermont School Library Association, shares their favorite parts of AASL 2013:
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