[library-media] FW: AASL Hotlinks / October 2002

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Mon, 30 Sep 2002 19:00:51 -0600


AASL HOTLINKS 
The Official Monthly E-mail Newsletter of the American 
Association of School Librarians (AASL) 
Vol. 1, No. 7 
October 2002 
 
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     Hello AASL Member: 
 
     Find out how you can apply for the prestigious National 
     School Library Media Program of the Year Award -- now 
     $10,000 in each of three categories -- and other AASL 
     awards, grants and scholarships totaling $54,000 in 
     2003. And be sure to check out the highlights from the 
     2002 AASL Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference 
     in Atlanta. Keep reading for details! 
 
IN THIS ISSUE: 
 
1.  Follett Library Resources increases AASL NSLMPY Award 
     to $10,000 in each category 
2.  $54,000 in awards, grants and scholarships available 
     from AASL in 2003 
3.  Highlights from the 2002 AASL Awards Ceremony 
4.  Spread the word! AASL going to Kansas City in 2003 
5.  AASL members to receive White House conference 
     proceedings 
6.  Two new articles added to SLMR 
7.  Reminder: Deadline for the Grolier National Library 
     Week Grant is October 15, 2002 
8.  New NCES report: Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools 
     and Classrooms: 1994-2001 
9.  "No URL Left Behind? Web Scrub Raises Concerns" 
     (Education Week) 
10. IMLS Librarian Recruitment and Education Initiative 
11. Arthur's 100th episode and the 100 Book Challenge 
12. Call for papers: IASL 2003 Conference 
13. The AASL Hotlist 
 
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1.  FOLLETT LIBRARY RESOURCES INCREASES AASL NSLMPY AWARD 
    TO $10,000 IN EACH CATEGORY 
 
AASL is accepting applications for the 2003 National School 
Library Media Program of the Year Award. The deadline is 
January 3, 2003. Now in its fortieth year, the NSLMPY Award 
has been increased to $30,000 in cash prizes by Follett 
Library Resources, the sponsor of the award since 1995. 
 
The 2003 award application and eligibility requirements are 
available online at 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/news/nslmpy40th.html 
 
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2.  $54,000 IN AWARDS, GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE 
    FROM AASL IN 2003 
 
The deadline to apply for the 2003 awards, grants and 
scholarships offered by AASL is February 3, 2003, unless 
otherwise stated on the application. Applications for many 
of the awards are available online; all are available from 
the AASL office. 
 
2003 award applications and eligibility requirements are 
available online at 
at http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards.html 
 
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3.  HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2002 AASL AWARDS CEREMONY 
 
View photos and remarks from the presentation of the AASL 
2002 awards, grants and scholarships on June 17th at the 
ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga., at 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/2002awards.html 
 
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4.  SPREAD THE WORD! AASL GOING TO KANSAS CITY IN 2003 
 
"Information Matters @ AASL.KC.MO" 
 
AASL will host its 11th National Conference and Exhibition 
in Kansas City, Missouri, October 22-26, 2003. Details 
about sessions, guest speakers, tours, registration, 
housing, and things to do in Kansas City will be posted in 
coming months on the conference Web site at 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/kc 
 
Save the dates on your calendar now! And read AASL Hotlinks 
for monthly updates. 
 
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5.  AASL MEMBERS TO RECEIVE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE 
    PROCEEDINGS 
 
On June 4, 2002, First Lady Laura Bush hosted the first- 
ever White House conference on school libraries, 
spotlighting research that ties academic achievement to 
strong school library programs. 
 
"Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world 
and find answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a 
child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are 
always open," noted the First Lady, who was once a school 
librarian. 
 
Mrs. Bush and her co-host Dr. Robert Martin, a career 
librarian and Director of the federal Institute of Museum 
and Library Services (IMLS), were joined by education, 
library, government, and philanthropic leaders from across 
the country. IMLS is a primary source of federal grants for 
the nation's libraries and museums. Julie Walker, executive 
director of AASL, and Helen Adams, 2001-2002 president of 
AASL, also attended the conference.  
 
Dr. Martin said, "We want educators to know about the 
crucial difference that a good school library can make in 
enhancing learning and student achievement. Good school 
libraries help teachers teach and children learn." 
 
Copies of the proceedings from the White House Conference 
on School Libraries will be mailed to all members of AASL 
with the September/October 2002 issue of Knowledge Quest, 
the official journal of AASL. 
 
"The White House Conference on School Libraries was a 
historic event, the first ever of its kind to focus 
national attention on the importance of school libraries 
and librarians, and we're pleased to share that experience 
with each of our members," Walker said.  
 
AASL has taken an active role in encouraging school library 
media specialists to build on the publicity generated by 
the White House conference. AASL compiled an Advocacy 
Toolkit at 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/ 
 
The Advocacy Toolkit is a collection of ready-to-use tools 
for planning and conducting local advocacy campaigns. The 
toolkit contains an introduction to advocacy and advocacy 
training, talking points, resource guides and other support 
material school library media specialists can use to launch 
or renew their advocacy efforts. 
 
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6.  TWO NEW ARTICLES ADDED TO SLMR 
 
Two articles have been added to Vol. 5 of School Library 
Media Research (SLMR), the refereed online journal of AASL: 
 
"Planning Portfolios: Authentic Assessment for Library 
Professionals," by Carol A. Brown, East Carolina University 
and Robin Boltz, Creedmore Elementary, Granville County, 
North Carolina 
 
     Portfolios provide authentic measures that give a 
     vivid picture of a person or program. The final 
     product is unique to the creator and the institution 
     that assigns it. What may be the value of portfolio 
     construction by graduate students in school library 
     media education? Can such establish self-evaluation 
     practices which will transfer into practice as 
     teachers of school library media? At least 14 ALA- 
     accredited programs use portfolio assessment and each 
     leads to a rich documentation of student performance. 
 
"Methods for Measuring the Influence of Concept Mapping on 
Student Information Literacy," by Carol A. Gordon, Boston 
University 
 
     Dr. Gordon provides further evidence of the value of 
     concept mapping in support of preparing students to be 
     more efficient information searchers and users. This 
     manuscript is based on her presentation at Treasure 
     Mountain Ten 2002. The document suggests ways to 
     measure student performance and achievement. Concept 
     mapping, one of several methods to provide advance 
     organization for students as they enter a complex 
     world of terms and concepts, seems to be a strong 
     teaching tool leading to information literacy. 
 
These and other articles in Vol. 5 of SLMR can be accessed 
by clicking the "Content Volume 5" button at 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/SLMR/ 
 
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7.  REMINDER: DEADLINE FOR THE GROLIER NATIONAL LIBRARY 
    WEEK GRANT IS OCTOBER 15, 2002 
 
U.S. libraries of all types are invited to apply for a 
$4,000 National Library Week Grant for the best library 
promotion/public awareness campaign during National Library 
Week (April 6-12, 2003) that promotes the role librarians 
play in the 21st century. The grant is sponsored by 
Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the 
Public Awareness Committee of the American Library 
Association (ALA). This year's application deadline is 
October 15, 2002.  
 
This is the first year that the Grolier Grant specifically 
will focus on the work of librarians. In doing so, the 
grant supports The Campaign for America's Libraries' goal 
of promoting librarianship as a profession and also ties 
into ALA President Mitch Freedman's year-long initiative, 
The Campaign for America's Librarians, which focuses on 
better salaries and pay equity. 
 
Proposals must incorporate the @ your library brand. 
Libraries are encouraged to be as imaginative and inventive 
as possible in developing a local campaign or program for 
National Library Week that reflects the work that 
librarians do on behalf of their users. For example, 
libraries might wish to celebrate the role of librarians as 
in the Information Age with "The Ultimate Search Engine 
@ your library" or with "Information Experts @ your 
library." Libraries might also wish to recognize those 
librarians who are active on campus, in their schools or 
community with "Heroes @ your library." The brand, which is 
open-ended and provides lots of room for creativity, should 
be used on any and all promotional and publicity material 
to support National Library Week.  
 
An application form and guidelines are available at 
http://www.ala.org/pio/nlw/grolierapp.doc 
 
They are also available from the ALA Public Information 
Office, 800-545-2433, ext. 5041; atyourlibrary@ala.org 
 
The winner will be notified at the end of December and 
announced at the 2003 ALA Midwinter Meeting in 
Philadelphia. Information on last year's winner, the Omaha 
Public Library, and the winning application can be viewed 
at 
http://www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/pressreleases.cfm#omaha 
 
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8.  NEW NCES REPORT: INTERNET ACCESS IN U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
    AND CLASSROOMS: 1994-2001 
 
This report by the National Center for Education Statistics 
presents data on Internet access in U.S. public schools 
from 1994 to 2001 by school characteristics. It provides 
trend analysis on the progress of public schools and 
classrooms in connecting to the Internet and on the ratio 
of students to instructional computers with Internet 
access.  
 
For more information about this report, or to view or 
download it, go to 
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002018 
 
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9.  "NO URL LEFT BEHIND? WEB SCRUB RAISES CONCERNS" 
 
In the September 18, 2002 issue, Education Week reported 
that the Department of Education is in the process of a 
massive overhaul of its Web site to make it easier to use, 
remove outdated data, and to "ensure that material on the 
site meshes with the Bush administration's political 
philosophy." The ERIC digests -- the popular summaries of 
education research -- are part of the data that might 
disappear from the DOE site. 
 
Read the full article at 
http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=03web.h22 
 
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10. IMLS LIBRARIAN RECRUITMENT AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE 
 
In mid-August, the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
(IMLS) posted the most recent draft of guidelines for the 
Recruitment and Education of Librarians for the 21st 
Century grant program on its Web site. Since February 2002, 
when President Bush included $10 million for the initiative 
as part of his budget request, IMLS has been soliciting 
input from the library and education communities to shape 
priorities that are consistent with the scope of the 
program and best meet library service needs. 
 
IMLS encourages interested parties to review this newest 
version of the guidelines. It is anticipated that, should 
funding become available later this year, IMLS will need to 
act quickly to set a deadline, issue guidelines, review 
proposals, and make awards.   
 
All interested parties are encouraged to review the draft 
guidelines at 
http://www.imls.gov/grants/library/pdf/2003Guide21.pdf 
 
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11. ARTHUR'S 100TH EPISODE AND THE 100 BOOK CHALLENGE 
 
On October 14, PBS Kids will air "Elwood City Turns 100!," 
the 100th episode of the award-winning children's show 
Arthur. In celebration of this event, Arthur and his 
friends invite classrooms across America to join the 100 
Book Challenge. 
 
What's the 100 Book Challenge? Classes will keep a record 
of the books they read. The goal is to collectively read 
100 books between October 14 and January 31. Starting 
October 1, book charts, a send-home family letter, and 
ideas for teachers will be provided on the Arthur Web site 
at 
http://pbskids.org/arthur 
 
Ready, Set, Go! The challenge begins on October 14. When 
your class has reached the 100 book goal, use the entry 
form provided on the Arthur Web site to submit your book 
list and the titles of your class's three favorite books. 
In response, your class will receive a 100 Book Certificate 
from Arthur. 
 
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12. CALL FOR PAPERS: IASL 2003 CONFERENCE 
 
The 32 Annual Conference of the International Association 
of School Librarianship (IASL), "School Libraries Breaking 
Down Barriers," will be July 7-11, 2003 in Durban, South 
Africa. 
 
School librarians, teachers, librarians, library advisers 
and educators, educational professionals, literacy 
specialists, and researchers are invited to submit 
proposals on topics related to breaking down barriers 
between: the advantaged and disadvantaged (both internally 
and internationally); rural and urban areas; librarians and 
other professional educators; researchers and practitioners; 
school and public libraries. Closing date for proposals and 
abstracts is October 31, 2002. 
 
For complete details about conference themes, proposal 
topics, and submission requirements, please consult the 
IASL Web site at 
http://www.iasl-slo.org/conference2003-call.html 
 
Read the full article at 
http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=03web.h22 
 
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13. THE AASL HOTLIST 
 
Check out these useful Web resources... 
 
NCES CCD Quick Facts 
http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/quickfacts.asp 
--Facts, figures and frequently asked questions about 
  schools and school districts from the NCES Common Core of 
  Data (CCD). An authoritive source for educational 
  statistics on a broad range of topics related to public 
  and private education in the U.S. 
 
Children's Internet Protection Act and School Libraries 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/cipa.html 
--With the beginning of the next session of the U.S. 
  Supreme Court on the first Monday in October, the 
  Children's Internet Proection Act (CIPA) is likely to be 
  in the news again. Here's information about CIPA in the 
  context of school libraries. 
 
AASL Resource Guides for School Library Media Program 
Development 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/resources 
--These Web-based guides, arranged alphabetically by 
  frequently used topics in the professional literature, 
  comprise a working bibliography of resources gathered by 
  AASL staff and members. Recently updated to include new 
  summer and fall titles from ALA Editions. 
 
Your Professional Development Update 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/calendar.html 
--Handy calendar of events for AASL and its state and 
  regional affiliate organizations. 
 
AASL Advocacy Toolkit 
http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy 
--Because student achievement is the bottom line! AASL has 
  compiled this collection of ready-to-use tools to conduct 
  an advocacy campaign -- large or small -- for school 
  library media programs. School library media specialists 
  are encouraged to build on the publicity generated by 
  First Lady Laura Bush's White House conference focusing 
  on school libraries and their connection to student 
  achievement by launching or renewing advocacy efforts on 
  behalf of school library media programs. 
 
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mission of AASL is to advocate excellence, facilitate 
change, and develop leaders in the school library media 
field. 
 
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