[library-media] Fwd: AASL Hotlinks and AASL Conference

Debbie Naylor dnaylor@alpine.k12.ut.us
Wed, 07 Mar 2007 12:02:18 -0700


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Below are some links for AASL and for the National
Conference in RENO.  There are about 10 people
signed up for RENO.  We would like to get 50 and
take a bus.    Reply to this email if you want to
go or just want more information.    It is a great
opportunity to learn what other school librarians
are doing across the nation.   There are
elementary and secondary sessions.    Those of you
who did a poster session at UELMA should look at
presenting at the Exploritorium on Thursday.  It
is a huge poster session.  The link is below under
"wishing you could participate".  The blog for
Reno is already up and running.  There are some
interesting posts and one post asking for feedback
like we gave to Sharyl at the UELMA leadership
session.  Applause and thanks to NAN for a great
UELMA Conference. 

>> <kagarwal@ala.org> 03/06/07 12:13 PM >>>
To:  Debbie Naylor

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AASL HOTLINKS
The Official Monthly E-mail Newsletter of the
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Vol. 5, No. 12
March 2007
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     March is Women's History Month and we have
assembled
     a list of resources to help you celebrate -
see
     SPECIAL FEATURE section.   

     March is also time for ALA Elections - read
the bios
     posted on the AASL pages and VOTE! Make the
school
     library media voice heard when ALA polls open
on
     March 15. Go to
http://www.ala.org/aasl/elections
     for more information about the 2007
Elections.

     And don't forget the AASL "School Libraries
Count!"
     survey deadline - you have till March 16 to
submit
     your data. See http://www.aaslsurvey.org for
details!

     The AASL 13th National Conference
registration is now
     open - go to http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno and
see all
     the reasons why you should go to Reno this
October!     

     Hopefully spring is making its way to your
part of the
     country, so as you thaw from winter's
chill...
     Read on!

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IN THIS ISSUE:

COUNTDOWN TO RENO:

1.  Registration and housing for AASL's 13th
National
    Conference now open
2.  Wishing you could participate in the AASL
National
    Conference in Reno?

AASL NEWS:

3.  AASL launches wiki to gather member feedback
on draft
    learning standards
4.  AASL president's report from Midwinter Board
meeting
5.  Vote in the 2007 Election and be part of ALA's
future!

KQWEB WATCH:

6.  "Ask Dr. Gail" and the "Tough Choices" column

AASL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

7.  AASL's blog editor receives a Rutgers
University award

ALA NEWS & NOTES:

8.  Bookmobiles & Innovative Outreach Services is
theme for
    2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair
9.  2007 Notable Computer Software for Children
announced
10. Submit a Star for National Library Workers Day
on
    April 17, 2007
11. Support Teen Literature Day planned for April
19
12. ALA/Arts Island Set to Open in Second Life

SPECIAL FEATURE: WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH:

13. March is Women's History Month

ADVOCACY:

14. School library mission: literacy

EDUCATION NEWS:

15. Major improvements in New York city schools
produce
    measurable results
16. The Nation's Report Card

NCLB UPDATES:

17. 2007 NCLB Commission report

FUNDING & GRANTS:

18. Book and reading materials grants for public
schools
19. IMLS and NEA Announce Second Deadline for The
Big Read

....AND:

20. The AASL Hotlist

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COUNTDOWN TO RENO:

1.  Registration and housing for AASL's 13th
National
    Conference now open

Register now for the AASL 13th National Conference
and
Exhibition in Reno, October 25-28, 2007, by
visiting
AASL's conference web site at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno

The conference will feature an Opening General
Session with
keynote speaker Dan Pink, author of "A Whole New
Mind,"
special appearances by award-winning authors
Wendelin
Van Draanen and David Lubar, and Omar Wasow,
co-founder
of BlackPlanet.com, as the Closing General Session
speaker.

Read full announcement at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/national/pressoffice/registrationopen.htm

Get all the National Conference details at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno

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2.  Wishing you could participate in the AASL
National
    Conference in Reno?

Put your best practice foot forward and send in a
proposal
to present at the Exploratorium to be held on
Thursday,
Oct. 25th. This two-hour session is designed to
showcase
what you are doing in your school in terms of
programming,
leadership, advocacy, and much more!

Proposals are due March 30, 2007! See you there!

Get more information at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/national/presenters/exploratoriumrfp.htm.

AASL 13th National Conference & Exhibition will
offer more
than 110 concurrent sessions developed to address
the latest
in school library issues, trends and instruction.

Read all about programming in Reno at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/national/attendees/aaslconfprogram/program.htm

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AASL NEWS:

3.  AASL launches wiki to gather member feedback
on draft
    learning standards

In order to recognize the changing role of school
library
media programs now and in the future, AASL is
developing
new learning standards for school library media
programs.

>From March 1, through March 15, 2007, AASL is
hosting an
interactive wiki about the  new standards and
invites
members to make live changes to the draft
document.

Visit the wiki at
http://wikis.ala.org/aasllearningstandards

Read more at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/AASLwikilearningstandard.htm
 

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4. AASL president's report from Midwinter Board
meeting

The AASL Board had a very productive meeting at
the ALA
Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA. Following are
a few
of the decisions made by the Board:

- Two task forces were created in response to
concerns
   raised by the Affiliate Assembly.

- AASL's sponsorship of the ALA Emerging Leader
initiative
   was renewed for the program's second year.

- A Board subcommittee was formed to review and
revise the
   AASL mission statement.

- Dawn Vaughn, an AASL Past President, answered
questions
   about the proposed National Library Agenda, an
   initiative begun by ALA President Leslie
Burger.

- A task force was created to work on the
implementation
   plan for NCLB language change and the inclusion
of SLMS
   in No Child Left Behind.

Read complete highlights from Seattle's Board
meeting at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslgovernance/aaslpres/mw07report.htm

Get past AASL Board meeting minutes at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslgovernance/aaslleadership/aaslboardminutes.htm

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5.  Vote in the 2007 Election and be part of ALA's
future!

For school library media specialists to have a
voice in ALA
governance, it is critical to support AASL members
running
for leadership positions in ALA by casting your
ballot.
Representation is essential for school library
concerns and
issues to be addressed.

Every AASL personal member is eligible to vote,
which gives
AASL almost 10,000 potential votes. In the 2006
election
AASL members cast 2,178 votes, which is only one
fifth of
the division's membership. Let your voice be
heard!

Ballot mailing will begin on March 15 and polls
will be
open from March 15 through April 24.

Get the 2007 Election details at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/elections

Read about the 2007 Election candidates at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslgovernance/aaslelections/2007election.htm

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KQWEB WATCH:

6.  "Ask Dr. Gail" and the "Tough Choices" column

Be sure to see this issue's "Tough Choices" column
in
"KQ" and "KQWeb."

We are always making difficult choices as school
librarians.
Whether we're novices or experts these choices are
neither
right nor wrong. If they were easy, we'd have less
trouble deciding. "Tough choices, typically, are
those that
pit one 'right' value against another," as
Rushworth Kidder
reminds us in How Good People Make Tough Choices.

Dr. Gail Dickinson, Knowledge Quest columnist and
associate
professor in the Darden School of Education, Old
Dominion
University, Norfolk, VA will help you think about
your
options based on the professional research and
years of
practice helping other school librarians face
"Tough
Choices." If you have a question that presents a
"tough
choice", please send it to us! Dr. Dickinson's
answers to
selected questions will be posted on "KQWeb." Read
about
"Tough Choices" and visit "Ask Dr. Gail" to send
in your
questions in the latest edition of "KQWeb"
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/kqweb/kqarchives/volume35/352/352main.htm.
 

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AASL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

7.  AASL's blog editor receives a Rutgers
University award

Alice Yucht, AASL's accomplished Chair of the
AASLblog
Editorial Board, has recently been recognized as
"2006-2007
Part-Time Lecturer of the year for Professional
Development
Studies" by Rutgers University's School of
Communication,
Information and Library Studies.

Alice is in charge of the AASLblog
http://blogs.ala.org/aasl.php

Read more at
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6414048.html

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ALA NEWS & NOTES:

8.  Bookmobiles & Innovative Outreach Services is
theme for
    2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair

ALA invites its members to participate in the
Tenth Annual
Diversity and Outreach Fair on Saturday, June 23,
2007,
3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Washington Convention
Center during
the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Last year the fair successfully piloted a strategy
of
showcasing a range of programs with a common
theme. The
2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair will focus on
bookmobiles
and other innovative services to underserved
communities.

Find out more about the ALA Diversity fair at
http://www.ala.org/divfair

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9.  2007 Notable Computer Software for Children
announced

The Association for Library Service to Children
(ALSC), a
division of ALA, has selected its 2007 list of
Notable
Computer Software and Online Subscription Services
for
children. The list identifies high-quality
computer
programs and online subscription services for
children 14
years of age and younger.

Get the list at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/2007NotableComputerSoftw.htm


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10. Submit a Star for National Library Workers Day
on
    April 17, 2007

Start the celebration early for National Library
Workers
Day (NLWD) by submitting information about your
favorite
worker and what makes him or her special to the
NLWD Stars
Web site at
http://www.ala-apa.org/about/nlwdstarsform.html
NLWD is celebrated on Tuesday, April 17, during
the
ALA-sponsored National Library Week.

Read more at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/SubmitStarNLWD.htm

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11. Support Teen Literature Day planned for April
19

The Young Adult Library Services Association
(YALSA),
a division of ALA, is celebrating its first ever
"Support
Teen Literature Day" on April 19, as part of ALA's
"National
Library Week" celebration.

Librarians all across the country are encouraged
to
participate in "Support Teen Literature Day" by
hosting
events in their library on that day. The purpose
of this
new celebration is to raise awareness among the
general
public that young adult literature is a vibrant,
growing
genre with much to offer today's teens.

Read more at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/TeenLiteratureDayApril19.htm


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12. ALA/Arts Island Set to Open in Second Life

ALA is proud to announce that it now has a space
in "Second
Life," the online community of more than one
million users
and home to a growing number of library
organizations.

According to Jenny Levine, ALA Internet
Development
Specialist and Strategy Guide, ALA will have one
half of
ALA/Arts Island, which will be utilized as a new
method for
disseminating ALA news and information. It will
also be used
for reaching out to new audiences, holding events,
interacting with members and the public, and
exploring the
future of library services. The half-island was
given to
ALA by an anonymous donor.

Read full announcement at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/alasecondlife.htm

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SPECIAL FEATURE: WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH:

13. March is Women's History Month

In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma
County
Commission on the Status of Women in California,
began a
"Women's History Week" celebration. The week was
chosen to
coincide with International Women's Day, which was
first
celebrated March 8, 1911, in Europe.

Three years later, the United States Congress
passed a
resolution establishing National Women's History
Week, which
was expanded to a month in 1987 at the request of
the National
Women's History Project. Every year since then the
U.S.
Congress has issued a resolution for Women's
History Month.

Here are some resources to inform and celebrate in
your
school library media center:

  International Women's Day
  http://www.un.org/events/women/iwd/2006

  Resources from the History Channel
  http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/womenhist

  TIME magazine for Kids
 
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/specials/whm/0,8805,101044,00.html
(
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/specials/whm/0,8805,101044,00.html
)

  National Women's History Project
  http://www.nwhp.org/whm/themes/themes.html

  CNN Student News resources
 
http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/2005/fyi/special/womens.history.month/

  U.S. Census data on women
 
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03ff03.html

  Children's Encyclopedia of Women
 
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/womenenc/womenenc.htm

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ADVOCACY:

14. School library mission: literacy

In the March 2007 issue of NEAToday, the National
Education
Association (NEA) article "Room for Readers"
discussed the
contributions of school library media specialists
to
literacy efforts. The article cites studies that
show a link
between good school libraries and high student
achievement.

Read full article at
http://www.nea.org/neatoday/0703/feature4.html

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EDUCATION NEWS:

15. Major improvements in New York city schools
produce
    measurable results

A study by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
examined
New York's new wave of smaller high schools, which
in 2006
graduated their first class. The study found that
the new
school design is a significant improvement over
New York's
old, failing urban school system that graduated
only half
of its students. The study found that in the new
schools,
"attendance is high, ninth grade promotion rates
are high,
and a majority of students are graduating."

Study conclusions are published in a report,
"Rethinking
High School: Inaugural Graduations at New York
City's New
High Schools," which can be downloaded from the
site.

Read more at
http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/830

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16. The Nation's Report Card

Results of the National Assessment of Educational
Progress
(NAEP) 2005 twelfth-grade reading and mathematics
assessments and the 2005 NAEP High School
Transcript Study
(HSTS) were just released in "The Nation's Report
Card:
America's High School Graduates."

Example of reading-related findings:

- Decline in scores and the percentages of
students at or
   above Proficient and at or above Basic compared
with
   1992. There have been no significant changes at
these
   levels since 2002.

- No significant change in the White-Black or
   White-Hispanic gap compared with previous
years.

Get complete details at
http://nationsreportcard.gov

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NCLB UPDATES:

17. 2007 NCLB Commission report

The Commission on No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
released its
final recommendations for the reauthorization of
the NCLB
Act. The 75 recommendations in the report focus on
making
sure teachers and principals are effective,
improving
accountability measures, effective school
improvement and
student options, rigorous standards, and
strengthening high
schools. The commission's charge was to identify
the
successes of NCLB as well as its challenges and
problems
and to develop solutions that will improve the
law's impact
on raising student achievement and closing these
achievement gaps.

Read more at
http://www.aspeninstitute.org

Get the full report (pdf file) at
http://www.aspeninstitute.org/atf/cf/%7BDEB6F227 (
http://www.aspeninstitute.org/atf/cf/%7BDEB6F227
)-659B-4EC8-8F84-8DF23CA704F5%7D/NCLB_Book.pdf


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FUNDING & GRANTS:

18. Book and reading materials grants for public
schools

The NEA Foundation is offering the D.E.A.R.
Bookshelf Awards,
which grant funds to public schools for the
purchase of
books and reading materials that will entice
students to
Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.)!

Grant application deadline is March 12, 2007.

Get the details at
http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/DEAR%200607.htm
(
http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/DEAR%200607.htm
)

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19. IMLS and NEA Announce Second Deadline for The
Big Read

The Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS), in
partnership with the National Endowment for the
Arts (NEA),
has announced the second deadline for The Big Read
program.
The purpose of The Big Read is to revitalize the
role of
literature in American popular culture. Grants
ranging from
$5,000 - $20,000 are available to encourage local
communities to inspire literary reading through
the Big
Read program.

The proposal deadline is April 12, 2007.

Get more details at
http://www.neabigread.org

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20. The AASL Hotlist

AASL 13th National Conference
  http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno
  All you want to know about the largest national
conference
  for school library media specialists.

IRA's Focus on Adolescent Literacy
 
http://www.reading.org/resources/issues/focus_adolescent.html
  International Reading Association's online index
of
  adolescent literacy resources, features the
latest IRA
  books, journal articles, convention sessions,
and more.

QuestBridge scholarships for high school juniors
 
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Below are some links for AASL and for the National Conference in RENO.  There are about 10 people signed up for RENO.  We would like to get 50 and take a bus.    Reply to this email if you want to go or just want more information.    It is a great opportunity to learn what other school librarians are doing across the nation.   There are elementary and secondary sessions.    Those of you who did a poster session at UELMA should look at presenting at the Exploritorium on Thursday.  It is a huge poster session.  The link is below under "wishing you could participate".  The blog for Reno is already up and running.  There are some interesting posts and one post asking for feedback like we gave to Sharyl at the UELMA leadership session.  Applause and thanks to NAN for a great UELMA Conference.


>> <kagarwal@ala.org> 03/06/07 12:13 PM >>>
To:  Debbie Naylor

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AASL HOTLINKS
The Official Monthly E-mail Newsletter of the
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Vol. 5, No. 12
March 2007
************************************************************

     March is Women's History Month and we have assembled
  0;   a list of resources to help you celebrate - see
     SPECIAL FEATURE section.   

     March is also time for ALA Elections - read the bios
     posted on the AASL pages and VOTE! Make the school
     library media voice heard when ALA polls open on
     March 15. Go to http://www.ala.org/aasl/elections
     for more information about the 2007 Elections.

     And don't forget the AASL "School Libraries Count!"
     survey deadline - you have till March 16 to submit
     your data. See http://www.aaslsurvey.org for details!

     The AASL 1 3th National Conference registration is now
     open - go to http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno and see all
     the reasons why you should go to Reno this October!     

     Hopefully spring is making its way to your part of the
     country, so as you thaw from winter's chill...
     Read on!

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IN THIS ISSUE:

COUNTDOWN TO RENO:

1.  Registration and housing for AASL's 13th National
    Confere nce now open
2.  Wishing you could participate in the AASL National
    Conference in Reno?

AASL NEWS:

3.  AASL launches wiki to gather member feedback on draft
    learning standards
4.  AASL president's report from Midwinter Board meeting
5.  Vote in the 2007 Election and be part of ALA's future!

KQWEB WATCH:

6.  "Ask Dr. Gail" and the "Tough Choices" column

AASL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

7.  AASL's blog editor receives a Rutgers University award

ALA NEWS & NOTES:

8.  Bookmobiles & Innovative Outreach Services is theme for
    2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair
9.  2007 Notable Computer Software for Children announced
10. Submit a Star for National Library Workers Day on
    April 17, 2007
11. Support Teen Literature Day planned for April 19
12. ALA/Arts Island Set to Open in Second Life

SPECIAL FEATURE: WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH:

13. March is Women's History Month

ADVOCACY:

14. School library mission: literacy

EDUCATION NEWS:

15. Major improvements in New York city schools produce
    measurable results
16. The Nation's Report Card

NCLB UPDATES:

17. 2007 NCLB Commission report

FUNDING & GRANTS:

18. Book and reading materials grants for public schools
19. IMLS and NEA Announce Second Deadline for The Big Read

....AND:

20. The AASL Hotlist

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COUNTDOWN TO RENO:

1.  Registration and housing for AASL's 13th National
    Conference now open

Register now for the AASL 13th National Conference and
Exhibition in Reno, October 25-28, 2007, by visiting
AASL's conference web site at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno

The conference will feature an Opening General Session with
keynote speaker Dan Pink, author of "A Whole New Mind,"
special appearances by award-winning authors Wendelin
Van Draanen and David Lubar, and Omar Wasow, co-founder
of BlackPlanet.com, as the Closing General Session speaker.

Read full announcement at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/national/pressoffice/registrationopen.htm

Get all the National Conference details at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno

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2.  Wishing you could participate in the AASL National
    Conference in Reno?

Put you r best practice foot forward and send in a proposal
to present at the Exploratorium to be held on Thursday,
Oct. 25th. This two-hour session is designed to showcase
what you are doing in your school in terms of programming,
leadership, advocacy, and much more!

Proposals are due March 30, 2007! See you there!

Get more information at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/national/presenters/exploratoriumrfp.htm.

AASL 13th National Conference & Exhibition will offer more
than 110 concurrent sessions developed to address the latest
in school library issues, trends and instruction.

Read all about programming in Reno at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/nati onal/attendees/aaslconfprogram/program.htm

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AASL NEWS:

3.  AASL launches wiki to gather member feedback on draft
    learning standards

In order to recognize the changing role of school library
media programs now and in the future, AASL is developing
new learning standards for school library media programs.

From March 1, through March 15, 2007, AASL is hosting an
interactive wiki about the  new standards and invites
members to make live changes to the draft document.

Visit the wiki at
http://wikis.ala.org/aasll earningstandards

Read more at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/AASLwikilearningstandard.htm
 

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4. AASL president's report from Midwinter Board meeting

The AASL Board had a very productive meeting at the ALA
Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA. Following are a few
of the decisions made by the Board:

- Two task forces were created in response to concerns
   raised by the Affiliate Assembly.

- AASL's sponsorship of the ALA Emerging Leader initiative
   was renewed for the program's second year.

- A Board subcommittee was formed to review and revise the
   AASL mission statement.

- Dawn Vaughn, an AASL Past President, answered questions
 & #160; about the proposed National Library Agenda, an
   initiative begun by ALA President Leslie Burger.

- A task force was created to work on the implementation
   plan for NCLB language change and the inclusion of SLMS
   in No Child Left Behind.

Read complete highlights from Seattle's Board meeting at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslgovernance/aaslpres/mw07report.htm

Get past AASL Board meeting minutes at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslgovernance/aaslleadership/aaslboardminutes.htm

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5.  Vote in the 2007 Election and be part of ALA's future!

For school library media s pecialists to have a voice in ALA
governance, it is critical to support AASL members running
for leadership positions in ALA by casting your ballot.
Representation is essential for school library concerns and
issues to be addressed.

Every AASL personal member is eligible to vote, which gives
AASL almost 10,000 potential votes. In the 2006 election
AASL members cast 2,178 votes, which is only one fifth of
the division's membership. Let your voice be heard!

Ballot mailing will begin on March 15 and polls will be
open from March 15 through April 24.

Get the 2007 Election details at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/elections

Read about the 2007 Election candidates at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslgovernance/aaslelections/2007election.htm

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KQWEB WATCH:

6.  "Ask Dr. Gail" and the "Tough Choices" column

Be sure to see this issue's "Tough Choices" column in
"KQ" and "KQWeb."

We are always making difficult choices as school librarians.
Whether we're novices or experts these choices are neither
right nor wrong. If they were easy, we'd have less
trouble deciding. "Tough choices, typically, are those that
pit one 'right' value against another," as Rushworth Kidder
reminds us in How Good People Make Tough Choices.

Dr. Gail Dickinson, Knowledge Quest columnist and as sociate
professor in the Darden School of Education, Old Dominion
University, Norfolk, VA will help you think about your
options based on the professional research and years of
practice helping other school librarians face "Tough
Choices." If you have a question that presents a "tough
choice", please send it to us! Dr. Dickinson's answers to
selected questions will be posted on "KQWeb." Read about
"Tough Choices" and visit "Ask Dr. Gail" to send in your
questions in the latest edition of "KQWeb"
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/kqweb/kqarchives/volume35/352/352main.htm.
 

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AASL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

7.  AASL's blog editor receives a Rutgers University award

Alice Yucht, AASL's accomplished Chair of the AASLblog
Editorial Board, has recently been recognized as "2006-2007
Part-Time Lecturer of the year for Professional Development
Studies" by Rutgers University's School of Communication,
Information and Library Studies.

Alice is in charge of the AASLblog
http://blogs.ala.org/aasl.php

Read more at
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6414048.html

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ALA NEWS & NOTES:

8.  Bookmobiles & Innovative Outreach Services is theme for
    2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair

ALA invites its members to participate in the Tenth Annual
Diversity and Outreach Fair on Saturday, June 23, 2007,
3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Washington Convention Center during
the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Last year the fair successfully piloted a strategy of
showcasing a range of programs with a common theme. The
2007 Diversity and Outreach Fair will focus on bookmobiles
and other innovative services to underserved communities.

Find out more about the ALA Diversity fair at
http://www.ala.org/divfair

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9.  2007 Notable Computer Software for Children announced

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a
division of ALA, has selected its 2007 list of Notable
Computer Software and Online Subscription Services for
children. The list identifies high-quality computer
programs and online subscription services for children 14
years of age and younger.

Get the list at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/2007NotableComputerSoftw.htm


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10. Submit a Star for National Library Workers Day on
    April 17, 2007

Start the celebration early for National Library Workers
Day (NLWD) by submitting information about your favorite
worker and what makes him or her special to the NLWD Stars
Web site at
http://www.ala-apa.org/about/nlwdstarsform.html
NLWD is celebrated on Tuesday, April 17, during the
ALA-sponsored National Library Week.

Read more at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/SubmitStarNLWD.htm

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11. Support Teen Literature Day planned for April 19

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA),
a division of ALA, is celebrating its first ever "Support
Teen Literature Day" on April 19, as part of ALA's "National
Library Week" celebration.

Librarians all across the country are encouraged to
participate in "Support Teen Literature Day" by hosting
events in their library on that day. The purpose of this
new celebration is to raise awareness among the general
public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing
genre with much to offer today's teens.

Read more at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/TeenLiteratureDayApril19.htm


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12. ALA/Arts Island Set to Open in Second Life

ALA is proud to announce that it now has a space in "Second
Life," the online community of more than one million users
and home to a growing number of library organizations.

According to Jenny Levine, ALA Internet Development
Specialist and Strategy Guide, ALA will have one half of
ALA/Arts Island, which will be utilized as a new method for
disseminating ALA news and information. It will also be used
for rea ching out to new audiences, holding events,
interacting with members and the public, and exploring the
future of library services. The half-island was given to
ALA by an anonymous donor.

Read full announcement at
http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/february2007/alasecondlife.htm

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SPECIAL FEATURE: WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH:

13. March is Women's History Month

In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County
Commission on the Status of Women in California, began a
"Women's History Week" celebration. The week was chosen to
coincide with International Women's Day, which was first
celebrated March 8, 1911, in Europe.

Three years later, the United States Congress passed aresolution establishing National Women's History Week, which
was expanded to a month in 1987 at the request of the National
Women's History Project. Every year since then the U.S.
Congress has issued a resolution for Women's History Month.

Here are some resources to inform and celebrate in your
school library media center:

  International Women's Day
  http://www.un.org/events/women/iwd/2006

  Resources from the History Channel
  http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/womenhist

  TIME magazine for Kids
  http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/specials/whm/0,8805,101044,00.html

  National Women's History Project
  http://www.nwhp.org/whm/themes/themes.html

  CNN Student News resources
  http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/2005/fyi/special/womens.history.month/

  U.S. Census data on women
  http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03ff03.html

  Children's Encyclopedia of Women
  http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/womenenc/womenenc.htm

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ADVOCACY:

14. School library mission: literacy

In the March 2007 issue of NEAToday, the National Education
Association (NEA) article "Room for Readers" discussed the
contributions of school library media specialists to
literacy efforts. The article cites studies that show a link
between good school libraries and high student achievement.

Read full article at
http://www.nea.org/neatoday/0703/feature4.html

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EDUCATION NEWS:

15. Major improvements in New York city schools produce
    measurable results

A study by the Bill & ; Melinda Gates Foundation, examined
New York's new wave of smaller high schools, which in 2006
graduated their first class. The study found that the new
school design is a significant improvement over New York's
old, failing urban school system that graduated only half
of its students. The study found that in the new schools,
"attendance is high, ninth grade promotion rates are high,
and a majority of students are graduating."

Study conclusions are published in a report, "Rethinking
High School: Inaugural Graduations at New York City's New
High Schools," which can be downloaded from the site.

Read more at
http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/830

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16. The Nation's Report Card

Results of the National Assessment of Educational Pro gress
(NAEP) 2005 twelfth-grade reading and mathematics
assessments and the 2005 NAEP High School Transcript Study
(HSTS) were just released in "The Nation's Report Card:
America's High School Graduates."

Example of reading-related findings:

- Decline in scores and the percentages of students at or
   above Proficient and at or above Basic compared with
   1992. There have been no significant changes at these
   levels since 2002.

- No significant change in the White-Black or
   White-Hispanic gap compared with previous years.

Get complete details at
http://nationsreportcard.gov

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NCLB UPDATES:

17. 2007 NCLB Commission report

The Commission on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) released its
final recommendations for the reauthorization of the NCLB
Act. The 75 recommendations in the report focus on making
sure teachers and principals are effective, improving
accountability measures, effective school improvement and
student options, rigorous standards, and strengthening high
schools. The commission's charge was to identify the
successes of NCLB as well as its challenges and problems
and to develop solutions that will improve the law's impact
on raising student achievement and closing these
achievement gaps.

Read more at
http://www.aspeninstitute.org

Get the full report (pdf file) at
http://www.aspeninstitute.org/atf/cf/%7BDEB6F227-659B-4EC8-8F84-8DF23CA704F5%7D/NCLB_Book.pdf


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FUNDING & GRANTS:

18. Book and reading materials grants for public schools

The NEA Foundation is offering the D.E.A.R. Bookshelf Awards,
which grant funds to public schools for the purchase of
books and reading materials that will entice students to
Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.)!

Grant application deadline is March 12, 2007.

Get the details at
http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/DEAR%200607.h tm

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19. IMLS and NEA Announce Second Deadline for The Big Read

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in
partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA),
has announced the second deadline for The Big Read program.
The purpose of The Big Read is to revitalize the role of
literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from
$5,000 - $20,000 are available to encourage local
communities to inspire literary reading through the Big
Read program.

The proposal deadline is April 12, 2007.

Get more details at
http://www.neabigread.org

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  for school library media specialists.

IRA's Focus on Adolescent Literacy
  http://www.reading.org/resources/issues/focus_adolescent.html
  International Reading Association's online index of
  adolescent literacy resources, features the latest IRA
  books, journal articles, convention sessions, and more.

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