Magazine article American Libraries

AASL Plans for the Future

Magazine article American Libraries

AASL Plans for the Future

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) continues to move forward in its goal to serve and to support school library media specialists around the country by continuing to draw attention to their unique abilities and to the key issues that surround the profession. This year AASL will continue efforts to further strengthen its foundation through evaluation and assessment of existing programs.

Reading to learn

Nearly 350 school library media specialists, reading teachers, and other educators began the 2004-05 school year by spending October 1-3 at AASL's Fall Forum in Dallas immersed in strategies to increase their students' abilities to "read to learn." The forum, a national institute held during non-AASL-conference years, featured elementary and secondary "Reading for Understanding" workshops and a collaboration seminar that focused on how to partner with classroom teachers, reading and literacy specialists, and subject-area teachers to promote reading for understanding in the context of information literacy.

Stephen Krashen, emeritus professor of education at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, served as keynote speaker. A vocal advocate for free voluntary reading, Krashen focused his remarks on the research base supporting the gains in reading made by students who are encouraged to read.

AASL has begun a planning process that will lead to the development of its next strategic plan through assistance and input from members utilizing such tools as surveys, interviews, focus groups, and forums. …

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