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The Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) was formed in 1987 to address the particular

on inviting AI to the research party… 11/12/2023

Are you inviting AI to your research party? On the AISL blog, today.

on inviting AI to the research party… It’s research party season, people!!! This year we decided to put AI on the guest list so we invited AI to come to our recent research party! !!! AI RSVPd and came… Based on…

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2023 Funny Picture Books 06/12/2023

It's that time of year! On the SLJ blog every day for the month of December, Betsy Bird lists her favorite books of the year. Today: Funny Picture Books. I love these lists, and buy many of her recommendations for our collection.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2023 Funny Picture Books Today we celebrate the picture books that take a chance and try to be funny. Humor may be subjective, but these are pretty darn good!

The Onus of Collaboration 30/11/2023

On the AISL blog today: How do you collaborate?

The Onus of Collaboration We are in the midst of a search for a senior administrator role at my school, and as I crafted my question for our open sessions with the candidates I got to thinking (again) about structures and u…

Connecting Outside Interests With Your Job 15/11/2023

How do you mix your outside interests with your work as a school librarian? On the AISL blog, today.

Connecting Outside Interests With Your Job The other day, I was thinking about how librarians find ways to connect their outside interests and talents with their work, such as how I incorporate my love of writing into my career. Here are ma…

“The Collection” 07/11/2023

"...thank you for making us all better librarians who think not only about what we do but why we do it, and thus ways to continue to improve." Check out Christina Pommer's post on the AISL blog today!

“The Collection” I recently misunderstood a request being asked of me. I thought I was asked to share the book that had most influenced me as a professional. Noooooo, not a superlative! This is the way to get me in…

A Portrait of the Teacher as a Young Librarian 31/10/2023

On the AISL blog today: A Portrait of the Teacher as a Young Librarian. Remember what it was like when you were starting out?

A Portrait of the Teacher as a Young Librarian *Guest post by Seth Carlson* I’m going to preface this by (1) saying I’m not Christina, I’m Seth, the new Middle and Upper School Librarian at Saint Stephen’s, and (2) apologizing that there aren’t…

When, Why, and How I Say ‘No’ 26/10/2023

On the AISL blog today: some thoughts on collaboration, from Sara Kelley-Mudie.

When, Why, and How I Say ‘No’ I’ve been reading Let ‘no’ Be ‘no’: When Librarians Say ‘no’ To Instruction Opportunities by Anna White over on In the Library with the Lead Pipe and it has me thinking about when, why, and how I s…

Glimpses of the Future in Fiction: Lost Knowledge? (Some plot reveals) 24/10/2023

On the AISL blog, today: how fiction can explore themes of AI and altered realities.

Glimpses of the Future in Fiction: Lost Knowledge? (Some plot reveals) BlogTruth is stranger than fiction. This saying is cited often, and now with advances in AI, it may well be more apt than ever. However, lately, I find that novels can call us to consider the featu…

Selecting and Familiarizing Ourselves with Books 19/10/2023

Which sources do you use to find new books? Take a deep-dive into some research by Rebecca Moore, and try a new source or two. On the AISL blog today!

Selecting and Familiarizing Ourselves with Books Thanks so much to the 100+ people who filled out my survey about selecting and familiarizing yourself with books! Here’s the breakdown of respondents by grade levels, so you can see that most serve…

“Nonpartisan”: It does not mean what we appear to think it means 12/10/2023

“Nonpartisan”: It does not mean what we appear to think it means. On the AISL blog, today.

“Nonpartisan”: It does not mean what we appear to think it means So…I’ve been reading and decoding a lot of “About Us” pages this week, and been reflecting again on the many ways those pages are so often written to intentionally obscure more than they clarify.Qu…

Association of Independent School Librarians, Inc. - Benefits of Membership 09/10/2023

It's time to renew, AISL members! If you haven't yet renewed for the 2023-4 school year, please do so! At just $30, it's the best deal in town!

Association of Independent School Librarians, Inc. - Benefits of Membership Full AISL membership is open only to librarians who work in independent school libraries. We also have special membership options for retired librarians and MLIS students. We are not affiliated with ALA, though many members hold both memberships. Due to our low membership fee, we do not pro-rate; th...

Webtoons 20/09/2023

On the AISL blog today, Rebecca Moore shares about Webtoons - where to begin, and some recommendations!

Webtoons I’ve been wanting to write about Webtoons for the blog, since I started reading Webtoons webcomics a few years ago and now follow multiple series, but have held back for a couple of reasons. One, t…

AI and The Nightingale: A Cautionary Tale 12/09/2023

On the AISL blog today, check out Joan Lange's thoughtful post about emerging technologies such as AI. What can we learn from the stories we already know?

AI and The Nightingale: A Cautionary Tale Hans Christian Andersen wrote his fairy tales during the tumultuous changes of the19th century Industrial Revolution. Can one of his stories speak truth to our current Industrial Revolution of emer…

Finally Seeing the Fruits of Our Labor 07/09/2023

On the AISL blog, Kate Lewallen shares about her library's 20 book challenge program - an idea she first learned about at AISL19 in Boston!

Finally Seeing the Fruits of Our Labor Four years ago, at the 2019 AASL conference, I attended a session about a 20 book challenge in a middle school library (you can find a webinar by the originator of this idea here). It was a great i…

Association of Independent School Librarians, Inc. - Benefits of Membership 05/09/2023

It's time to renew your AISL membership! All the information you need is here:

Association of Independent School Librarians, Inc. - Benefits of Membership Full AISL membership is open only to librarians who work in independent school libraries. We also have special membership options for retired librarians and MLIS students. We are not affiliated with ALA, though many members hold both memberships. Due to our low membership fee, we do not pro-rate; th...

With Apologies to Eric Carle’s ‘A House for Hermit Crab” 31/08/2023

With Apologies to Eric Carle’s ‘A House for Hermit Crab': Christina Pommer's thoughts on beginning the new school year and a few changes in her library...

With Apologies to Eric Carle’s ‘A House for Hermit Crab” some of my thoughts this month If your school is like mine, this fall has been consumed by conversations about Artificial Intelligence. The good: How can we help students engage with it as a free t…

Playing With Displays 29/08/2023

Looking for some great display ideas to start the new school year? Check out this AISL blog post from Paula Kass!

Playing With Displays One of my favorite parts of the new school year is filling all of our book displays. I firmly believe that displays move books, and we are lucky at our library to have a lot of different ways to sh…

Canva, AI, and the biases baked into everything 24/08/2023

"Canva, AI, and the biases baked into everything." Share your thoughts on the AISL blog, today.

Canva, AI, and the biases baked into everything Welcome back to “thinking out loud with Sara.” Today, and most days, I’m thinking about biases within AI-generated content. One of my summer projects was to create some materials to support faculty…

On Mentorship 22/08/2023

On being a mentor (and mentee), on the AISL blog today.

On Mentorship MentorshipHere at Interlochen, the summer is a magic place. Since 1928, the National Music Camp (now Interlochen Arts Camp) has run for 6 (formerly 8) weeks. More than 3,500 campers, ages 8-18, spe…

Oxbridge Teacher Seminars 2023 18/08/2023

Rebecca Moore and Jennifer Lutzky share their experience at the Oxbridge Teacher Seminars 2023 on the AISL blog today. What an adventure!

Oxbridge Teacher Seminars 2023 Happy August, all! As we return to our schools and our jobs, I’m thinking back on the wonderful professional development trip I took this summer to Oxford, England. Oxbridge Academic Programs by Wo…

State of the States: Legislation and interest groups impacting freedom of information 11/08/2023

Back-to-school means back to thinking about information access. On the AISL blog today Tasha Bergson-Michelson shares information about how to find out what is happening in your state.

State of the States: Legislation and interest groups impacting freedom of information This post reflects the work of the ad hoc Database Working Group, which is not affiliated with AISL’s organizational structure, although we have many overlapping members. Also, credit for the work …

on the copyright elephant… 09/08/2023

How do you talk about copyright with your faculty? Check out some ideas from David Wee, on the AISL blog today.

on the copyright elephant… There’s a terrible old dad joke that goes something like, “How do you eat an elephant?” … “One bite at a time!” Well, terrible as that joke may be, it’s go…

Recommended Reading: Your Brain on Art 04/08/2023

On the AISL blog today: how can you help cultivate an aesthetic mindset for students?

Recommended Reading: Your Brain on Art I keep my watercolors in an old wooden box. The box holds the few art supplies I own, but it mostly serves as a pedestal to a potted plant. I don’t open it much. Watercolors were something I stoppe…

Creating a children’s collection in a high school library 13/12/2022

On the AISL blog today, Shelagh Straughan shares how her (high school) library created a children's collection.

Creating a children’s collection in a high school library I don’t think our high school library is unique in getting requests for children’s materials from time to time. Whether for young families living on campus or our students tutoring young…

08/12/2022

AISL members are invited to our Accessit chat on Monday, December 12 at 6:00 PM Eastern. Come with your questions, and/or share your experiences (and weigh in with your thoughts on the recently announced purchase by Follett).

Check your inbox for your invite!

What do you recommend? 06/12/2022

How do you recommend books to your students?

What do you recommend? One of the recurring tasks on my weekly to do list is to find a middle school student who wants to recommend a book – and it’s often one of the highlights of my week. Every week during Middle…

on doing what we ask kids to do… 29/11/2022

David Wee tries something new, today on the AISL blog. Have you made a screencast before?

on doing what we ask kids to do… I hope that this post finds you well. This month I decided to try to switch things up, and try something completely different and out of my comfort zone. Nicole, my librarian partner here at Mid-Pa…

Autumn “Maker” Challenges 18/11/2022

On the AISL blog today, check out Dottie Smay's Autumn Maker Challenges.

Autumn “Maker” Challenges This year we are developing our maker curriculum to incorporate units of study for each grade level from K-4. Our team consists of the media specialist, the educational technologist,and the directo…

An idea for the never-ending To-Do List 15/11/2022

Do you have a never-ending to-do list, and need a plan? Check out Kate Grantham's post on the AISL blog!

An idea for the never-ending To-Do List Looking around my desk, I am surrounded by lists: lists of library projects, quotes about reading for Instagram, titles I want to read, procedures to write up for Student Congress, faculty members …

A Year of Library Programming 10/11/2022

On the AISL blog today, Paula Kass shares her calendar of fun events that happen in her library. Peeps dioramas, anyone?

A Year of Library Programming The beginning of the year flies by for all of us — new teachers, new students, new printing software, new staff, etc. At my library, the first six weeks hold the added burden of meeting with every …

Tik Tok, Do Stop* 08/11/2022

From the AISL blog: Is Tik Tok the new search engine for Generation Z?

Tik Tok, Do Stop* I’m sure many of you saw the headlines about TikTok being “the new search engine” for Gen Z. And if your colleagues are anything like mine, they wanted to talk to you about what it meant, how searc…

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