AASL Affiliate News

Georgia Library Media Association Delegate Report

June 15 & 16, 2020

The AASL Affiliates for GLMA attended the AASL Chapter Assembly Meeting with AASL President Mary Keeling on June 15 & 16, 2020.

June 15: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

June 16: Leadership, Concerns, & Commendations

June 15, 2020

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Cherish Cultural Diversity

Definitions for Discussion

Everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.

Verbal or nonverbal attack meant to hurt the intended victim through name-calling, avoidant behavior, or purposeful discriminatory actions. "Example: Students wear Confederate flag clothing."

Insensitive communication that demeans someone's racial identity, signaling to people of color that "their contributions are unimportant." Example: A teacher corrects the grammar only of Hispanic children.

Involves negating or ignoring the "psychological thoughts, feelings, or experiential reality of a person of color." Example: An Asian American student from the U.S. is asked where she was born, which conveys the message that she is not really an American.

Examples of Microagressions in the School Library

1. Failing to pronounce a student's name correctly even after you have been corrected or assigning a student an easier name because you have difficulty pronouncing his/her name.

2. Compiling lists of required readings where the protagonist is always white.

3. Having an absence of diverse people represented in artwork, displays, posters, or other artifacts in the school library.

4. Featuring pictures from the one ethnicity, racial background or gender on your website or in official publications.

Source: AASL, Michelle Easley
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How are you curating your reading lists for students?

  • Reading Lists
    Which books do they include? How are you choosing the books? Do they represent the diversity of your students? Are you including diverse books in a predominantly white student population?

  • Read Alouds:
    What books are you choosing to read aloud? How do you make the selection? Does the story represent a diverse population of students? Are you choosing the book based on your comfort level?

  • Book Talks:
    Which books are you talking about? Are you book talking a diverse selection of books? Are you selecting stories that represent all students?

  • Book Age:
    How old are the books in your lists? Have you updated your book lists to include current diverse selections? Do you resort back to the same comfortable stories, or do you intentionally look for new titles?
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Going Fine Free in Your School Library

Fines are:

  • A form of social inequity
  • Monetary fines present an economic barrier to access of library materials & services
  • Mounting evidence that indicates eliminating fines increase library card adoption and library usage
  • Absorb valuable staff time applying, collecting, and managing dues
  • Monetary fines ultimately do not serve the core mission of the modern library

    Potential Considerations
  • No late fines
  • No limit on book checkouts
  • Summer stack checkouts
  • Holds are a case by case basis
  • Lost book fines on a case by case basis

Supporting Different Languages in the School Library

Things to Think About

  • Signage in your library
  • Books that reflect the languages taught in your school
  • Books that reflect the languages spoken by students in your school
  • Literacy in more than one language is positive
  • Instructing students on how to change the language in your databases
  • Books in translation
  • Promote personal identity and cultural heritage
  • Consider if your school has a language policy

"Librarians recognize the power of language to teach all children about themselves, their peers, and people in the world. Mindful use of language communicates to students positive and important messages about belonging and humanity." -Rebecca J. Morris

June 16, 2020

AASL Chapter Concerns

The following concerns were introduced to the AASL Chapters for vote to move on to the AASL Board of Directors.

  • State DOE Representation
    Take action to address the lack of representation at state departments of education for library media specialists.

  • Distance Learning
    Take action to clarify the role of the school librarian in distance learning.

  • Access to School Libraries
    Take action to address staffing and funding disparity, i.e. omitting school librarians in the federal teacher shortage list.

  • Leadership
    Take action to address the lack of willing leadership in our state organizations.

All passed to go to the AASL Board of Directors.

AASL 2020-21 Board of Directors & Leaders

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AASL School Leader Collaborative

An AASL Task Force was created to construct a school leader collaborative.

  • Members are nominated by Library Media Specialists
  • Members are school leaders who advocate for school librarians/libraries
  • Members understand the depth of what school librarians do in their roles
  • Members work together to craft positive messages that will resonate
Administrators Partner with School Librarians
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AASL Board Commendations

Examples of Shared Commendations passed for AASL Board Recognition

AASL Standards

AASL 2021 Conference: Salt Lake City

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AASL Membership

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The information reported in this newsletter was presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) during the AASL Affiliate Assembly Meetings on June 15 & 16, 2020.

Credit & Contributing AASL Members

Board of Directors

AASL Chapter Coordinators

AASL Presidential Task Force

GLMA is an affiliate of AASL and information in this newsletter is for informational purposes only. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the proper AASL member constituent(s). Contact AASL at www.aasl.org.

Georgia Library Media Association

AASL Affiliate Delegate:
Lori Quintana, Ed.S., Cobb County School District

AASL Affiliate Delegate:
Angie Hawkesworth, Carroll County Schools