Category Archives: Schools

AASL President’s Comments on Info Power

Last month, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates came to Wyoming to speak at Information Power. He shared his impressions of his visit in a Knowledge Quest article, “A Fresh Look, Lending a Hand, and the Equality State.” He wrote:

Last month marked my first presidential visit to an AASL affiliate. I had the good fortune of joining the School Library Interest Group of the Wyoming Library Association for their Information Power preconference before the Wyoming Library Association annual conference in Sheridan, Wyoming. The exchange of ideas among school librarians with their academic and public library peers on the beautiful campus of Sheridan College was so refreshing! Affiliate representatives Jennisen Lucas and Connie Hollin graciously assisted me as I shared the many benefits of being a part of the only national association dedicated to school librarianship. While my stay in Wyoming was only a few days, I left there knowing that I wanted to visit again very soon and so proud of the work our school library colleagues are doing to transform teaching and learning across the Equality State.

Steven Yates is an assistant professor and coordinator of the school library media certification program at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. He earned a doctor of philosophy in instructional leadership with an emphasis in instructional technology in 2017.

Read the full article.

School Librarians Transform Learning (Infographic)

What do school librarians contribute to student learning? Check out (and share!) this handy infographic from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Click the image for a downloadable PDF to post or print.



LRCC Fall Literacy Conference Planned at UW

The Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) is hosting its annual Fall Literacy Conference for teachers around the state on September 22-23, 2017, at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The Wyoming School-University Partnership has been a co-planner.

This year’s theme is “Sharpening our Focus: Comprehension Across Disciplines and Grade Levels.” Conference goals are to bring together pre-K, elementary, and secondary level teachers, librarians, and school administrators to examine current issues and trends in comprehension teaching, instruction, and research for preK-12 student.

Registration is $35. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the participant or their employer, but a limited number of travel scholarships are available; to be considered, apply on the registration form.

Learn more and register. You can also view past conference archives.

Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) renewal credit will be available to Wyoming certified teachers as well as UW’s EDCI 5959 credit for only $50.00.

AASL Resource Guide for Underserved Student Populations

From the American Association of School Librarians

Today, many marginalized students face adversity inside and outside the classroom. School librarians are in a unique position to help these underserved student populations overcome these barriers by offering resources and support and advocating on their behalf. School librarians must recognize the particular needs of underserved students in order to develop effective library services and strategies to ensure that these students are academically successful.

A new toolkit from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the Resource Guide for Underserved Student Populations, brings together a wealth of resources available to aid school librarians working with students in five underserved populations: children in foster care, homeless children, children of incarcerated parents, children of migrant workers, and children in non-traditional families.

Find this and other toolkits on the AASL website.

Archived Webinar: Personal Learning Networks

Just up in our training archive from WSL School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp, WSL School Library Consultant, is a newly archived webinar, Personal Learning Networks for the School Librarian.

Paige will take you through an overview of personal learning networks: what they are, why they are important, and how to build your own. She’s joined by special guest, Thomas Ivie, Statistics and Research Librarian at the Wyoming State Library.

Download the slides.

Find more archived database training in our webinars index and see upcoming events on our training calendar.

Wyoming Innovations in Learning: Call for Proposals

The Wyoming Innovations in Learning 2017 conference announces a call for proposals. Session proposals will be accepted through August 15, 2017.

This is a unique opportunity for educators to explore teaching and learning practices that can apply to classrooms and distance learning environments from kindergarten through higher education.

The Innovations planning committee is requesting presentation proposals that promote innovative practices across the K-20 spectrum. The broad conference tracks include open education resources, innovations in teaching, digital learning, student learning assessment, online and blended learning, educational technology tools, using a Learning Management System  (LMS), and Future Ready Schools.

Wyoming Innovations in Learning 2017 is a conference featuring innovative teaching and learning practices for all educators. The conference is hosted collectively by the Wyoming Department of Education, University of Wyoming, Wyoming’s community colleges, and school libraries.

For more for information Robin Grandpre at 307-777-5315 or

Brochures to Help School Librarians Advocate

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has an advocacy tool to help school librarians generate and guide discussion with stakeholders about quality school library programs. School Library Programs Improve Student Learning is a series of advocacy brochures each designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers. Each brochure outlines goals and key questions specific and important to that audience helping school librarians lead unique conversations, set goals and expectations for the program and the stakeholder, and maximize the potential of the school library program.

The brochures are available for download or ordering from AASL.

Developed and distributed through a grant from the Bound to Stay Bound Books Foundation, this publication complements the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. (Empowering Learners is available in the Wyoming State Library collection.)