Explore the Shared Foundations with AASL

Written by Sarah Culp Searles Hello TASL!  I have a special project I’ve been working on and hope to finish soon, and I’m delighted to have the chance to share a bit about it with you here. As you may know, AASL is gradually releasing six books related to the National School Library Standards called... Continue Reading →

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Library Learning Stations: Why Would You Not?

by Dr. Ashley Stanley Engaging and motivating students in the elementary library can often be a challenge.  One way to do this is to implement learning stations in the K-5 library classroom.  Library Learning Stations allow students to work collaboratively or independently on various library skills that support student learning.  It takes some creative planning... Continue Reading →

How 2020 Pushed My Instruction to the Next Level!

by Kaitlyn Benavides Engaging both traditional and distance students simultaneously in a library lesson has been a challenge! I wanted our library to be accessible to all students and to remain relevant to teachers and students alike, but the idea of providing high quality resources and facilitating hybrid student interaction left me scratching my head.... Continue Reading →

Students Love “Making” at BMS

What is a Makerspace? "To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects." (makerspaceforeducation.com) Building a Makerspace in the BMS Library I started... Continue Reading →

March 2021 TASL Librarians of the Month

East TN Librarian of the Month Name: Jordyn Horner Hometown: Gate City, VA School: Karns Middle School School District: Knox County Schools Grades Served: 6-8 What do you love most about being a school librarian? I love being able to share my passion for reading. I love that I get to use my creativity for... Continue Reading →

Capshaw and Colleagues Win TASL Teacher Collaborator Award 2020

Teachers Ruth-Ann Logsdon, Jessica Alley, Denise Cooper, and School Librarian Katie Capshaw with their awards. The Teacher Collaboration Award recognizes exemplary classroom teachers who collaborate with the school librarian. The winner of this award receives a $500 prize. This year's recipients alongside Library Media Specialist, Katie Capshaw, include Jessica Alley, Emily Marks, Phillip Stevenson, Denise Cooper, and... Continue Reading →

February 2021 Librarians of the Month

West TN Librarian of the Month Name: Angela Coakley Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas School: Marion G Evans Elementary School District: Shelby County Schools Grades Served: PreK-5th Grade Average # of Students per Class: 20 What do you love most about being a school librarian? Interacting and connecting with scholars, I love the enthusiasm that they... Continue Reading →

Making During a Pandemic

As we all know, the COVID-19 Pandemic has changed almost every aspect of our lives and jobs. Things that have been common practice are now having to be completely rethought. We are now quarantining books, changing our circulation procedures, and teaching a combination of virtual and in person students (sometimes simultaneously!) In my library, one... Continue Reading →

SE-YA Book Fest 2021 Coming Soon

SE-YA Book Fest 2021 will be a virtual event held on March 11-13. This year SE-YA will be hosting 44 middle and high school authors. Student Days will be held on March 11-12, and March 13 will be open to the public. Registration will be required for all days of the festival and will be... Continue Reading →

January 2021 Librarians of the Month

East TN Librarian of the Month Name: Emily Haverkamp Hometown: Andersonville School: Jefferson Middle School School District: Oak Ridge City Schools Grades Served: 5-8 Average # of Students Per Class: 20 What do you love most about being a school librarian? Collaborating with teachers to support students. I also enjoy connecting students with books and... Continue Reading →

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