More PD with Webinars!

Can’t make it to a conference?  Apply for an AkASL PD grant to get specific focused and up to date training right at your own desk! Spread the word!

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has great webinars on hot topics such as Project Based Learning, QR Codes in the Classroom, iPads and video.

AASL (American Association of School Librarians) has both the e-Academy and the L4L Webinars.

e-Academy upcoming classes include:

July 9 – August 3, 2012
Design for Understanding Meets the 21st Century School Librarian
Online registration
Registration form

July 16 – August 10, 2012
From 0 to 60: Implement eBooks in Your Library Program in 4 Weeks
Online registration
Registration form

July 16 – August 10, 2012
Making a Place, Making a Case for Read-Alouds:
A Powerful Teaching Tool for Literacy
Online registration

Registration form

Learning for Life Webinars  addressing the 21st Century Standards are archived, and still available.

Digital Pipeline :: Alaska Library Network

Digital Pipeline :: Alaska Library Network.


School Database Trials


The Digital Pipeline committee is planning to eliminate Facts On File (Infobase Learning) from the Alaska Statewide Database offerings due to the high cost and low usage of the resource.

A variety of databases are currently on trial in the state to consider for new K-12 resources.  The databases would need to have broad curriculum appeal, address social needs, balance grade levels, and be culturally balanced.

See newly updated links and comment form for trials.  We need input on trials from rural schools, home schools, public libraries, public schools, private schools, teachers, librarians, parents, students and anyone else interested in the statewide databases.

The following databases are available for all Alaskans on a trial basis through February. Recommendations will go to the Digital Pipeline committee in March 2012.
Logins and passwords are available from your school/public librarians, or email

Visit the K-12 Trials homepage from the K-12 Trials tab at the top of the page.

Help spread the word across Alaska to help the committee gather feedback on the trials, and provide Alaskans with the best information resources possible!

It’s an all new Puffin!

logoAkASL is proud to announce the launch of our all new Puffin News website.  The new site will replace the previous Puffin News that started as print, then digital and print PDF, and now totally digital.

The puffin can now take advantage of the flexibility and power of the web to help deliver news and provide resources to AkASL members, and school librarians in Alaska.

The opening of the Puffin site highlights the travel of nearly 20 librarians from Alaska who attended the American Association of School Librarians national conference in Minneapolis. Visit the Puffin to read about the highlights of the conference and the insight of your colleagues.

It is hoped that the Puffin site will become a great resource for school librarians, and a place to find and share ideas, projects, lessons and all that we do!  It’s your news spot.  Help build the Puffin by submitting your news today.

A huge congratulations is in order for Alta Collins the 2011 AkASL School Librarian of the Yea; and creator, editor and webmaster for the Puffin.  Alta took the bull by the horns and just made it happen!

Enjoy, visit often and be a part of school librarian news in Alaska!