March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jennifer Habley

How are AASL’s Affiliate state organizations supporting school librarians as they implement the National School Library Standards? This rich document requires school librarians to reflect on local conditions, practice, and student learning. While it requires a great deal of self-reflection and a growth mindset, no one has to do this alone. What are state affiliates already doing or planning to do to help their state’s school librarians make a difference for learners using the new AASL Standards? Presenters will feature several affiliates’ plans and on-going activities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The participant will be informed how the AASL Affiliate Structure supports implementation of the AASL Standards.
  • The participant will examine several PD plans developed for different conditions, such as summer institutes, annual conferences, and other state initiatives.
  • The participant will learn the value of collaborative learning and will commit to reaching out beyond the school to partner with other school librarians.
  • The participant will identify available opportunities to make a personal learning plan.


Mary Keeling, MSLS, EdS, is Supervisor of Library Media Services in Newport News, VA. As district supervisor, she has led the development and implementation of a district-wide inquiry process model. Prior to her work as an elementary school librarian, Mary worked in academic and museum libraries. She has served as president of her VAASL, chair of the AASL Supervisors Section, and on several AASL committees. She is a Lilead fellow (class of 2015-2016); has taught courses for Old Dominion University; presented at state and national conferences; written and taught courses for AASL eAcademy; and written for School Library Monthly, Knowledge Quest, and Library Media Connection. Currently, Mary chairs AASL’s Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force.

Sara Kelly Johns is a longtime school library activist, an online instructor for Syracuse iSchool and consults on school library programs. She is a member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force and was recently named the 2017 AASL Social Media Superstars–Advocacy Ambassador. Johns is a Past-President of AASL, the New York Library Association, and the NYLA Section of School Librarians. She is a member of the ALA Council and worked on the Todaro ALA Presidential Initiative (2015-2017), co-chairing the school library group with Susan Ballard and Dorcas Hand. Johns is a recent past member of the ALA Executive Board and New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries.