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Professional Membership Tip: Online Communities of Practice

May 12, 2022

Members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) often work in the only library in their school or district, so they don’t have many opportunities to connect with other like-minded professionals. And although AASL has in-person meetings to facilitate those connections, a lot of its members who work for public schools can’t get the funding to travel and attend conferences out of their states.

To get a better idea of what would help its members, AASL’s membership engagement committee conducted member surveys, which revealed that opportunities for informal networking and learning was a high priority for them. In response, AASL recently launched a new member benefit: online Communities of Practice (CoP).

How Does It Work?

The CoPs provide a gathering space for members to discuss, share, and learn around central topics. The initial topics are digital and technology tools; diversity, equity and inclusion; information literacy instruction; literature and reading promotion; and teacher collaboration.

Please select this link to read the complete article from Associations Now.

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