ALA Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
July 10, 2009
Hosted by the Chicago Public Schools' Department of Libraries & Information Services

Meeting Summary

9:40 am - 10:00 am (Rain delay)

Ann Weeks
History of the CPS School Library Media Program
Ann spoke about her experience entering CPS as the new Director of School Library Media Programs. See: Cover Story (1999). “Sink or Swim: Can Chicago’s School Libraries Still be Saved?” School Library Journal, vol. 45, no.1.

Paul Whitsitt
The CPS School Library Program Today
Paul gave a Powerpoint Presentation that shared successes achieved and challenges faced by the CPS school libraries in recent years. A copy of the presentation has been attached for your convenience.


10:00 am – 10:30 am

Sheri Massey
Great Libraries in Great Cities: The Role of the School Library Media Program Supervisor
Sheri presented findings from a paper that brings together what little has been written on SLMP supervisors at the district level, with special attention paid to supervisors in urban areas. The paper proposes the first in a series of studies that will explore the characteristics, perceptions, and contributions of the SLMP supervisor. A copy of the presentation has been attached for your convenience.


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Round Table Discussions
Members of the CPS Department of Libraries & Information Services led discussions on AASL standards implementation, library automation, reading motivation programs, Improving Literacy through School Libraries grants, Professional Library services, and IMLS Librarians for the 21st Century grants. Copies of the handouts have been attached.


11:30 am – 11:40 am

Lisa Perez
CPS in Second Life
Lisa gave a description of how CPS is using Second Life technology to enhance teaching and learning through library media programs. A copy of the presentation has been attached for your convenience.



11:40 am – 12:00 pm

Pam Berger
Partnership for 21st Century Schools
Pam led a group discussion on how the Network might participate more fully in the project. She noted that Cengage, our sponsor, and AASL are already affiliate members. States can also be partners. For library supervisors, P21 states can apply for extra money, and consider harnessing the P21 momentum as the AASL standards are already aligned with the P21 standards. Pam held a seminar for library supervisors on the project and will share her matrix on standards alignment with the Network when available.

The next Network meeting will be held at AASL in Charlotte, NC. Volunteers are needed to coordinate the meeting. Paul volunteered to help, others are needed.