TASL Webinars


TASL is excited to begin offering our members webinar opportunities for convenient online professional development. Webinars will be hosted by TASL members or special guest presenters. We hope to offer two options each month, and most webinars will last between 30 minutes to an hour. Participants who tune into the live webinar will receive a certificate of attendance, though PD credit is up to the discretion of your school or district.

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Are you interested in presenting a webinar? Click here to submit a proposal.

 Upcoming Webinars

If you have any questions about TASL Webinars, contact TASL Webinar Coordinator Brandi Hartsell at [email protected]


Date / Time


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Mon. November 29

6:00-7:00 PM CST

Kelly Messerly


Smyrna West Alternative School




Using Social Media in the Library (for Beginners)

A quick primer for using a variety of social media platforms in your library: which ones to use, why, and a rapid-fire list of things to post in order to engage your students, advocate for your library, make connections, and tell your library's story.


Tues., December 7

3:30-4:30 PM CST

Sarah Searles

Knox County School


Explore the AASL Standards with Sarah Searles 

Join Sarah to hear about her recent publication in the AASL Shared Foundations series - Explore. This book takes readers on a journey through the broad and varied territory of school librarianship, sharing resources, ideas, and trends to help along the way. This guide is designed so that readers can explore their practice on their own or with colleagues—so grab your compass, backpack, and boots and hit the trails. This book offers:

  • a deeper understanding of the Explore Shared Foundation, including how to connect to traditional practices while moving the school library profession forward; 

  • an examination of how the Competencies in the Explore Shared Foundation relate to other major ideas and concepts in school librarianship and the wider field of education; and

  • ready-to-implement professional development programming for school librarians and those who support school librarians, including administrators, supervisors, and university educators.




Past Webinars:

This is a list of the webinars completed in the past. If you have any questions regarding these topics, please contact TASL Webinar Coordinator Brandi Hartsell at [email protected].




November 10, 2021

Andrea Zielke

Tennessee Electronic Library

 TEL Time 2021!
October 19, 2021 Christa Cordrey and Brandi Hartsell Frighteningly Good Fiction for Middle and High
October 7, 2021 Blake Hopper and Katelyn Jernigan Spooky Booktober Reads for Elementary
April 19, 2021 Jessica Young A Conversation with Jessica Young
March 23, 2021 Andrew Mariness The Value of Sports Nonfiction
March 8, 2021 Amy Davis and Kristin Heffern Weeding with Confidence
February 16, 2021 Jeff Zentner In the Wild Light with Jeff Zentner
February 1, 2021 Vicki Winstead Building Diverse Collections
January 25, 2021 Blake Hopper On the Same Page: Working with your Admin
January 20, 2021 Jason Sharp Creating a Library Leaders' Council
December 9, 2020 Klem-Marí Cajigas Tackling Racism in Children's Literature
November 9, 2020 Suzanne Sherman Curation Tools for Teaching: Meeting AASL Standards
October 24, 2020 Emily Haendel Baking It Happen: A Recipe for Building Relationships and Collaboration in the Library
October 3, 2020 Jennifer Boren  Virtual Field Trips: Using Skype in the Library 
September 29, 2020 Catie Eskew Self-Care & Coping Strategies in the Wake of COVID-19
May 7, 2020 Amber Moser 2019-2020 in the Rearview and 2020-2021 on the Horizon
April 20, 2020 Sarah Dark & Anna Bernstein Put Some Community In It
April 8, 2020 Andrea Zielke TEL Cool School Tools
March 30, 2020 Ginny Britt 45 Tech Tools
March 2, 2020 Vicki Winstead & Katie Capshaw Perfect Presentation Proposals
February 17, 2020 Elizabeth Shepherd Making Genrefication Work in Your Library
February 5, 2020 Lindsey Kimery & Amanda Smithfield Library Legislative Day
January 30, 2020 Christa Cordrey Library Newsletters That Work




Thursday, October 7


6:00-7:00 PM, CST 

Blake Hopper 

TNT Primary School 


Katelyn Jernigan

Tusculum Elementary School 

Spooky Booktober Reads for Elementary 


Are your students clamoring for scary stories? Join us for book recommendations perfect for the Halloween season! Blake and Katelyn will share spooky reads that will fly off your shelves! 






Tuesday, October 19 


6:00-7:00 PM, CST 

Christa Cordrey

White House Heritage High School


Brandi Hartsell 

Halls High School 

Frighteningly Good Fiction for Middle and High School 


Looking for more scary reads for teens and tweens? Join us to hear horror fiction must-haves for middle and high school libraries. These books will be popular year-round but are perfect for the spooky season.