AASL President's Page

Gail Dickinson

AASL President
2013 - 2014

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia

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"A wild patience has taken me this far." (Adrienne Rich)

It’s not about libraries, it’s about learning. Strong school library programs with teaching-focused school librarians and supportive clerical assistance reach every teacher and every student. Strong school libraries are not about books versus technology, shelving versus computers, or print versus electronic. Strong school libraries are about kids. The strong voice provided by the American Association of School Librarians has to stand for libraries and learning. AASL must be nimble enough to seize opportunities to showcase creativity and innovation, model cultural competence in meeting diverse needs, and yet still honor traditions that exemplify school librarianship. As president, I will work to create needed change and preserve valued traditions to provide the research basis to show decision-makers that strong school librarians in strong school library programs provide critical learning experiences for all students.      

View Immediate Past President Susan D. Ballard's page