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Kathryn Roots Lewis

AASL President 2018 - 2019

Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology
Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am thrilled and honored to be your 2018-2019 AASL president. This year I am building on the important work of Past President Steven Yates and all AASL Presidents who have come before me. What a legacy they leave! Do you know that AASL is the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community? And do you know that your professional association has more than 7,000 members and serves school librarians in the United States, Canada, and around the world?

Across the country and around the world school librarians are leading the charge to transform teaching and learning, to be learner-ready school librarians in learner-ready school libraries. Think for a moment about our mission: The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. This year school librarians, like you, throughout the profession are engaged in implementation of the new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians and School Libraries (NSLS). As you embark on this year, consider how the Shared Foundations impact you and your learners.  What if our learners demonstrated the competencies of Inquire, Include, Curate, Collaborate, Explore, and Engage? What a goal to aim for, what a win for deep learning, innovation, problem solving, creativity, and learners who exhibit a growth mindset; a win for every learner, for every school, for the world! You are the change that transforms teaching and learning. I encourage you to look to AASL to support your important work with learners.

My presidential initiative is focused on helping others understand the standards and how they support deep learning, inclusion, creativity, diversity, inquiry, engagement, curation, and collaboration. The initiative is built around explaining the structure, purpose, and value of the new National School Library Standards to stakeholders and partners in the education community and creating tools for school librarians to do just that. 

What can AASL do for you? Did you know…

You’ve got this, let AASL help you be a learner-ready school librarian!

Kathryn Roots Lewis

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