Task Forces

65th  Celebration

Chair: Carl Harvey email icon

Staff liaison: Sylvia Norton email icon and Allison Cline email icon

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To plan, coordinate and execute the 65th Anniversary Celebration endowment campaign.


The committee will be divided into three sub-groups to address the following gift areas:

  • $6,500 + (include AASL LIFE members, vendor partners or organizations)
    • This group will require personal (in-person/phone) conversations /asks as well as the development of a strategic list of potential donors.
  • $650 (include long time members and small vendor supporters)
    • This group will consider a more personal communication plan and some individual communications as well as follow-up messaging. 
  • $65 or less (includes newer members, student members, etc.)
    • This group will focus more on the promotion/communication plan that personal reach-outs.  Will need a 12-18 month communication plan.

Committee Review

Chair: Frances Roscello email icon

Staff liaison: Allison Cline email icon

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To assist AASL in reviewing committees and structure to ensure the work of the association is in line with strategic initiatives.


  • Develop a scoring rubric to evaluate AASL standing committees.  Items to take under consideration could include connection to AASL’s strategic plan, redundancy of work with other committees or within ALA (or other organizations- is someone doing the same work and possibly better), direct impact on members/profession.
  • Gather necessary information to score each committee:

    • Headquarters to provide 5 year overview of committee MIO and work product(s)

    • Collect ALA information, both committee work and staff/offices/other divisions

  • Score each committee and then consider any possible gaps that exist.

  • Submit final report to AASL Board of Directors with recommendations by ALA Annual 2015.

Community of Scholars

Chair: Jeffrey Discala email icon

Staff liaison: TBD

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To develop a proposal for a structure that will support the development of a community of scholars in the school library research field, or scholars ancillary connected to school library research.


  • Identify the communities, or groups, that would fall under this structure

  • Define the purpose of this community of scholars

  • Define the needs of this community of scholars

  • Develop a structure that would be able to house and maintain the community of scholars

  • Recommend next steps to ensure this newly developed group is able to be maintained.

External Relations 

Chair: TBD

Staff liaisons: Sylvia Norton email icon and Allison Cline email icon

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To assist AASL in identifying three professional organizations in which AASL could have the greatest impact (i.e., has tremendous impact of overall education environment and/or school librarian role; has a structure and connection that lends itself to working with AASL).


  • Draft a scoring rubric to evaluation external professional organizations against (to include such items as impact within K-12 education, impact of school librarian role in K-12 education, collaborative opportunities with AASL, history of partnerships, etc.).

  • Gather, with assistance from AASL Board and headquarters, a list of organizations to be scored. (There is a list that was started with L4L)

  • Gather necessary information from each organization to complete a rubric.

  • Submit final report to AASL Board of Directors with recommendations.

Repurposing and Managing the Brands

Co-Chairs: Judi Repman email icon and Marlene Woo-Lun email icon

Staff liaison: Stephanie Book email icon

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To determine what the brands “school librarian” and “L4L” and “@your library” mean to our customer base and stakeholders in current and potential new communities/markets (charter schools, home schoolers, etc.) and what additional strategies are needed to further define and develop the brands as a means to create value for them by differentiating ourselves and our services from competitors (i.e. entities such as large scale book stores; search engines/portals;  eCommerce focused on information resources; free content encyclopedias; free online education sources.)


  • Connect with the AASL Advocacy Committee and Research & Statistics Committee to determine what work has already been done and what data/evidence collected and how it can be utilized;

  • Identify stakeholder/customer base/target audiences in order to conduct current assessment;

  • Develop data collection tools - including at a minimum a survey instrument and focus group question set;

  • Administer survey and conduct focus groups;

  • Analyze data collected in combination with previous efforts and submit final report with suggested strategies and any additional recommendation.


Chair: Susan Kowalski email icon

Staff liaison: Jennifer Habley email icon

Board liaison: Catherine Evans email icon

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To gather, prepare and disseminate information on the school librarians role in STEM.


  1. Search AASL’s current resources to find existing STEM content and resources (eCOLLAB, KQ, ACHIEVE document).

  2. Investigate collaboration with other STEM initiatives outside of ALA.

  3. Create awareness within AASL of school librarian role in STEM

  4. Develop a toolkit or other appropriate resources.

AASL Presidential Initiative

Chair: TBA

Staff liaison: TBA


To implement Presidential Initiatives.

Underserved Student Populations

Chair: Juanita Jameson email icon

Staff liaison: Allison Cline email icon

Board liaison: Ken Stewart email icon

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To gather, prepare and disseminate information on the school librarians role in serving homeless and transient student populations.


  1. Research resources currently available within AASL and outside groups, specifically possible grants such as Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

  2. Connect with groups (example OLOS) to collaborate and determine work that has been done and possibly altered to fit school library programs.

  3. Investigate barriers that exist to serving this community (examples, loss of books, and identification of students).

  4. Make recommendation to board for next steps

For more information on the Minimum Intended Outcomes for these task forces, consult the Committee Chair Handbook pdf icon