Task Forces

Policy Statement

The AASL Board of Directors is empowered to establish a task force as needed. See the AASL Policies & Procedures Manual, Policy P-1 for the more information on task forces.

Current AASL Task Forces

AASL Vision for Implementing ESSA

Chair: Eileen Kern  |  Staff liaisons: Sylvia Knight Norton & Allison Cline  |  Board liaison: Devona Pendergrass

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To work with AASL staff to operationalize and implement the AASL Vision for Implementing ESSA.


Crosswalk Task Force

Chair: Jay Bansbach  |  Staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton  |  Board liaison: Sarah Searles

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To develop crosswalks between the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, the Future Ready Librarian framework, and ISTE standards. 


Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

Chair: Judi Moreillon  |  Staff liaison: Allison Cline  |  Board liaison: Ann Morgester

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To write an Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant in which AASL serves as a partner.


K-12 Regional Accrediting Agency

Chair: Lisa Brakel  |  Staff liaison: Meg Featheringham  |  Board liaison: Laura Hicks

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To examine the stance of K-12 regional accrediting agencies on school libraries and school librarians.


Libraries in Public Charter Schools

Chair: Kathy Lester  |  Staff liaison: Shannon Carter  |  Board liaison: Kathryn Roots Lewis

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2018

Charge: To conduct an environmental scan of public charter schools in US in relation to school libraries. 


NSLPY Guidelines Revision Task Force

Chair: Eileen Kern   |  Staff liaison: Shannon Carter  |  Board liaison: Lisa Brakel

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To revise the current National School Library Program of the Year Award’s application and guidelines to reflect the new AASL Standards.


Open Educational Resources Task Force

Chair: Lori Donovan  |  Staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton  |  Board liaison: Diane Chen

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To position school librarians in OER efforts that will help to extend the school librarians’ role as leaders within their schools, align to our new standards, provide professional development and make school libraries "Future Ready."


Position on School and Public Library Cooperation

Chair: Sedley Abercrombie  |  Staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton  |  Board liaison: Katie Williams

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To develop a statement of best practice or position statement on school/public library cooperation while maintaining independent programs and facilities


Presidential Initiative

Chair: Terri Grief  |  Staff liaison: Allison Cline  |  Board liaison: Kathryn Roots Lewis

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To implement Presidential Initiatives.


School Librarians as Leaders Position Statement

Chair: Michelle Wilson  | Staff liaison: Meg Featheringham  |  Board liaison: Lisa Brakel

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2018

Charge: To develop a position paper on the role of school librarian as leader.


State Standards Workshop Task Force

Chair: Cassandra Barnett  |  Staff liaison: Allison Cline  |  Board liaison: Heather Moorefield-Lang

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2019

Charge: To evaluate the current National School Library Standards content (webinars, presentations, printed materials) to determine usable material.