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

Appropriate Staffing for School Libraries Position Statement

Chair: Dedra Van Gelder  |  Staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton  |  Board liaison: 

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To revise the Position Statement on Appropriate Staffing to align with the National School Library Standards.


Instructional Role of the School Librarian Position Statement Task Force

Chair: Rachel Kilmer  |  Staff liaisons:  Sylvia Knight Norton & Meg Featheringham  |  Board liaison: Lisa Brakel

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To revise the Instructional Role of the School Librarian to align with the National School Library Standards.


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Crosswalk

Chair: Deb Rinio  |  Staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton  |  Board liaison: Becky Calzada

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To develop a crosswalk between the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries and the Next Generation Science Standards.


Presidential Initiative

Co-chairs: Bethany Bratney & Casey Rawson  |  Staff liaison: Allison Cline  |  Board liaison: Kathryn Roots Lewis

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To implement Presidential Initiatives.


Public Charter Infographic

Chair: Hannah Byrd Little  |  Staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton  |  Board liaison: Diane Chen

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To curate pertinent information and data for the creation of an infographic that will be used as a key communication tool for stakeholders  to convey the value of a school library and school librarian in public charter schools


Reading Position Statements

Chair: Judi Moreillon  |  Staff liaison: Jen Habley   |  Board liaison: Becky Calzada

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Midwinter Meeting 2020

Charge: To revise and align AASL’s reading position statements with the National School Library Standards.


Role of the School Library Program Position Statement

Chair: Susan Ballard  |  Staff liaison: Meg Featheringham   |  Board liaison: Anita Cellucci

ALA Connect |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To revise the Role of the School Library Program position statement to align with the National School Library Standards.


Scheduling Position Statement

Chair: Ann Martin  |  Staff liaison: Meg Featheringham  |  Board liaison: Mary Keeling

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: To review the “Position Statement of Flexible Scheduling” and the new AASL National School Library Standards shift in language from specifically noting “flexible scheduling” to a more inclusion statement that reflects this language  from the National School Library Standards “ensure that learners and educators have access to the school library and to qualified professional staff throughout the school day.” (p. 174)


School Librarian Job Description

Chair: Cherity Pennington  |  Staff liaison: Meg Featheringham   |  Board liaison: Anita Cellucci

ALA Connect  |  Task Force End Date: Annual Conference 2019

Charge: Review the school librarian job description and update language, roles and responsibilities to align with the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.