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: Lisa Brakel

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. 


Open Educational Resources Task Force

Chair: Lori Donovan  |  Staff liaison: Sylvia Knight Norton  |  Board liaison: Ann Morgester

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."


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


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)


State Standards Workshop Task Force

Chair: Cassandra Barnett  |  Staff liaison: Allison Cline  |  Board liaison: Kathryn Roots Lewis

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.