Contact AASL

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2795

Telephone: (312) 280-4382 | Toll free: 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382
Fax: (312) 280-5276
E-mail: | Web:
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday

Meet the AASL Staff    

Below is a listing of current AASL staff with information about their responsibilities.

Executive Director

Sylvia Knight Norton
Ext. 4388

email josh     ALA Connect Logo

Sylvia meets with library and education organizations to form partnerships and collaborations that support AASL’s mission and the members it serves. As a non-voting member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Sylvia serves as the primary liaison to these groups. Sylvia also works with other program managers to ensure that staff liaisons provide knowledgeable, efficient and timely service to those who serve as chairs of AASL committees and task forces. 

When not in the office or traveling, Sylvia likes to explore Chicago’s lakefront trails and parks or take advantage of Chicago’s theaters and music. She periodically visits Maine to enjoy her home state.

Stephanie Book

Manager, Communications

Stephanie Book
Ext. 4389

     ALA Connect Logo

Stephanie's primary responsibility is to manage and develop communication strategy for the division. Stephanie also has direct responsibility for AASL's publication program and coordinates the marketing and promotion of division programs, products, events and services to increase awareness, participation and sales.

When not working at AASL, Stephanie is a wedding and portraiture photographer and an independent documentary filmmaker. As often as possible she spends her free time taking advantage of the camping and activities available in the neighboring Wisconsin wilderness.

Allison Cline

Deputy Executive Director

Allison Cline
Ext. 4385

     ALA Connect Logo

Allison is responsible for the day-to-day management of the division, including personnel and member relations. Allison oversees the implementation and monitoring of the strategic plan and the Longitudinal Study (School Libraries Count!) and development of the study's on-line tool.

"When not at work...I take advantage of the Midwest seasons - football falls, reading and fireplace winter, biking springs and lakefront summers. This of course is whenever my dog is not telling me what to do."


Meg Featheringham
Ext. 1396

email markisan     ALA Connect Logo

Meg is responsible for the development and production of the AASL journal, Knowledge Quest, and the AASL monthly e-newsletter Hotlinks. She also serves as staff liaison to the member editors of AASL's online research journal, School Library Research.

When not working at AASL, Meg enjoys playing euchre, attending concerts and plays, spending time with family and friends, and reading (of course).

Jen Habley

Manager, Web Communications

Jennifer Habley
Ext. 4383

     ALA Connect Logo

Jen manages the AASL website, writes press releases, and oversees AASL's web 2.0 tools (wikis, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, ALA Connect).  She also serves as staff liaison to several committees including the Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force which manages the Learning4Life implementation plan.

When not working Jen spends time researching her family tree, reading almost anything she can get her hands on, and watching hockey.

Jen Habley

Meetings Manager

Melissa Jacobsen
Ext. 1393

     ALA Connect Logo

Melissa manages the logistics of the AASL National Conference and the National Institute. Her duties include site inspections for all AASL conferences and meetings, negotiating contracts, and managing all logistics of the conference. 

When not at work, Melissa can be found taming the jungle that has become her yard, growing vegetables, and cultivating native prairie plants. She also enjoys rooting for the Monsters of the Midway, cooking with her daughter, Lily, and taking long walks in the nature preserves behind her home with her early riser, Oliver. 

Conference & Membership Assistant

Anne Weglewski
Ext. 4382

     ALA Connect Logo

Anne assists with membership and conference aspects of AASL. In addition to supporting AASL, she also provides support to the executive director and works on special projects.

When not working Anne spends her time experimenting with baking, discovering new music and dining out with friends and family.

Program Coordinator

Open Position
Ext. 4381

This position is responsible for management of AASL’s Affiliate Assembly, including the semi-annual meetings, AASL leadership visits, communications, recruitment of non-affiliated states and development and management of the annual Affiliate Leadership Conference.  This position also manages AASL’s volunteer recruitment and retention, working closely with the Leadership Development Committee and President-Elect on appointments, committee chair orientation and volunteer recognition.  Lastly, this position manages the AASL Awards Program including marketing, management of submissions, recognition event, and PR.

Whom do I contact about . . .?    

Contact information by service, listed alphabetically.

AASL Books & Publications
Stephanie Book  (800) 545-2433, ext. 4389

Meg Featheringham  (800) 545-2433, ext. 1396

Affiliate Assembly
AASL  (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382

AASL  (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382

Electronic Discussion Lists
Jennifer Habley  (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383

Hotlinks (general inquiries)
Meg Featheringham  (800) 545-2433, ext. 1396

Knowledge Quest (general inquiries)
Meg Featheringham  (800) 545-2433, ext. 1396

Jennifer Habley  (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383

Mailing List Rental
Maribeth Chapman (ALA)  (800) 545-2433, ext. 2460

Membership Inquiries
Member & Customer Service (ALA)  (800) 545-2433, ext. 5

Professional Development

School Libraries Count! Longitudinal Survey
Allison Cline  (800) 545-2433, ext. 4385

School Library Research
Meg Featheringham  (800) 545-2433, ext. 1396

Subscriptions (Knowledge Quest)
Subscriptions Department (ALA)  (800) 545-2433, ext.5; fax: (312) 944-2641

Jennifer Habley  (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383