AASL Chapter of the Year Award

Sponsored by AASL

Monetary Amount: $1,000 stipend

Deadline: February 1


The AASL Chapter of the Year Award recognizes the AASL Chapter most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local level. AASL established this award to acknowledge the important contributions made by AASL Chapters and encourage chapters to take pride in their accomplishments. Through this recognition, AASL encourages educational growth, increased involvement at the national level and community, and legislative involvement.


  1. Applicant must be a current AASL Chapter

  2. Applicant must have been affiliated and in good standing for a minimum of two years, and

  3. Applicant cannot have received this award for at least the last five years. 


In order to be considered for this award, a chapter should:

  1. Be involved in community, education, and legislative efforts for a stronger voice for school librarians and the profession.

  2. Be involved in Chapter Assembly activities, provide representation at ALA Midwinter and Annual meetings, and participate in the concerns and commendations process.

  3. Promote School Library Month and other AASL events to chapter members.

  4. Have a regular communication channel for chapter activities.

  5. Provide a number of continuing education opportunities to meet the needs within the chapter membership and to build the school librarian professional community.

  6. Develop leadership through chapter governance and volunteer opportunities.

  7. Provide evidence about promoting ALA/AASL election participation.

  8. Provide evidence a Chapter representative attended the AASL Virtual Membership Meeting

Download Criteria & Rating Sheet 

Download Copy of Application 

* Please note: This downloadable version is for informational purposes only. All applications must be submitted online, via the Apply Now button that will appear at the top of the page when the next award season opens in early September.


Allison Cline email icon
Deputy Executive Director


2020       Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL)
"The Tennessee Association of School Librarians is an organization dedicated to strengthening school library media service in Tennessee. Being selected as the AASL Chapter of the Year reinforces our belief that our ongoing efforts in areas such as advocacy, networking and professional development are having a positive impact on Tennessee school libraries. Receiving this award will encourage us to continue, and expand, our efforts across our state. We are honored to accept this award." Vicki Winstead, 2020 TASL President 

2019       Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA)

2018       Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA)