AASL Research Grant

Sponsored by School Library Connection

Monetary Amount: Three papers will be selected and each author will receive a $350 grant

Deadline: June 30, 2019


The AASL Research Grant is to recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), through the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS), will invite submissions of papers on original research with this focus. Full papers submitted can either be:

  1. Articles published in a peer-reviewed journal with a publication date no earlier than January 1, 2018; OR
  2. Completed research papers ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, or currently under review.


Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Technology Leadership
  • Instructional or Curriculum Design
  • Shared Foundations as outlined in the 2018 AASL National School Library Standards
  • Digital Literacy Skills Integrated in Content Learning
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Technology-Enabled Learning
  • Collaborative Learning in the School Library
  • Inclusiveness and Respect for Diversity
  • Literacy


The paper must:

  • Describes a significant issue OR unique topic in the field of school librarianship
  • Presents a clear rationale, model, and/or theoretical framework
  • Includes a thorough literature review providing an overview of existing research and evidence
  • Offers a complete and thorough synthesis of a body or research to develop an argument OR provides a detailed methodology and results from an original empirical study
  • Illustrates how research findings may be applied to the field

Additional Requirements

  1. If selected, at least one author must be able to attend the AASL National Conference or ALA Annual Conference (dependent upon year) to present.
  2. If selected, at least one author per paper must be willing and able, upon request, to author a practitioner-friendly article on their research for publication in School Library Connection.

Download Copy of Application 

* Please note: This downloadable version is for informational purposes only. All papers must be submitted online, via the Apply Now button at the top of the page.


Allison Cline email icon
Deputy Executive Director