Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)

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Programming at the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its 18th National Conference & Exhibition – Beyond the Horizon – taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. The deadline is Friday, January 27, 2017.

Dates: Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday,
Nov. 11

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Audience: K-12 School Librarians, Program Officers, District Supervisors, Coordinators, Educators, Directors

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL strategic plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Proposals should relate to one of the content strands, including: Authors; Leadership; Literature, Literacy and Reading; Program Administration; or Teaching and Learning

Submissions will only be accepted via online form. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. 

The primary/submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract. Please notify your co-authors that the confirmation was received.

Selection Criteria

The AASL national conference program review committee will conduct a blind review of all proposals. The committee will evaluate proposals for clarity, originality and timeliness. Consideration will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives;
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology;

  • Incorporates at least one active hands-on learning exercise;

  • Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles;

  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved.

Contact Information

All questions regarding programming at the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition should be directed to aasl@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382.

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Research Associate for CLASS II Project

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, seeks a Research Associate to coordinate the research efforts of the CLASS II: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II, a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant.

Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II (CLASS II) is an AASL initiative to move the national school library research agenda toward the causal analyses underlying the differences school librarians can make for students from diverse backgrounds, poverty and special needs. CLASS II continues the work of the 2014 forum Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS I), a consensus-building initiative that brought together the best minds in school library research and related fields to start the ongoing dialogue representing a national agenda focusing on libraries and learning.

CLASS II is a three year IMLS-funded project to address the first of three long-term research phases outlined in the CLASS I final report by using meta-syntheses and case study to derive causal theories that will be explored on a small scale.  Three CLASS II research teams were selected in January 2016 for the metasyntheses in the research project.  Beginning in 2017, case study grant proposals will be selected for case studies during Year 3 of the project.

The Research Associate will work with the CLASS II Researchers, Advisory Board, and AASL staff to coordinate documentation, prepare reports, and evaluate the research process to ensure the project adheres to guidelines for causal research.  The monthly stipend for the Research Associate position is based on an estimated 20 hours per month at $150 per hour.  The position will begin in January 2017 and conclude in the fall of 2018.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum, a Masters degree from an accredited university in education or library science. A Ph.D is preferred.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research approaches.
  • Experience with the analysis and review of causal research studies.
  • Experience in library, education, and/or social research.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.

To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Sylvia Knight Norton no later than December. 27, 2016.  The successful applicant will perform the majority of the work remotely with availability to attend meetings held during ALA Midwinter and Annual meetings.  The Research Analyst is scheduled to meet with CLASS II researchers in Atlanta on January 20, 2017.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number RE-00-15-0114-15.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.