Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking school librarians to serve on an Editorial Board responsible for the evaluation and revision of the association’s learning standards and program guidelines. 

AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines offer a vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders and to mold student learning more broadly. Built on a strong history of standards and guidelines published by AASL, the next iteration should be transformative and reimagine the roles of school library programs and school librarians in the educational environment.

The current series of learning standards and program guidelines documents include:

The intention is for this project to involve as many voices as possible in the information gathering phases to ensure all factions of the school library world are heard. There will be many opportunities for members of the profession to contribute ideas and provide feedback. However, the collection model and analysis will be managed by an editorial board responsible for the conception and writing of the standards and guidelines revision.

Responsibilities

The evaluation and revision of AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines is a critically important project to both the association and the profession. Service on the Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board is a significant commitment to be considered. 

The Editorial Board, consisting of 7 members (including a chairperson), will officially begin meeting in March 2015 and conclude their work in November 2017. 

Members will be expected to: 

  • Participate in regular conference calls
  • Research and report on current literature, environmental scans, and trend analysis
  • Travel to attend conferences and Editorial Board summit meetings. Virtual members will not be accepted to the Editorial Board. In person attendance will be required.  
  • Facilitate focus groups at conferences 
  • Work in online collaborative environments 
  • Write sections of the standards and guidelines document

Attendance will be required at the following ALA/AASL conferences (time commitments are approximate)

  • 2015 ALA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA: June 25-30, 2015
    • 4 Hours: Discuss focus group models and question sets with market research consultant
  • 2015 AASL National Conference, Columbus, OH: November 5-8, 2015
    • 10 Hours: Facilitating focus groups (2 Thursday, 4 Friday) during the conference
  • Editorial Board Summit (Post- AASL15) Columbus, OH: November 8-9, 2015
    • 2 days: Analysis of focus group results; modifications to model and/or questions
  • 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA: January 8-12, 2016
    • 4 Hours: Introduce facilitation packets to AASL Board of Directors and Affiliate Assembly; Facilitate focus groups with Affiliate Assembly
  • Editorial Board Summit (Pre- ALA Annual) Orlando, FL: June 21-23, 2016
    • 2 Days: Discuss executive report / focus group results; outline content and components for publication; develop templates for working; assign co-authored sections
  • 2016 ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL: June 23-28, 2016
    • 2 Hours: Present executive summary and publication outline to AASL Board of Directors
  • 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta, GA: January 20-24, 2017
    • 3 Hours: Discuss implementation feedback from focus groups and AASL17 sessions
  • 2017 ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 22-27, 2017
    • 4 Hours: Discuss AASL17 sessions; hand-off meeting with Mktg/PD Task Force
  • 2017 AASL National Conference & Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ: November 9-12, 2017
    • 10 Hours: Present general session and concurrent sessions on standards and guidelines

Qualifications

Responding individuals should demonstrate the ability to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Certified school librarian, or equivalent terminal degree
  • Effective communication and writing skills
  • Technical capacity and ability to work in an electronic environment
  • Experience working in school library programs
  • Ability to fulfill the responsibilities listed above 
  • Current AASL member in good standing

Compensation

Development of learning standards and program guidelines for school libraries is an important component of the services AASL provides to its membership and the profession. By participating on the Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board, members are performing a service to their profession. 

Editorial Board members will receive acknowledgement in the publication as writers of the document for the American Association of School Librarians. 

Editorial Board members will receive a stipend in the amount of $1,200 for writing the publication and for the extensive time commitment.

Expenses 

All fees for conference travel, including airfare, hotel, meals, and conference registration will be the responsibility of the Editorial Board member. However, hotel fees and meals will be covered by AASL during extended conference stay for Editorial Board Summit meetings only.

Applications

In order to be considered, applicants are asked to submit the following to AASL:

  1. Cover letter explaining interest in participation and qualities you would bring to the Editorial Board
  2. Current vita or resume
  3. 2-3 writing samples (eg. published pieces, newsletters, blog posts, district reports)
  4. Letter of support from immediate supervisor. Optional: up to 2 letters of recommendation.

Send all required materials as a single document to AASL at aasl@ala.org, no later than midnight, December 17, 2014.

Applicants for first round interviews will be notified by or before January 16, 2015. First round interviews will be scheduled for January 19–February 6. All candidates will be notified of final selection by March 1.