Get Involved

Small Contributions Add Up

Would you like to be involved but feel that you don’t have the time to commit? Or maybe you are new to school librarianship and feel intimidated? No matter your schedule limitations or where you are in your career, there is a place for your contribution. AASL has many opportunities for members to participate in the work of the association through short-term projects. Your colleagues value the unique perspective you bring to the profession – submit your interest to give back to your community today!


Do you have a particular interest or expertise you would like to expand? Develop a webliography for AASL’s Essential Links wiki, a working bibliography of essential resources for the school library community. Maintained and updated by AASL members and school library professionals, the wiki includes link to books, journal articles, websites, and other media resources. All are invited to search, contribute and edit. Add to an existing topic area or start a new topic.

To begin contributing to Essential Links:


The Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database is a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The database is an open-access, searchable resource populated by the school library user community.

Submissions to the Lesson Plan Database are vetted by AASL reviewers to ensure lesson plans published are of the highest quality. All lesson plans published are aligned with AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and are crosswalked with the Common Core Standards. Develop a new lesson plan using the provided template or submit an existing one for publication.

Submitting lesson plans to the database is a great way to:

  • Seek peer advice on new lesson plans you are currently working on.

  • Easily make the correlations between your AASL-aligned lesson plans and the Common Core standards.

  • Catalog lesson plans you have already developed.

  • Share lesson plans and resources with your professional community.

No good lesson plan goes unrewarded! Once your lesson plan is published, you’ll receive a web badge to display on your website or in your email signature. Additionally, AASL will send a letter of recognition to your administrator regarding your exemplary contribution to the database.

 

AASL Tip of the Day

The AASL Tip of the Day is populated by submissions from AASL members and the professional community. What activities do you engage in that foster collaboration, bring patrons and partners into your library, elevate visibility of your program in your school community, or save you time or money to then devote to strategic initiatives?

Submit your Tip of the Day–many of the activities that you engage in daily, weekly or quarterly contain a valuable tip to help librarians and their programs remain relevant and innovative.

School Librarians may opt in to receive the AASL Tip of the Day via email or text. Recipients can set preferences to receive tips daily, Monday through Friday, weekly or once a month.

 

The AASL Blog provides a forum for thought provoking discussion on timely topics of interest to the K-12 school library community. The blog is managed by two volunteer blog managers. Guest bloggers are welcome and often recruited to report on AASL events, and share their perspectives and experiences to encourage conversation and help school librarians keep current about issues relevant to school library program management.

To write for the AASL Blog, review the posting guidelines and contact the Blog Editorial Board with your interest or idea.

 

Published bimonthly September through June, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators, and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. The official journal of the American Association of School Librarians, articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant disciplines.

AASL is happy to receive article submissions or ideas, especially from AASL Members. You can submit your article directly to Knowledge Quest editor  at kqeditor@ala.org or you can propose an idea and we will work with you to develop your idea before you sit down and write the feature.

If you are interested in writing for Knowledge Quest, please look over our Author Guidelines and complete the submission form.

 

Short-Term Projects

AASL often has short term projects for individual or small group attention. This is a great way to get involved in the work of the association on a deeper level without having to commit to a committee term. Participation in these projects is completely virtual. Time commitments vary depending on the project and can be only a few hours of your time or several meetings over a few months.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • contributing to a position statement

  • developing content for a brochure or tool kit

  • reviewing program submissions

  • facilitating podcasts and other e-learning

  • developing a webliography

To submit your interest in participating in short term projects, please complete the submission form. Be sure to indicate your interests and expertise so we can contact you for projects that best fit your background.


Want to do more?

Working with AASL

AASL is continuously seeking school library leaders to share research, attitudes, methodology and practical tactics with the community through publications and professional development. Do you have a specific expertise, a fresh approach or perspective to an ever-green topic, or experience managing a timely and challenging issue? Submit a proposal to AASL.  

Volunteering with AASL

AASL personal members can use the Committee Volunteer Form to be considered for appointment to AASL committees.  Review the list of current AASL committees prior to completing the volunteer form.