Jim Belair Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

For Immediate Release
Fri, 01/04/2019


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Jim Belair has won a free year of AASL membership. Belair's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Colleen Pittman to AASL, Belair has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

When asked why he recommended AASL membership to his colleague, Belair, school library system director at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES in Rochester, New York, replied: "I feel very strongly about the need for professional organizations. We are often alone in our buildings and unlike our colleagues we do not have another social studies or 4th-grade teacher to turn to for advice and guidance. By having a strong professional organization it allows us to network with others in our field, learn from their best practices, and have a stronger voice for advocacy."

All current, personal AASL members are encouraged to reach out to their colleagues and invite them to join the only national professional organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. For each member recruited, the referring AASL member will receive an entry in a monthly drawing for a complimentary year of ALA and AASL membership. Their name will also be entered into a final grand prize drawing for an AASL National Conference & Exhibition package, which includes registration, three nights lodging, and roundtrip airfare to Louisville, Kentucky, in November 2019. Multiple referrals will be accepted and will increase their chances to win.

To participate and earn entry into prize drawings, download the Share the Wealth membership form located on the AASL website. Share the Wealth membership forms must be returned with payment directly to AASL. Memberships processed by ALA – either online or on paper – will not be included in the Share the Wealth campaign. For complete program rules and regulations, visit www.ala.org/aasl/STW.

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