AASL releases updated website on recruitment to school librarianship

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/20/2011

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CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has published a revamped website focused on the recruitment of potential school librarians. Developed to provide information to those interested in joining the profession as well as those seeking to recruit people to the profession, the website contains information on the job itself, the job outlook, education and licensing across the United States, job hunting and ideas for recruitment. To view these resources, visit www.ala.org/aasl/recruitment.

Resources on the Recruitment to School Librarianship can be found in one of five categories:

  • Learning about the Job – Includes a sample job description, links on job outlook and sample mentoring and job shadowing programs.
  • Library Education and Licensing – Contains information about certification, licensure and endorsement and choosing a library education program.
  • Finding a Job – Job postings and job hunting tips.
  • Recruitment Ideas – Useful tools for recruiting to the school library profession.
  • State-by-state Information – Information on licensure, scholarships, library education, job hunting, mentoring and recruitment on a state-by-state basis.

"Recruiting the next generation of school librarians is the job of every practicing school librarian," said Donna Shannon, chair of the AASL recruitment webpage task force . "The AASL Recruitment Webpage is a place to refer prospective school librarians for information about the job and a place where practicing school librarians can find materials to use in their recruitment efforts.  The task force has updated the webpage to provide up-to-date resources to anyone interested in pursuing school librarianship as a career path and to those who are trying to entice the best and brightest to the profession."

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.