AASL expands its advocacy brochure series with Spanish translation

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/15/2012

Contact:

Jennifer R Habley
Manager, Web Communications
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
800-545-2433 ext.4383
jhabley@ala.org

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has expanded its School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series of advocacy brochures with the addition of a Spanish translation of the parent brochure. Each brochure in the School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series is designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents and teachers.  For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/advocacybrochures.  

With a growing number of English Language Learners (ELL) in school library populations across the country, a need has been expressed for tools to help school librarians communicate the value of the library program with parents and families who speak only Spanish. To meet this need, AASL has produced a Spanish translation of its parent advocacy brochure, generously sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books. The brochure outlines goals and key questions specific and important to parents. This format guides school librarians in leading unique conversations, setting goals and expectations for the program and the stakeholders and maximizing the potential of the school library program.

“We’re very excited to be able to provide this Spanish language advocacy tool to school librarians,” said Carl Harvey, AASL president.“The parents brochure has shown to be a valued tool to help raise awareness of the essential nature of school library programs among parents, the key stakeholders and influencers of decision makers in charge of school library funding. It is second only to the administrators brochure in purchases, and the advocacy brochure page has ranked among AASL’s most visited website pages.”

The Spanish translation of the parent brochure is freely available for download on the AASL website and for purchase in packs of 25 through the ALA Store.  In addition, ALA 2012 Annual Conference attendees will be able to purchase packs from the ALA bookstore on the exhibit floor.  For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/advocacybrochures.  

For 91 years Bound To Stay Bound Books, www.btsb.com, has supplied children's and young adult library books, both fiction and nonfiction, to school and public libraries. It provides books that stand the test of time in both content and durability and services exceeding your expectations.

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.