AASL Fall Forum toolkit helps school librarians 'make their case'

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/08/2012

Contact:

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

CHICAGO — To help school librarians demonstrate to their supervisors the value of attending the 2012 Fall Forum, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has included a justification toolkit as part of its Fall Forum website. AASL’s national institute, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program,” will take place Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C., and satellite site offerings include Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, North Texas and the California Bay Area.  More information on Fall Forum can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum.

AASL understands that due to the economy, many schools have made cuts to their professional development budgets and have limited out-of-state training.  With these restrictions, school librarians may need to justify the expense of attending the Fall Forum, regardless of the merits of the institute.  The justification toolkit contains general information, tips, worksheets and approval letter templates school librarians can utilize when making their presentations.

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.