AASL executive director, Julie Walker, to retire as of July 2013

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/03/2013

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Jennifer R Habley
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American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
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CHICAGO – Julie Walker, executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will retire in July 2013 after 16 years with the association.

It has been gratifying to help lead the association and the field through an exciting period of challenge and change,” said Walker. “I will always stand in awe of the incredible work our member volunteers accomplish.”

During her tenure as AASL executive director, Walker has been responsible for directing a number of national programs, including the development and implementation of two iterations of the association’s learning standards and program guidelines for school library programs.

As an advocate for the role of school library programs outside of the organization, Walker has served as chair of the Alliance for Curriculum Reform (ACR), strategic council chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and as a member of the Cable in the Classroom Education Advisory Board. She also served on the advisory committee for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.  Walker was recently recognized with an outstanding achievement award by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) for her exceptional work in the field of online safety.

Prior to serving as AASL executive director, Walker was the director of library and media services for the Round Rock (Texas) Independent School District. 

"Though it may sound a bit clichéd, Julie’s retirement really does signify the end of an era for AASL," said Susan Ballard, AASL president. "It is because of her efforts that we find ourselves well-positioned to face the future.  She has had immeasurable influence during her tenure and in particular helped AASL make great strides in developing connections to and undertaking collaborative initiatives with other educational organizations.  In particular, thanks to Julie’s efforts to help us to build a knowledge-based association, we are in a position to have a good sense about the future of our profession, what our members value, want and need and insight into how to use our resources to best accomplish our work."

A national search for Walker’s replacement is currently underway. Interested candidates can view the job description on ALA JobList. Consideration of candidates will begin in May 2013 and continue until position is filled.

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.