AASL debuts new virtual membership meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/27/2014


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its first virtual membership meeting at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, June 8. The annual membership meeting provides AASL members with a “state of the association” update via reports from AASL leadership. As the membership meeting requires no official vote of AASL membership, all members of the school library profession are invited to attend. RSVP at www.ala.org/aasl/vmm to receive an email with a link to the online meeting space.

During the event, AASL leadership will report out on AASL initiatives, programs, recognitions and financial standing. Speakers include:

  • Gail Dickinson, AASL president
  • Terri Grief, AASL president-elect
  • Susan Ballard, AASL past president
  • Karen Lemmons, AASL treasurer
  • Valerie Edwards, AASL representative to ALA Council
  • Catherine Evans, AASL executive committee member-at-large
  • Merlyn Miller, AASL Affiliate Assembly chair
  • Devona Pendergrass, AASL representative to the ALA Annual Conference committee
  • Sylvia Knight Norton, AASL executive director

During the 2014 elections, the AASL membership voted to amend the AASL Bylaws, changing the timing and presentation format of the annual membership meeting. Prior to the amendment, the membership meeting was a face-to-face event held during the ALA Annual Conference. This change in format will allow a greater number of the AASL members to attend, participate and stay up-to-date with their association. It will also allow all members of the profession to become informed on the work AASL undertakes as the only national professional membership organization focused solely on the needs of school librarians and the school library community.

As AASL will be purchasing the number of webinar seats needed to accommodate those members of the profession who wish to attend, AASL requests that only those who will attend during the live presentation register in advance. For those unable to attend during the live presentation, the meeting will be recorded and posted on the AASL website for view. AASL members will receive an email and AASL will publicize the recording’s availability through a press release and on its social media channels.

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.