AASL President Terri Grief to present in United Arab Emirates

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/31/2014


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – Terri Grief, the president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will discuss the school library program’s impact on student learning at the inaugural Sharjah International Book Fair/American Library Association (ALA) Conference. Taking place Nov. 11-13, 2014, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the joint conference is part of ALA’s global mission to help build stronger libraries worldwide.

During her presentation, School Libraries: Integral to Student Success, Grief will discuss how school librarians and school libraries can, and are, transforming into vital and respected partners in their school and community. Grief will also share information on AASL initiatives, opportunities and resources that can benefit school libraries in the Middle East.

Grief will co-facilitate a second session, Promoting the Love of Reading and Engagement in School Libraries, with Michael Dowling, director of ALA’s International Relations Office.

"I am so excited that I've been invited to Sharjah," said Grief. "School librarians across the world are vital to student success and it is going to be a great experience talking with the librarians at this conference."

The two-day combined library conference and book fair offers free concurrent programs on a wide range of topics for librarians from public, academic, school, government and special libraries. The programs draw on the expertise of librarians in the region as well as from the U.S. and other countries and the key topics have been identified through meetings, focus groups and a regional survey. 

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.