Article written by AASL members appears in Principal magazine

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/02/2015


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO — “Digital Native Does Not Equal Digital Literacy,” written by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts, appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of “Principal,” the magazine published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

“One of our three main goals in our new strategic plan is to ensure that our association remains relevant,” said Terri Grief, AASL President. “We want AASL to become an even stronger voice for school librarians and the profession. School librarians have talked to each other for years about our impact on student achievement, but we need to reach outside our circle.”

NAESP connected with AASL after seeing the digital literacy infographic published in “School Libraries Transform Learning” a Digital Supplement of American Libraries magazine. The issue was developed in partnership with AASL as a tool to facilitate conversations with parents, colleagues, administrators and policymakers about the multiple ways school librarians transform learning.

“The [Principal Magazine] article was an opportunity that Kathleen and I just couldn’t pass up,” said Martin. “It is gratifying to know that NAESP respects AASL, which in turn opened the door for our voices to be heard by key stakeholders in a format and language that they understand. Consider using this article to start a conversation with your administrators to help them see their part in the success of the library program.”

“Digital Native Does Not Equal Digital Literacy” can be read and downloaded as a PDF on the NAESP website.

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