AASL presidential initiative empowers school library leaders

For Immediate Release
Fri, 06/05/2015


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – At the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President Terri Grief will launch an annual leadership conference for AASL-affiliated state association leaders. The leadership conference, supported by a portion of funds from ALA President Courtney Young’s presidential initiative, will focus on strengthening the relationship between AASL and its grassroots members and will include leaders and staff from the division and invited guests. 

The Friday, June 26, event will kick off with a leadership session. This session will help state level association attendees understand their important role in developing leaders within their affiliate and how it segues into leadership in the national association. Also during the conference, attendees will share best practices, explore available tools and resources and participate in breakout sessions. The breakout sessions will allow groups of similar size to brainstorm problems and develop solutions.

“By building a stronger and more cohesive relationship between AASL and affiliated organizations, both will become stronger,” said Grief. “Leaders will become empowered to share their skills and talent and will seek new and higher positions in both their state level organization and AASL. Also, by increasing communications and understanding, state-level concerns will be addressed earlier and have greater impact on the profession.”

"ALA believes in the empowerment of school librarian leaders and we're proud to provide support to AASL's leadership conference," said ALA President Courtney Young. "We look forward to seeing these empowered leaders take the stage not only in their own association but at the national level.

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