AASL opens call for researchers

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/29/2015

Contact:

Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

312-280-4383

jhabley@ala.org

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites researchers to submit their interest to be part of the CLASS II: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II research team. Two applicants will be selected to join researchers from Old Dominion University and Florida State University for the three-year IMLS funded research project. The project will begin on January 1, 2016, and conclude in the fall of 2018. Additional application information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II (CLASS II) is an AASL initiative to move the national school library research agenda toward the causal analyses underlying the differences school librarians can make for students from diverse backgrounds, poverty and special needs. CLASS II continues the work of the 2014 Causality: School Libraries and Student Success forum, a consensus-building initiative that brought together the best minds in school library research and related fields to start the ongoing dialogue representing a national agenda focusing on libraries and learning.

Researchers selected for the CLASS II team will address the first of three long-term research phases outlined in the CLASS I final report by using meta-syntheses and case study to derive causal theories that will be explored on a small scale. Previous work with cross discipline causal research as well as an ability to work independently or previous experience working within a research team across universities is preferred. Researchers will receive an annual stipend of $10,000.

To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and sample published research article to Allison Cline no later than Oct. 26, 2015. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Nov. 20, 2015. Full details on required application materials can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number RE-00-15-0114-15.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

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