AASL seeks research associate

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/13/2016


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a research associate to coordinate the research efforts of the CLASS: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II, a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant. The position begins in January 2017 and concludes in the fall of 2018. Additional application information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

The research associate will work with CLASS II researchers, advisory board and AASL staff to coordinate documentation, prepare reports and evaluate the research process to ensure the project adheres to guidelines for causal research. Most the work will be completed remotely, though the associate is asked to attend meetings held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conferences. The first scheduled meeting will occur during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta on Jan. 20, 2017.

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.

To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Sylvia Knight Norton no later than Dec. 27, 2016.

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.