National School Library of the Year Award aligned with new AASL Standards

For Immediate Release
Fri, 08/24/2018

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CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a revised application process and rubric for its National School Library of the Year Award (NSLY) that aligns the elements of the award with the newly released AASL “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Established in 1963, the award recognizes school libraries as an unique and essential part of their learning community. NSLY, sponsored by Follett, honors school libraries exemplifying implementation of AASL's Standards.

“Using our experience of having previously served on the selection committee for this distinguished award, the members worked to clearly identify what type of evidence that would exemplify the current Standards,” said Eileen Kern, task force chair. “The members of the task force had thoughtful conversations on each of the Shared Foundations. Our goal was for the recipient of this prestigious award to be an outstanding example of what the Standards look like in action.”

As part of the revised process, the school library must provide evidence of how the applicant demonstrates the Shared Foundations as defined in the AASL Standards: Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Engage, and Explore. Applicants must submit an electronic portfolio which includes a community profile, collection report and letters of endorsement. The complete award criteria and the application process can be review on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/nsly .

“I am so excited to share that the National School Library of the Year Award has been aligned to the new ‘National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries,’” said AASL President Kathryn Roots Lewis. “The application process provides a great opportunity to truly reflect on your learner-ready school library. I want to thank the task force who worked to re-imagine the award so that it communicates the new Shared Foundations and Key Commitments.”

The application for the 2019 the National School Library of the Year Award will open in fall 2018.

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