Pennsylvania School Librarians Association receives AASL Affiliate of the Year Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/30/2019


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Affiliate of the Year Award. The $1,000 award recognizes the AASL Affiliate most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local level. PSLA is the inaugural recipient.

To be eligible for the award, the school library association must be a current member of the AASL Affiliate Assembly and have been affiliated for a minimum of two years. Other criteria include involvement in community, education, and legislative efforts for a stronger voice for school librarians and the profession. The organization should also have a regular communication channel that along with their own activities, promotes AASL events and initiatives.

“When the AASL Committee working to evaluate all the remarkable applications met to determine the Affiliate of the Year it was relatively easy to see that Pennsylvania School Library Association had pulled away from the rest of the applicants,” said Mary Jo Richmond, award committee chair. “Pennsylvania had strong examples for all their work - from legislative advocacy to their support of AASL’s mission.”

The AASL award winners will be honored at the AASL Awards Ceremony during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. All are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers during this recognition event.

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