American Association of School Librarians

AASL opens nominations for administrator collaborative

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for school administrators to serve on its AASL School Leader Collaborative. Administrators must be nominated by an AASL member and both the administrator and the AASL member must be able to attend the 2019 AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. If appointed to serve, the administrator and their nominating school librarian will receive a shared $1,000 travel stipend and each will receive complimentary conference registration.

AASL launches school administrator collaborative

CHICAGO – With support from OverDrive Education, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching a two-year initiative to engage with an audience vital to the success of school librarian advocacy: school administrators. The "AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning" aims to strengthen AASL’s collaboration with school administrators. The initiative champions the school librarian’s integral role in teaching and learning.

Jones County Schools awarded AASL Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

CHICAGO – Jones County Schools in North Carolina has been awarded $7,060 as part of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant program. The grant program, sponsored by AASL member and retired middle school librarian Marina “Marney” Welmers, supports public middle or high school libraries that incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Thirty-thousand dollars in funding is available annually.

Swing through Louisville with an #AASL19 Cultural Tour

CHICAGO – Horses, baseball bats, and “The Greatest” are just a few of the highlights of the cultural tours during the 2019 AASL National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the locale by registering for one of the tours showcasing “Bourbon City.” A full listing of tours and registration rates can be found at national.aasl.org/cultural-tours.

Jennifer Sturge receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Jennifer Sturge, specialist for school libraries and digital learning for Calvert County Public Schools in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides $3,000 in funding for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions the school library as a necessary resource in the community.

AASL Membership Meeting: Let’s Have a Conversation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting at 6:00 p.m. Central on Tues., June 4. To RSVP, visit www.ala.org/aasl/membership. The membership meeting requires no official vote of AASL membership, so all school library professionals are invited to attend. 

Illinois High School District 214 named National School Library of the Year

CHICAGO – High School District 214, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is the recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2019 National School Library of the Year (NSLY) Award. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLY Award annually honors a single school or district-wide school library that exemplifies implementation of AASL's “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” High School District 214 will receive a crystal obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – and $10,000 toward its school libraries.

Preconferences at AASL National Conference dive into new AASL Standards-related publications

CHICAGO – Even before the 2019 AASL National Conference officially kicks off, attendees can delve into AASL Standards-related topics at preconferences presented by the authors of forthcoming publications. Half-day workshops will be held Wed., Nov 13, and two-hour workshops will be offered Thurs., Nov. 14. Full preconference descriptions, presenters, and registration rates can be found at national.aasl.org/preconferences.

Half-day preconference options on Wed., Nov 13 include: