American Association of School Librarians

AASL invites webinar proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts and school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form.

AASL announces 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The annual list honors 25 Internet sites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its seventh year, with 175 recognized sites, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

AASL announces 2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The list of 25 apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its third year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

Bob Sibert, BTSB president, to receive AASL Presidential Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Bob Sibert, president of Bound to Stay Bound Books, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Terri Grief. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school library programs and students.

Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs to speak at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Heidi Hayes Jacobs, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction, will speak during the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Eszter Hargittai to discuss 'digital natives' and 'digital naives' at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Eszter Hargittai, a Delaney Family professor in the communication studies department at Northwestern University, will share her research on the social implications of digital media during the closing general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

New Knowledge Quest bloggers ready to address topics important to school librarianship

CHICAGO – The slate of bloggers for the newly expanded Knowledge Quest website has been announced by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Launched in January, the site is the vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students. It offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Knowledge Quest can be viewed at knowledgequest.aasl.org.

AASL presidential initiative empowers school library leaders

CHICAGO – At the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President Terri Grief will launch an annual leadership conference for AASL-affiliated state association leaders. The leadership conference, supported by a portion of funds from ALA President Courtney Young’s presidential initiative, will focus on strengthening the relationship between AASL and its grassroots members and will include leaders and staff from the division and invited guests. 

Mindy Engler wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Mindy Engler, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Engler’s name was drawn as the May winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Engler referred Nancy Brunker to AASL.

When asked why she referred Brunker to AASL, Engler replied: “School librarians rock! Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of an organization that supports librarians, libraries, reading, technology, and most importantly kids!"

AASL builds dues bridge for student members

CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due July 17, 2015, and will cover renewals during the Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016, membership year. Information on how to apply can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards/student.

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