American Association of School Librarians

Brakel and Carroll Seek 2020-2021 AASL Presidency

CHICAGO – AASL members Lisa Brakel and Kathy Carroll will seek the 2020-2021 AASL presidential term during the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/elections.

AASL opens nominations for 2019 Social Media Superstars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for its Social Media Superstars, which recognize outstanding social media users within the school library profession. These superstars enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students and school communities by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog, and inspiration widely with stakeholders via a variety of social media channels.

Jim Belair Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Jim Belair has won a free year of AASL membership. Belair's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Colleen Pittman to AASL, Belair has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

Corey Hall selected as 2019 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Corey Hall has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Hall and Bianca Spurlock will join 48 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Bianca Spurlock selected as 2019 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Bianca Spurlock has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Spurlock and Corey Hall will join 48 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

AASL Seeks National Conference Program Reviewers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently accepting applications for volunteers to participate in a blind review and scoring of concurrent session and best practices showcase proposals for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. To apply, please use the application form located at www.ala.org/aasl/national/reviewer. The deadline for applications is Mon., Dec. 3, 2018.

Travel Grants Available for First-Time AASL National Conference Attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Author 'Point of View' sought for AASL National Conference concurrent sessions

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has issued an open call for author panelists to take part in concurrent sessions during its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will take place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, with concurrent sessions being held on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/authors.

Library leaders identify strategies in “Fight for School Libraries”

CHICAGO – An executive summary released by the American Library Association (ALA) identifies systematic ways ALA, its divisions and offices, and the field of librarianship can support the nation’s school libraries. The strategies were developed by school, public and academic library leaders from across the country during the “Fight for School Libraries” summit convened by 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal.

Reading motivation examined in new School Library Research article

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), reports the findings of two case studies focused on student reading motivation. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.