American Association of School Librarians

Dav Pilkey shares 'Radical Ideas' in new AASL video

CHICAGO – A new video featuring Dav Pilkey, the worldwide bestselling creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 2019 celebration of School Library Month. In the video, Pilkey speaks to how “reading without judgment” was a turning point in his life. School librarian professionals and advocates for school libraries are encouraged to download and share the video throughout their communities in celebration of School Library Month.

Shirley Simmons receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Shirley Simmons, assistant superintendent of educational services for Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program.

South Carolina Association of School Librarians awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ (SCASL) “Emerging Leaders” program is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL-affiliated school library associations for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local levels.

AASL Opens Targeted Call for Research-Focused National Conference Proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for a new strand of sessions added to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) will offer concurrent sessions focused on bringing current research from the field into the practice setting. Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central on May 6, 2019. More information on content and criteria can be found on the AASL website.

AASL Relaunches Research Grant Program; Calls for Papers

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the relaunch of the AASL Research Grant program now under the sponsorship of School Library Connection. Research grants recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship. AASL, in collaboration with its Educators of School Librarians Section, invites researchers to submit papers on original research for grant consideration. Papers must be submitted by Sunday, June 30, 2019, for consideration.

Heather Babb Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

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

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for $5,000 award recognizing outstanding programming

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) announced.

Nominations for the 2019 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 3, 2019.

Share Your Best Practice at AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held Sat., Nov. 16, during the 2019 AASL National Conference & Exhibition. More information on presentation requirements can be found at

Registration Opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the 2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, will bring together school librarians, administrators, authors, and exhibitors for in-depth learning and networking. Registration rates and date-sensitive, money-saving promo codes can be found at

Newbery Award Winning Author Matt de la Peña to Headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Award-winning author Matt de la Peña will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., June 22, as part of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.