American Association of School Librarians

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.

Applications open for 2019 AASL awards

CHICAGO - Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2019 awards are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious awards program. AASL awards and grants recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.

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AASL Standards now crosswalked to ISTE Standards and Future Ready Framework

CHICAGO – As part of its continued commitment to provide school library professionals the materials and resources needed to implement its new “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released crosswalks aligning the AASL Standards to the ISTE Standards for Learners and Educators and the Future Ready Framework.

National School Library of the Year Award aligned with new AASL Standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a revised application process and rubric for its National School Library of the Year Award (NSLY) that aligns the elements of the award with the newly released AASL “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Established in 1963, the award recognizes school libraries as an unique and essential part of their learning community. NSLY, sponsored by Follett, honors school libraries exemplifying implementation of AASL's Standards.

Presenters invited to explore topics and engage attendees during AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Complete proposals must be submitted by Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, and final decisions will be announced on or before March 1, 2019.

Rosen Publishing Group sponsors AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce The Rosen Publishing Group as the new sponsor of the AASL Distinguished Service Award. The prestigious award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development. Nominated by their peers in the profession, award recipients receive $3,000 and are honored at the AASL Awards Ceremony during ALA Annual Conference.

AASL Webinar Presenters Wanted

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts to submit proposals for webinars 30-60 minutes in length. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form

AASL welcomes new Knowledge Quest bloggers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to welcome an additional cast of bloggers for its Knowledge Quest websiteKnowledge Quest offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and passionate conversations to develop insightful professionals and stronger communities. It is the ultimate vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students.

AASL releases guide addressing challenges related to censorship and LGBTQ+ materials

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. “Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries” contains resources, links, and activities scaffolded by the newly released AASL “National School Library Standards.” The guide, along with supporting materials, can be downloaded at standards.aasl.org/project/lgbtq.

Literacy instruction and teacher collaboration 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), examines school librarians' knowledge and perception of literacy instruction in light of the new teacher collaboration opportunities created by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.