American Association of School Librarians

School Library Research volume 20 opens with two new studies

CHICAGO – Two new articles covering the topics of research methodology and school library supervisors are now available in volume 20 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

AASL introduces the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

CHICAGO – Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools impacted by an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

Andy Weir for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 celebration of School Library Month, is now available for view and download. In the PSA, Weir speaks to how school librarians empower learning by fostering experimentation and innovation. The PSA is available at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2017/psa.

Registration opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. A full list of rates and deadlines can be found at national.aasl.org.

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 during the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp. Completed proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 24, 2017, to be considered.

AASL launches social media recognitions

CHICAGO – Acknowledging the role social media plays in school library promotion, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching a new recognition program - Social Media Superstars. Nominated and endorsed by their peers, the program will recognize school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration widely via a variety of social media channels.

AASL opens call for webinars

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.

Proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the webinar subject matter supports AASL’s mission of empowering leaders to transform teaching and learning. AASL especially seeks webinars on the following topics:

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for ALA's 2017 Sara Jaffarian Award

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) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 5, 2017. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

New AASL editorial board ready to get social

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has appointed five school library professionals to serve as members of the new AASL social media editorial board. Editorial board members will curate and compose social media posts for AASL platforms. The editorial board includes:

  • Edie Crook, school librarian, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, N.C.
  • Nancy Jo Lambert, school librarian, Reedy High School, Texas

  • Jane Lofton, school librarian (retired), Mira Costa High School, Calif.

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 18th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

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