American Association of School Librarians

Clarice Marchena receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant to implement enrichment book club program

CHICAGO — Clarice Marchena, school librarian at Dos Puentes Elementary School, in Manhattan, New York, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Arlen Kimmelman to build agents of change with inaugural Ruth Toor Grant

CHICAGO – Arlen Kimmelman, school librarian at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, N.J., is the recipient of the inaugural Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides funding for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions the school library as a necessary resource in the community.

Angela Hartman’s genocide project receives AASL Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – School Librarian Angela Hartman from Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, Hartman will receive $3,000 and Hutto High School will receive a $5,000 book donation.

School library champion Lenny Santamaria receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Lenny Santamaria, principal of Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24 in Staten Island, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2015 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.

Church elected 2016-2017 AASL president

CHICAGO – Audrey Church, associate professor and graduate program coordinator at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, has been elected as the 2016-2017 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Church will serve as president-elect during 2015-2016 under AASL President Leslie Preddy.

AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section opens call for papers

CHICAGO — The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition to be held from Nov. 5-8, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. More information about the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

School Library Month Storytelling Contest winners announced

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) along with ABRAMS are excited to announce the winners of the 2015 School Library Month Digital Storytelling Contest. Students were urged to let loose their creativity and illustrate the 2015 School Library Month theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends, ” using a variety of online mediums. The winning entries are:

AASL seeks school librarians for standards and guidelines implementation task force

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking school librarians to serve on an implementation task force for a new iteration of the association’s learning standards and program guidelines slated to launch in the fall of 2017. The task force will be responsible for developing a plan to support states, school systems and individual schools preparing to implement the new publication. More information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.
 

Tech tools on display during AASL preconferences

CHICAGO — Preconferences offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference are designed to further empower school librarians as technology leaders in their schools. These half-day workshops will be offered Friday, June 26 in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

AASL seeks manuscripts for Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. Potential topics, requirements for consideration and deadlines can be found at knowledgequest.aasl.org/manuscripts.

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