American Association of School Librarians

Mindy Engler wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Mindy Engler, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Engler’s name was drawn as the May winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Engler referred Nancy Brunker to AASL.

When asked why she referred Brunker to AASL, Engler replied: “School librarians rock! Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of an organization that supports librarians, libraries, reading, technology, and most importantly kids!"

AASL builds dues bridge for student members

CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due July 17, 2015, and will cover renewals during the Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016, membership year. Information on how to apply can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards/student.

Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant in order to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio.

Grant recipients include:

Joanna Gerakios
Pitt County Schools
Greenville, N.C.

AAUP Best of the Best – 25 years and better than ever

CHICAGO — This year marks the 25th anniversary of the printing of the “University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries.” A popular and trusted acquisitions resource, the bibliography’s latest edition will launch with a special program, "The Best of the Best from the American University Presses," at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The session will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, in the Marriott Marquis San Francisco–Club Room.

AASL seeks proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 23-28 in Orlando, Florida. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

School library professionals invited to attend AASL’s virtual membership meeting

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual virtual membership meeting at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Pacific) on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The annual membership meeting provides AASL members with a “state of the association” update via reports from AASL leadership. As the membership meeting requires no official vote of AASL membership, all members of the school library profession are invited to attend.

Award winning author Brian Selznick to appear at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Brian Selznick, award winning author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” will appear during a special author general session on Sat., Nov. 7, 2015, during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Blue Valley High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Blue Valley High School, located in Stilwell, Kansas, is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2015 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY annually recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school's curriculum. The recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – and $10,000 toward its school library program.

AASL opens targeted call for national conference session proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) opens a second call for concurrent session proposals to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. AASL seeks sessions specifically targeting the lower elementary grade level and those focusing on diverse, multicultural and special populations at any grade level. The deadline is Friday, June 12, 2015. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

New Mexico receives AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant to extend professional development to isolated school librarians

CHICAGO – The Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group in New Mexico (ASL-SIG) is the recipient of the 2015 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.

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