American Association of School Librarians

Arkansas public school system wins ALA school library award for cemetery-based research project

CHICAGO — Danville (Arkansas) Public Schools has been named the winner of the 2018 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, an annual award from the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes outstanding library programming in schools serving K-8 students.

The winning program, Tales of the Crypt: Danville’s Living History, used a historic local cemetery as a basis for a multidisciplinary student project about historical persons and the history of the town of Danville.

Denine Torr from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation recognized with AASL Crystal Apple Award

CHICAGO – Denine Torr, senior director of community initiatives at the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL President to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school libraries and students.

Social Media Savvy Members Sought for New AASL Posting Group

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks school library professionals to serve as members of the AASL Social Media Posting Group. Group members will be tasked with curating and composing social media posts to share on AASL platforms. To apply, visit

School Library Research article examines computational thinking and curriculum integration

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the ways computational thinking can be better incorporated into graduate-level library science curriculum. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Slow summer learning with the AASL Standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is easing into summer learning with an online book discussion of its newly released “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Termed a slow chat, the discussion will take place via Twitter. School library professionals with Twitter accounts can follow the hashtags #AASLstandards and #AASLowchat to participate.

AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. These technology resources are chosen for their ability to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration and for their support of AASL’s “National School Library Standards.”

ALA's Libraries Ready to Code to Release Beta Collection at 2018 Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, is releasing the beta version of the Ready to Code Collection at the 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. A release reception will be held Friday, June 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the Morial Convention Center in the exhibit hall at Google booth #4029.  

AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award $100,000 in grants to two Houston schools

CHICAGO - Two Houston schools extensively damaged by Hurricane Harvey are the recipients of the 2018 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund. Thompson Intermediate School and Moore Elementary School both suffered devastating losses to the school libraries in the hurricane and its aftermath.

AASL awards three AASL Standards Implementation Grants in honor of past presidents

CHICAGO – The North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA), Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), and Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) are the first recipients of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards.

Google to sponsor Happy Hour Reception for AASL, ALSC, and YALSA members

CHICAGO — To commemorate the contributions from AASL, ALSC, and YALSA to the Libraries Ready to Code initiative, as well as the work and effort librarians put forth towards preparing children and youth for bright futures, Google will be sponsoring a Happy Hour Reception at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.