American Association of School Librarians

AASL introduces the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO — In recognition of her service to and influence on the profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce its newest award, The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. The annual award, made possible by the generous support of Jay Toor, will support public school libraries in creating initiatives that promote and position their school library as necessary resources in their communities. More information is available on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/awards.

AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IdeaLab, formerly known as the IDEAxCHANGE, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. To submit a proposal, visit national.aasl.org/idea.

Marian Royal Vigil wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Marian Royal Vigil in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Vigil’s name was drawn as the January winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Vigil referred Rachel Altobelli to AASL.

AASL webinar examines different perspectives of information literacy

CHICAGO – Participants will explore the differences between how information literacy is taught in K-12 and academic communities in a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Emily Gover, “Big Data: What We Learned about Information Literacy from 10,000 Students and 1,200 Librarians” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Feb. 19. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL webinar explores the rationale and role of LGBTQ inclusive curriculum

CHICAGO – In a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), participants will learn the unique ways school librarians can advocate for LGBTQ students through LGBTQ curriculum inclusion. Presented by Elizabeth Gartley, “Representation Matters: The School Librarian and LGBTQ Curriculum Inclusion” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Feb. 18. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL joins the coalition for Future Ready Schools

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined the national movement for Future Ready Schools as a coalition partner. The Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education are leading the Future Ready Schools effort with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and the vast coalition of national experts. More information about the movement can be found at www.futurereadyschools.org.

AASL launches where learning never ends digital storytelling contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites students to participate in a digital storytelling contest held as part of the 2015 celebration of School Library Month.  The contest asks students to reflect on the 2015 theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends” and create a story using a website recognized as an AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning.

Susan Verde, Amy Ignatow, Trevor Pryce and Lauren Myracle to judge AASL digital storytelling contest

CHICAGO – Celebrated authors Susan Verde, Amy Ignatow, Trevor Pryce and Lauren Myracle will serve as the guest judges in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) School Library Month digital storytelling contest. The authors will make the final determination of winners per grade level and winners will receive a set of books signed and personalized by the judging author.

AASL launches Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of a companion website for its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. A new vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students, the new site offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Knowledge Quest can be viewed at knowledgequest.aasl.org.

AASL webinar examines the effects of school libraries on students' test performance

CHICAGO – Participants will explore national education data sets and learn about major predictors of student performance during a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Denice Adkins, “Rich Student, Poor Student, & the School Library: What the PISA Exam Tells Us about Our Value” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Feb. 5. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

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