American Association of School Librarians

Two schools receive $50,000 grants from AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO — Herald Whitaker Middle School in Salyersville, Ky., and Joplin High School, in Joplin, Mo. are the recipients of the first catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Science instruction and pre-service librarian and teacher instruction examined in School Library Research

CHICAGO — Two new research articles are now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). "School Library Research offers research studies featuring aspects of library programming for distinctive populations," said Jean Donham, SLR co-editor. "One new study examines how important school librarians are in science instruction.

Dr. Mark Edwards, 2013 Superintendent of the Year and digital revolutionary, to speak at AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO — Mark Edwards, the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year and recent host to President Obama during the announcement of the White House’s ConnectED initiative, will speak at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. Called the leader of a “digital revolution,” the Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District (MGSD) Superintendent will speak on the fundamental rethinking of teaching and learning.

AASL recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project, which established model school libraries across the United States. The project was a result of a $1.1 million grant funded by the Knapp Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. At the time, it was the largest grant specifically earmarked for the development of school libraries received by the American Library Association (ALA).

Showcase encourages school librarians to ‘rise to the challenge’ one idea at a time

CHICAGO — Attendees of the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to jump start their conference experience by attending the IDEAxCHANGE. The IDEAxCHANGE, formerly the Exploratorium, showcases best practices from school library professionals from across the country. This two hour event, open to all registrants, takes place prior to the opening general session for the conference taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

New AASL publication takes the mystery out of leadership

CHICAGO — “Empowering Leadership: Developing Behaviors for Success,” a new publication from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), takes the mystery out of leadership by unveiling the hidden qualities that create confident, successful leaders. Written by Ann M. Martin, the book provides essential questions school librarians can use to assess their leadership skills and offers suggestions to put into practice.

Independent school librarians invited to network at AASL national conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will host events encouraging school librarians working in independent schools to network and build community. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge,” will feature an Independent School Section (ISS) networking reception and two tours to local independent schools. More information on these events can be found at national.aasl.org.

Thirty AASL members receive 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 16th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

Grant recipients include:

Molly Ann Bates
Russellville Middle School
Russellville, Ala.

AASL congratulates newly recognized NCATE-accredited programs

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) would like to congratulate the 12 programs recently granted AASL and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) recognition.  National recognition is awarded to education master’s programs in school librarianship that have been reviewed and approved by AASL's program reviewers using the “ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Programs for School Library Media Specialist Preparation” (2003) or th

Pennsylvania Avenue School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Pennsylvania Avenue School, located in Atlantic City, N.J., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes three school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – $10,000 toward its school library program.

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