American Association of School Librarians

AASL holds ESSA listening session with U.S. Department of Education

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 3, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) leaders met virtually with Dr. Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary from the U.S. Department of Education (USED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. This one-hour “listening session” was devoted to the relationship between school librarians and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The USED will take this information into account as it provides guidance on Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichments Grants.

Kristi Green wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Kristi Green has won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Green's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Green referred Megan Greene to AASL.

AASL seeks gaming proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks proposals for sessions on tabletop and/or digital gaming to be presented during GAME | Gaming as Meaningful Education taking place Sept. 23-24, 2016, in Rochester, NY. Co-sponsored by the ALA Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT), GAME will focus on how games encourage critical thinking, problem solving and creative activities. To submit a proposal, visit www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

Veterans Memorial Elementary School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Veterans Memorial Elementary School, located in Naples, Florida, is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award 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 introduces Inspire Grants

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians to apply for two new grants made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers. The additions to the organization’s prestigious awards program provide funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections or plan a special event in order to enhance student learning. Criteria, eligibility and application requirements can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards.

Wilson Southern Middle School’s Holocaust project receives AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – Ann Yawornitsky, Jennifer Sarnes and Melissa Zawaski from Wilson Southern Middle School in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, are the recipients of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources.

Yates elected 2017-2018 AASL president

CHICAGO – Steven Yates, instructor and acting coordinator of the school library media certification program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, has been elected as the 2017-2018 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Yates will serve as president-elect during 2016-2017 under AASL President Audrey Church.

AASL seeks volunteer co-editor for online research journal

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking a volunteer co-editor for its peer-reviewed online research journal, School Library Research (SLR). The responsibilities of the co-editor include setting the scope and tone of the journal, managing editorial activities and the refereeing process and soliciting high-quality articles.

Hilda Weisburg receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO – Hilda Weisburg, retired school librarian and editor of “School Librarian's Workshop,” is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

Stephanie Hewett Rous receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Stephanie Hewett Rous, school librarian at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, N.C., is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 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.