American Association of School Librarians

ALA, AASL support school librarians in Houston Independent School District

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are assisting local efforts in Houston to maintain and expand school librarian positions, as a current proposal mandating a certified school librarian in every school in the Houston Independent School District is currently under scrutiny. ALA and AASL came out in support of this proposal in an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle on March 4.

AASL seeks webinar proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers and subject matter experts to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented/released between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form.

School librarians heart AASL

CHICAGO – Why do school librarians love the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and enthusiastically Share the Wealth of AASL membership with their colleagues? Kathy Lester, Melissa Grabill and Courtney Lewis encouraged their school librarian professional peers to join AASL and won a complimentary year of membership for themselves. Each was asked why they felt their colleagues should join:

AASL celebrates 2016 School Library Month with spokesperson Megan McDonald

CHICAGO – Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2016 observance of School Library Month (SLM). Celebrated in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month honors the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.

School librarians invited to apply for $5,000 humanities programming prize

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming must be received by May 6, 2016. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at

AASL and GameRT invite you to GAME

CHICAGO – Online registration is now open for a new two-day event from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education, co-sponsored by the ALA Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT), will focus on how games encourage critical thinking, problem solving and creative activities. GAME will be held September 23-24 in Rochester, N.Y. Early bird registration is open through May 1, 2016, at

AASL CLASS research summit call for participants

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites doctoral students and professors to submit their interest to be part of the Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS) Research Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 7, 2016. More information can be found at

AASL eCOLLAB evolves with the addition of national conference sessions

CHICAGO – Concurrent sessions recorded at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition are now available on AASL’s newly enhanced professional development platform. More information can be found at

Meg Finney selected as an AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Meg Finney has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Finney and Hattie Garrow will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Action research and autism explored in new School Library Research articles

CHICAGO – Two new articles covering the topics of action research in school libraries and introducing information literacy to students with autism are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.