American Association of School Librarians

Research drives educators of school librarians at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Research and data driven practice will be the focus of sessions from the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations will explore the shift to causal research in the field, creating a community of scholars to better facilitate the research process, and the latest school library studies from across the country. More information can be found at national.aasl.org.

Follett continues support of school library professionals

CHICAGO – Follett continues to support school library professionals and ongoing learning with its sponsorship of the opening general session speaker at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs will open the conference, taking place in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5, 2015, by speaking on the evolving educational environment.

AASL opens call for researchers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites researchers to submit their interest to be part of the CLASS II: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II research team. Two applicants will be selected to join researchers from Old Dominion University and Florida State University for the three-year IMLS funded research project. The project will begin on January 1, 2016, and conclude in the fall of 2018. Additional application information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

Award winning author Kate Messner ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Kate Messner, award winning author of “The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z,” will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Angelini will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov.

Supervisors of school librarians share advice on Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ Supervisors Section will carve out a corner of Knowledge Quest with monthly blog posts from its members. Posts will be written from the perspective of supervisors advising school librarians on best practices and tips for building-level librarians using AASL standards.

AASL awarded IMLS grant for causal research

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has been awarded a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Laura Bush program grants support the recruiting and educating library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research and new programs that build institutional capacity.

Best-selling author Josephine Angelini ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Josephine Angelini will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Angelini will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason, Kate Messner and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov.

Harry Potter Alliance turns pop-culture passion into civic engagement at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Did you know that your school library is not just a school library? Find out how at a special workshop during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition, where The Harry Potter Alliance will share with attendees how the school library is actually the Hogwarts Room of Requirement and the school librarian’s job is to lead Dumbledore’s Army.

Mary Marks wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Mary Marks, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Marks’ name was drawn as the August winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Marks referred Nancy Wadin to AASL.

Smackdowns, Quizzos and networking at the AASL15 Unconference

CHICAGO – Attendees of the Unconference held during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition should bring plenty of energy and be prepared to participate and contribute during the participant-driven, organic and dynamic event. The focus of the Unconference, which starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and runs until midnight, is informal peer-to-peer learning with all ideas welcome. More information and links to participate can be found at national.aasl.org/unconference.