American Association of School Librarians

Innovative library programs on display during school tours at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – School tours planned during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will put on display the best and brightest school library programs in Hartford, Conn.  Tours to these educational facilities will take place prior the opening of “Rising to the Challenge,” taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013. More information is available at

AASL seeks nominees for the NCATE Board of Examiners

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks two individuals to recommend for service on the Board of Examiners (BOE) of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  NCATE is an agency authorized by the federal government to accredit units within colleges and universities that prepare classroom teachers and other pre K-12 school personnel.  Full information on the requirements and responsibilities can be found on the NCATE website.

AASL seeks volunteer editor for online research journal

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

Webinar demonstrates how school librarians can extend their classroom beyond the bookstacks

CHICAGO - The archive of the recent webinar, “Join the Common Core Conversation,” is now available online as a part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB.  Presented by Kristina Holzweiss, the webinar introduces participants to professional social networking using Edmodo and illustrates its use in establishing nationwide connections.

Thought leaders discuss the benefits of school librarian mentorship

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents the newest set of podcasts in its 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series.

New webinar addresses Internet safety issues and the school librarian

CHICAGO — Members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are invited to attend “A School Librarian’s Role in Preventing Sexting & Cyberbullying,” a webinar presented by Laurie Nathan from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and hosted by AASL.  Taking place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 28, 2013, the webinar addresses ongoing Internet safety issues affecting children, including cyberbullying and sexting. To register, visit

Webinar offers in-depth look at PBS LearningMedia™ literacy lessons

CHICAGO —  In a new vendor webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), presenters Carol Studebaker,  Charlotte Hodges and Carolyn Jacobs will offer an in-depth look at middle school literacy tools now available from PBS LearningMedia™. The webinar, “PBS LearningMedia™ Launches Blended Literacy Lessons,” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. To register, visit

Complimentary AASL preconference prepares librarians for disaster recovery

CHICAGO — The Association of School Librarians (AASL) has added a complimentary disaster recovery workshop to its preconference line up taking place at the American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Annual Conference.  The half-day session, “Beyond Words: How to Recover from a Disaster in Your Library,” will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28 in Chicago. For more information on this and other AASL offerings, visit

New AASL publication explores new concepts for school library spaces

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) added to its series of Learning4Life publications with the release of “Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts.” Written by Margaret (Peg) Sullivan, the book focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies. The publication is available in both print and e-book formats, as well as in a print/e-book bundle, and can be purchased through the ALA online store.

New SLR articles examine LGBTQ literature and school library programs in special ed schools

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of LGBTQ-themed literature for teens and school library services provided to students with special needs are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR).


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