American Association of School Librarians

AASL joins nearly 3,000 organizations to make voice of nondefense discretionary programs heard

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and others from the nondefense discretionary (NDD) community have delivered a letter to Congress urging leaders to avert sequestration by adopting a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs.” Joining AASL in this effort are nearly 3,000 national, state and local organizations from all 50 states representing the education, public safety and health communities.

Nominations sought for the best curriculum based apps

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting nominations for its new Best Apps for Teaching and Learning recognition. Nominations are being solicited for apps that encourage student engagement in learning and reinforce innovative teaching.  Apps nominated should also strengthen instruction, critical thinking skills and inquiry. Apps can be nominated via the online form on the AASL website.

AASL awards season opens with more than $50,000 in opportunities

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) prestigious awards program will offer more than $50,000 in awards in 2013 to AASL members. AASL’s 10 awards recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include research, collaboration, leadership and innovation. AASL personal members are required to fill out applications using AASL’s online awards database.

Collaboration, leadership and Response to Intervention examined in new School Library Research articles

CHICAGO — Three new research articles covering the topics of the process of teacher/school librarian collaboration, the role of the school librarian as a leader in technology integration and the function of school librarians in Response to Intervention (RtI) are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s online journal, School Library Research.

AASL seeks proposals for concurrent sessions at the AASL 16th National Conference in Hartford, Conn.

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the American Association of School Librarians 16th National Conference and Exhibition. Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov.15 and Saturday, Nov. 16. The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/aaslrfp.

Be calm, cool and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO – Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Aug. 6 - Aug. 31, 2012. Registration and course information are available on the AASL e-Academy page.

AASL announces 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

CHICAGO — At the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the 2012 Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning. In its fourth year, the list of websites honors the top 25 Internet sites for enhancing learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. The list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

Thought leaders examine school libraries and the whole child in new AASL podcasts

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.

Dollar General renews support of school libraries impacted by natural disaster

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has renewed its commitment to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and school libraries across the country by dedicating an additional $435,000 in grants to Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund.  This donation brings the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s support of rebuilding school libraries impacted by natural disaster to a total of $1.6 million.  In addition, the new round of grants offers two annual catastrophic awards and an increase in grant amounts.  Previous grants ranged from $5,000 to $15,00

Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund introduces catastrophic disaster relief grants

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has introduced two new catastrophic disaster relief grants as part of Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund.  The Beyond Words program, a collaboration between AASL and the National Education Association (NEA), is fully funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. To date, the program has awarded more than $1 million dollars in grants to rebuild and expand library programs at more than 130 schools affected by natural disasters across the country.

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