American Association of School Librarians

Independent school librarians invited to network at AASL national conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will host events encouraging school librarians working in independent schools to network and build community. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge,” will feature an Independent School Section (ISS) networking reception and two tours to local independent schools. More information on these events can be found at national.aasl.org.

Thirty AASL members receive grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant in order to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

Grant recipients include:

Molly Ann Bates
Russellville Middle School
Russellville, Ala.

AASL congratulates newly recognized NCATE-accredited programs

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) would like to congratulate the 12 programs recently granted AASL and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) recognition.  National recognition is awarded to education master’s programs in school librarianship that have been reviewed and approved by AASL's program reviewers using the “ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Programs for School Library Media Specialist Preparation” (2003) or th

Pennsylvania Avenue School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Pennsylvania Avenue School, located in Atlantic City, N.J., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes three school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – $10,000 toward its school library program.

New Augusta South Elementary School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — New Augusta South Elementary School, located in Indianapolis, is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes up to three school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – $10,000 toward its school library program.

AASL extends deadline for SLR editor search

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the application deadline for the volunteer editor/co-editor position for its peer-reviewed online research journal, School Library Research (SLR). Applicants now have until May 31, 2013, to submit their application. The responsibilities of the editor/co-editor include setting the scope and tone of the journal, managing editorial activities and the refereeing process and soliciting high-quality articles.

BYOL! New online course from AASL helps participants 'bring your own lessons'

CHICAGO — During BYOL: Bring Your Own Lessons into the 21st Century!, the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) newest e-Academy course, participants will learn about AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning and how best to integrate them into a lesson plan. The facilitators will then walk participants through the submission of their plan to AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database. This six-week, self-paced course facilitated by Liz Deskins and Christina Dorr will begin Jun. 24, 2013.

Harvard innovation education fellow Tony Wagner opens AASL national conference

CHICAGO — Education innovator and thought leader Tony Wagner will headline the opening general session at the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 16th National Conference and Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. His presentation will draw on his more than 25 years of education consulting experience focused on creating strategies to improve learning for all students. More information can be found at national.aasl.org.

Swan Valley High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Swan Valley High School, located in Saginaw, Mich., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the NSLPY annually recognizes up to three school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Each recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – $10,000 toward its school library program.

Emergent leader Amy Jo Southworth receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO — Amy Jo Southworth, school librarian at Bay Shore High School in Sayville, N.Y., is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Established in 1986, the $1,250 award, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators.

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