American Association of School Librarians

Emmy® Award winner Sonia Manzano to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Actress, author and script writer Sonia Manzano will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Manzano will discuss books, characters and voices of color alongside Matt de la Peña and Rita Williams-Garcia at the Friday, Nov. 6, event themed “Diverse Authors, Diverse Voices.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Bestselling author Matt de la Peña to discuss diverse voices at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Bestselling author Matt de la Peña will appear as one of three featured speakers at an author banquet presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. de la Peña will discuss books, characters and voices of color alongside Sonia Manzano and Rita Williams-Garcia at the Friday, Nov. 6, event themed “Diverse Authors, Diverse Voices.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Early birds save $100 at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – By registering before the Aug. 13, 2015, early bird deadline, conference attendees will save $100 on registration rates for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, and is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders.

Amy Kauth wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Amy Kauth, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Kauth’s name was drawn as the June winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Kauth referred Susan Sparks to AASL.

Performance-based evaluations and ELL research projects studied in new School Library Research

CHICAGO – Two new research articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The articles cover the topics of performance-based evaluations and the factors that impact the way English language learners’ complete research. Articles can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

AASL and Dollar General Literacy Foundation award two $50,000 Beyond Words Disaster Relief Grants

CHICAGO – Old Dock Elementary School in Whiteville, N.C., and James Monroe Elementary in Edison, N.J., are the recipients of the 2015 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as a part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Since 2012, two catastrophic grants are awarded yearly to schools that suffered a 90 percent or greater loss to the school library program due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. 

AASL invites webinar proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts and school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form.

AASL announces 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The annual list honors 25 Internet sites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its seventh year, with 175 recognized sites, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

AASL announces 2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2015 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The list of 25 apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its third year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

Bob Sibert, BTSB president, to receive AASL Presidential Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Bob Sibert, president of Bound to Stay Bound Books, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Apple by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Terri Grief. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school library programs and students.