American Association of School Librarians

AASL celebrates 2016 School Library Month with spokesperson Megan McDonald

CHICAGO – Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2016 observance of School Library Month (SLM). Celebrated in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month honors the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.

School librarians invited to apply for $5,000 humanities programming prize

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming must be received by May 6, 2016. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

AASL and GameRT invite you to GAME

CHICAGO – Online registration is now open for a new two-day event from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education, co-sponsored by the ALA Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT), will focus on how games encourage critical thinking, problem solving and creative activities. GAME will be held September 23-24 in Rochester, N.Y. Early bird registration is open through May 1, 2016, at www.ala.org/aasl/GAME.

AASL CLASS research summit call for participants

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites doctoral students and professors to submit their interest to be part of the Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS) Research Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 7, 2016. More information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/CLASS.

AASL eCOLLAB evolves with the addition of national conference sessions

CHICAGO – Concurrent sessions recorded at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition are now available on AASL’s newly enhanced professional development platform. More information can be found at ecollab.aasl.org.

Meg Finney selected as an AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Meg Finney has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Finney and Hattie Garrow will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Action research and autism explored in new School Library Research articles

CHICAGO – Two new articles covering the topics of action research in school libraries and introducing information literacy to students with autism are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

Hattie Garrow selected as an AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Hattie Garrow has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Garrow and Meg Finney will join more than 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Senate passage of Every Student Succeeds Act boosts U.S. school children’s chances of 21st century success

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians applaud the passage of S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The bill is the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years opens up use of federal funding to effective school library programs.  The bill now moves to President Obama to sign into law.

AASL President Leslie Preddy and ALA President Sari Feldman released the following joint statement regarding today’s developments:

Federal support for school libraries closer to fruition

                                 U.S. House passes Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill now moves on to the Senate and if  passed, and signed into law, will be the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years that will provide access to funding for the enhancement of school library services and resources. 

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