American Association of School Librarians

ALA, AASL provide support for high school librarians in Cleveland

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are providing support to local efforts to avert cuts to high school librarians in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

The proposed cuts directly follow district reform efforts that led to massive restructuring and a transition to a per pupil budgeting system.

ALA and AASL introduce School Library Snapshot tool

CHICAGO — In time for School Library Month, the Office for Library Advocacy (OLA), in collaboration with American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has introduced a new School Library Snapshot tool. This tailored infographic allows school librarians to create a visual representation of how their library aligns with provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), from providing information literacy instruction to working with teachers and hosting enrichment activities.  

Kathleen Procopio receives AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award

CHICAGO – Kathleen Procopio, principal of Millville (N.J.) High School, is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program.

Newbery Award Winner Avi to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Award winning author Avi will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, as part of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. During his presentation, Avi will speak of his work and his connection to readers and librarians.

James Patterson recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Best-selling author James Patterson has been selected by AASL President Leslie Preddy as the 2016 Crystal Apple recipient. The honor is awarded to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on school library programs and students. A staunch school library advocate, Patterson has dedicated both time and funds to promote the ways school libraries transform a child’s educational career.

New SLR articles explore school library advocacy and research methods

CHICAGO - Two new articles covering the topics of school library advocacy and comparable research measurements 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.

Megan McDonald speaks for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 celebration of School Library Month, is now available. In the PSA, McDonald speaks to how school librarians transform learning by inspiring and feeding the curiosity of their students. The PSA and instructions on how to embed the video on school library websites can be viewed at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2016/psa.

AASL bridges dues for student members

CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due May 2, 2016, and will cover renewals based on recipient’s current membership cycle. Information on how to apply can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards/student.

ALA, AASL support school librarians in Houston Independent School District

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are assisting local efforts in Houston to maintain and expand school librarian positions, as a current proposal mandating a certified school librarian in every school in the Houston Independent School District is currently under scrutiny. ALA and AASL came out in support of this proposal in an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle on March 4.

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