American Association of School Librarians

Ohio Educational Library Media Association named 2018 AASL Affiliate of the Year

CHICAGO – The Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) has been named the inaugural recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Affiliate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the AASL Affiliate most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local level. The recipient organization receives a $1,000 stipend.

Guided inquiry examined in new School Library Research article

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR) examines perceptions and use of guided inquiry. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

Ann Schmidt wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Ann Schmidt has won a free year of AASL membership. Schmidt's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Terri McCarthy Wright to AASL, Schmidt has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

ALA President Jim Neal to hold ‘Fight for School Libraries’ summit May 23

CHICAGO – Seeing the need for urgent action to combat cuts in school library funding, staffing and programming, American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal will host a summit in Chicago on May 23, at ALA Headquarters, 50 E. Huron, to work with our nation’s library leaders to craft a strategy to advocate for our nation’s school libraries.

Neal is convening representatives from school, public and academic libraries. The meeting aims to create a strategy that demonstrates the value and impact of school libraries in their communities.

AASL publishes new research on diversity in graphic novels

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR),examines how race is depicted in graphic novels for teens in light of the “We Need Diverse Books” and “Reading Without Walls” movements. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Keeling elected 2019-2020 AASL president

CHICAGO – Mary Keeling, library services supervisor for Newport News (Va.) Public Schools, has been elected as the 2019-2020 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President. Keeling will serve as president-elect during 2018-2019 under AASL President Kathryn Roots Lewis.

Save the Date: AASL Membership Meeting

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its annual membership meeting at 6 p.m. Central (7 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Pacific) on Thursday, May 31. Held virtually, the membership meeting will be the second quarterly meeting of AASL Connection (#aaslcxn), a new conversation point for the school library profession. More information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/AASLcxn.

Judy Deichman receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Judy Deichman, school librarian at Nottoway Middle School in Crewe, Virginia, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Robert E. Lee High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO – Robert E. Lee High School, located in Springfield, Virginia, is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2018 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a single school or district-wide school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school's curriculum. The recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – and $10,000 toward its school library program.

AASL President’s Program to focus on diversity with speaker Jervette Ward

CHICAGO – Dr. Jervette R. Ward, associate professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will conclude the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Awards Ceremony & President’s Program taking place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, as part of the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.