American Association of School Librarians

Enjoy dinner and book talk with authors at AASL13

CHICAGO –   Libba Bray and Shane W. Evans are set to appear at a premier author event taking place during the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, Conn.  At the Author Banquet on Nov. 15, conference attendees will enjoy a delicious meal and learn of the inspiration behind Bray’s and Evans' award-winning books. After dinner, the authors will sign copies of their books, which will also be available for purchase. More information is available at

AASL eCOLLAB’s learning space continues to grow with a new archived webinar

CHICAGO - Writer Margaret Sullivan builds library spaces for 21st-century learners in the archived webinar “Envisioning New Library Spaces” now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development archive, eCOLLAB

AASL seeks proposals for new flash webinar series

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks proposals from current personal AASL members for a new series of monthly hot topic webinars. The webinars are designed to bring members tips and tricks from their peers in a fast format. Each will feature four presenters sharing 5- to 7-minute presentations. Proposals are currently being accepted for the introductory webinar taking place at 8 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 9. The webinar will focus on beautifying the school library on a small budget.

Dollar General recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO — American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Susan Ballard has selected Dollar General as the recipient of the 2013 Crystal Apple. 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.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks for school libraries during School Library Month

CHICAGO –  The NBA’s all-time leading scorer and New York Times best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been named the official spokesperson for the 2013 celebration of School Library Month.

“At the 2011 AASL National Conference, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar impressed school librarians from all over the country with his book and film ‘On the Shoulders of Giants,’” said Cassandra Barnett, School Library Month committee chair.  “As an author, former basketball player and well-educated man, we believe that he is a powerful spokesperson for school libraries.”

AASL seeks proposals for ALA 2014 Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for programs to be presented during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas. The deadline for preconference submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 27, 2013. The deadline for concurrent session submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. More information is available at

Share coffee and conversation with graphic novel authors at AASL13

CHICAGO –   Five author/illustrators will share the creative process behind the exciting genre of graphic novels during the Author Breakfast at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition.  Attendees of the event, taking place Nov. 17, will enjoy breakfast with Faith Erin Hicks, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka and Raina Telgemeier before being treated to a rousing live demonstration of the art of creating graphic novels.

NCLE report reveals school librarians as highly involved leaders inside and outside of their schools

CHICAGO – A new report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) reveals that school librarians are highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other educators.

AASL webinar series makes the case for school library programs during School Library Month

CHICAGO – A new series of webinars, presented by members of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Advocacy Committee, will explore critical questions currently facing the school library profession. Presented in a new 20 minute format, these webinars will focus on a single topic and will cover the AASL advocacy tools attendees need to most effectively promote their program.

School Libraries Count! personalized reports available for AASL survey participants

CHICAGO – Personalized reports are now available for participants in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) School Libraries Count! longitudinal survey. Participants in the 2012 survey can access their reports by visiting


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