American Association of School Librarians

Dollar General renews support of school libraries impacted by natural disaster

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has renewed its commitment to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and school libraries across the country by dedicating an additional $435,000 in grants to Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund.  This donation brings the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s support of rebuilding school libraries impacted by natural disaster to a total of $1.6 million.  In addition, the new round of grants offers two annual catastrophic awards and an increase in grant amounts.  Previous grants ranged from $5,000 to $15,00

Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund introduces catastrophic disaster relief grants

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has introduced two new catastrophic disaster relief grants as part of Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund.  The Beyond Words program, a collaboration between AASL and the National Education Association (NEA), is fully funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. To date, the program has awarded more than $1 million dollars in grants to rebuild and expand library programs at more than 130 schools affected by natural disasters across the country.

Crosswalk connects Common Core State Standards

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) provides another tool to demonstrate the school library program’s connection to student learning, with the publication of a new Common Core State Standards crosswalk.

AASL extends deadline to submit data analysis proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the deadline for  researchers to submit a proposal to undertake a data analysis of its national longitudinal survey of school library programs, School Libraries Count!  Those interested in submitting a proposal are asked to send required materials to the AASL office before the extended deadline of June 15, 2012. More information about the RFP, visit the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

AASL to announce 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will announce the recipients of the 2012 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  The announcement will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, in room 213D of the Anaheim Convention Center.  For more information on this and other AASL events at ALA Annual Conference, visit www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

AASL webinar on Common Core State Standards encourages school librarians to 'seize the day!'

CHICAGO — In a new webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), facilitator Paige Jaeger will discuss the vital role school librarians play in assisting teachers with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  “Common Core Carpe Diem: Seize the Day on Information Integration!” will take place at 6 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 6, 2012. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.  Registration for this webinar is required and is limited to the first 100 logins.

AASL expands its advocacy brochure series with Spanish translation

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has expanded its School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series of advocacy brochures with the addition of a Spanish translation of the parent brochure. Each brochure in the School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series is designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents and teachers.  For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/advocacybrochures.

New AASL Knowledge Quest issue features interview with former first lady Laura Bush

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) executive director, interviews former first lady Laura Bush in the new issue of AASL’s professional journal, Knowledge Quest. The issue focuses on the theme “Caring is Essential.” During the interview, Walker and the former first lady discuss the caring power of the Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative, a project overseen by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

AASL webinar presents the power of care in the school library program

CHICAGO — The June 12 Knowledge Quest webinar, hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will focus on caring and its place in the school library program. Presented by Olga Nesi, the webinar “The Transformative Power of Care,” will look at how showing care can make school library programs stronger and help them become the heart of the school community. The webinar will begin at  7 p.m. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

AASL Fall Forum toolkit helps school librarians 'make their case'

CHICAGO — To help school librarians demonstrate to their supervisors the value of attending the 2012 Fall Forum, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has included a justification toolkit as part of its Fall Forum website. AASL’s national institute, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program,” will take place Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C., and satellite site offerings include Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, North Texas and the California Bay Area.

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