American Association of School Librarians

Two school library research projects awarded AASL Research Grants

CHICAGO — Two school library-related research projects, “The Principals’ Perspectives on the Value of School Librarians in Teaching and Learning Case Study” and "Bark If You R.E.A.D. in School Libraries: Can School Librarians with Therapy Dogs and Reading Support Skills Be an Effective Part of a School's Literacy Intervention Team?" are the 2013 recipients of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Research Grant sponsored by Capstone.

Scott Bacon receives AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award

CHICAGO – Scott Bacon, principal of Blue Valley high school in Stilwell, Kan., is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Distinguished School Administrators Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award 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.

Scott Middle School educators win AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – The “Make a Difference” research project team from Scott Middle School in Lincoln, Neb., is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award.

Audiobooks and information literacy explored in new SLR articles

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of the use of audiobooks with struggling readers and high school students’ information literacy skills are now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR).

Keith Curry Lance receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO — Keith Curry Lance is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978 and sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

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.”


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