American Association of School Librarians

AASL invites program proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for preconference workshops and concurrent sessions to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. The preconference workshop deadline is Friday, Aug.  15, 2014, and the concurrent session deadline is Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. More information is available at

Preddy elected 2015-2016 AASL president

CHICAGO – Leslie Preddy, school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis, Ind., has been elected as the 2015-2016 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Preddy will serve as president-elect during 2014-2015 under AASL President Terri Grief.

ALA President Barbara Stripling's free webinar series continues with 'STEAM in Libraries'

CHICAGO — STEAM Learning, a framework for teaching across the multiple disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, is the focus for the next webinar in Barbara Stripling’s “Libraries Change Lives” series.  This free webinar will concentrate on introducing the STEAM philosophy into school and public libraries; highlighting its project-based learning and collaborative qualities.  Please mark your calendar for 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Central time on Monday, May 19, 2014.

New AASL webinar promotes CCSS collaboration between school and public librarians

CHICAGO A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will explore the ways public librarians can become involved in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and support their school librarian colleagues. Presented by Margaux DelGuidice and Kathryn Roots Lewis, “The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students” takes place at 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 8. For more information and to register, visit

AASL announces winners of School Library Month student video contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), along with ProQuestAbrams, and SchoolTube, announces the winners of the "Lives Change @ Your Library" Student Video Contest. Contestants were urged to let loose their creativity and use humor, drama, music and/or special effects to illustrate how the school library program changes a student’s life.

The winning entries are:

New School Library Research articles explore evidence-based practice and innovation

CHICAGO – Two new research articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The articles cover the topics of evidence-based library and information practice in Texas school libraries and the attitude and needs of young innovators. The purpose of School Library Research is to promote and publish high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Eaglecrest High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Eaglecrest High School, located in Centennial, Colo., is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2014 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by the Follett Corporation, the NSLPY annually recognizes a 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 announces 2014 award recipients

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the recipients of its 2014 awards. AASL awards and grants recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation. Recipients of this prestigious program are celebrated for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession.

National IMLS research summit focuses on school librarians and student achievement

CHICAGO – Fifty research scholars from across the nation will gather in Chicago to participate in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) research summit. Focused on setting an agenda for future school library research, the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” summit will take place April 11-12, 2014.

School Library Month PSAs with spokesperson Jeff Kinney now available

CHICAGO – Two new video PSAs featuring Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, are now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Kinney is the national spokesperson for the 2014 observance of School Library Month, and in the PSAs he encourages viewers to “celebrate how our nation’s school libraries change lives.” The videos can be viewed at and downloaded from


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