American Association of School Librarians

Remote access to school library resources continues to rise

CHICAGO — According to trend data collected by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), library staffing, expenditures and physical usage remains consistent with 2011 results.

Beyond Words website offers resources for recovery

CHICAGO — The Beyond Words website, part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, contains linked resources for school librarians and students to use while recovering from a natural disaster. Links include guides to facilities and funding, recovery and repair of damaged materials and helping students cope and process their experiences. Resources can be accessed at

AASL president commends teen digital research report

CHICAGO —The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) commends the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the College Board and the National Writing Project for the recently published report, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. The report shares findings on a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers about their students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies.

Susan Ballard, AASL president, released the following statement regarding the report:

Filtering in schools creates disconnected educators

CHICAGO — According to the results of the 2012 School Libraries Count! longitudinal survey conducted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools continues to be an issue in most schools across the country.  While these schools report that overly restrictive filters negatively impact student learning, findings indicate educator curriculum development and collaboration activities are also impeded.

AASL national conference website launched

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched the website for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition, “Rising to the Challenge.” The website,, contains preliminary information on the conference including registration rates, preconference workshops, educational tours, general session speakers and author events.

AASL offers assistance to schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers its support to its East Coast colleagues as recovery from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy begins and encourages schools to apply for a Beyond Words disaster relief grant.  The AASL Beyond Words grant program, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation can be used to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment within school libraries affected by natural disasters.

AASL extends deadline for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the deadline for AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition concurrent session proposals to 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, Dec. 7, in consideration of school library professionals living in states impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  AASL recognizes the difficulties faced by its East Coast colleagues due to the damage inflicted by the recent hurricane and wishes to allow those wanting to participate in an AASL national conference the time needed to submit a proposal.

AASL sponsors Roberts and Southworth as Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will sponsor two participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2013 Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The AASL-sponsored participants will join 50 of their peers as the program kicks off at the ALA 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

New articles published in School Library Research

CHICAGO — Three new research articles covering the topics of information literacy, professional development and collaboration and the impact of staffing levels on student achievement are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research.

AASL partners with Carnegie Science Center to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has partnered with the Carnegie Science Center: Girls Math & Science Partnership (GMSP) to inspire girls to see themselves in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through gaming and online activities. More information on the Can*TEEN Career Exploration initiative can be found at


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