American Association of School Librarians

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.

AASL e-Academy continues the learning throughout the summer

CHICAGO — Register now for one or more of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)  e-Academy courses scheduled through the end of summer. These four-week self-paced courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Registration and course information are available at www.ala.org/aasl/eacademy.

The upcoming course schedule includes:

Dickinson elected AASL president, 2013-2014

CHICAGO — Gail Dickinson, associate professor at Old Dominion University (Va.), has been elected as the 2013-2014 AASL president.  Dickinson will serve as president-elect during 2012-2013 under AASL President Susan Ballard.

AASL launches eCOLLAB

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces a new feature of AASL membership, eCOLLAB –Your eLearning Laboratory: Content Collaboration Community. This repository of AASL professional development provides members and subscribers with a central location to find and manage their e-learning as well as to connect with others in the learning community. eCOLLAB contains webcasts, podcasts and resources from various AASL professional development events, as well as  the latest issue Knowledge Quest in an interactive PDF format.

South Texas Independent School District named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is the recipient of the 2012 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award. The NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, each recipient is recognized with a crystal obelisk and $10,000 for their school library program.

Hinsdale Township High School District 86 named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Hinsdale Township (Ill.) High School District 86 is the recipient of the 2012 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award. The NSLPY recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, each recipient is recognized with a crystal obelisk and $10,000 for their school library program.

AASL debuts new website and format for School Library Research

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a new website for its online, refereed research journal, School Library Research (SLR). The new website coincides with a new name for the journal formerly known as School Library Media Research (SLMR).  The name change reflects the adoption of the professional title, “school librarian,” and a rebirth for the journal, which presents research on instructional theory, teaching methods and critical issues relevant to school libraries and school librarians.

AASL President recognizes Senator Jack Reed with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Carl Harvey has selected Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island as the recipient of the 2012 Crystal Apple. The 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.

AASL Innovative Reading Grant awarded to Kristine Klopp

CHICAGO — Kristine Klopp’s  project,  “Square Off for Reading!,” is the 2012 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, this grant of $2,500 supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Sharon Coatney receives AASL Distinguished Service Award

CHICAGO — Sharon Coatney is the 2012 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. Coatney was nominated by Linda Corey.

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