American Association of School Librarians

The 'kindness team' at Dr. Michael Conti School - PS 5 receives AASL Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – The project “Promoting Social Justice Awareness and a Culture of Kindness through Literature and Project-Based Learning” from the Dr. Michael Conti School - PS 5 in Jersey City, New Jersey, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources.

AASL awards eleven Inspire Grants for collections and special events

CHICAGO – Eleven schools from across the country have been awarded American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Grants. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the Inspire Grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections or plan a special event to enhance student learning.

Mike Havener receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Mike Havener, school librarian for Springfield (Illinois) High School, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides $3,000 in funding for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions the school library as a necessary resource in the community.

A decade of studies reviewed in School Library Research volume 21 opening article

CHICAGO – Volume 21 of School Library Research (SLR), the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, opens with a new article providing a review of a decades worth of studies in school librarianship. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

Scotts Ridge Middle School project receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – The “Human Body Systems” project from Scotts Ridge Middle School Library in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implementation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources.

Deb Sondall Saetveit receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Deb Sondall Saetveit, school librarian at Westside Middle School in Omaha, Neb., is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators. The award will enable Saetveit to attend an AASL National Conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time.

AASL announces members of first Induction Program cohort

CHICAGO – Ten members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been selected to participate in the organization’s inaugural Induction Program cohort. Announced at the AASL national conference in Phoenix, the goal of the Induction Program is to assist future school library leaders in recognizing and developing their leadership abilities.

Alabama School Library Association awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The Alabama School Library Association (ASLA) is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant for their “No Other Option Summit.” Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL-affiliated school library associations for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local levels.

Jason Reynolds calls school libraries 'places of recognition for young people' in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new public service announcement featuring New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 2018 celebration of School Library Month. In the PSA, Reynolds speaks to how school libraries are places of refuge and recognition for students who want to feel less alone.

ALA and AASL release joint statement on Florida Senate Bill 7026

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Steven Yates released the following joint statement in response to legislation that will allow for the arming of school librarians in Florida schools. Senate Bill 7026 would permit librarians, counselors, and coaches to carry firearms in Florida Public Schools.