American Association of School Librarians

Maggie Townsend wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Maggie Townsend has won a free year of AASL membership. Townsend's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Jessica Fritz to AASL, Townsend has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

AASL Launches Affiliate of the Year Award

CHICAGO – At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the launch of its new Affiliate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the AASL Affiliate organization most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local level. This recognition encourages AASL Affiliates to provide their members community, educational growth, legislative activities and increased involvement at the local, state and national levels.

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for ALA’s 2018 Sara Jaffarian Award

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2018 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 4, 2018. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

AASL Celebrates 2018 School Library Month with Spokesperson Jason Reynolds

CHICAGO – Jason Reynolds, author of “Ghost,” “Patina,” “Long Way Down,” and “Miles Morales: Spider-Man,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

Lisa Kranz wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Lisa Kranz has won a free year of AASL membership. Kranz's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Gail Salameh to AASL, Kranz has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

Susan Yutzey wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Susan Yutzey has won a free year of AASL membership. Yutzey's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Lori Lee to AASL, Yutzey has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

AASL introduces National School Library Standards implementation grant for Affiliates

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) proudly announces the launch of the AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. Three grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded annually to AASL Affiliate organizations for the planning and execution of an event, initiative or activity focused on the implementation of the new AASL National School Library Standards.

AASL opens nominations for Social Media Superstars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is delighted to announce the return of its social media recognitions, which celebrate social media superstars within the school library profession. Such superstars enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students and school communities by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration widely with stakeholders via a variety of social media channels.

New Year, New Standards, New Learning

CHICAGO – As the New Year begins, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages its members to keep their professional development resolution and visit AASL eCOLLAB – their one-stop shop for on-demand learning. Members can access eCOLLAB at ecollab.aasl.org using their already established AASL/ALA website ID and password.

Keeling and Moreillon seek 2019-2020 AASL presidency

CHICAGO – AASL members Mary Keeling and Judi Moreillon will seek the 2019-2020 AASL presidential term during the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) election. A full slate of AASL candidates can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/elections.

Mary Keeling is the supervisor of library services for Newport News Public Schools in Newport News, Virginia. She is a Lilead Fellow and currently serves as chair of the AASL standards and guidelines implementation task force.