American Association of School Librarians

Article written by AASL members appears in Principal magazine

CHICAGO — “Digital Native Does Not Equal Digital Literacy,” written by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts, appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of “Principal,” the magazine published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

School Library Research opens volume 18 with three new studies

CHICAGO — Three new research articles are now available in volume 18 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The three research articles examine the motivation to seek out information, science-focused collaboration between pre-service school librarians and pre-service elementary teachers and school library advocacy efforts. Articles can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

AASL offers webinar on iTunes U and the school librarian

CHICAGO – Participants will explore the largest repository of free content in the world through the lens of the school librarian in the newest webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by school librarian and Apple Distinguished Educator Cheryl Boes, “iTunes U & You: Digital Content in the School Library” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 5. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

Gamer geek Eli Neiburger to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Self-proclaimed geek, gamer, dork and doofus Eli Neiburger, will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, as part of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Neiburger has spoken across the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand about libraries, gaming, ebooks, publishing and the Web.

AASL introduces the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO — In recognition of her service to and influence on the profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce its newest award, The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. The annual award, made possible by the generous support of Jay Toor, will support public school libraries in creating initiatives that promote and position their school library as necessary resources in their communities. More information is available on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/awards.

AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IdeaLab, formerly known as the IDEAxCHANGE, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. To submit a proposal, visit national.aasl.org/idea.

Marian Royal Vigil wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Marian Royal Vigil in turn won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Vigil’s name was drawn as the January winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Vigil referred Rachel Altobelli to AASL.

AASL webinar examines different perspectives of information literacy

CHICAGO – Participants will explore the differences between how information literacy is taught in K-12 and academic communities in a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by Emily Gover, “Big Data: What We Learned about Information Literacy from 10,000 Students and 1,200 Librarians” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Feb. 19. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL webinar explores the rationale and role of LGBTQ inclusive curriculum

CHICAGO – In a new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), participants will learn the unique ways school librarians can advocate for LGBTQ students through LGBTQ curriculum inclusion. Presented by Elizabeth Gartley, “Representation Matters: The School Librarian and LGBTQ Curriculum Inclusion” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Feb. 18. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL joins the coalition for Future Ready Schools

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined the national movement for Future Ready Schools as a coalition partner. The Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education are leading the Future Ready Schools effort with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and the vast coalition of national experts. More information about the movement can be found at www.futurereadyschools.org.

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