American Association of School Librarians

AASL13 storytellers to weave flights of fancy

CHICAGO — Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. Performers Carol Birch, Bill Harley and Valerie Tutson will appear at the storytelling festival and help attendees celebrate the everyday and fantastic in a casual evening of traditional and original tales. Admission to the festival is included in the price of registration, and a Q&A and book signing will follow the performance.

AASL names Ina Laguerta as 2013 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO - As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the school library profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has named Ina Laguerta as its 2013 Spectrum Scholar. The Spectrum Scholarship fund is the American Library Association’s (ALA) national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession. AASL supports Spectrum Scholars through conference assistance and mentoring.

Meet your favorite AASL authors and purchase their books at AASL13

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will have the opportunity to purchase AASL’s newest publications from the exhibit hall bookstore while onsite in Hartford, Conn. In addition, selected authors of these publications will be on hand to sign copies of their book during the conference taking place Nov. 14-17. More information and a full schedule of appearances is available on the national conference website at national.aasl.org/exhibits.

School librarians learn to lead library initiatives with new AASL webinar

CHICAGO — School library professionals can kick off the school year right by learning how to take charge of three major library initiatives: library advisory committees (LACs), Response to Intervention (RtI) and community assessments during a new Knowledge Quest webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). “LACs, RtI, and Community Assessment How-Tos,” will take place at 6 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 24. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

AASL releases executive summary of 2011-2012 NCES Schools and Staffing Survey

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released an executive summary of the 2011-2012 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).  Prepared by the AASL research and statistics committee with a data analysis by Sue Kimmel, the summary highlights findings relevant to the school library profession and areas inviting further study. The executive summary can be downloaded as a PDF via the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/research.

New AASL publication helps school librarians navigate the changing landscape of e-books

CHICAGO — The newest publication from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), “Ebooks and the School Library Program: A Practical Guide for the School Librarian,” provides school librarians with a roadmap to help navigate the vast and intricate world of e-books. Written by AASL members Cathy Leverkus and Shannon Acedo, the book familiarizes school librarians with available e-book devices and helps facilitate decision making about e-book collections.

Advance registration rates for AASL13 end October 17

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members planning to register for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition to do so at national.aasl.org/registration before the Oct. 17 advance registration deadline. On Oct. 18, registration rates will be raised $50. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., and is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders.

AASL awarded IMLS National Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has been awarded a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). AASL’s “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” national research forum is one of 42 grants awarded by IMLS totaling more than 14.6 million dollars. National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that improve professional practice beyond the grantee institution.

AASL members name finalists in National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest

CHICAGO – Forty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) participated in the "A Book That Shaped Me" Library of Congress National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest as first round panel judges. The program, now in its second year, asks rising 5th and 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.

Online application for AASL’s National School Library Program of the Year Award now open

CHICAGO – The online application for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2014 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award is now open. Schools and school districts interested in applying can access the application using AASL’s online awards database.

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