American Association of School Librarians

Award winning author Brian Selznick to appear at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Brian Selznick, award winning author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” will appear during a special author general session on Sat., Nov. 7, 2015, during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at

Blue Valley High School named National School Library Program of the Year

CHICAGO — Blue Valley High School, located in Stilwell, Kansas, is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2015 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY annually recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school's curriculum. The recipient receives an obelisk – the symbol of school library excellence – and $10,000 toward its school library program.

AASL opens targeted call for national conference session proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) opens a second call for concurrent session proposals to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. AASL seeks sessions specifically targeting the lower elementary grade level and those focusing on diverse, multicultural and special populations at any grade level. The deadline is Friday, June 12, 2015. More information is available at

New Mexico receives AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant to extend professional development to isolated school librarians

CHICAGO – The Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group in New Mexico (ASL-SIG) is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. 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.

Stephanie Meurer, Jennifer Milstead and Erin Kelley receive AASL Collaborative School Library Award for Holocaust project

CHICAGO – School librarians Stephanie Meurer and Jennifer Milstead, and language arts teacher, Erin Kelley, from Sierra Middle School in Parker, Colorado, are the recipients of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award.

Ann M. Martin receives AASL Distinguished Service Award for leadership in the profession and association

CHICAGO – Ann M. Martin, retired educational specialist of Henrico County Schools and a past president of AASL, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the $3,000 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.

Diana Rendina transforms school library and receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Diana Rendina, school librarian at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, Florida, is the recipient of the 2015 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, to attend an AASL conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time.

Carolyn Kirio receives AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award for 24/7 school library transformation

CHICAGO – Carolyn Kirio, school librarian at Kapolei Middle School in Hawaii, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Information Technology Pathfinder Award. Sponsored by Follett, the $1,500 award recognizes and honors school librarians demonstrating vision and leadership through the use of information technology to build lifelong learners.

Clarice Marchena receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant to implement enrichment book club program

CHICAGO — Clarice Marchena, school librarian at Dos Puentes Elementary School, in Manhattan, New York, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Arlen Kimmelman to build agents of change with inaugural Ruth Toor Grant

CHICAGO – Arlen Kimmelman, school librarian at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, N.J., is the recipient of the inaugural Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides 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.


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