American Association of School Librarians

Voting period opens to name the AASL13 conference daily

CHICAGO – Four finalists have been chosen in the contest to name the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition on-site daily newspaper. AASL members and conference attendees can now vote at national.aasl.org/daily-contest for one of the following names:

  • Aloft

  • Hot Air Highlights

  • The Hartford Current

  • Launch Pad

AASL member Deven Black receives inaugural school librarian Bammy Award

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Deven Black was named the 2013 Bammy Award recipient in the inaugural school librarian category. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the contributions of educators from across the education field. Black was presented with his award by Sylvia Knight Norton, AASL incoming executive director, during a red-carpet event in Washington D.C. on Sept. 21.

AASL13’s One Book, One Conference gets the right things done

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conference committee has named “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done” as the One Book, One Conference read for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition. Written by closing general session speaker, Peter Bregman, the book outlines a three-step process for prioritizing a 9 hour workday which takes only 18 minutes.

The AASL13 conference daily – “Your Name Here”

CHICAGO – A new contest launched by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will rename the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition onsite daily newspaper. Formerly known as the AASL Advocate, AASL members and national conference attendees are invited to submit names and vote online for their favorite submission.  The winning name will be revealed with the release of the electronic preview edition of the paper on Oct. 14, 2013. The person submitting the winning entry will receive a prize of their choice of one AASL publication.

AASL commends 10 programs aligned with association’s values and mission

CHICAGO — Moving on recommendations made by its Affiliate Assembly, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended 10 programs based on the programs’ support of the school librarian profession. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines as well as the principles expressed in the AASL mission and value statements.

Sylvia Knight Norton named AASL executive director

CHICAGO — Sylvia Knight Norton is the new executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), effective Sept. 30, 2013.   Sylvia K. Norton comes to AASL/ALA from the College of Communication and Information, School of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University, where she has been school library media internship coordinator and instructor.  During this period, she also served as state E-Rate coordinator, Florida Department of Management Services (2011-2012). 

AASL learning standards and program guidelines available on the go

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has just released e-book versions of its learning standards and program guidelines publications “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action” and “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.” Both titles are now available in print and e-book formats, as well as in a print/e-book bundle. These and other AASL publications can be purchased through the ALA online store.

Rise to the collaboration challenge on the AASL13 Ning!

CHICAGO – All are invited to join the AASL13 conversation by joining the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition Ning at ning.aasl.org. The Ning provides attendees a chance to jumpstart the AASL13 conversation and maintain the connections made while in Hartford. It also offers those unable to attend the chance to share in the excitement of national conference. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

Don't miss early bird registration rates for AASL national conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members planning to register for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition to do so before the Aug. 22 early bird registration deadline by visiting national.aasl.org. On Aug. 23, registration rates will be raised $50, and after Oct. 17, AASL members can expect to pay $100 more for registration. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

Honor the best in the profession with an AASL award

CHICAGO – Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2014 awards season are now available using AASL’s online awards database. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program.

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