American Association of School Librarians

Jay Bansbach wins a year of free AASL membership

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

Michael Daria receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Michael Daria, superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools (TCS), is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished School Administrator Award. Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award recognizes and honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program.

AASL seeks bloggers for Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks bloggers for its Knowledge Quest website: knowledgequest.aasl.org. To apply to become a KQ blogger for 2018-2019, please visit knowledgequest.aasl.org/bloggers. Applications are due May 23, 2018.

Application now open for AASL Standards Implementation Grant

CHICAGO – The application for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards is now open. Three grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded 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 Standards storytelling campaign promotes enduring examples of teaching and learning

CHICAGO – As part of the implementation of its new “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a video storytelling campaign. With Every Standard Tells A Story, school library professionals can submit their own  narratives on how school libraries transform teaching and learning for real people in real places through examples of the things they already do every day that meet the AASL Standards.

Present a webinar and make professional development connections during School Library Month

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites webinar proposals to be presented as part of its annual School Library Month programming. Observed in April, School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education. The 2018 theme is Making Connections at Your School Library.

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.