American Association of School Librarians

Supervisors of school librarians share advice on Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ Supervisors Section will carve out a corner of Knowledge Quest with monthly blog posts from its members. Posts will be written from the perspective of supervisors advising school librarians on best practices and tips for building-level librarians using AASL standards.

AASL awarded IMLS grant for causal research

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has been awarded a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Laura Bush program grants support the recruiting and educating library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research and new programs that build institutional capacity.

Best-selling author Josephine Angelini ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Josephine Angelini will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Angelini will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason, Kate Messner and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov. 8, event themed “Girls Rock the Fantasy World.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

Harry Potter Alliance turns pop-culture passion into civic engagement at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Did you know that your school library is not just a school library? Find out how at a special workshop during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition, where The Harry Potter Alliance will share with attendees how the school library is actually the Hogwarts Room of Requirement and the school librarian’s job is to lead Dumbledore’s Army.

Mary Marks wins a year of free AASL membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Mary Marks, in turn, won a free year of AASL membership for herself. Marks’ name was drawn as the August winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Marks referred Nancy Wadin to AASL.

Smackdowns, Quizzos and networking at the AASL15 Unconference

CHICAGO – Attendees of the Unconference held during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition should bring plenty of energy and be prepared to participate and contribute during the participant-driven, organic and dynamic event. The focus of the Unconference, which starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and runs until midnight, is informal peer-to-peer learning with all ideas welcome. More information and links to participate can be found at national.aasl.org/unconference.

AASL names members of standards and guidelines implementation task force

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has named the members of its new task force responsible for developing a plan to support states, school systems and individual schools preparing to implement the association’s new learning standards and program guidelines. Chair Mary Keeling will be joined by members Judy Deichman, Sara Kelly Johns, Kate Lechtenberg, Ellen McNair, Jeanie Phillips and Joyce Valenza.

Public relations for school libraries made easy

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new member-created resource to help school librarians promote the ways their programs transform teaching and learning. Available on the AASL website or as a PDF download, the tool offers strategies, practical tips and key messages school librarians can implement immediately.

AASL launches survey to inform new learning standards and program guidelines

CHICAGO – In preparation for the upcoming review and revision of its learning standards and program guidelines, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched an online survey to assess attitudes and perceptions about the current AASL standards and guidelines documents. Open until Sept. 18, 2015, the survey can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1EZrlop.

Breakthrough debut author Sabaa Tahir ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO –  Best-selling debut author Sabaa Tahir will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Tahir will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Kate Messner at the Sunday, Nov. 8, event themed “Girls Rock the Fantasy World.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.

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