American Association of School Librarians

Newbery Award Winner Avi to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Award winning author Avi will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, as part of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. During his presentation, Avi will speak of his work and his connection to readers and librarians.

James Patterson recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO – Best-selling author James Patterson has been selected by AASL President Leslie Preddy as the 2016 Crystal Apple recipient. The honor is awarded to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on school library programs and students. A staunch school library advocate, Patterson has dedicated both time and funds to promote the ways school libraries transform a child’s educational career.

New SLR articles explore school library advocacy and research methods

CHICAGO - Two new articles covering the topics of school library advocacy and comparable research measurements are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed at

Megan McDonald speaks for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 celebration of School Library Month, is now available. In the PSA, McDonald speaks to how school librarians transform learning by inspiring and feeding the curiosity of their students. The PSA and instructions on how to embed the video on school library websites can be viewed at

AASL bridges dues for student members

CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due May 2, 2016, and will cover renewals based on recipient’s current membership cycle. Information on how to apply can be found at

ALA, AASL support school librarians in Houston Independent School District

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are assisting local efforts in Houston to maintain and expand school librarian positions, as a current proposal mandating a certified school librarian in every school in the Houston Independent School District is currently under scrutiny. ALA and AASL came out in support of this proposal in an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle on March 4.

AASL seeks webinar proposals

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers and subject matter experts to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented/released between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form.

School librarians heart AASL

CHICAGO – Why do school librarians love the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and enthusiastically Share the Wealth of AASL membership with their colleagues? Kathy Lester, Melissa Grabill and Courtney Lewis encouraged their school librarian professional peers to join AASL and won a complimentary year of membership for themselves. Each was asked why they felt their colleagues should join:

AASL celebrates 2016 School Library Month with spokesperson Megan McDonald

CHICAGO – Megan McDonald, author of the beloved Judy Moody and Stink books, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2016 observance of School Library Month (SLM). Celebrated in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month honors the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.

School librarians invited to apply for $5,000 humanities programming prize

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 2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming must be received by May 6, 2016. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at


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