American Association of School Librarians

AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant awarded to the Ohio Educational Library Media Association

CHICAGO – The Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) is the recipient of the 2017 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.

Francis W. Parker School’s Dot Day project receives AASL Collaborative School Library Award

CHICAGO – Mary Catherine Coleman, Sarah Beebe, Sarah Weitz, Bev Greenberg, and Tisha Johnson from Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Ill., are the recipients of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award for their project “Dot Day: How Do We Work Together as Collaborators to Make Our Mark?” Sponsored by Upstart, the $2,500 award recognizes school librarian and teacher collaboration during the development and implantation of a curriculum-supporting program using school library resources.

Audrey Okemura wins a year of free AASL membership

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

Global education evangelist Jaime Casap to present AASL national conference opening keynote

CHICAGO – Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google, Inc., will keynote the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

New AASL standards take the stage at national conference

CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition will herald the launch of AASL’s new “National School Library Standards.” The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

School Library Research volume 20 opens with two new studies

CHICAGO – Two new articles covering the topics of research methodology and school library supervisors are now available in volume 20 of 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 www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

AASL introduces the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

CHICAGO – Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools impacted by an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

Andy Weir for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 celebration of School Library Month, is now available for view and download. In the PSA, Weir speaks to how school librarians empower learning by fostering experimentation and innovation. The PSA is available at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2017/psa.

Registration opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. A full list of rates and deadlines can be found at national.aasl.org.

Share your best practice at AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held during the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp. Completed proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 24, 2017, to be considered.