American Association of School Librarians

AASL president releases statement on 'Declaration for the Right to Libraries'

CHICAGO – Gail Dickinson, AASL President, released the following statement regarding the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries:”

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) proudly supports the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries,” a component of Barbara Stripling’s 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Initiative, “Libraries Change Lives.” School library programs change lives by empowering students to become effective and independent users of information and ethical and productive members of our democratic society.

NEA unanimously votes to support AASL and the Strengthening America’s School Act

CHICAGO – Delegates at the 2013 National Education Association (NEA) Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly adopted without debate a new business item which called on NEA to support the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in its lobbying efforts with regard to the Strengthening America’s School Act. Presented by Susan Ridgeway, AASL member and advocacy chair for the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, the business item read:

Ruth V. Small and Mega Subramaniam named AASL School Library Research editors

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has appointed Ruth V. Small and Mega Subramaniam as co-editors of its peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). Small and Subramaniam assume the roles previously filled by Jean Donham and Carol Tilley.

AASL announces inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of 25 apps builds on AASL’s established Best Websites for Teaching & Learning recognition and provides a new technology resource for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.

AASL announces 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill. The annual list honors the 25 Internet sites which provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its fifth year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

Two schools receive $50,000 grants from AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO — Herald Whitaker Middle School in Salyersville, Ky., and Joplin High School, in Joplin, Mo. are the recipients of the first catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Science instruction and pre-service librarian and teacher instruction examined in School Library Research

CHICAGO — Two new research articles are now available as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). "School Library Research offers research studies featuring aspects of library programming for distinctive populations," said Jean Donham, SLR co-editor. "One new study examines how important school librarians are in science instruction.

Dr. Mark Edwards, 2013 Superintendent of the Year and digital revolutionary, to speak at AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO — Mark Edwards, the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year and recent host to President Obama during the announcement of the White House’s ConnectED initiative, will speak at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. Called the leader of a “digital revolution,” the Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District (MGSD) Superintendent will speak on the fundamental rethinking of teaching and learning.

AASL recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Knapp School Libraries Project, which established model school libraries across the United States. The project was a result of a $1.1 million grant funded by the Knapp Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. At the time, it was the largest grant specifically earmarked for the development of school libraries received by the American Library Association (ALA).

Showcase encourages school librarians to ‘rise to the challenge’ one idea at a time

CHICAGO — Attendees of the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to jump start their conference experience by attending the IDEAxCHANGE. The IDEAxCHANGE, formerly the Exploratorium, showcases best practices from school library professionals from across the country. This two hour event, open to all registrants, takes place prior to the opening general session for the conference taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

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