American Association of School Librarians

Julie Stivers receives AASL Frances Henne Award

CHICAGO – Julie Stivers, school librarian at Mt. Vernon Middle School in Raleigh, N.C., is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators. The award will enable Stivers to attend an AASL National Conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time.

Warren Drake receives AASL Distinguished School Administrator Award

CHICAGO – Warren Drake, superintendent of schools for the East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) School System, is the recipient of the 2017 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.

Kathryn Roots Lewis elected 2018-2019 AASL President

CHICAGO – Kathryn Roots Lewis, director of media services and instructional technology for Norman (Okla.) Public Schools, has been elected as the 2018-2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president. Lewis will serve as president-elect during 2017-2018 under AASL President Steven Yates.

Critically acclaimed author Jason Reynolds to speak at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Award-winning and “crazy about stories” author Jason Reynolds will present the Saturday general session during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Ariz. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

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.