American Association of School Librarians

Julianne Moore speaks for school libraries in new PSA

CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Academy Award® winning actress and bestselling author Julianne Moore is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as part of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month. In the PSA, Moore speaks to how school librarians empower students to succeed in school and beyond. The PSA and instructions on how to embed the video on school library websites can be viewed at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2015/psa.

Travel grants available for first-time AASL national conference attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Online submission process now open for AASL best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IdeaLab, formerly known as the IDEAxCHANGE, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. To submit a proposal via the online RFP, visit national.aasl.org/idea.

AASL names members of Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has named the members of its new editorial board to evaluate and revise the association’s learning standards and program guidelines. The editorial board will build on a strong history of publications by AASL to transform teaching and learning through school library programs. Chair Marcia Mardis will be joined by members Susan Ballard, Elizabeth Burns, Kathryn Lewis, Kathy Mansfield, Deborah Rinio and Kathleen Roberts.

AASL extends deadline for digital storytelling contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites students to participate in a digital storytelling contest held as part of the 2015 celebration of School Library Month.  The contest asks students to reflect on the 2015 theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends” and create a story using a website recognized as an AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning.

Article written by AASL members appears in Principal magazine

CHICAGO — “Digital Native Does Not Equal Digital Literacy,” written by American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts, appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of “Principal,” the magazine published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

School Library Research opens volume 18 with three new studies

CHICAGO — Three new research articles are now available in volume 18 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The three research articles examine the motivation to seek out information, science-focused collaboration between pre-service school librarians and pre-service elementary teachers and school library advocacy efforts. Articles can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

AASL offers webinar on iTunes U and the school librarian

CHICAGO – Participants will explore the largest repository of free content in the world through the lens of the school librarian in the newest webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Presented by school librarian and Apple Distinguished Educator Cheryl Boes, “iTunes U & You: Digital Content in the School Library” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 5. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

Gamer geek Eli Neiburger to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Self-proclaimed geek, gamer, dork and doofus Eli Neiburger, will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, as part of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Neiburger has spoken across the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand about libraries, gaming, ebooks, publishing and the Web.

AASL introduces the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO — In recognition of her service to and influence on the profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce its newest award, The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. The annual award, made possible by the generous support of Jay Toor, will support public school libraries in creating initiatives that promote and position their school library as necessary resources in their communities. More information is available on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/awards.

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