American Association of School Librarians

AASL launches social media recognitions

CHICAGO – Acknowledging the role social media plays in school library promotion, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching a new recognition program - Social Media Superstars. Nominated and endorsed by their peers, the program will recognize school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration widely via a variety of social media channels.

AASL opens call for webinars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites subject matter experts to submit proposals for webinars 30-60 minutes in length. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form.

Proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the webinar subject matter supports AASL’s mission of empowering leaders to transform teaching and learning. AASL especially seeks webinars on the following topics:

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for ALA's 2017 Sara Jaffarian Award

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 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 5, 2017. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

New AASL editorial board ready to get social

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has appointed five school library professionals to serve as members of the new AASL social media editorial board. Editorial board members will curate and compose social media posts for AASL platforms. The editorial board includes:

  • Edie Crook, school librarian, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, N.C.
  • Nancy Jo Lambert, school librarian, Reedy High School, Texas

  • Jane Lofton, school librarian (retired), Mira Costa High School, Calif.

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 18th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Managing the successful school library

CHICAGO — To ensure their libraries survive and thrive, school library managers need to be both responsive and proactive. Looking past the day-to-day operations of a school library, “Managing the Successful School Library: Strategic Planning and Reflective Practice,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, serves as a reality check: school libraries must align with school mission statements and policies, while simultaneously negotiating for proper budgets and resources alongside other departments.

AASL Celebrates 2017 School Library Month with spokesperson Andy Weir

CHICAGO – Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2017 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

AASL seeks national conference program reviewers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently accepting applications for volunteers to participate in a blind review and scoring of concurrent session and best practices showcase proposals for the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition, “Beyond the Horizon.”  To apply, please use the application form located at www.ala.org/aasl/national/reviewer. The deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

AASL seeks research associate

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a research associate to coordinate the research efforts of the CLASS: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II, a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant. The position begins in January 2017 and concludes in the fall of 2018. Additional application information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.