American Association of School Librarians

ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

AASL offers assistance to schools impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers its support to its colleagues impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As recovery efforts begin, AASL encourages schools to apply for one of two AASL disaster relief grants: the AASL Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant sponsored by Marina "Marney" Welmers. 

Applications open for the 2018 AASL awards program

CHICAGO - Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2018 awards season are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program. AASL awards and grants recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.

Applications are now open for:

AASL National Conference & Exhibition advance registration deadline approaching

CHICAGO – Only three weeks remain to secure advance registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. Attendees finalizing their registration prior to Oct. 12 save $50 over late/on-site rates for the conference, taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information, including a Make Your Case to Attend infographic can be found at

Building partnerships and passing legislation the focus of new ALA and AASL webinar

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO), Office of Library Advocacy and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will facilitate a conversation about building partnerships and identifying library champions in order to pass school library legislation at the state level.

CCSS, OER, and more in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO – During a new webinar taking place Thurs., Sept. 28, at 6:00 p.m. Central, presenter Krista Welz will demonstrate a variety of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned Open Educational Resources (OER) and how they can be applied in Google Classroom. Registration for “Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom” is now open at

Amy Aldridge-Ritchey wins free AASL national conference registration, hotel and travel

CHICAGO – Amy Aldridge-Ritchey from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, recommended American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) membership to a colleague and in return has won complimentary AASL National Conference registration, round-trip airfare, and a three-night hotel stay as the grand prize winner of the Share the Wealth campaign.

AASL web portal offers first peek at new standards resources and content

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is excited to announce the release of several early materials addressing elements of the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” which will launch in November at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona. The early materials are featured on the AASL Standards web portal at

Learning, networking and fun continue at AASL17 after dark

CHICAGO – The opening day of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition promises to continue the learning, networking and fun well into the evening with several special events. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at

The after-hours events taking place Nov. 9 include:

New AASL webinar builds STEAM skills hands-on

CHICAGO – Building a learner’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) skills will be the focus of an upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Taking place on Tues., Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. Central, “Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities” will highlight best practices for engaging diverse learners in science education through narrative nonfiction books and outdoor/hands-on activities.