American Association of School Librarians

Advance registration rates for AASL13 end October 17

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members planning to register for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition to do so at national.aasl.org/registration before the Oct. 17 advance registration deadline. On Oct. 18, registration rates will be raised $50. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., and is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders.

AASL awarded IMLS National Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has been awarded a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). AASL’s “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” national research forum is one of 42 grants awarded by IMLS totaling more than 14.6 million dollars. National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that improve professional practice beyond the grantee institution.

AASL members name finalists in National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest

CHICAGO – Forty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) participated in the "A Book That Shaped Me" Library of Congress National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest as first round panel judges. The program, now in its second year, asks rising 5th and 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.

Online application for AASL’s National School Library Program of the Year Award now open

CHICAGO – The online application for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2014 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award is now open. Schools and school districts interested in applying can access the application using AASL’s online awards database.

Voting period opens to name the AASL13 conference daily

CHICAGO – Four finalists have been chosen in the contest to name the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition on-site daily newspaper. AASL members and conference attendees can now vote at national.aasl.org/daily-contest for one of the following names:

  • Aloft

  • Hot Air Highlights

  • The Hartford Current

  • Launch Pad

AASL member Deven Black receives inaugural school librarian Bammy Award

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) member Deven Black was named the 2013 Bammy Award recipient in the inaugural school librarian category. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the contributions of educators from across the education field. Black was presented with his award by Sylvia Knight Norton, AASL incoming executive director, during a red-carpet event in Washington D.C. on Sept. 21.

AASL13’s One Book, One Conference gets the right things done

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conference committee has named “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done” as the One Book, One Conference read for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition. Written by closing general session speaker, Peter Bregman, the book outlines a three-step process for prioritizing a 9 hour workday which takes only 18 minutes.

The AASL13 conference daily – “Your Name Here”

CHICAGO – A new contest launched by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will rename the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition onsite daily newspaper. Formerly known as the AASL Advocate, AASL members and national conference attendees are invited to submit names and vote online for their favorite submission.  The winning name will be revealed with the release of the electronic preview edition of the paper on Oct. 14, 2013. The person submitting the winning entry will receive a prize of their choice of one AASL publication.

AASL commends 10 programs aligned with association’s values and mission

CHICAGO — Moving on recommendations made by its Affiliate Assembly, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended 10 programs based on the programs’ support of the school librarian profession. To be considered, programs must align with AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines as well as the principles expressed in the AASL mission and value statements.

Sylvia Knight Norton named AASL executive director

CHICAGO — Sylvia Knight Norton is the new executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), effective Sept. 30, 2013.   Sylvia K. Norton comes to AASL/ALA from the College of Communication and Information, School of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University, where she has been school library media internship coordinator and instructor.  During this period, she also served as state E-Rate coordinator, Florida Department of Management Services (2011-2012). 

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