CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. A full list of rates and deadlines can be found at national.aasl.org.
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held during the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp. Completed proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 24, 2017, to be considered.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Kim Lindskog has won a free year of AASL membership! Lindskog's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. Lindskog referred Leah Carol Plumley to AASL.
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.
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.