American Association of School Librarians

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.

Hilliker, Keeling and Lewis seek 2018-19 AASL presidency

CHICAGO – AASL members Robert Hilliker, Mary Keeling and Kathryn Roots Lewis will seek the 2018-2019 AASL presidential term during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) election. A full slate of AASL candidates can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/about/elections.

Robert Hilliker is the director of the Edsel Ford Memorial Library at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He currently serves on the AASL Board of Directors as the representative for the Independent School Section.

School librarians working together in Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas to advance ESSA state planning

CHICAGO – Three additional states have added their voice to the call for school librarian participation in the development of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state implementation plans. More than 175 school librarians and educational stakeholders in Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas attended workshops Nov. 13-15 highlighting the intersections between ESSA provisions and effective school library programs.

Idaho and Oklahoma school librarians sprinting towards ESSA implementation

CHICAGO – On Nov 1., school librarians and educational stakeholders in Oklahoma and Idaho attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The workshops focused on highlighting opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be addressed in state and local plans.

AASL invites concurrent session proposals for its 18th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its 18th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Complete proposals must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

AASL presents 30 ESSA state workshops in 60 days

CHICAGO – When presentations wrapped in Nebraska and Alaska on Nov. 11, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) completed a monumental task of facilitating 30 state-level Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) workshops in only 60 days. The workshops, presented in collaboration with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and the ALA Washington Office, focused on highlighting opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be addressed in state and local plans.

School librarians in Missouri, Hawaii and Alabama prepared for ESSA state planning

CHICAGO – School librarians in three additional states are prepared and eager to participate in the development of their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state implementation plans. Along with other educational stakeholders, school librarians in Missouri, Hawaii and Alabama attended workshops on Oct. 28 and 29 highlighting the intersections between ESSA provisions and effective school library programs.

ESSA workshops right on time for Pennsylvania and Connecticut school librarians

CHICAGO – On Oct. 25, school librarians and educational stakeholders in Pennsylvania and Connecticut attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The workshops focused on highlighting opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be addressed in state and local plans.