American Association of School Librarians

AASL seeks hosts for Fall Forum satellite sites

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will once again host a hybrid presentation of its biennial national institute, the Fall Forum, in 2014. As part of the presentation, three or four satellite sites across the country will present a live broadcast of events taking place Oct. 17-18, in St. Louis. Universities, school districts, intermediate education units or similar locations interested in hosting as a satellite site are invited to submit a one-page statement describing their qualifications to AASL by Dec. 10, 2013.

Mobile app keeps AASL13 information at attendees’ fingertips

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition can plan their conference schedule at home or on the go with the new AASL13 Mobile App.  The app and companion registration dashboard syncs user data so updates to a schedule can be made and accessed via a person’s laptop or mobile device.  For more information on features and how to download the mobile app, visit national.aasl.org/mobile-app.

AASL launches national surveys on the branding of school librarianship

CHICAGO – In order to provide a refreshing and inspiring image of school librarians and school library programs, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched two national surveys to examine the brands of the profession. The surveys will determine what the brands “school librarian,” “L4L” and “@your library” mean to current and future school library professionals and educational stakeholders.  

AASL13 storytellers to weave flights of fancy

CHICAGO — Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. Performers Carol Birch, Bill Harley and Valerie Tutson will appear at the storytelling festival and help attendees celebrate the everyday and fantastic in a casual evening of traditional and original tales. Admission to the festival is included in the price of registration, and a Q&A and book signing will follow the performance.

AASL names Ina Laguerta as 2013 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO - As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the school library profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has named Ina Laguerta as its 2013 Spectrum Scholar. The Spectrum Scholarship fund is the American Library Association’s (ALA) national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession. AASL supports Spectrum Scholars through conference assistance and mentoring.

Meet your favorite AASL authors and purchase their books at AASL13

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will have the opportunity to purchase AASL’s newest publications from the exhibit hall bookstore while onsite in Hartford, Conn. In addition, selected authors of these publications will be on hand to sign copies of their book during the conference taking place Nov. 14-17. More information and a full schedule of appearances is available on the national conference website at national.aasl.org/exhibits.

School librarians learn to lead library initiatives with new AASL webinar

CHICAGO — School library professionals can kick off the school year right by learning how to take charge of three major library initiatives: library advisory committees (LACs), Response to Intervention (RtI) and community assessments during a new Knowledge Quest webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). “LACs, RtI, and Community Assessment How-Tos,” will take place at 6 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 24. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

AASL releases executive summary of 2011-2012 NCES Schools and Staffing Survey

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released an executive summary of the 2011-2012 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).  Prepared by the AASL research and statistics committee with a data analysis by Sue Kimmel, the summary highlights findings relevant to the school library profession and areas inviting further study. The executive summary can be downloaded as a PDF via the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/research.

New AASL publication helps school librarians navigate the changing landscape of e-books

CHICAGO — The newest publication from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), “Ebooks and the School Library Program: A Practical Guide for the School Librarian,” provides school librarians with a roadmap to help navigate the vast and intricate world of e-books. Written by AASL members Cathy Leverkus and Shannon Acedo, the book familiarizes school librarians with available e-book devices and helps facilitate decision making about e-book collections.

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.

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