American Association of School Librarians

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.

Melody Townley selected as AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Melody Townley has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Townley and Denise Tabscott will join 48 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

Denise Tabscott selected as AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Denise Tabscott has been selected as one of two American Association of School Librarians (AASL) sponsored participants in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Tabscott and Melody Townley will join 48 of their peers as the program kicks off at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

Utah, Washington and Minnesota school librarians ready for 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. School librarians and educational stakeholders in Utah, Washington, and Minnesota attended workshops on Oct. 12-13 highlighting the intersections between ESSA provisions and effective school library programs.

Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina add their voice to 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 150 school librarians and educational stakeholders in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina attended workshops on Oct. 20 and 21 highlighting the intersections between ESSA provisions and effective school library programs.

California and Vermont school librarians ensure their role in state ESSA plans

CHICAGO – On Oct. 8, more than 85 school librarians and educational stakeholders in California and Vermont 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.

New York ESSA momentum builds

CHICAGO – On Oct 1., school librarians and educational stakeholders in New York attended a workshop dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the complimentary workshops are part of an outreach effort to AASL state affiliates to highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be addressed in state and local plans.

AASL president to help ensure critical role of school librarians included in Virginia ESSA state plan

CHICAGO — On Friday, Oct. 21, school librarians and education partners from across the state will gather in Norfolk to prepare themselves to be active participants in Virginia Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) implementation. The workshop will start a discussion on how librarians connect with specific components of the legislation, identify how these align with the current state plan and develop an actionable plan to work with state education officials to ensure that all children in Virginia have access to an effective and well-funded school library program.

AASL releases standards and guidelines research findings

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a summary report of the data collected as part of the evaluation and remodeling of its learning standards and program guidelines. The goal of the research was to assess attitudes and perceptions about the current products, including content and usability. The research also collected information on how AASL might improve its implementation assistance. To read the report, visit www.ala.org/aasl/standards/revision.

Applications open for the 2017 AASL awards program

CHICAGO - Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 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: