AASL Research Grant

Sponsored by ABC-CLIO

Monetary Amount: Three papers will be selected and each author will receive a $350 grant

Deadline: February 1

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The AASL Research Grant recognizes excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), through the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS), will invite submissions of papers on original research with this focus. Full papers submitted can either be:

  1. Articles published in a peer-reviewed journal with a publication date no earlier than January 1, 2019; OR
  2. Completed research papers ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, or currently under review.


Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Technology Leadership
  • Instructional or Curriculum Design
  • Shared Foundations as outlined in the 2018 AASL National School Library Standards
  • Digital Literacy Skills Integrated in Content Learning
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Technology-Enabled Learning
  • Collaborative Learning in the School Library
  • Inclusiveness and Respect for Diversity
  • Literacy


The paper must:

  • Describes a significant issue OR unique topic in the field of school librarianship
  • Presents a clear rationale, model, and/or theoretical framework
  • Includes a thorough literature review providing an overview of existing research and evidence
  • Offers a complete and thorough synthesis of a body or research to develop an argument OR provides a detailed methodology and results from an original empirical study
  • Illustrates how research findings may be applied to the field

Additional Requirements

  1. If selected, at least one author must be able to attend the AASL National Conference or ALA Annual Conference (dependent upon year) to present.
  2. If selected, at least one author per paper must be willing and able, upon request, to author a practitioner-friendly article on their research for publication in School Library Connection.

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* Please note: This downloadable version is for informational purposes only. All applications must be submitted online, via the Apply Now button that will appear at the top of the page when the next award season opens in early September.


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Deputy Executive Director


  • “Place Consciousness: A Narrative Inquiry of the Advocacy Practices of Five Rural/Frontier School Librarians” by Ann Ewbank, Professor and Head, Department of Education, Montana State University
  • “Collaborating with Teacher Librarians to Support Adolescents’ Literacy and Literature Learning” by Margaret Merga, researcher and author in libraries and literacy, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
  • “Factors Influencing Intention to Introduce Accessibility in Makerspace Planning and Implementation” by Heather Moorefield-Lang, Associate Professor, UNC Greensboro, and Ana Dubnjakovic, Head of Music Library, University of South Carolina


  • “School and Public Library Collaboration: A Phenomenology of Working Together” by Jenna Kammer and Denise Moreland
  • “Rethinking Curation in School Libraries and School Library Education: Critical, Conceptual, Collaborative” by Jenna Spiering and Kate Lechtenberg
  • “Application of the Teacher Citizenship Behavior (TCB) Theory to the Extra-Role Work of School Librarians” by Karen Reed


  • “Does ALA Ban Books? Examining the Discourse of Challenged Books" by Sue C. Kimmel and Danielle E. Hartsfield
  • “E-Book Collections in High School Libraries: Factors Influencing Circulation and Usage” by April Dawkins and Karen Gavigan
  • "Lessons Learned: Intentional Implementation of Second Makerspaces” by Heather Moorefield-Lang