AASL News

Kordeliski Elected 2025-2026 AASL President

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the results of its 2024 election. Members elected Amanda Kordeliski, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology...

Gabriela Gualano receives AASL Frances Henne Award

Gabriela Gualano, teacher librarian at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles, California, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators. The award will enable Gualano to attend an AASL National Conference for the first time.

Wendy Gassaway receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

Wendy Gassaway, school librarian at Alder Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Cathi Fuhrman receives the AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

Cathi Fuhrman, a school librarian at State College Area High School, Pennsylvania, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Award. Established in 1982 and sponsored by ProQuest, the award is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and ALA.

AASL STEM Special Event Grants Awarded

CHICAGO – Five STEM Special Event Grants have been awarded by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Supported by the Danaher Foundation, the STEM Special Event Grant Program supports a special event to increase student engagement by providing direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would engage students to promote STEM education and student interest in a career in the STEM field. Each recipient will receive a $3,000 grant to fund their project or event.

AASL launches new research into content supporting the national standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched new research into the content and materials of the “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries." A set of online surveys for school library professionals, collaborators, and AASL Chapters is open from November 6-20, 2023. Survey links and more information can be found at standards.aasl.org/research.