For immediate release | January 13, 2011

AASL President visits state association recognized school library program

CHICAGO – As part of her tour of school libraries nationwide, Nancy Everhart, president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), visited Bernardo Heights Middle School Library in San Diego, California on Monday, Jan. 10.

On her tour, Everhart's goal is to gain support for Learning4Life (L4L), AASL's national plan for implementing the "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" and "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs." By touring exemplary school libraries in each state, Everhart also hopes to raise the profile of what an outstanding school library can do for students, as well as the school and local community. She also hopes to create a roster of celebrities, well-known educators and organizations and public figures as advocates for school librarians and their programs. Find out more about L4L at

The Bernardo Heights Middle School Library is under the direction of Susan Sheldon. The Vision Tour stop at Bernardo Heights included a program to celebrate this distinction.

The Vision Tour is Everhart's idea to showcase exemplary school libraries across the nation. More information about the Vision Tour can be found at and

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Melissa Jacobsen