For immediate release | March 13, 2012

AASL’s research journal announces name change and debuts new logo

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is excited to announce that its online, refereed research journal, School Library Media Research, has officially changed its name to School Library Research (SLR). Beginning with its 15th Volume in April 2012, all research manuscripts in the journal will carry the new name and be branded with the new logo.

The name change and new logo reflect the adoption of the professional title, “school librarian.” More importantly, they represent a professional rebirth for the journal, which emphasizes research on instructional theory, teaching methods and critical issues relevant to school libraries and school librarians. School Library Research will also see a revamp to its manuscript format and to its website,, beginning with the publication of Volume 15 manuscripts in April 2012.

“AASL’s peer-reviewed journal is respected as one of the most prestigious publishing venues for scholars in school librarianship,” said Jean Donham, SLR co-editor. “The new title gives us the opportunity to reimage and expand the journal’s reach, while still providing high quality, original research from scholars in our field.”

School Library Research (ISSN: 2165-1019) is the successor to School Library Media Research (ISSN: 1523-4320) and School Library Media Quarterly Online. The journal is peer-reviewed, indexed by H. W. Wilson's Library Literature and by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology and continues to welcome manuscripts that focus on high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

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.