3M announces Salute to Schools recipients for 2002

Contact: Keidra Chaney


For Immediate Release

May 2002

3M announces "Salute to Schools" recipients for 2002

3M and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are pleased to announce that 112 United States middle and high schools have been selected to receive a total of $1.5 million in much-needed security technology through the 2002 "3M Salute to Schools" program.

For the past three years, the program has provided 3M detection systems to help middle and high school library media centers with limited resources, reduce the loss of valuable library materials.

"3M Salute to Schools" is sponsored by 3M in cooperation with AASL, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The program reflects 3M's support for education and technology and AASL's dedication to library programs that support the teaching and learning environment.

The recipients of the "3M Salute to Schools" donation will receive, free of charge, up to two 3M detection systems for the entrance/exit of their media center, including a supply of Tattle-TapeTM Security Strips for marking library materials and materials processing accessories - a package with an average value of $15,000.

The members of the 2002 AASL selection committee were Gail Bush, Maine West High School, Evanston, Ill.; Valerie Edwards, Monona Grove High School, Monona, Wis.; Judy Hays, retired, Indianapolis; Mary Leary, Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, Mass.; and Jolen Neumann, Blackhawk Middle School, Madison, Wis.

For a complete list of the 2002 recipients and more information about 3M Library Systems, please visit

The "3M Salute to Schools" program is made up of cash and in-kind gifts made by 3M and the 3M Foundation and bolstered by employee and retiree volunteerism.

AASL promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. AASL's mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.