AASL to offer leadership institutes

Contact: Andrea Parker


For Immediate Release

March 5, 2003

AASL to offer leadership institutes

If you're looking for a leadership program to offer to school library media specialists in your state, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has made available "Leading Through Collaboration," the first in a series of leadership institutes to be used nationwide throughout the profession.

Respected consultant Betty Bankhead developed the leadership institute curriculum for AASL with goals that include: gaining knowledge of the leadership skills necessary to achieve change; working with other leaders to study the challenges facing the profession; tie AASL and the American Library Association (ALA) resources to specific leadership strategies; examine leadership opportunities available in AASL and ALA; develop new contacts with other regional AASL member; plan and reflect on professional and personal goals; and have an opportunity to receive professional development credit.

The program will be one and half days in length and is available for license from AASL. As part of the licensing agreement AASL will: provide promotional information the sponsor can use to develop event related publicity; provide a speaker and pay the speaker honorarium, travel, lodging expenses and per diem; make airline and hotel reservations for the speaker; provide handouts and an evaluation form; and publicize the institute on the AASL Web site, as well as link to the presenting organization's Web site.

For more information or to offer the Leadership Institute in your state or region contact AASL at (312) 280-4386 or

AASL, a division of ALA, promotes the improvement and extension of library media 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 media field.