Kathy Agarwal
AASL Communications Specialist

For Immediate Release
May 25, 2006

"Get Out the Vote" campaign increases AASL voting by 39 percent

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to report a significant increase in voting by its members in the 2006 ALA election. As a result of the "Get Out the Vote" campaign launched by AASL in early spring, the AASL voter turnout at ALA polls increased by 39 percent from last year.

The success of the campaign is evidenced by the highest voter turnout in 5 years - 2,178 members voted in 2006 compared to only 1,571 in 2005, 1,590 in 2004, 1,228 in 2003, and 1,321 in 2002.

AASL designed the "Get Out the Vote" campaign in response to its new Strategic Plan's goals, in particular the
Influence within ALA goal that states: "Increase AASL member involvement in ALA leadership."

This year, out of 15 AASL members running for ALA Council, 11 were elected.
They are: Cassandra Barnett, Elizabeth (Beth) E. Bingham, Carolyn Brodie, Ann Dutton Eubank, Carolyn P. Giambra, Dora T. Ho, Dennis J. LeLoup, Virginia (Ginny) Moore, Frances Roscello, Margie Thomas, and Nancy P. Zimmerman.

"ALA Council is an important governance body within ALA," said AASL President J. Linda Williams. "More AASL members on ALA Council means more awareness and attention for school library media issues in the larger library community."

The campaign utilized various electronic media (Web site, discussion lists, email blasts), as well as mailings to all members, to communicate the importance of voting, to inform members about issues on the ballot and to direct members to information about each candidate. AASL Election results are available on the web site at Complete ALA Election results can be found at

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (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.