AASL launches collaboration with PBS

Contact: Kathy Agarwal

Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

October 16, 2007

AASL launches collaboration with PBS

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is collaborating with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to feature select articles from the Knowledge Quest, AASL's official journal, on the PBS Teachers Web site (

"School library media specialists are teachers' best guides to high-quality, multimedia teaching and learning resources," said Donelle Blubaugh, PBS director, preK-12 education. "The PBS Teachers team is delighted to collaborate with AASL to insure that these instructional leaders are aware of the depth and breadth of tools available from PBS and public television stations. And the PBS Teachers Web site is richer for the inclusion of selected articles from Knowledge Quest."

Starting with the September/October, 2008 issue of Knowledge Quest, a chosen article will be featured as a part of PBS's resources for school library media specialists and technology integration specialists.

"Collaboration with classroom teachers and the integration of technology for student literacy are at the heart of school library practice; Knowledge Quest articles will complement all that PBS offers," commented Sara Kelly Johns, AASL president. "AASL's collaboration with PBS will provide excellent resources for our students' education."

The collaboration between AASL and PBS is a two-way relationship with both parties benefiting - AASL's Knowledge Quest editors will provide quality articles to complement the PBS Teachers collection, while PBS will provide links and resources that further enrich and supplement the contents of the featured article.

"The unmatched educational quality of PBS content can enhance a school librarian's collaboration with teachers and enrich the lives of all students," noted Debbie Abilock, Editor-in-chief of Knowledge Quest.

Published bimonthly September through June by the American Association of School Librarians, Knowledge Quest (
www.ala.org/aasl/kqweb) is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level library media specialists, supervisors, library educators and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library media programs and services. Articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory and relevant disciplines.

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches 73 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for preK-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org), continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

The American Association of School Librarians,
www.aasl.org, 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.