AASL bookstore to offer brand-new titles in Reno

Contact: Kathy Agarwal

Communications Specialist


For immediate release:

October 16, 2007

AASL bookstore to offer brand-new titles in Reno

CHICAGO - Attendees at the 13th American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition in Reno, Nev., will get the first chance to peruse brand-new titles AASL is rolling out this fall. The AASL conference bookstore, located on the exhibit floor, will stock many popular AASL products and publications during the conference, which will be held Oct. 25-28, in Reno, Nev.

The new publications will include the highly anticipated "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner," a set of benchmarks designed to shape the library curriculum itself and also help school library media specialists mold student learning more broadly. The standards were developed by the Learning Standards Rewrite Task Force, co-chaired by Cassandra Barnett and Gail Dickinson and including Eugene Hainer, Melissa Johnston, Marcia Mardis, and Barbara Stripling. AASL will launch the new standards during the Opening General Session, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m., and all attendees will be provided with a complimentary copy. For those who wish to obtain multiple copies, bundled sets will be available at the AASL bookstore for purchase in bulk.

Another new title featured in the AASL bookstore is "Collaboration," edited by Patricia Montiel-Overall and Donald C. Adcock. This first volume in the "Best of KQ" series provides in-depth coverage of the topic of collaboration between teachers and school library media specialists in education. The editors have pulled together wisdom from experts who have contributed to the topic of collaboration in Knowledge Quest, AASL's official, highly respected journal on school library media programs.

"Assessing Student Learning in the School Library Media Center," edited by Anita L. Vance with Robbie Nickel, will round out the new publications at the AASL bookstore. This comprehensive volume on student assessment, featuring contributions from participants in AASL's sold-out 2006 Fall Forum, discusses the important role school library media specialists play in the assessment of student learning. The book's contributors include Violet H. Harada, Barbara Stripling, Judith Dzikowski, Mary Tiedemann, Marjorie L. Pappas, and Allison Zmuda.

The bookstore will also feature other AASL products, such as select items from the "Every Student Succeeds @ your library" line that launched after the 2005 AASL National Conference in Pittsburgh. The bookstore will also host many author signings throughout the conference, starting with Opening General Session speaker Dan Pink on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m., during the Exhibit Floor Block Party.

The AASL National Conference will feature three full-day and five half-day preconference workshops, several school and educational tours, more than 100 educational sessions, author events and more than 200 exhibiting companies. Registration is now open at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno .

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.