Graduate credits available for attending AASL preconference

Melissa B. Jones

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381


For Immediate Release

December 16, 2008

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Premidwinter Institute at the ALA 2009 Midwinter Meeting now have the opportunity to receive continuing education credits from the University of Colorado Denver. The full-day School Library Advocacy Institute will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at the Sheraton Denver.

The University of Colorado Denver School Library and Instructional Leadership Program will offer 0.5 graduate credits hours to institute participants. To receive the credit hours, attendees must write a one-page reflection based on examples gathered from the institute and submit it with other necessary forms before April 15, 2009. They will also be asked to submit an evaluation form with their registration and $30 payment to the University of Colorado Denver. More information regarding this offer can be found at

The institute is geared specifically for school library media specialists and their programs. Registrants can expect to find the resources that will assist them in developing long-term advocacy action plans that go beyond PR and marketing.

Presented by Deborah Levitov, MS, the School Library Advocacy Institute features information, resources and strategies that will help define advocacy and facilitate the development of long-term advocacy action plans for school library media programs. The institute will feature both of AASL's new advocacy toolkits, the School Library Media Health & Wellness toolkit and the Crisis toolkit. These toolkits offer school library media specialists step-by-step guidelines for building stakeholder support and creating advocates out of members of their school community.

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.