aasl 2008 abc-clio leadership grant recipient selected

Contact: Melissa Jones
AASL Communications Specialist
(312) 280-4381
For Immediate Release,
May 6, 2008

AASL 2008 ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant recipient selected

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce Su Eckhardt as of the Colorado Association of School Libraries (CASL) as the recipient of the 2008 ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Ms. Eckhardt will receive the award at the AASL Awards Luncheon during the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Anaheim, Calif. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Through a new partnership, CASL and Technology in Education-Colorado's (TIE) project, "Wireless Dreams," is a one-day conference targeting school librarians with hopes of producing technology-literacy leaders and fostering teacher-librarian's technology leadership skills. The event will provide attendees with the necessary leadership skills to advance technology literacy and critical thinking in their schools. The preconference will take place on June 23 with at least 50 school librarians receiving instruction in new technologies, information technology standards and advocating for the school librarian as a leader in information technology.

Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, a publisher of educational and reference products, this award was established in 1986. The grant of up to $1,750 is given to school library media associations affiliated with AASL in planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels.

The AASL Awards Luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at the Marriot Hotel-Anaheim. The fee to attend is $49. Special guest speaker for the event is award-winning author Wendy Mass. For more information about this event and more AASL programs in Anaheim, visit http://www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

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.