AASL announces Premidwinter institute

Contact: Melissa B. Jones

AASL Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

October 7, 2008

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will offer its Premidwinter Institute, “School Library Advocacy Institute,” at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2009 Midwinter meeting. More information about Midwinter can be found at

This Institute provides information, resources and strategies that will help define advocacy and facilitate the development of long-term advocacy action plans for school library media programs. Guests will acquire various tools available to school librarians, including the AASL Advocacy toolkit of online resources, the marketing resources developed through the ALA @ your library campaign and the resources that will assist school librarians in developing an advocacy action plan that goes beyond PR and marketing.

One attendees of the Institute said, “I've been to several advocacy sessions, and this was the most valuable. All information was pertinent specifically to the school library program.”

The Institute will be presented by Deborah Levitov, MS, a library media specialist for 14 years at the building level who served as the Coordinator for library media programs at the district level for 12 years. She currently serves as managing editor for “School Library Media Activities Monthly” and “Crinkles,” presents numerous workshops nationwide and is the editor and author of numerous publications.

Online registration for ALA 2009 Midwinter is now open. Prices for registration are ALA Member: $229; ALA Division Member: Division $189; and Non-Member: $279. ALA is currently offering a bundle discount to ALA members who register for Midwinter and Annual Conference at the same time. Visit
http://www.ala.org/midwinter for more information.

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.