AASL announces Fall Forum stipend for Spectrum Scholar

Contact: Melissa B. Jones

AASL Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

October 7, 2008

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor the attendance of a Spectrum Scholar, Kathy Carroll, school library media specialists at Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC, at its 2008 Fall Forum in Chicago Oct. 17-19.

“On behalf of AASL, it is with great pleasure that I welcome Kathy to our National Institute,” said Ann M. Martin, AASL president. “The background of the Spectrum Scholars is representative of excellence in scholarship and learning. We look forward to the diverse perspective and the contribution that Spectrum Scholars will make to AASL and the profession. We know that Kathy will benefit from experts in the field as she investigates assessment for effective student learning at the AASL Fall Forum in Oak Brook, Illinois.”

The selected Spectrum Scholar will receive complimentary registration for the Fall Forum and a $750 travel stipend. Funding for travel stipend is generously provided by Capstone Publishers. The recipient will also be paired with a mentor for the duration of the institute and will receive special recognition at key events.

The AASL 2008 Fall Forum, "Assessment, Part II: Constructing and Interpreting Viable Tools for Effective Student Learning in the Library Media Center," a special one-and-a-half-day workshop, will focus on teaching attendees how to take assessment results and apply them to create cross-curriculum collaboration opportunities. Attendees will learn various methods for integrating statistical analysis into student learning achievements. Registration for this year's Fall Forum is available at

The Spectrum Scholarship Program's major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students for graduate programs in library and information studies. Its mission is to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries in the new millennium. Since 1997, ALA has awarded over 560 Spectrum Scholarships.

For more information on Spectrum, visit

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.

The travel stipend is generously provided by Capstone Publishers. Capstone Publishers is a family-owned company that supports the reading needs of pre-K-12 students through Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Children's Library Resources and Red Brick Learning.