Heinemann-Raintree sponsors AASL Research Grant

Contact: Melissa Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

August 25, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced a new sponsor for the AASL Research Grant. Heinemann-Raintree will sponsor the grant, beginning with the 2009-2010 awards season. More information on this and other AASL awards and grants can be found at

"On behalf of AASL, I'd like to thank Heinemann-Raintree for their support of this grant and the research that furthers school library media programs impact on students' learning," said AASL Awards Committee Chair, Diane Hughes, MSE.

The purpose of the AASL Research Grant is to serve as a model for future school library media research. The grant will award $2,500 to up to two school library media specialists, library educators, library information science or education professors to conduct innovative research aimed at measuring and evaluating the impact of school library media programs on learning and education. Winners of the grant are expected to publish a summary of their findings in
School Library Media Research, AASL's scholarly online research journal, and/or
Knowledge Quest, AASL's premier printed journal.

"As school library media specialists, we are the innovators of research and education," said Hughes. "Don't miss this important opportunity to showcase your original research by applying for this important award."

Applications for this grant will be available Sept. 1, 2009 at
www.ala.org/aasl/awards. The deadline to apply for the AASL Research Grant is Feb. 1, 2010. You must be a personal member of AASL to apply. Additional details and criteria are available on the AASL Awards & Grants section of the AASL Web site.

"Heinemann-Raintree is committed to school library media specialists and their programs. We are pleased to sponsor this grant," said Pamela Sader, vice president of sales and marketing for Heinemann-Raintree.

Heinemann-Raintree, a Capstone Publishing Company, is a leading publisher of children’s nonfiction, serving schools and public libraries. All Heinemann-Raintree books feature engaging design, appropriately leveled text and carefully chosen content. For more information, contact Cathleen Ann at (312) 324-5292 or visit
www.heinemannlibrary.com.  Â

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.