AASL launches new Web site

Contact: Melissa Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched  a new Web site,
www.aasl.org. The goal of AASL's new Web site is to highlight the exceptional AASL-developed tools and resources for school library media specialists.

New features of the Web site include two new sections – Standards & Guidelines and Research & Statistics – that hold AASL's most sought after tools, “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and results from the School Libraries Count! longitudinal study. The home page features quick links to pertinent information for AASL's top audiences – members, parents, school administrators and students preparing for careers as school library media specialists. Highlights on the right side of each page direct visitors to key information on the AASL Web site, and a home page spotlight will highlight important information and events.

Visitors will still find information on upcoming AASL conferences and events; advocacy tools, including the toolkits for school library media programs; premier professional development opportunities, like the Licensed Institutes; and AASL publications, including the new “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action.”

As they navigate the new site, frequent visitors should understand that some of their old bookmarks may no longer work. AASL recommends that visitors use the search function to find the information and update old bookmarks. AASL encourages visitors to report any issues to Melissa Jacobsen, communications specialist, at
mjacobsen@ala.org. 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.