New AASL L4L Webinar series offered during SLM focuses on implementing program guidelines

Contact: Stephanie Book

AASL Manager, Communication

(312) 280-4389


For Immediate Release

March 9, 2010

CHICAGO – During School Library Month (SLM) the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will offer a new series of webinars for school librarians to learn more about the implementation of the AASL program guidelines. The webinars are part of the national Learning4Life (L4L) initiative to implement “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.” The webinars will be held at 4:30 p.m. CST on Wednesdays during the month of April. For more information and to register, visit

“With School Library Month being the official month-long celebration of the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career, now is an outstanding opportunity to review your program within the structure of this essential webinar series,” said AASL President Cassandra Barnett.

This series will help advance school library programs to meet the needs of the changing school library environment by focusing on the four chapters of Empowering Learners: Developing Visions for Learning, Teaching for Learning, Building the Learning Environment and Empowering Learning through Leadership.

“These webinars are designed to ensure that AASL members, and other school librarians, are aware of and actively implementing the program guidelines,” said Susan Ballard, chair of the Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force. “Each one of the webinars provides the perfect venue to evaluate the strength of our programs and further the process to implement and integrate these critical elements into our schools.”

AASL Member pricing is $39 per Webinar, or $140 for the entire series. ALA Member pricing is $69 per Webinar, or $248 for the entire series. Non-members can also take advantage of the Webinars at $99 per Webinar, or $356 for the entire series. AASL also offers district pricing for at $199 for 3-5 individuals, at $399 for 6-9 individuals, and $699 for 10 or more individuals. District pricing packages are available for the entire series only, and must be purchased by an AASL member.

For more information about the L4L Webinar series and presenters, visit the AASL Web site at More information on L4L, the learning standards and guidelines can be found at Also, visit the SLM Web pages ( and AASL blog ( regularly for new information on other SLM resources and activities.

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library 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 field.