AASL survey extended to May 14

Contact: Melissa Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

May 4, 2010

CHICAGO – The deadline for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2010 "School Libraries Count!" survey has been extended to Friday, May 14. The study gathers basic data about the status of school library programs across the country. AASL will use this information to develop advocacy tools to support school library programs at the local, state and national levels. To participate in AASL's 2010 "School Libraries Count!" survey, visit

All K-12 schools - public and private - are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. The AASL survey is the only annual collection of national data of school libraries. Questions cover the library center's hours, staff and selected staff activities, collection, technology, usage and expenditures. Past participants continued involvement is encouraged as those responses are crucial to examining trends.

The survey data is available in individual reports to help school librarians with their advocacy and funding efforts. Starting with the 2009 report, participants have access the overall results and can also view an individualized report comparing their data to schools similar to those in their state and across the nation. 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 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.