For immediate release | September 6, 2011

AASL Pre-Midwinter Institute helps school librarians create a powerful program

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members to add the AASL Pre-Midwinter Institute, "Tools for Transforming Your School Library Program," to their schedule while taking advantage of the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting and ALA 2012 Annual Conference bundled registration rate. AASL’s full day institute will be held Friday, Jan. 20. For more information, visit

"Tools for Transforming Your School Library Program" will begin by exploring AASL’s “A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners” and the School Library Program Assessment Rubric contained in the module. Attendees will learn how to collect and use data to drive their program’s improvement. Later, the institute will take attendees through AASL’s “Standards for the 21st Century Learner In Action” and new Lesson Plan Database. Both tools can be used to create lesson plans that will elevate the attendees programs by demonstrating the school librarian’s connection with teaching and their application of the Common Core Standards.

Presenters for AASL’s Pre-Midwinter Institute include:

Jody Howard

Associate Professor,

Palmer School of Library and Information Science, University Of Long Island

Kathy Lowe

Executive Director,

Massachusetts School Library Association

Donna Shannon

Associate Professor,

School of Library & Information Science, University of South Carolina

“This program will benefit all school librarians no matter where they are in the implementation of AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines,” said Carl Harvey, AASL president. “All three presenters are experts in their subject areas and have been involved in the creation of the standards, guidelines, and supporting resources. Attendees will leave the session feeling empowered and ready to bring their program to the next level.”

Online registration for this institute is now open. Prices for the institute are AASL member: $189; AASL retired member: $179, AASL student member: $159; ALA member: $239; and nonmember: $304. To register for the AASL Pre-Midwinter Institute, visit Don't forget to take advantage of ALA's bundled registration pricing before the September 30 deadline.

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.