New AASL standards take the stage at national conference

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/05/2017


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition will herald the launch of AASL’s new “National School Library Standards.” The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at

Members of both the AASL standards editorial board and implementation task force will discuss how the new comprehensive standards for learners, school librarians and school libraries were developed; walk through the main components of the document; and provide an overview of the implementation plan. The committee members will also highlight other standards-related conference events which will give attendees the opportunity to delve into the publication and brainstorm implementation. 

“The general session will provide a terrific opportunity for the school library community to celebrate the launch of the revised standards," said Mary Keeling, chair of the of the implementation task force. "Our program will show how the standards fit within the current educational landscape and how the standards and implementation plan were built with community input. Following the general session, attendees will be excited to attend concurrent sessions with their peers where they will learn more about the standards and how to apply them to their practice.”

The new standards will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore or can be pre-purchased during registration. All preconference attendees will receive a copy as part of their registration fee.

The AASL National Conference Friday general session is sponsored by Overdrive.

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. “Beyond the Horizon,” taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions, and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the profession. Those communicating about the national conference are encouraged to use the official hashtag, #aasl17.

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