AASL Commends Limitless Libraries

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/01/2023

Contact:

Jennifer Habley

Manager, Members & Chapters

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

jhabley@ala.org

CHICAGO – Acting upon a resolution submitted by the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commends Limitless Libraries. The partnership is one of twenty outstanding programs, events, and products recognized in 2023 for their support of the school librarian profession and the learners the profession serves.

Limitless Libraries is a partnership between Nashville Public Library and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools whose goal is to improve student success by enhancing school libraries. The partnership shares resources; and provides access to high quality books, online resources, and other learning material. It is recognized for expanding access to books, materials, and online resources.

“Since 2009, Limitless Libraries has been an essential partner of Metro Nashville Public Schools in increasing access to resources,” said Katelyn Jernigan, TASL President. “They support the school librarians with funds, collection development, resource training, professional development, and more. TASL has many MNPS librarians that have personally benefited from their services and they wanted to thank Limitless Libraries for their hard work and commitment to making library access easier for all students. I believe that Limitless Libraries is the model for school library and public library partnerships, and I hope someday there will be programs like this all over the country.”

AASL President Courtney Pentland added, “The commendations brought forth by AASL Chapters this year are representative of the amazing programs and advocacy efforts happening across the country in support of school libraries, school librarians, and the learners we all serve. I am grateful for organizations like those honored this year that also support literacy and intellectual freedom as these are essential skills and rights for everyone in our communities. We are definitely stronger together, and, through valuable partnerships like these, we can continue to help our learners build a foundation for a better tomorrow.”

All AASL Chapters are eligible to nominate outstanding programs, events, and products for national recognition. To be commended, nominees must align with the principles expressed in the AASL's mission and value statements. The full list of 2023 commendations can be found on the AASL website.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.