AASL Commends the Maryland Library Association

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/17/2023


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Members & Chapters

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – Acting upon a resolution submitted by the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commends the Maryland Library Association (MLA). The association 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.

MLA is recognized for providing opportunities for growth for library personnel, its  leadership on the local and state level in efforts to carry out our advocacy initiatives, and  initiating and discussing current events with policymakers that support the Core Values, Diversity, and Inclusion for library systems throughout the state of Maryland.

Said MASL President-Elect Stacey Nunn, “The Maryland Association of School Librarians are aligned and wholeheartedly believe in the vision that was communicated through this valuable quote from the late, Coretta Scott King, ‘The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.’”

Said AASL President Courtney Pentland, “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.