AASL Commends the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri

For Immediate Release
Thu, 10/26/2023


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Members & Chapters

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – Acting upon a resolution submitted by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commends the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri. The organization 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.

The ACLU of Missouri is recognized for their work on behalf of not only MASL and Missouri Library Association, but also all students in the state of Missouri, to protect and defend the right to read.

"ACLU of Missouri is a true supporter of intellectual freedom, as evidenced by their willingness to litigate SB 775, a bill which essentially criminalizes the profession of school librarianship in the state of Missouri. As well, ACLU of Missouri's willingness to represent both MASL and MLA on a pro-bono basis cannot be underestimated,” said Melissa Corey, MASL Past President. “MASL is grateful for ACLU of Missouri's continued support for and defense of the right to read."

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.

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