American Association of School Librarians

Applications Open for 2022 AASL Awards

CHICAGO – Applications for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2022 awards are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious awards program. AASL awards and grants recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership, and innovation.

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AASL Partners with Pokémon to Offer Pokémon Clubs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is partnering with The Pokémon Company International, to bring a new recreational activity called Pokémon Club to school libraries. During Pokémon Club, students can play the Pokémon Trading Card Game, do fun Pokémon-themed arts and crafts, and more. For more information and to apply, visit www.ala.org/aasl/pokemon.

Mernie Maestas wins free AASL National Conference registration, hotel, and travel

CHICAGO – Mernie Maestas, school librarian in Missouri, recommended American Association of School Librarians (AASL) membership to a colleague and in return has been drawn as the grand prize winner of AASL's Share the Wealth campaign. The grand prize package includes complimentary registration, roundtrip airfare, and a three-night hotel stay to the AASL National Conference.

Administrator support empowers school librarians as literacy leaders

CHICAGO – Just published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), explores how school district administrators can foster information literacy by supporting school librarians. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

A Conversation with School Administrators at AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the 2021 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference will give attendees an intimate look at what administrators need and expect from their school librarians and school libraries and how administrators can empower a school librarian’s leadership role to impact all learners. Six administrators from across the country will participate in an engaging and interactive conversation sponsored by Sora, by OverDrive Education.

Research finds mentoring to build resilience leads to collaboration

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines school librarians’ perceptions of the Continuum of Care model for assessment of need, program theory, program process, impact, and efficiency.  Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

AASL announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released its annual list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. The recognition honors electronic resources that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their educator collaborators. The list can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/best.

New research compares classroom versus school library teaching experience

CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the relationship between years of traditional classroom teaching experience and teaching in school library instructional environments. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.