American Association of School Librarians

New research examines school librarian out-of-pocket spending during COVID-19

CHICAGO – Newly published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines how school librarians spent their own money to support their libraries during the 2020–2021 school year in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the various factors that influenced this spending. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr

AASL’s guide to social and emotional learning for picture book readers

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Maureen Schlosser’s book “Social and Emotional Learning for Picture Book Readers” spotlights 24 compelling picture books with ready-to-go lesson plans that support social and emotional learning (SEL) through the National School Library Standards. Each chapter focuses on one SEL theme to help learners practice targeted social-emotional skills.

New research examines school librarian assistance with one-to-one laptop programs and participants’ perceptions

CHICAGO – Newly published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines variables related to teachers’ perceptions of one-to-one laptop programs and how school librarians can assist, providing insight for school librarians facilitating similar programs. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

Three-year research study suggests co-teaching significantly facilitates learner-centered instruction

CHICAGO – Newly published research from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines how school librarians and classroom teachers co-teach to facilitate learner-centered instruction, including inquiry and maker learning. Articles can be accessed for free at www.ala.org/aasl/slr

AASL’s guide to project-based learning for elementary grades

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Maura Madigan’s book “Project-Based Learning for Elementary Grades” delivers flexible, interdisciplinary, learner-driven projects that support the National School Library Standards. Readers will find background on project-based learning (PBL), a breakdown of the essential parts of a project, and ready-made PBL projects that can be used with minimal preparation.

Kimery elected 2023-2024 AASL Supervisors Section Chair

CHICAGO – Lindsey Kimery, Coordinator of Library Services for Metro Nashville (Tennessee) Public Schools, has been elected 2023-2024 chair of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Supervisors Section (ISS).

Lucas elected 2022-2024 AASL Independent Schools Section Secretary

CHICAGO – Amanda Lucas, librarian at Riverside Presbyterian Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, has been elected 2022-2024 secretary of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Independent Schools Section (ISS).

Thakkar elected 2023-2024 AASL Independent Schools Section Chair

CHICAGO – Neha Thakkar, school librarian at the Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been elected 2023-2024 chair of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Independent Schools Section (ISS).  

Morris elected 2023-2024 AASL Educators of School Librarians Section Chair

CHICAGO – Rebecca J. Morris, teaching associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has been elected 2023-2024 chair of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS). Morris’s term will begin during the 2022 ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Fuhrman elected 2022-2024 AASL Director-At-Large, Chapters

CHICAGO – Dr. Cathi Fuhrman, school librarian at State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania, has been elected American Association of School Librarians (AASL) director-at-large, chapters for 2022-2024. Fuhrman will take her seat on the AASL Board of Directors during the 2022 ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.