American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

AASL STEM Special Event Grants Awarded

CHICAGO – Five STEM Special Event Grants have been awarded by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Supported by the Danaher Foundation, the STEM Special Event Grant Program supports a special event to increase student engagement by providing direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would engage students to promote STEM education and student interest in a career in the STEM field. Each recipient will receive a $3,000 grant to fund their project or event.

Dawn Shirk selected as 2024 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Dawn Shirk has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2024 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Shirk and Mia Gittlen will join 48 of their peers as the program kicks off during ALA’s LibLearnX event in Baltimore, MD.

Mia Gittlen selected as 2024 AASL Emerging Leader

CHICAGO – Mia Gittlen has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2024 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Gittlen and Dawn Shirk will join 48 of their peers as the program kicks off during ALA’s LibLearnX event in Baltimore, MD.

AASL Collaborate Project selected for ALA Emerging Leader Work

CHICAGO – Developing Creative Collaborators, Flexible Partners, and Resilient Citizens, a project proposed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has been selected as a part of the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders program. AASL’s project tasks an Emerging Leaders team to develop materials that support professional development and instruction around the National School Library Standards Shared Foundation of Collaborate. 

Library of Congress and ALA announce new educational series

CHICAGO — ALA Editions, the book publishing arm of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce a new educational series, “Discover and Learn with the Library of Congress,” to be published in association with the Library of Congress.

Donovan and Kordeliski Seek 2025-2026 AASL Presidency

CHICAGO – Lori Donovan and Amanda Kordeliski will seek the 2025-2026 AASL presidential term during the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/elections

AASL opens call for School Library Research Editorial Board Ex-Officio Doctoral Student

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks a doctoral student to serve on the School Library Research (SLR) Editorial Board in an ex-officio position. For more information and the application, visit www.ala.org/aasl/docapp.

AASL launches new research into content supporting the national standards

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched new research into the content and materials of the “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries." A set of online surveys for school library professionals, collaborators, and AASL Chapters is open from November 6-20, 2023. Survey links and more information can be found at standards.aasl.org/research

AASL’s exploration of the Shared Foundations concludes with Curate

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, “Curate” helps to connect learners to resources in more thoughtful, meaningful ways. Through teaching learners and other educators to curate—to overcome their own biases to find, organize, and share the best information—school librarians build connections between learners, knowledge, and the world. Written by Daniella LaShaun Smith and Len Bryan, this practical guide features:

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

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.