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AASL
05/08/2014

For those of you that do not know me, I am the Region 3 Director and serve on the governing board of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  In my regular day job, I serve as teacher-librarian at Springboro Jr. High School in Springboro, OH, which is in southwestern Ohio.  I am also a Past-President of OELMA.  

 

What is AASL?

AASL, of which OELMA is an affiliate, is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  AASL’s mission is to “advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field” (located at http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/governing-docs). AASL is the only national organization that dedicated to the needs of professional school librarians. 

 

Why Join?

As AASL is a division of ALA, you receive all the benefits of being a member of ALA, which is the largest library association in the world.  Benefits include the following:

·         Professional standards that include learning standards for students (Standards forthe 21st Century Learner),

          program guidelines, & standards for preparation of school librarians

·         Creation of statistics and research studies (School Libraries Count!)

·         Lobbying benefits of the ALA Washington Office & power of ALA to advocate for school librarians

·         Intellectual freedom support for material challenges

·         Advocacy tools such toolkits, position statements, & white papers

·         Subscription to Knowledge Quest, which is the peer-reviewed journal of AASL

·         Access to members-only webinars on eCollab, AASL listerv, & Hotlinks (AASL’s newsletter)

·         Discounts on professional development sessions & publications

·         Networking opportunities

 

What is the cost?

Membership to AASL is costly as you are required to join ALA and AASL. However, it is prorated for the first three years of membership.  You can also make payments on the dues and/or write a portion off of your taxes.  The membership fee for both of these for the first year is $115 and can be reduced if you are currently a library school student. 

 

Conferences

ALA conferences with AASL programing are held every midwinter & summer.  This year’s ALA conference is in Las Vegas & next year’s is in San Francisco.  AASL National Conference is held every other year and the next one is in 2015 in our very own Columbus!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time at sthornbery@me.com