[library-media] AASL debuts new website and format for School Library Research

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Fri May 4 12:45:27 MDT 2012

AASL debuts new website and format for School Library Research
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For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/01/2012
Contact: Jennifer Habley, AASL
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has
launched a new website for its online, referred research journal, School
Library Research (SLR). The new website coincides with a new name for
the journal formerly known as School Library Media Research (SLMR).  The
name change reflects the adoption of the professional title, “school
librarian,” and a rebirth for the journal, which presents research on
instructional theory, teaching methods and critical issues relevant to
school libraries and school librarians. The new website can be found at
www.ala.org/aasl/slr .
Along with the change in name and a new logo, the new School Library
Research website contains all new navigation, formatting and features.
Changes include:
A new PDF format for all published manuscripts beginning with Volume 15
(2012) and a retroactive conversion of all prior volumes.
The ability to download each manuscript individually or all manuscripts
contained in a volume.  Volume files include a cover with the new logo
and table of contents.
Revised submission guidelines and a new online manuscript submission
New communication venues including an electronic mailing list and a
news and highlights page for those wanting to keep up to date with the
latest published research.  A new feedback form allows readers to share
feedback on published manuscripts.
Correlations to other AASL publications.  This includes an all new
Editor’s Choice, a bibliography of SLR manuscripts that provide insight
into chapters from AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School
Library Programs and a Knowledge Quest spotlight page, highlighting
manuscripts that complement Knowledge Quest themes.
A new citations page, listing all SLR citations in alphabetical order
by volume and author.
In addition to the new features, the website launch also marks the
publication of the first three research papers of Volume 15 (2012):
"Seeing the Same: Follow-Up Study on the Portrayals of Disability in
Graphic Novels by Young Adults" by Robin Moeller and Marilyn Irwin
"Retrospective Reflection: Insight into Pre-Service School Librarians’
Competencies and Skill Development as Revealed through Field Notes" by
Elyse Dequoy and Joette Stefl-Mabry
"Motivators and Barriers to Sexual Health Information Provision in High
School Libraries: Perspectives from District level Library Coordinators
and High School Principals" by Jennifer Richey
“AASL’s peer-reviewed journal is respected as one of the most
prestigious publishing venues for scholars in school librarianship,”
said Jean Donham, SLR co-editor. “The new title has given us the
opportunity to re-image the website and expand the journal’s reach,
while still providing high quality, original research from scholars in
our field.”
School Library Research (ISSN: 2165-1019) is the successor to School
Library Media Research (ISSN: 1523-4320) and School Library Media
Quarterly Online. The journal is peer-reviewed, indexed by H. W.
Wilson's Library Literature and by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information
& Technology and continues to welcome manuscripts that focus on high
quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and
evaluation of school library programs.   
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division
of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and
extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a
means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to
advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school
library field.
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