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Selena Campbell secampbell at dsdmail.net
Wed Mar 14 07:45:40 MDT 2018

AASL (American Association of School Librarians) Members,

We have an opportunity to have many school librarians serve on ALA Council and be a strong voice for school libraries, so I hope you will encourage all your members to vote!  Please  share the following announcements and updates that I am bringing back from ALA Mid-Winter far and wide.

Elections are coming!!
AASL is one of the largest divisions in ALA, and has one of the smallest turn outs in most elections.  This is an important year to be sure our voices are heard, as President Steven Yates has made it his priority to make sure AASL ‘s mission is embraced far and wide in the greater library community. How can your vote help?

 1) First, if you are an AASL member, you are also an ALA member. You can vote in this election. You should have gotten a notice of upcoming from ALA Elections last week.  Ballots will be coming March 12-14. Look for your ballot and vote!!
 2) AASL should be well-represented on ALA Council to make sure that our perspective is represented in Council discussions.  You can vote for up to 30 new Councilors…why not take a look at the list of those running and identify the candidates representing school libraries.
 3) A list of candidates for AASL offices can be found at http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/elections
Elections | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)<http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/elections>
AASL 2018 Elections The following are the 2018 AASL Board of Directors and AASL Sections candidates. Names are provided for informational purposes only and does not ...

 4) A searchable spreadsheet with all the candidates and their information can be found on the ALA Election Page:http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/alaelection
ALA Election Information | About ALA<http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/alaelection>
ALA Election Process *Note that the below information pertains to the ALA elections only. If you wish to run for a division or round table office please contact the ...


AASL has re-designed their advocacy communications efforts. What began as a monthly advocacy call has now become AASL Connection, or #aaslcxn.  It is designed to be a quarterly webinar, held at an accessible time, and recorded for those who miss it, or who want to review it again.  The first webinar was held on March 1.

 Some of the highlights:

*ALA President Jim Neal spoke about his commitment to school libraries and referenced his message in the newest American Libraries Magazine: Fight for School Libraries...Student Success Depends on Them<https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/03/01/fight-for-school-libraries/>

* Kathy Kromer from the ALA Washington office shared strategies for taking action for school libraries, and participating in National Library Legislation Day which will be May 7th and 8th.  She also alerted us to be looking for opportunities coming up to contact our congressional representatives to urge support for the Museum and Library Services Act reauthorization.

*Representatives from the Independent Schools Section, the Educators of  School Librarians Section, and the School Library Supervisors section shared who they are and what they have accomplished. They all invited any one of us who is interested to join their groups.  Sarah Searles, Chair of the supervisors section, recommended reading  Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.<https://www.amazon.com/Switch-Change-Things-When-Hard/dp/0385528752/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520024550&sr=8-1&keywords=switch+by+chip+and+dan+heath>

 * AASL will be offering three $2500 grants  for Affiliates who are planning an event, initiative or activity to implement the new AASL National School Library Standards. These grants will be offered for 2018, 2019, and 2020…a total of 9 in all. Application deadline for this year is April 18, 2018. More information: http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/nsls

AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School ...<http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/nsls>
Sponsored by Roger and Susan D. Ballard and Cassandra Barnett Monetary Amount: Three $2,500 grants annually

 School Library Month

 School Library Month is coming next month.  The theme is this year is Making Connections  at  your School Library. The committee has been working hard to provide a calendar of activities and webinars for you that will highlight Making Learner Connections, Making Educator Connections, Making Community Connections, and Making Global Connections. Our spokesperson this year is author, Jason Reynolds. More information and complimentary web graphics and other files to help to begin your promotion of this month are at: http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm

School Library Month | American Association of School ...<http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm>
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are ...


An upcoming webinar, "Your State Association Supporting AASL Standards for Your Local Context" will be presented  on March 20. It will highlight efforts that affiliates have made to begin implementing the National School Standards.  The standards require school librarians to reflect on local conditions, practice, and student learning; however, no one has to do this alone. Presenters will feature several affiliates’ plans and ongoing activities. Affiliates can submit their plans to be featured in the webinar by filling out the survey at https://tinyurl.com/AASL-Affiliate-NSLS-Plans<https://aasl.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9011bdd5ff860316c0afae3f0&id=a5964b00ba&e=10dd9de05a>. Any information received by March 9 will be included in the webinar.

 All my best,

Katie Williams, AASL Region 7 Director

Selena Campbell M.Ed.
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