The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national professional membership organization focused on the needs of school librarians and the school library community. AASL serves the needs of more than 10,000 school librarians in the United States, Canada and around the world. Having supported the profession for more than 50 years, AASL understands the current realities and evolving dynamics of the professional environment, and is positioned to help members redefine themselves and the profession as leaders in education.

Developing leaders in education

The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field.

School librarians are teachers who know the school's curriculum, and effective techniques necessary to cross disciplines and integrate information and technology literacy. It is AASL's strategic goal to achieve universal recognition of school librarians as indispensable educational leaders.

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Standards & Guidelines

AASL keeps you connected to the most current developments in national educational standards, while providing tools and resources to help with implementation and collaboration, and to set apart the profession as leaders in education. AASL develops resources, products and services that demonstrate how the association’s learning standards and program guidelines for school library programs align with the standards of the larger educational community and guide members as they collaborate with classroom teachers.  More

Advocacy & Action

A division of the American Library Association (ALA), the most influential library association in the country, AASL is supported by the ALA Washington Office, the ALA Public Information Office and an active AASL legislative committee. AASL identifies the key legislative issues, provides materials for appealing to decision-makers in a unified voice, and brings strength and influence in numbers. Through the development of advocacy tools and resources, AASL helps you develop your voice in the profession, hone your advocacy skills and gain confidence in communicating with your school and local communities and officials.  More

Education & Practice

AASL welcomes member participation, adding to the rich history of inspired, innovative leadership in the school library community. Leadership only begins with access to first-class professional development, educational tools and resources. To develop effective leaders in the school library and education community, AASL connects its membership with opportunities and environments to engage in leadership practice, including committee appointments, volunteer opportunities, award and scholarship programs, presenter proposals, and online professional communities. More

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