Magazine article American Libraries

Looking toward the Future

Magazine article American Libraries

Looking toward the Future

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) promotes the improvement and extension of library media 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 media field. Guided by a new strategic plan, AASL is focused on the future of the division and its members as well as the school library media profession as a whole.

In October, AASL will look ahead at its 13th national conference and exhibition, "The Future Begins @ your library," to be held in Reno, Nevada. The event will feature keynoters Dan Pink and Omar Wasow, other guest authors, more than 100 concurrent sessions, and 200 exhibitors.

The AASL Standards and Guidelines Task Force has been working on the new AASL Learning Standards, designed to guide the school library media specialists of the future. The Association will host an Open Forum January 19 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle to gather input on draft standards for the profession.

Last fall, AASL conducted a "Future Survey" aimed at gathering opinions and ideas about the future of school librarianship from members, practicing school library media specialists, administrators, educators, and library school students. …

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