AASL Affiliate Assembly Community
Speak Up a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, is currently collecting data for their annual survey, which includes specific data from school librarians. To view a current “snapshot” of data already collected visit http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakupamerica_snapshot_librarians2014.html. The deadline to participate is Friday, December 19th.
The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.
Go to http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/ to take the survey and pass it on.
Hello Affiliate Assembly,
This is a friendly reminder that concerns and commendations are due to your regional representatives no later than May 15th. Regional representatives will then pass your reports along to the Affiliate Assembly Chair who will prepare them for the approval process at ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. All of the information that you need is available on the AASL website here:
If you are unsure of who your regional representative is, or how to contact them, please send your reports directly to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will make sure they get into the right hands.
AASL and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) seek stories about parents and students who advocate for their school libraries. Stories shared will help AASL and OLA spread examples of parent and/or student advocacy to stakeholders nationally.
Stories should demonstrate how students and parents value their school library program and the essential place it holds in developing lifelong learning. Stories may feature parents and students who have gone to extraordinary measures to save their school library program and their certified school librarian. Stories may also portray parents and students engaging in small acts of everyday advocacy in support of their school library program.
Stories may be submitted on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/stories. The deadline for submission is April 11. AASL/OLA staff may follow-up for further information.
Hello AASL Affiliate Assembly,
ALA recently put up a Legislative Action item that we would like for as many affiliates as possible to rally around. The item requests that you ask your Senators to support funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Act (IAL). While both measures are extremely important, we are particularly interested in gathering support for the IAL component. Please take a moment, before April 2nd, to take action of these important asks. Here is a link to our Legislative Action Center where you can sign both letters: