American Association of School Librarians (AASL),
Letter from the President
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national organization solely dedicated to advocating excellence, facilitating change and developing leaders in the school library field. Having supported the profession for 60 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.
Since 1967, AASL and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) have worked in partnership to give school librarians an invaluable resource to use for collection development in collaboration with other educators and administrators. It is with great pleasure that the 21st edition of the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries is presented. A special thank you goes to the members of the AASL American University Presses Book Selection Committee for their hard work and dedication to the publication of the 2011 bibliography.
AASL advocates for the highest quality profession through learning standards, program guidelines and standards for professional preparation. Whether developing tools and resources to help librarians lead in their schools or lobbying in Washington to include school libraries in education initiatives, funding and legislation–while you focus on your program, AASL is working diligently to ensure a place at the table for the school librarian voice.
It is a strategic goal of the association to achieve universal recognition of school librarians as indispensable educational leaders. Carrying on this ambitious work requires the support of the profession we serve. School librarians have never been a more vital piece to the education puzzle and being an AASL member is more important than ever to your profession, your library program, and the children and community you serve. For more information on the professional and personal benefits of AASL membership, visit www.aasl.org.
Please use this valuable resource offered to you through the AAUP to engage with your education colleagues while leading the development of your school library collection. Again, thank you to the AAUP and the AASL American University Press Book Selection Committee.
AASL President, 2010-2011
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