AASL Affiliate Assembly at 2017 ALA Midwinter by D. Helmer

by Donna Helmer

First of all, let me give you a little background about AASL’s Affiliate Assembly.  It was created in 1977 to give librarians a way to share their concerns with AASL Directors. There are two delegates from each state affiliate.  State affiliates are organized into regions. Alaska is part of region eight which also includes Idaho, Oregon and Washington states. Regional communication is facilitated by Regional Representatives. Each region is represented on the AASL Board of Directors by a Regional Director.

The Affiliate Assembly is a way for librarians to remain informed about the activities of organization, national concerns about school libraries and the activities of librarians in the different regions.

This year, the midwinter assembly met for two days. During session 1, Elieen Kern, chair of the AASL Vision for Implementing ESSA Task Force, began by stating that when presentations wrapped in Nebraska and Alaska on Nov. 11, AASL had completed the monumental task of facilitating 30 state-level Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) workshops in only 60 days.

 Now, as of midwinter, a total 35 states have hosted workshops.

She continued by saying that the door is open and now it is up to us to walk through it. The role of the Affiliates is

To LEAD, meaning we must:


ENGAGE in the Process

ACQUIRE the Language


The ESSA task force recommended signing up and checking out ALA Connect for links about what is happening and the opportunities for school librarians. Look for information about Future Ready Librarians; opportunities in Title I, Title II part A, Title II B, Title IV A; and Grant Writing Opportunities via IMLS.

·         For additional information see http://essa.aasl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Opportunities-In-ESSA-for-School-Libraries.pdf

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