April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

AASL Approves New Mission Statement of Empowerment

At the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the AASL Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve a new mission statement: The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

AASL2During AASL’s mission statement discussions, three key components rose to the top,” said Eileen Kern, chair of the working group. “First is that the role of the school librarian is evolving and changing. School librarians serve as the guiding light in transforming learning through new tools and technology.  Second is that the essence of school libraries is teaching and learning. This concept places school libraries at the center of any discussion dealing with education. Last is our association’s need to work with leaders, within and outside our profession, to be our voice in the transformation process.”

AASL President Terri Grief agrees, stating “ We are ‘transforming learning’ both inside our association and out.” AASL members have much to look forward to in the coming year, including a chance to present at the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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