Get Involved: Making an Impact in Librarianship Through Volunteering for AASL

Join AASL and Help Shape the Future of School Librarianship

As members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), we understand the power of volunteering within our local communities. We contribute to our schools and school districts, sharing our knowledge and expertise to support learners, both students and teachers within an education system. But what if we could expand our impact beyond our immediate circles? What if we could make a difference not only in our profession but also in the broader community, states and the world?

My AASL Story

My member journey with AASL began at the chapter level back in 2016; I was the Chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) and attended an AASL Chapter Assembly where I met chapter leaders from all over the country who shared their wins and their challenges with one another to celebrate together and get ideas on how to proceed on working through their difficulties. Those meetings led to collaborations and eventually friendships that were grounded in an incredible enthusiasm for school librarianship, building community and sharing with one another.

AASL Member Engagement: Collaborating for Change

With over 250 dedicated member volunteers currently serving on various committees, AASL offers opportunities to engage in meaningful work that shapes the field of school librarianship. Our member volunteers contribute their time, talent, and passion to initiatives such as AASL standards, award and bylaws committees, and member engagement activities, among many others. Additionally, they play vital roles in national conference planning, professional practice development, task forces, and working groups. To learn more about the exciting initiatives our committees are involved in, visit the AASL Committees page.

Why Should You Get Involved?

Volunteering with AASL is not only a chance to serve your profession; it is an opportunity to have a lasting impact on school librarianship as a whole. By sharing your wisdom, librarian insights, and expertise, you become a significant asset to our profession and help shape its future. Engaging in your profession allows you to connect with like-minded colleagues, exchange ideas, and inspire others with your contributions. Together, we can work towards the greater good of school libraries and make a real difference in the lives of learners and communities.

How Can You Make a Difference?

Regardless of where you are in your library career – whether you are new to the profession, mid-career, or seasoned – your invaluable contributions can and will leave a lasting impact. By giving your time and expertise, you can contribute to the development of innovative practices, advocate for reading and information literacy initiatives, and inspire others through your dedication. Your unique talents and perspectives are essential in shaping the future of school librarianship.

Taking the Next Steps: Get Engaged!

Ready to take the leap and make a difference? Here’s how you can get involved and take the first steps to make an impact on the school librarian profession:

  1. Sign up via the Get Involved form to express your interest in volunteering.
  2. Select the type of service you are interested in: committee work, elected positions, writing for Knowledge Quest Magazine or the KQ blog, or submitting a research manuscript. We have a wide range of opportunities tailored to your interests and expertise.

In Conclusion: A Grateful Note

I sincerely appreciate your consideration and willingness to contribute to the AASL community. By joining our ranks of dedicated member volunteers, you are not only investing in your professional growth but also shaping the future of school librarianship via AASL, the only national organization solely focused on school librarians. It is my hope that you will be inspired to move your membership engagement to the next level and take the step in making a long-lasting impact for our profession and AASL. Together, let’s create a world where school libraries thrive and live the AASL vision: every school librarian is a leader; every learner has a school librarian.

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Author: Becky Calzada, AASL President-Elect

Becky Calzada is the District Library Coordinator in Leander, Texas, the 24/25 AASL President-Elect and a co-founding member of Texas #FReadom Fighters. She was selected for the 4th ALA Policy Corp Cohort, works as a member of the ALA Policy Corp Proactive Advocacy on Book Banning cadre, is a member of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, on the Legislative Committee for the Texas Library Association, and Past Chair for the Texas Association of School Librarians. She is the recipient of several intellectual freedom awards and was honored by People Magazine in their 2023 Women Changing the World portfolio.



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