2016 will mark AASL’s 65th Anniversary. It’s amazing to think back at how far we’ve come in those 65 years of service to school libraries. Standards, professional development, leadership building, and networking have been the hallmarks of the work AASL has done over the years (and will continue to do).
To mark this anniversary, AASL is launching a giving campaign, titled “It’s in Our Hands: Celebrate the Past and Transform the Future.” The campaign is a way to celebrate our anniversary and use the funds to help transform our future. The funds from this campaign will be focused on two major projects.
The Student Bridge Scholarship Fund will support those new to the profession as they transition to regular membership during the first three years of their career by “bridging” the cost increase in dues. This fund will ensure our newest members receive support at a time when they need their association the most.
The AASL Induction Program, scheduled to launch at 2017 AASL conference in Phoenix, will offer a comprehensive program to ensure that new members and new school librarians are prepared to actively shape the future of the K-12 education landscape as leaders within their school and the association.
We are asking people to donate in increments of 65 in honor of our 65th Anniversary. As our thank you for your support, all donations of $6.50 or more will receive the 65th Anniversary Lapel pin with the blue sapphire gemstone. Donors at the $650 level will receive the Diamond donor pin.
As we launch this campaign, AASL’s 65th Anniversary committee and the AASL Board have already committed over $20,000 to the campaign. This is a great start, but we have far to go. Please help us as we celebrate the past and transform the future by donating to the “It’s in Our Hands” campaign. We have an opportunity to help our profession and association grow. Thank you for your support.