“Money, Money, Money” — Holiday Tips from AASL

The holiday season is upon us! This time of year seems to bring finances into focus, so I thought it was time to call on ABBA to grab your attention as I share three ways that AASL is taking care of you this holiday season. I hope you find these three tips helpful.

  1. While I know you have downloaded the FREE Standards Framework for Learners from the standards portal already, I wanted to take a moment to remind all of you value shoppers out there that there is no limit to the number of copies of the National School Library Standards that an AASL member can purchase at the member price using the newly launched ALA Store. Be sure to click on the “Sign In” link in the upper right hand corner of the ALA Store. This incredible value that combines previous standalone publications into a single publication is now much easier to share across schools, districts, and states. If you use this “secret” method, all I ask is that you strongly encourage each book recipient to visit this site to invest in the bright future for the best profession I know.
  1. Educators of school librarians, listen up! As soon as you confirm that you have adopted the National School Library Standards as a required text for your classes, ALA and AASL will offer each of your students a complimentary membership. This means your students are able to access the National School Library Standards at the member rate while enjoying the wonderful benefits of membership in the only national organization wholly committed to the school library profession! Contact aasl@ala.org today to start the adoption process for your Spring term students!
  1. The generous sponsors of AASL awards and grants have made tens of thousands of dollars available to deserving educators across the country. The application deadline for these opportunities is February 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

There are scores of amazing volunteers on standby to review your applications for these awards and grants. I hope you find these holiday finance tips to be helpful and that you can help me share these points far and wide. Thank you for continuing to serve your community and let’s work together to further strengthen school libraries in tomorrow’s learning landscape!


Author: Steven Yates

Steven Yates is an assistant professor and coordinator of the school library media certification program at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. He earned a doctor of philosophy in instructional leadership with an emphasis in instructional technology in 2017.

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