American Association of School Librarians (AASL),
Letter from the President
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national organization dedicated to advocating excellence, facilitating change and developing leaders in the school library field. AASL advocates for the highest quality profession through learning standards, program guidelines and standards for professional preparation. Having supported the profession for 60 years, AASL understands the current realities and evolving dynamics of the professional environment, and is positioned to help members redefine themselves and the profession as leaders in education.
Since 1967, AASL and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) have worked in partnership to give school librarians an invaluable resource to use for collection development in collaboration with other educators and administrators. It is with great pleasure that the 22nd edition of the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries is presented. A special thank you goes to the members of the AASL American University Presses Book Selection Committee for their hard work and dedication to the publication of the 2012 bibliography.
It is a strategic goal of the association to achieve universal recognition of school librarians as indispensable educational leaders. While you focus on your program, AASL is working diligently to ensure a place at the table for the school librarian voice. In addition to developing tools and resources to help librarians lead in their schools, efforts like the White House Petition for School Libraries (http://wh.gov/Wgd) illustrate the power of our collective voices. With the support of AASL, ALA and division presidents, the petition surpassed the required 25,000 signatures nearly a week before the Feb. 4 deadline. Now at over 28,000 signatures and still counting, we're ensured this issue will receive the attention and response of White House policy experts.
Carrying on this ambitious work requires the support of the profession we serve. School librarians have never been a more vital piece to the education puzzle and being an AASL member is more important than ever to your profession, your library program, and the children and community you serve. For more information on the professional and personal benefits of AASL membership, visit www.aasl.org.
Please use this valuable resource offered to you through AAUP to engage with your education colleagues while leading the development of your school library collection. Again, thank you to AAUP and the AASL American University Press Book Selection Committee.
Carl Harvey II
AASL President, 2011-2012