International Association
of School Librarianship

With over 1600 members from 60 countries, IASL provides an international forum for people interested in promoting effective school library programs as viable instruments in the educational process.

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IASL Statement against racism, prejudice, and discrimination

The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) denounces racism, prejudice, and discrimination in any form.

IASL supports equitable access to education, literacy, information, and other necessities of life, as outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

IASL reaffirms the IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

IASL will continue striving to establish and develop school librarianship in every country of the world for the benefit of all children and communities.

- the IASL Executive Committee and Board of Regional Directors, June 2020

COVID-19 Resources


A new way to support IASL - for "Fifty More"

Did you know that IASL will celebrate its 50th birthday next year?

Leading up to our Golden Birthday, an anonymous supporter has offered to match all donations to IASL's Operations Budget in 2020, up to $5000 US dollars total.

Your gift large or small to the Operations Budget now can keep our Association going strong as we prepare to gather in Texas for our Annual Conference in 2021 and plan for "Fifty More" years of service to our children, colleagues, and communities worldwide.

Complete the secure giving form found on the donation page.



2021 International Association of School Librarianship Annual Conference

The 49th Annual Conference and 24th Annual International Forum on Research in School Librarianship will convene 12-16 July 2021 in Denton, Texas, USA.

"A Rich Tapestry of Practice and Research around the World" is the 2021 Conference theme. For more information, visit the Conference Website: https://iasl2021.unt.edu

Call for Papers - deadline is 1 Feb 2020.

Registration for the 2021 Annual Conference will open in January 2021.



Latest IASL Newsletter, Volume 50, Issue 2, April 2020. Members: log in to view Newsletter articles.


Where in the world are IASL members?

Check out our map, showing the countries in which we have members. There are more than you might think! 

School Libraries Worldwide: Call for Proposals

Workshop on 'Implementing the IFLA School Library Guidelines' 
The IASL / IFLA Joint Committee has developed a workshop based on the IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2nd edition. Its Introduction and 6 Modules are free to use and can be adapted to local needs. Download at the IFLA-School Libraries Section page.


Librarians and Educators Collaborating for Success: The International Perspective

A book edited by Marcia A. Mardis. Librarians and teachers worldwide are devising collaborations that boost student achievement—best practices that could be successfully emulated in your library or school.

IASL is a partner for the Global Media and Information Literacy Week, which is led by UNESCO. This partnership aims to raise awareness about the importance of media and information literacy.


Support-A-Member (SAM) applications will now be accepted throughout the year! The SAM program is designed to make it possible for school librarians, teacher-librarians, library assistants, and others interested in school library service living in IASL Zone C countries to belong to IASL. Funded through the generosity of IASL members, this membership is granted for a two year term. Learn more about how to apply for the award here.


Window On the World (WOW) of School Libraries: Through this project, we are hoping to build a more global perspective on the state of school libraries throughout the world. WOW has two main elements:

1. School library country profiles of 230 countries, full access available for members now. Click here to access the country profiles.
2. A gallery of school library images. 

Contribute to our gallery today! Click here to view guidelines and directions for submissions.

IASL Brochure: Click the following links to download and share the latest version of IASL's brochure: A4 format, US Letter format. Have you ever been interested in joining IASL? See the benefits in this A4 format and US Letter format. We now have a version of the postcard translated into Turkish

IASL Listserv - Members: Your new listserv is here! Click here for detailed instructions on how to use it.

IASL Member Forum - Members: Log in, then Click here to access the forum. This forum is exclusively for IASL members to interact with one another on a virtual platform. We encourage you to create constructive discussions by sharing information, insight, and ideas with your fellow members. Don't forget to subscribe to the forum's daily updates!


IASL is an official sponsor of Global MIL Week 2018.

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