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Call for Chapter Proposals
The book, co-edited by Barbara Schultz-Jones (USA) and Dianne Oberg (Canada), will have four sections: I The Global Picture, II Educating the School Library Professional, III Alternative Pathways, IV Continuing Education and Professional Development. Submit proposals and chapters to the editors at

Where in the world are IASL members?
Check out our new 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 has signed on as a partner for the Global Media and Information Literacy Week, which is led by UNESCO. We're excited for this partnership 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.

Latest IASL Newsletter, Volume 47, Issue 1; January 2018Members: log in to view Newsletter articles.

ISLM 2017: International School Library Month (ISLM) was in October, with the theme "Connecting Communities and Cultures." Click here for more. 

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.

School Libraries Worldwide, V.22 #2, July 2017. Members: log in to view SLW articles. Interested in contributing? 

2017 Annual Report: Members: Click here to see what IASL leaders had to say about this year.

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!

2018 Annual Conference
Istanbul, Turkey, May 6-11. Learn more here

During the AGM held in Long Beach,
Dianne Oberg was honored as an Honorary IASL Ambassador due to her work within IASL as well as her work for school librarians across the world. Attendees and the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs donated 190 total books to the International Book Exhibition project.  Books were donated to Mar Vista Academy in San Diego, California. 

IASL’s first-ever Virtual Conference will be held 28-30 May 2018, as part of the 22nd International Forum on Research in School Librarianship.

Proposals may be submitted through the portal until 23 April 2018, with acceptance notices being given on 30 AprilThis virtual conference shares the theme of “Innovation, Information, and Impact of School Librarianship” with the International Association of School Librarianship 2018 Annual Conference, convening in Istanbul, Turkey, from 6-11 May. 

Research proposals accepted for either conference will be included in the 2018 Conference Proceedings and indexed widely. Find full proposal information, including conference streams and submission guidelines, at conference website is and email address is

Register between 1 April and 24 May for this global gathering of school library researchers in synchronous and asynchronous discussions, including keynote presentations by Dr. Ross Todd, Dr. Kasey Garrison, and Dr. Marcia Mardis.

IASL-Online Login Instructions: Members who have received their IASL membership renewals via email may log in to pay via credit card online. Select the "Forgot Password" link to create your membership account password. Please note: this payment website does not share passwords with the website, but we recommend using the same password for both sites.

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