Iowa Association of

School Librarians

What the Iowa Association of School Librarians is working on for you:

  • On April 27, 2019, IASL, partnered with ILA and EveryLibrary, successfully argued to remove from SSB 1190 language that would essentially eliminate the requirement to have a teacher librarian in every district. It was the culmination of an almost week-long battle of round-the-clock work, drafting arguments, lobbying, and constantly contacting senators on the committee. EveryLibrary brought the issue national attention, so not only did teacher librarians from Iowa rally to fight against section 13 of this bill, but our colleagues from around the country advocated for us as well. Check out the SSB 1190 Wakelet for a sample Twitter timeline.
  • IASL has representatives on the state teacher librarian leadership team. Consisting of classroom, AEA, and university librarians, the team has been working with the Department of Education to draft a rubric to aid school administrators in determining how well they use their school's library program and teacher librarians to help improve student achievement.
  • Planning the 2019 Summer Conference is underway! For details, click on the Conference Tab. Please be aware that the deadline for concurrent sessions proposals is April 1, 2019.
  • Not only are we having another big summer conference, but IASL is hosting the FIRST EVER Future Ready Librarians™ Edcamp on April 6.
  • Improved communication is our goal.
      • New website to facilitate access to information and resources
      • Quarterly newsletter of IASL events sent to all IASL members
      • Bi-monthly articles in ILA's The Catalyst
      • Published IASL Board meeting minutes
      • Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram support
  • Increased opportunities to serve on state-wide committees to support Iowa Teacher Librarian are available to our Iowa teacher librarians. If you want to get involved, click on the "Get Involved" link under the Quick Links on the this page.
  • Along with Teacher-Librarian leaders across the state, IASL is working at all levels to advocate for teacher librarians in the State of Iowa.