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2020 International Association of School Librarianship Annual Conference

The 49th Annual Conference and 24th Annual International Forum on Research in School Librarianship will convene 8-12 June 2020 in Denton, Texas, USA.

"A Rich Tapestry of Practice and Research around the World" is the 2020 Conference theme. For more information, visit the Conference Website:

Call for Papers - deadline is 1 Feb 2020.

Registration for the 2020 Annual Conference is Open! Click here to register online.


Applications are invited for the following 2020 awards:

  • Jean Lowrie Leadership Development Grant
  • Diljit Singh Leadership Development Grant
  • Takeshi Murofushi Research Award
  • IASL Books for Children

Full information at The 2020 Awards application deadline is 1 February 2020.


IASL is soliciting nominations for a number of positions on the Executive and Board.  You can download the 2020 Nominations Form by visiting  The deadline for all application is 1 February 2020. 

Nominations are being called for the following positions

Vice President – Association Operations


Regional Director - Asia (2)

Regional Director – Latin America/Caribbean (4)

Regional Director – East Asia (5)

Regional Director – International Schools (9)

Criteria for nominees:

  • Have an interest in promoting the goals and objectives of IASL;
  • Be able to fulfill the role and responsibilities for the position under consideration as outlined in the Procedures & Guidelines (Handbook of Organization) Officers or Region Directors;
  • Have been a member of IASL for at least two years with membership fees current at time of nomination (current student or retiree members not eligible);
  • Demonstrate effective leadership in local or national associations or institutions in his/her country;
  • Willingness to attend IASL conferences and related meetings;
  • Understand that individuals must pay their own expenses to conferences and/or related meetings; and
  • Willing to supply a biographical sketch and position statement which may be used for information purposes to the membership during the election process.
Additionally, the nominator's and the seconder's membership fees must be current.

Nominations should be sent to:  IASL Nominating Committee Chairperson, c/o IASL Secretariat, PO Box 684, Jefferson City, MO 65102 USA by email to

Latest IASL Newsletter, Volume 49, Issue 4; October 2019Members: 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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