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									Fast Facts about TASL

•   Works to fulfill its mission
    through the creation of position
    statements on important
    Tennessee school library topics
    such as a state library coordinator                                     Tennessee Association
    and BEP funding for school
    libraries                                                                of School Librarians
•   Sponsors the Volunteer State
    Book Awards

•   Annually sponsors three awards
    and two scholarships

•   Provides professional
    development opportunities for
    libraries throughout the state of

•   Hosts an annual conference for
    school librarians

•   Run totally by volunteers

•   Publishes a quarterly newsletter

•   Affiliated with the Tennessee
    Education Association, the
    Tennessee Library Association,
                                                                           “If information is the currency of
    TENN-SHARE, the American                                               democracy, then libraries are the
    Library Association, and the
    American Association of School
    Libraries                                                                                 Senator Wendell Ford
TASL MISSION                                                                                    FAST FACTS ABOUT SCHOOL
                                                                                                  •   Many Tennessee school libraries
The purpose of this organization                                                                      have no annual budget except
                                                                                                      money earned from fundraising
shall be to encourage the
                                                                                                      activities such as bookfairs.
professional growth and
development of Tennessee school                                                                   •   The highest achieving students
library media specialists; to                                                                         come from schools with good
promote cooperation among library                                                                     library media centers. (Keith Curry
media specialists, school                                                                             Lance, How School Librarians Help Kids
                                                                                                      Achieve Standards, 2000)
administrators, classroom teachers
and other persons interested in           MISSION & GOALS OF THE
                                          SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA                                    •   Schools must be organized to
school library media programs; and        PROGRAM                                                     allow the library program to
to strengthen school library media                                                                    operate a flexible schedule that
                                          To ensure that students and staff are
service in Tennessee.                     effective users of ideas and information.                   allows students and teachers to
                                          Their mission is accomplished by:                           access resources at the point
                                                                                                      of need. (TN Requirements for School
                                              •   Providing intellectual and physical                 Media Centers 0520-1-3-.07)

     2007 TASL                                    access to materials in all formats
                                                                                                  •   Only 25.8% of Tennessee school
                                              •                                                       library media centers operate a
                                                  Providing instruction to foster
                                                  competence and stimulate interest                   completely flexible schedule.
                                                  in reading, viewing, and using                      (NCES, The Status of Public and Private
                                                  information and ideas                               School Library Media Centers in the United
 ▪ President –Lynn Caruthers                                                                          States: 1999-2000, 2004)
   (                      •   Working with other educators to
                                                  design learning strategies to meet
 ▪ V. P./President Elect – Bruce Hester           the needs of individual students.
                                                  -- Information Power: Guidelines for School
 ▪ Secretary – Andre Crawford                     Library Media Programs (1988), p. 1                  For more info visit:
 ▪ Treasurer – Carol Burr

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