Jay Bansbach wins a year of free AASL membership

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For Immediate Release


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Jay Bansbach has won a free year of AASL membership. Bansbach's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Val Emrich to AASL, Bansbach has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.

When asked why he recommended AASL membership to his colleague, Bansbach, retired school libraries program specialist in the Maryland State Department of Education, replied: “The best professional learning you will ever receive in our profession is by becoming a member and participating as part of our national organization. AASL provides a platform for you to share ideas and network with others, provides much needed support with such things as advocacy, toolkits, position statements, standards, online professional development, and connects you to the broader world of libraries that includes public, special and academic. It's the best investment you can make in yourself!"

Using the “Share the Wealth” membership acceptance form located on the AASL website, all current, personal AASL members are encouraged to reach out to their colleagues and invite them to join the only national professional organization focused on school librarians and the school library community.

For each member recruited, the referring AASL member will receive an entry in a monthly drawing for a complimentary year of ALA and AASL membership. Their name will also be entered into a final grand prize drawing for an AASL National Conference & Exhibition package, which includes registration, three nights lodging and round-trip airfare to Louisville, Kentucky, in November 2019. Multiple referrals will be accepted and will increase their chances to win.

To participate and earn entry into prize drawings, membership acceptance forms must be returned with payment directly to AASL. Memberships processed by ALA – either online or on paper – will not be included in the “Share the Wealth” campaign. For complete program rules and regulations, visit www.ala.org/aasl/STW.

The American Association of School Librarians www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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