The Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) was formed in 1987 to address the particular issues and needs of librarians in independent schools. The founders envisioned an apolitical and affordable association – complementary to other library associations – that would provide a means of exchanging information, ideas and best practices among a network of independent school librarians. Membership in AISL currently numbers approximately 350 librarians from across the U.S. and Canada.
An informal organization, AISL is run entirely by volunteers who maintain the website, listserv and wiki, overseen by a seven-member Board of Directors. Each year, a group of library colleagues in a different North American city commits to organize and host the Annual Conference, a three-day extravaganza of school visits, workshop sessions, and tours showcasing educational and cultural resources in the host city. Guidelines compiled by previous conference organizers are available to help prospective conference organizers plan the event, with a timeframe beginning two years prior to the date.
We welcome independent school librarians to consider membership in this unique association and encourage you to attend the annual conference if possible. The network of supportive colleagues from across North America is accessible to you year-round via the listserv and the wiki, ready and willing to share library experiences and explore new possibilities.