Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) is a professional organization for school library professionals and library educators. The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association works to ensure excellence in school library programs.


The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning through quality school library programs.


A world of critically literate, connected learners

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PSLA is a chapter of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).




Materials Challenge Resources 

As an affiliate of the American Library Association and the American Association of School Libraries, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association opposes widespread efforts to censor books in U.S. schools and libraries. If you find yourself facing a challenge to library materials, click HERE to access steps to help you navigate the reconsideration process.


Survey of Library Staffing in PA Public Schools 

*2022 PSLA Staffing Survey has started! Please click HERE to complete the survey.*

Each year since 2012, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association has conducted a survey of the school districts and independent schools in the state in regards to library staffing for the current school year. This data has been extremely valuable in our legislative and advocacy efforts over the past nine years, and we greatly appreciate the assistance of all of the school librarians, library staff, and administrators who have helped us gather this data. See previous years and more info on this page


 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Statement: School Librarians and Supporting Students From Home

The role of a school librarian has always been and will continue to be, unique and essential.  As information specialists, we work to help support our students and colleagues as we all grapple with the ever-changing situation that we have found ourselves in during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The school librarian is uniquely positioned to help our students continue to learn and access vital information digitally through our digital book resources, individual websites, our library catalog systems, and helping to curate the vast amount of resources available during this time.  School librarians are able to collaborate with their colleagues to provide appropriate resources to support our students in their learning while they are at home.  

Pennsylvania school libraries with certified school librarians remain open digitally and their resources remain a vital connection between students, families, educators, the community, and the school.

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 PSLA Statement Condemning Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color 

The Board of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) stands in alignment with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA) condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all people of color. 


We will continue to work as an organization to break down racial barriers and provide an equitable education for all students. Please reference the links included for more information from ALA and AASL.


The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association will continue to provide professional development for members to help the growth of school librarians and professionals.

The Benefits of Membership

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) is the voice of Pennsylvania school libraries - its librarians and students.  Let PSLA provide you with the strong support of collaboration, as well as the educational resources, that will enhance your professional growth and inspire excellence in librarianship and learning.  Learn more about us when you join online!

Members also have access to members-only content, social communities and much more!

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AASL National School Library Standards

The AASL Standards framework reflects a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning by demonstrating the connection between learner, school librarian, and school library standards. Three sets of standards (Learner, School Librarian, and School Library) make up the AASL Standards Integrated Framework featured within the National School Library Standards. Use the resources here to familiarize yourself with the structure and get started using the standards in your practice.


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