Essential Functions of AASL
Eight essential functions for AASL fall into four major areas. None of these functions is discrete. They overlap, are interrelated and support each other.
Responsibility to the Field Function
Vision and Voice: Developing, implementing, and articulating a vision for the profession through standards, frameworks and guidelines.
Development of the Knowledge Base: Developing and disseminating theory, best practice and research to move the field forward.
Continuing Issues: Continuing support for the major issues in the field such as funding, reading, technology and intellectual freedom.
Responsibility to Members Function
Communications: Disseminating information through a variety of formats.
Professional Development: Providing opportunities for continuing education.
Community: Building a sense of community and creating connections to others.
Advocacy: Reaching out to constituencies and decision-makers who affect the quality of school library programs.
Association Maintenance: Maintaining an association that is fast, focused, friendly, flexible and fun.