Aim & Scope

Aim & Scope

The International Association of School Librarianship: IASL was established in 1971 with an aim to promote activities of school librarians worldwide. Jean Lowrie, Western Michigan University, U.S and others served to its first formation in Jamaica. Since a first international conference in London held in the following year, annual conferences and forums have been consecutively implemented every year. They have been providing school librarians, teachers and researchers opportunities to discuss about effective utilizations of school libraries.

The 2016 IASL Tokyo Organizing Committee (Chair: Noritada Otaki, the Librarian of the National Diet Library) hosts the 45th Annual International Conference & the 20th International Forum on Research in School Librarians in Tokyo that will be held from August 22 through 26, 2016 at Meiji University, Tokyo. The first ever conference in Japan will be conducted under the theme: “A School Library Build for the Digital Age”.

Today, vast amounts of information are accessible through Internets. In such a digital age, how the definition of school libraries has changed? Further, what sort of services becomes available in a highly digitalized school library? The conference provides you a great chance to encounter examples practiced in the worlds.  Also, through the conference, you can extend relations worldwide among people in school librarians. We hope that many of librarians and teachers at schools, researchers, university and graduate students are attending the conference.


2016 IASL Tokyo Organizing Committee


Japan School Library Association (JSLA)


Director  Kazuko Takemura, Head of Research Section, Japan School Library Association


Natinal Diet Library (NDL),Characters Culture Promotion Organization,Japan Federation of Primary School Principals Association,National Association of Junior High School Principals,National Association of Upper Secondary School Principals,Parliamentary Association for School Library,Parliamentary Association for Books,National Council of Prefectural Boards of Education,National Congress of Parents and Teachers Associations of Japan,Japan Library Association (JLA),Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU),Japanese Association of Writers for Children,Japan Juvenile Writers Associatio,Japan Council for Promotion of Book
Reading,Japan Book Publishers Association,Japanese Association of Children’s Book Publishers,Japan Publication Wholesalers Association,Japan Booksellers Federation,Japan Association for Promotion of Educational Technology (JAPET&CEC),Japanese Board on Books for Young People (JBBY),Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association,Japan Society of Library and Information Science (JSLIS),Japan Society of School Library Science,Japan Society for Educational Technology,The Asahi Shimbun Company,The Mainichi Newspapers,The Yomiuri Shinbun,Japan Educational Press,The Education Newspaper,The Home and School Education Newspaper,Meiji University,Kokugakuin University,Bunka Gakuen University,Library Fair & Forum Steering Committee,Best World Corporation

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