The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) is an association that has been in operation for 45 years since its inception in 1971. The focus of IASL’s vision is to be a positive influence in establishing, advocating and supporting school librarianship in every country in the world. It provides an international forum to nurture and share cutting-edge research in school librarianship, to build a sense of community among school librarians around the world, to disseminate information about useful materials, advocacy and program initiatives, to promote the training and professional development of school library staff, to encourage the integration of school library programs into the school curriculum and to coordinate activities, international and regional conferences and other projects to undergird the strength of school librarianship around the world.

The concept of developing an online professional development library emerged out of a survey I conducted during 2011 for IASL members and non-members; this was in my role at the time chairing IASL’s International Development Special Interest Group. The survey had 82 respondents from 30 countries and covered areas like professional development and support desired by IASL members.