Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)

Programming at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition - Experience Education Evolution - taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. AASL seeks sessions specifically targeting the lower elementary grade level and focusing on diverse, multicultural and special populations. The deadline is Friday, June 12, 2015.

Dates: Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Audience: K-12 School Librarians, Program Officers, District Supervisors, Coordinators, Educators, Directors

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL strategic plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. In addition to focusing on diverse, multicultural and special populations; proposals should relate to one of the content strands, including Common Core State Standards; leadership; literacy and reading; program administration; teaching and learning; or authors. 

Submissions will only be accepted via online form. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. 

The primary/submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract. Please notify your co-authors that the confirmation was received.

Selection Criteria

The AASL national conference committee will evaluate proposals for clarity, originality and timeliness. Consideration will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives;
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology;
  • Incorporates at least one active hands-on learning exercise;
  • Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles;
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved.

Contact Information

All questions regarding programming at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition should be directed to or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382.

Submission process open for AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking school librarians to serve on an Implementation Task Force responsible to develop a plan to support states, school systems, and individual schools preparing to implement the association’s learning standards and program guidelines slated to launch in the fall of 2017.

A national implementation plan for AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines should reflect the association’s strategic goals, and propose new ventures that take advantage of the current climate in education and society.

The plan developed to implement the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (2007) and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs (2009) is available for download on the AASL website.

The development of a new implementation plan to support the revision of AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines is a critically important project to both the association and the profession. Service on the Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force is a significant commitment to be considered.


The Task Force, consisting of 7 members (including a chairperson), will officially begin meeting in September 2015 and conclude their work in February 2018.

The Task Force will work in parallel to the Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board and will benefit from implementation data collected in surveys and focus groups conducted by the Editorial Board. The Task Force will be responsible to develop an implementation plan that introduces the standards and guidelines, builds awareness, understanding, and commitment within the school library profession and stakeholder communities.

Objectives should address, but are not limited to, professional development (virtual and face-to-face), marketing communications, branding, and advocacy initiatives. Measurements of the plan’s success should be incorporated. Further, Task Force members will be responsible for the development and presentation of various professional development components following the launch of the standards and guidelines.

Members will be expected to:

  • Participate in regular conference calls
  • Research and report on current PD platforms/models, environmental scans, and trend analysis
  • Assessment and research of branding, marketing, and advocacy initiatives 
  • Travel to attend conferences that will include Task Force meetings and PD sessions. Virtual members will not be accepted to the Task Force. In person attendance will be required.  
  • Work in online collaborative environments
  • Write sections of the Implementation Plan
  • Share presentation responsibilities in virtual and face-to-face environments including:
    • AASL eAcademy
    • AASL 18th National Conference- Phoenix, AZ (2017)
    • ALA Midwinter Meeting- Denver, CO (2018)
    • ALA Annual Conference- New Orleans, LA (2018)

Attendance will be required at the following ALA/AASL conferences (time commitments are approximate):

  • 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Boston, MA: January 8-12, 2016
    • 3 Hours: Focus Groups (AASL15) Results Summary discussion; implications to plan development
  • 2016 ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL: June 23-28, 2016
    • 3 Hours: Discuss executive report of focus group findings; Editorial Board (EB) manuscript outline; implementation plan structure/components/teams
  • 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta, GA: January 20-24, 2017
    • 3 Hours: Discuss draft manuscript with EB; implementation feedback; draft plan structure/components; and AASL17 sessions
  • 2017 ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 22-27, 2017
    • 3 Hours: Discuss final manuscript; AASL17 sessions; finalize Implementation Plan; presenter recruitment; update BOD with draft plan
  • 2017 AASL National Conference & Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ: November 9-12, 2017
    • 6 Hours: Present general session and concurrent sessions on standards and guidelines
  • 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Denver, CO: February 9-13, 2018
    • 4 Hours: Transition work to standing AASL Standards Implementation Committee; present to Board of Directors & Affiliate Assembly


Responding individuals should demonstrate the ability to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Certified school librarian, or equivalent terminal degree
  • Effective communication and writing skills
  • Technical capacity and ability to work in an electronic environment
  • Experience working in school library programs
  • Ability to fulfill the responsibilities listed above
  • Current AASL member in good standing


Development of a comprehensive professional development and marketing plan for the association’s learning standards and program guidelines is a critical implementation support piece for AASL membership and the profession. By participating on the AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force, members are performing a service to their profession.

Task Force members will receive acknowledgement within the published plan as contributors to the document and professional development providers for the American Association of School Librarians.

Task Force members will receive a stipend in the amount of $1,000 for the development and presentation of PD content and for the extensive time commitment.


All fees for conference travel, including airfare, hotel, meals, and conference registration will be the responsibility of the Task Force member.


In order to be considered, applicants are asked to submit the following to AASL:

  1. Cover letter explaining interest in participation and qualities you would bring to the Task Force
  2. Current vita or resume
  3. 2-3 PD samples (eg. webinars, session proposals, course outlines, lesson plans, marketing or advocacy plans)
  4. Letter of support from immediate supervisor. Optional: up to 2 letters of recommendation.

Send all required materials as a single document to AASL at, no later than June 5, 2015.

Applicants for first round interviews will be notified by or before July 10, 2015. All interviews will be conducted via phone. All candidates will be notified of final selection by September 1.