Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)

Programming at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposal submissions for 60- or 90-minute concurrent sessions to be presented during the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference.

The submissions deadline for concurrent session proposals is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, August 25, 2014.

Dates: June 25-30, 2015
Location: San Francisco, CA
Audience: K-12 School Librarians, Program Officers, District Supervisors, Coordinators, Educators, Directors

Proposal Guidelines

The recommended proposal submission length is approximately 300 words. Proposals should outline the main points of the program and its relevance to attendees. For preconference proposals, it is recommended that you show how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise into your session. All proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL Strategic Plan, the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.

Program titles should be short (no more than 140 characters in length), but descriptive. Catchy titles, indicating benefits to the audience are encouraged.

A list of suggested topical areas http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/img/PDF.jpg is available, however submissions will be accepted outside of these suggested topical areas.

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

For preparation purposes, the proposal form http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/img/WordIcon_16.png is available as a Word document. The online form cannot be saved and returned to. A sample rubric http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/img/WordIcon_16.png is also available for informational purposes.

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

Submissions will be evaluated for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

Contact Information

All questions regarding AASL programming at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference should be directed to Allison Cline at acline@ala.org  or (800) 545-2433 x 4385.

Programming at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for preconference workshops and concurrent sessions to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. 

The preconference workshop deadline is midnight on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, and the concurrent session deadline is Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. 

Dates: Preconference workshops will be held Wed., Nov. 4 and Thurs., Nov. 5.   

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. Additionally, concurrent session proposals should focus on 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: preconference workshops, concurrent sessions. 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 aasl@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382.