Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)

“Research into Practice” Concurrent Session Strand

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently seeking proposals for “Research into Practice” at the 2019 National Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky. The deadline for proposals is 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on May 6, 2019.

AASL National Conference & Exhibition Overview

Dates: November 14-16, 2019
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Estimated Attendance: 3,000
Audience: K-12 Librarians, Program Officers, District Supervisors, Coordinators, Educators, Directors, School Administrators

Research into Practice Session Overview

During AASL’s National Conference the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) and AASL will be offering a concurrent session strand to bring current research from the field into the practice setting. Researchers will be asked to present their research in a way that will either encourage the application of the research into everyday practice or offer tools and information to use when advocating for the role of the school librarian in K-12 education.

Proposal Submission Overview

AASL is requesting proposals for 60-minute sessions that presents original research. If researchers would like present multiple papers/research that cover a related topic or theme, please coordinate and submit as a single session proposal. Research that has been presented or published previously is permitted. Doctoral and Master’s researchers are encouraged to apply. Proposals should be 1,000 words exclusive of references. Rooms will be set to accommodate individual or panel presentations as well as options for more interactive sessions. Concurrent session rooms will not be set with table rounds for small groups.

Research into Practice proposals will be rated on the following rubric criteria:

  • Address a significant issue within the field, use appropriate methodology and accurately report and discuss findings
  • Demonstrate how research findings are applicable to practice.
  • Connect to the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.
  • Create learning extensions for the participants (what can the attendee adapt or apply to their own situation)
  • Be creative and innovative and include elements of interaction with the audience
  • Be well organized, clear and concise

View a copy of the rubric.

Presentation Requirements

AASL will accept a total of 7 session proposals. Accepted sessions will be required to submit additional information for marketing and programming materials within 30 days of acceptance. Most concurrent sessions are recorded and so if you will not be able to have your session recorded it is likely to not be accepted by AASL. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a handout or pass out a QR code or short link for attendees to find more information.

Submission Process

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

The primary/submitting presenter will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract. If you are submitting a panel/group presentation, please submit a single proposal identifying the primary presenter who will receive all communication regarding the session. Please notify your co-presenters that the confirmation was received.

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

As a division of the American Library Association, AASL adheres to the Library Bill of Rights which affirms that equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom. As it specifically relates to conference programming, AASL asks that all presenters exclude phrases, references, or graphic elements that may be considered culturally insensitive, reinforcing of stereotypes, or misappropriation.

The AASL National Conference is intended to create a learning experience that will enhance the collaborative working environment within a school/district. AASL considers administrators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educators to be equals in the learning environment.

As AASL works diligently to ensure that equity, trust, and respect are offered to school librarians throughout the K-12 community, so is it critical that the same standards are used toward school librarians’ partners in education.

Contact Information

All questions regarding programming at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition should be directed to or (800) 545-2433, ext. 1393.