Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)

GAME Lightning Round Presenters

AASL is seeking inexperienced presenters to share gaming ideas during an informal hour of lightning rounds at the GAME event in Rochester, NY. During the hour, presenters will have 15 minutes to share ideas about how to implement interactive learning opportunities in their library program through all types of games.

A total of 3-4 presenters will be chosen to present. Each presenter will have a mentor from the planning committee to help develop their presentation leading up to the event. AASL is seeking GAME attendees who are new to presenting. The lightning round is meant to give attendees who are inexperienced in speaking the chance to present on a national stage.

The lightning rounds will happen on the Saturday afternoon of the event, and all presenters must be present and registered for the event. When submitting your lightning round presentation, please be sure to outline the time you will spend on each part of your presentation. Innovative ideas wanted!

Deadline for proposals is September 1, 2016. Proposals must be submitted via online form.

About GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education

A new two-day event from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will focus on how games encourage critical thinking, problem solving and creative activities. Co-sponsored by the ALA Games & Gaming Round Table, GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education, will be held September 23-24 in Rochester, N.Y.

Attendees will explore how to implement interactive learning opportunities in their library program through all types of games. They will also discover how these strategies connect communities – students, parents, and educators – through the educational, recreational, and social value of games.

Programming at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposal submissions for 60- or 90-minute concurrent sessions workshops to be presented during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

The submissions deadline for concurrent session proposals is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, October 3, 2016.

Dates: June 22-27, 2017
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Audience:   K-12 School Librarians, Program Officers, District Supervisors, Coordinators, Educators, Directors

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should outline the main points of the program and its relevance to attendees. 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.

list of suggested topical areas 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.

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:

sample rubric is available for informational purposes.

Contact Information

All questions regarding AASL programming at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference should be directed to Anne Weglewski at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383.