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 and half- or full-day preconference workshops to be presented during the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference.

The submissions deadline for preconference proposals is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 29, 2014. 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 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 is available as a Word document. The online form cannot be saved and returned to. A sample rubric 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  or (800) 545-2433 x 4385.