Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)


Programming at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The deadline to submit is Monday, December 3, 2018 at noon CT. Final decisions on all proposals will be announced on or before March 1, 2019.

Dates: Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

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

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should include up to three learning objectives and address how the session supports the AASL National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. Proposals should relate to one of the new content strands – Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage – taken from the Shared Foundations found within the Standards Frameworks. 

More information about the Shared Foundations can be found on the AASL Standards Portal or within the pages of the new National School Library Standards. You are also welcome to download this PDF with descriptions of each of the shared foundations.

When submitting, please also consider that your language reflects the language found within the National School Library Standards (e.g. learners, educators, school librarian, and school library).

Submissions will be accepted via online form. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. To submit a proposal, each presenter will need to create a new account. For a step-by-step tutorial on the submission process, download this PDF.

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

Selection Criteria

The AASL national conference program review committee will conduct a blind review of all proposals. The 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;
  • Includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles;
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved.
  • Facilitates a deeper understanding of the new AASL Standards

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 aaslnational@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4382.