AASL seeking presenters for 2010 ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Melissa B. Jacobsen
AASL Communications Specialist
(312) 280-4381

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now seeking presenter proposals for the 2010 ALA Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 24 – 30, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. CDT on May 31, 2009.

Proposal submissions will be accepted for 1 1/2-hour concurrent sessions or half- to full-day preconference professional development programs. Program content must address at least one of the three areas of responsibility: learning and teaching; information access; or program administration, as identified in "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs." Proposals will be evaluated for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to proposals 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 learning exercise
•     Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles
•     Demonstrates how learning outcomes would be achieved
•     Supports the AASL strategic plan
•     Supports the AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners

Notifications will be issued by August 2009 to all whose proposals have been selected. For more information on submitting a proposal or to download the proposal submission form, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/conferencesandevents/aaslannual/2010annualproposals.cfm. Applicants must submit their proposals online using the proposal submission form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=WejYaXSEegCCsGR_2fHAWRHg_3d_3d. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposal submissions will not be accepted. Individuals with questions are asked to contact Deb Logan at jd3logan@bright.net.  

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.