AASL expands reach of Fall Forum with satellite site attendance options

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/06/2012


CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is expanding the educational reach of its biennial Fall Forum by offering registrants the opportunity to attend via one of four satellite sites. AASL’s national institute, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program,” will take place Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C., and satellite site offerings include Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, North Texas and the California Bay Area.  More information on Fall Forum can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum.

Satellite sites offer an alternative for those unable to travel to the Greenville location.  Satellite site attendees can expect their site programming to exactly mirror the programming in Greenville.  Attendees will view a live broadcast of the keynote and speakers and interact virtually with the Greenville location and the other satellite sites. During breakout activity time, satellite site attendees will work with others at their location with the help of an onsite facilitator. 

“The Fall Forum committee is working to make the interactions and idea-sharing between sites and Greenville as invaluable as the information learned over the two-day event,” said Carl Harvey, AASL president. “Stay tuned for ways to connect on the topic not only during, but before and after the institute.”

Upon registration attendees can choose either the Greenville, S.C., location, or one of the four satellite sites: Doylestown, Pa.; Homestead, Pa.; Richardson, Texas; or San Jose, Calif.  Greenville and satellite site registration rates prior to Sept. 12, are $289 for AASL members, $339 for ALA members, and $404 for non members.  Meals and materials are included in registration.

The AASL Fall Forum is a multi-day national institute held during non-AASL national conference years. A more intimate event, the institute focuses on one topic of importance to the profession.  Transliteracy and the School Library Program will be held Oct. 12-13, 2012, in Greenville, S.C.   More information on programming can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library 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 field.