Registration open for AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/06/2012

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CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Fall Forum.  “Transliteracy and the School Library Program” will be held Oct. 12 - 13, 2012, in Greenville,  S.C.  New this year, those unable to join AASL in South Carolina can attend the Fall Forum at a satellite site location in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, North Texas or Bay Area California. More information on registering and programming can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum.

Those attending “Transliteracy and the School Library Program” can expect to take an in-depth look at transliteracy by examining current research and identifying those skills that students need to navigate the current information landscape.  During breakout sessions, attendees will focus on the different aspects of transliteracy in the school library program, including participatory culture, community engagement, inquiry and advocacy for and relevance of librarians in this ever-changing environment.  

After attending Fall Forum, participants can expect to return to their schools with strategies for collaborating with classroom teachers to effectively integrate transmedia skills and participative online tools into the subject-area curriculum.  They will also be able to create opportunities for students and classroom teachers to engage in these online environments through the library program.

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.  For more information on “Transliteracy and the School Library Program” including registration and satellite site information, visit the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum.  To save on registration fees, attendees are encouraged to register on or before Sept. 12, 2012.  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 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.