CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has extended the deadline for AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition concurrent session proposals to 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, Dec. 7, in consideration of school library professionals living in states impacted by Superstorm Sandy. AASL recognizes the difficulties faced by its East Coast colleagues due to the damage inflicted by the recent hurricane and wishes to allow those wanting to participate in an AASL national conference the time needed to submit a proposal.
Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov.15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, and are 75 minutes in length. Proposals should focus on one of the content strands, including Common Core State Standards; leadership; literacy and reading; program administration; teaching and learning; or authors. Proposals should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL strategic plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. The AASL national conference 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;
- Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles;
- Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved.
Submissions will only be accepted via online form. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. All questions regarding programming at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition should be directed to Melissa Jacobsen, AASL manager of professional development, at email@example.com or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4381. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/aaslrfp.
The AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition, "Rising to the Challenge," is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. Taking place Nov. 14–17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., the AASL national conference will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the school library profession.
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.