CHICAGO — Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IDEAxCHANGE, formerly known as the Exploratorium, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 14–17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. To submit a proposal, visit national.aasl.org/rfp.
“The IDEAxCHANGE offers a forum for sharing best practices for leading and learning in 21st-century school libraries,” said Rebecca Morris, chair of the IDEAxCHANGE for the National Conference committee. “Bring, borrow and build ideas with colleagues and be ready to return back to your schools with tools in hand to rise to any educational challenge.”
The best practice showcase features 50 tabletop displays occurring simultaneously and geared to give attendees a taste of the current research, projects and best practices in the school library field. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and ask questions at as many presentations as they would like during the afternoon. AASL's last national conference featured programs on e-book implementation, grant-writing strategies, intellectual freedom, preparing students for college and creating lessons for English Language Learners.
Proposal submissions should highlight the use of the AASL learning standards and program guidelines in school library programs and school communities. Topics can focus on collection development, meeting special needs, reading promotion and many others. Proposals will be accepted until March 29 through an online submission process. More information regarding presenting at the IDEAxCHANGE is available at national.aasl.org/rfp. A short video featuring presenters from the 2011 showcase can be viewed at national.aasl.org/ideaxchange.
AASL President, Susan Ballard encourages school librarians to submit their proposals, saying “The AASL IDEAxCHANGE is an apt descriptor for one of my favorite national conference events because it is where we come together as a true community of learners to share ideas and exchange information about what works. I encourage everyone to participate so we can learn from one another and celebrate best practice!”
The AASL national conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 16th National Conference & Exhibition, "Rising to the Challenge," taking place Nov. 14–17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., 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.