CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for programs to be presented during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas. The deadline for preconference submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 27, 2013. The deadline for concurrent session submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/aaslrfp.
AASL seeks proposals for 60- or 90-minute concurrent sessions and half- or full-day preconference workshops. All programs 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 Annual 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 (preconferences only);
- Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles;
- Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved.
Submissions will only be accepted via the online form located at www.ala.org/aasl/ala14rfp. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. All questions regarding AASL programming at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference should be directed to Melissa Jacobsen, AASL Manager of Professional Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4381.
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.