Satellite sites make AASL Fall Forum an 'anytime, anywhere' experience

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/11/2014

Contact:

Jennifer Habley
Manager, Web Communications
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
312-280-4383
jhabley@ala.org

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Fall Forum will emulate its “anytime anywhere learning” theme by offering nine satellite sites at locations across the country during the institute, which takes place Oct. 17-18. In addition to the main site in St. Louis, Mo., attendees may choose to attend School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape in Montgomery, Ala.; Atlanta, Ga.; Johnston, Iowa; Greensboro, N.C.; Houston, Texas; Mercedes, Texas; Richardson, Texas; Norfolk, Va., or Vancouver, Wash. Registration and site information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum.

"The satellite site format is ideal for a discussion of anytime, anywhere learning and the committee was pleased to see the extraordinary response to our call for sites," said Steven Yates, Fall Forum committee chair. “Our nine satellite sites include independent schools, public school districts, and a number of universities that are excited about the topic and committed to the committee's vision of providing top-notch professional learning on a large, coordinated scale this October."

Satellite sites offer an alternative for those unable to travel to the St. Louis location. At satellite sites, attendees can expect the programming to exactly mirror the programming in St. Louis. Attendees will view a live broadcast of the keynote and speakers, participate in breakout sessions, and have the ability to virtually interact with all of the Fall Forum locations. During breakout activities, satellite site attendees will work with the help of an on-site facilitator.

Registration for the AASL 2014 Fall Forum is now open at www.ala.org/aasl/fallforum. Rates prior to Sept. 17 are AASL member: $289; ALA member: $339; and nonmember: $404. AASL members can also opt to attend with their administrator, technology/curriculum specialist, or an AASL student member at a special AASL member PLUS rate of $520. The PLUS member rate includes the AASL member and one of the above guests. Registration rates increase on Sept 18.

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. School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape will be held Oct. 17-18, 2014, in St. Louis and across the country at nine satellite sites. More information 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.

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