Conference Services

AASL announces 2019 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2019 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual lists honor apps and websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. 

2020 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on June 10, 2019, for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, IL. on June 25-30, 2020. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices.

The deadline to submit content is September 10, 2019,12:00 Midnight (EST). Please use this submission site.  Your ALA account information will be required to access the submission site.

Gary Janetti to appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Gary Janetti will appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Authors Josh Gondelman, Bobbie Brown, and Jessica Holmes will also appear.

Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds is the Opening General Session Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle grade audiences. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry at nine years old.

Swing through Louisville with an #AASL19 Cultural Tour

CHICAGO – Horses, baseball bats, and “The Greatest” are just a few of the highlights of the cultural tours during the 2019 AASL National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the locale by registering for one of the tours showcasing “Bourbon City.” A full listing of tours and registration rates can be found at

Erin Morgenstern among featured authors at Gala Author Tea sponsored by Reference USA at ALA Annual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Erin Morgenstern, Kate Elizabeth Russell, Kiley Reid, Karl Marlantes, Megan Angelo, and Gabriel Bump will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Mon., June 24 at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

African-Based Science Fiction Author Nnedi Okorafor Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for children and adults. Her works include Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO for a TV series, the Binti novella trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the Akata books, and Lagoon. She has written comics for Marvel, including Black Panther: Long Live the King, Wakanda Forever, featuring the Dora Milaje, and the Shuri series.

OverDrive Education sponsors AASL National Conference General Session

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to announce OverDrive Education as the sponsor of Friday's general session, featuring Dr. Adolph Brown, III, during the AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.

"School libraries and librarians are essential to student growth and success," said Steve Potash, founder and CEO of OverDrive. "OverDrive Education is proud to help librarians serve their students in innovative ways and we value the AASL National Conference’s role in achieving this goal.”

Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler are Auditorium Speakers at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Graphic novelist Frank Miller is one of the most influential and awarded creators in comics and graphic novels. He is known for his intense, hard-boiled storytelling, and gritty noir aesthetic. Miller co-directed the movie Sin City, based on his graphic novel by the same name, and executive produced the action film 300, based on his comic book series.