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Travel grants available for first-time AASL national conference attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Online submission process now open for AASL best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th 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 IdeaLab, formerly known as the IDEAxCHANGE, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. To submit a proposal via the online RFP, visit national.aasl.org/idea.

Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Writer Edwidge Danticat—designated by Harper's Bazaar as "1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," featured in the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 under 30" people to watch and called one of the "15 Gutsiest Women of the Year" by Jane Magazine— appears as a 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29. Her first novel, “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” was an Oprah's Book Club Selection, and her second book, the story collection “Krik?

Melissa Sweet to keynote 2015 ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the theme and speakers for the 2015 Charlemae Rollins President’s Program.

Gamer geek Eli Neiburger to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Self-proclaimed geek, gamer, dork and doofus Eli Neiburger, will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, as part of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Neiburger has spoken across the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand about libraries, gaming, ebooks, publishing and the Web.

Nick Offerman, actor, author, humorist (and woodworker), 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Actor Nick Offerman—best  known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”— promises 2015 Annual Conference attendees plenty of laughter when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Offerman is also a humorist, woodworker and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living” and the forthcoming “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers” (Dutton, May 2015).

Sarah Vowell, bestselling author and 'social observer,' 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees will be among the first to hear journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture Sarah Vowell talk (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Haifaa al-Mansour, award-winning Saudi Arabian director and screenwriter, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Al-Mansour joins the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th 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 IdeaLab, formerly known as the IDEAxCHANGE, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. To submit a proposal, visit national.aasl.org/idea.

Roberta A. Kaplan, litigator in DOMA Defeat, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Kicking off the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, Roberta A. Kaplan will offer attendees a chance to hear how what she did--with the help of a band of supporters–extended equal rights and made America a more democratic nation. Kaplan will offer insights into how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was defeated, how laws get overturned and how change is made legally.

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