Conference Services

Don't miss early bird registration rates for AASL national conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members planning to register for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition to do so before the Aug. 22 early bird registration deadline by visiting On Aug. 23, registration rates will be raised $50, and after Oct. 17, AASL members can expect to pay $100 more for registration. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

'Engaging, fresh, innovative'-2013 ALA Virtual Conference, July 24 and 25

CHICAGO — Topics at the 2013 ALA Virtual Conference (July 24 and 25) include transformational community engagement; new directions for libraries and digital content; iCloud for patrons; iPods, Games and other innovative instruction ideas; making to learn; improving student learning spaces; mapping the journey in transforming the library; building a knowledge alliance; iPad administration  and apps; making creative community space; finding your first librarian job; loud programming in the library and why it’s good; meaningful

Dr. Mark Edwards, 2013 Superintendent of the Year and digital revolutionary, to speak at AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO — Mark Edwards, the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year and recent host to President Obama during the announcement of the White House’s ConnectED initiative, will speak at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. Called the leader of a “digital revolution,” the Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District (MGSD) Superintendent will speak on the fundamental rethinking of teaching and learning.

Authors, speakers, and program finalized for 2013 ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Continuing last year’s theme of Mapping Transformation, 2013 ALA Virtual Conference’s two-day program (July 24 and 25) is finalized, including high-profile authors for lunchtime conversations. Sessions offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

Get a preview peek and offer input for public library documentary at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi-platform documentary-in-progress “Free For All: Inside the Public Library,” as part of Now Showing @ ALA from 10:30 - noon on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place.

Unique library and librarian sketches from Second City at ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash

CHICAGO - Unique customized library-related material will add a special zing to Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater, Best of The Second City, when they bring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history to 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Offering attendees a good laugh while raising money for an important cause, they’ll appear at the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash from 8 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place.

Showcase encourages school librarians to ‘rise to the challenge’ one idea at a time

CHICAGO — Attendees of the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to jump start their conference experience by attending the IDEAxCHANGE. The IDEAxCHANGE, formerly the Exploratorium, showcases best practices from school library professionals from across the country. This two hour event, open to all registrants, takes place prior to the opening general session for the conference taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

Mobile app for 2013 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler released

CHICAGO - Attendees can keep track of everything while on the go at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago—the mobile app for the Conference Scheduler puts all the information right at your fingertips, including your existing schedule, list of exhibitors and personal notes from the full Scheduler site. Just log in with the same username and password you use on the Scheduler to access all of your existing conference information.

Andrew Carnegie Medal winners to be announced at special event at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the second ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s new single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will take place during the ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The event — standing-room only in 2012 — takes place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom.

Independent school librarians invited to network at AASL national conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will host events encouraging school librarians working in independent schools to network and build community. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge,” will feature an Independent School Section (ISS) networking reception and two tours to local independent schools. More information on these events can be found at