Conference Services

Global education evangelist Jaime Casap to present AASL national conference opening keynote

CHICAGO – Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google, Inc., will keynote the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

New AASL standards take the stage at national conference

CHICAGO – The Friday general session during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition will herald the launch of AASL’s new “National School Library Standards.” The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Kippur wins United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Lisa Kippur, executive assistant to the deans at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.             

Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Gene Luen Yang, teacher, cartoonist and author, began drawing comic books in the fifth grade and in 1997 received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks.  A MacArthur Fellow, Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.

Registration opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The AASL National Conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. A full list of rates and deadlines can be found at national.aasl.org.

Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has also appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” “Super Soul Sessions,” and in Oprah magazine.

Dr. Carla Hayden to kick off Spectrum 20th Anniversary celebration at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will headline a special kick-off celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

The cocktail hour “Spectrum at 20: A Celebration of Community” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the 19 East Event Gallery located at 19 East 21st Street.

Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni to speak at 2017 ALA Annual Conference reception to benefit Cultural Communities Fund

CHICAGO — Renowned poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will headline a special reception to benefit the American Library Association (ALA) Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

Sandra Uwiringiyimana, author of How Dare the Sun Rise, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

A remarkable story will be shared when Sandra Uwiringiyimana, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, appears as an Auditorium Speaker on Saturday, June 24 at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. Uwiringiyimana was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and she escaped.

Sarah Jessica Parker to unveil first Book Club Central pick at 2017 Annual Conference President’s Program

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” says award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker. During the President’s Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Chicago, Parker will unveil her first title selection as part of the official launch of ALA Book Club Central, for which she will serve as Honorary Chair.