For immediate release | May 25, 2010

AASL seeks proposals for preconferences to be presented at the AASL 15th National Conference in Minneapolis

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now seeking preconference proposals for the AASL 15th National Conference. The conference will be held Oct. 27-30, 2011 in Minneapolis. The theme is "Turning the Page." The deadline to submit a preconference proposal is Monday, June 21, 2010.

Only proposal submissions for half- to full-day preconference sessions will be accepted at this time. The call for concurrent session proposals will run from Thursday, July 1, 2010 to Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.

Submissions will be evaluated for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to submissions that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology
  • Incorporates at least one active hands-on learning exercise
  • Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes would be achieved
  • Supports the AASL strategic plan, the "AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner" and the "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs."

Notifications will be issued by July 2010 to all whose proposals have been selected. Applicants must submit their proposals using the online proposal submission form. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposal submissions will not be accepted. Individuals with questions are asked to contact Elise Fette.

The American Association of School Librarians,, 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.


Melissa Jacobsen