For immediate release | April 3, 2012

AASL seeks proposals for ALA 2013 Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for programs to be presented during the American Library Association (ALA) 2013 Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 27- July 2 in Chicago. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 1, 2012. More information is available at

AASL seeks proposals for 90-minute concurrent sessions and half- or full-day preconference workshops. All programs should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL Strategic Plan, the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and/or Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. The AASL Annual Conference committee will evaluate proposals for clarity, originality and timeliness. Consideration 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 (preconferences only)
  • Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes will be achieved

Submissions will only be accepted via the online form located at Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. Submitters will be notified as to the proposal's status on or before Friday, July 13, 2012. All questions regarding AASL programming at the ALA 2013 Annual Conference should be directed to Melissa Jacobsen, AASL manager of professional development, at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4381.

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.