For immediate release | February 12, 2013

AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section opens call for papers

CHICAGO - The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition to be held from Nov. 14-17, 2013 in Hartford, Conn. More information can be found at

The national conference session will focus on the need for new conceptualizations of how a school library looks and functions, which are needed for the school library to realize its potential as an integral and indispensable part of every child's education. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Inquiry Learning in the Information Age;
  • Developing Disciplinary Knowledge through Information Competencies;
  • Implementing Inquiry Learning with Digital Tools;
  • 21st Century Literacy and the School Library;
  • Collaborative Learning in the School Library;
  • School Librarians as Co-Teachers;
  • The Leadership Role of the School Librarian in 21st Century Teaching;
  • The School Librarian as Manager and Facilitator of the 21st Century School Library;
  • Teaching with Technology for Academic Rigor;
  • Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning;
  • Preparing Digital Youth for Life and Work in the 21st Century.

Papers which report preliminary findings on research in progress can be submitted. Papers should be within a 5,000 word limit using APA style and submitted in electronic form to Carol Gordon at Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on March 30, 2013, and the authors of the three selected papers will be contacted on April 30, 2013.

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.


Jennifer Habley

Web Communications Manager

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

800-545-2433 ext. 4383