For immediate release | February 19, 2013

Preconference workshops at AASL national conference help school library professionals rise to the challenge

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals rise to the challenges of their careers with its offering of hands-on, full-day preconference workshops. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge," will take place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. Full-day preconference workshops will be held Nov. 13. More information is available on the national conference website at

In the workshop “Playing a Story: Creative Writing for Students through Non-Digital Interactive Text Game Design,” presenter Brian Mayer will demonstrate how to use game design to meaningfully engage students in the writing process and still meet national standards – including the AASL “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and the Common Core State Standards. Participants will explore interactive text, the design process and take away the knowledge of how to integrate these concepts into collaborative projects that have students designing playable stories of their own.

During their workshop “Friction: Teaching Slow Thinking and Intentionality in Research,” presenters Debbie Abilock, Tasha Bergson-Michelson and Jole Seroff will help participants design learning for students that encourages intentionality - slower, more deliberative and logical thinking – while engaging in online research. While walking through typical research scenarios, the presenters will identify key decision-making moments and opportunities for teaching, or “points of friction,” and recommend strategies to develop thinking routines.

Additional registration is required for preconference workshops and with limited space those interested are encouraged to register early. More information on these workshops and how to register can be found on the national conference website at

The AASL national conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 16th National Conference & Exhibition, "Rising to the Challenge," taking place Nov. 14–17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the school library profession.

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