For immediate release | February 25, 2013

Rise to the Challenge with a half-day preconference at AASL13

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

Half-day workshops include:

  • “Instructional Partnerships that Deliver Success: Meeting the Leadership Challenge” - Judi Moreillon, Suzanna Panter, Christina Russo and Gloria Voutos will provide strategies for demonstrating the school librarian’s central role in the academic program through practicing instructional partnerships to ensure success for K-12 students, teachers, administrators, librarians and the school librarian profession.
  • “Libraries in the Cloud” - Doug Johnson will discuss the implication of hosted computer applications and resources on school library programs and the role of the school librarian. Johnson will cover specific examples of programs, projects, and uses of cloud computing will be shared and practiced throughout the session.
  • “A Library in Every Pocket: Virtualizing Your Library for Mobile Learning” - Molly James, Gwyneth Jones, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, Charles Sosnick and Joyce Valenza will help participants facilitate the transition to mobile learning and highlight strategies to virtualize library services for tiny screens.
  • “Rise to the Challenge: Empowering Teachers and Learners through School Librarians' Professional Practice” – The AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee will work with participants through multiple activities that will have attendees actively collaborating as they investigate, use and share ideas for integrating a wide variety of websites as resources in their professional practice.
  • “Rising to the Leadership Challenge: School Librarians Take Charge” - Carl Harvey II and Ann Martin will move participants from theory to practical application using the AASL learning standards as the framework for developing leadership, an essential element of a school library program as identified by AASL’s program guidelines, “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.”
  • “Transforming Decision Makers into Champions for School Library Programs: A Blueprint You Can Follow to Success” - Mary Kay Biagini, Deb Kachel and Sandra Zelno will work with participants to develop an advocacy plan for their library program using the latest research findings and share how to disseminate the plan in understandable language and formats to school and community decision makers.

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