AASL seeks presenter proposals for 2009 ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Melissa B. Jones
AASL Communications Specialist
(312) 280-4381
For Immediate Release,
April 15, 2008

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CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now seeking presenter proposals for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. The conference will be held July 9-15 in Chicago. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 26, 2008, at 5 p.m. CDT.

Proposal submissions will be accepted for 1 1/2-hour concurrent sessions or half- to full-day preconference professional development programs. Program content must address at least one of the three areas of responsibility: learning and teaching, information access or program administration, as identified in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. Proposals will be evaluated for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to proposals 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 learning exercise
  • Includes in the design activities that will incorporate various learning styles
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes would be achieved
  • Supports the AASL strategic plan

Notifications will be issued by August 2008 to all whose proposals have been selected. For more information on submitting a proposal or to download the proposal submission form, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/aaslannual/annual09proposal.cfm. Applicants must submit their proposals to Kelly Bishop, Manager of Professional Development, at kbishop@ala.org. Faxed or mailed proposal submissions will not be accepted. Individuals with questions are asked to contact Karen Gavigan at karen_gavigan@uncg.edu.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media 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 media field.