Contact: Melissa B. Jones

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381


For Immediate Release

June 24, 2008

AASL seeks proposals for preconferences at its 14th National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking proposals for preconferences at the AASL 2009 National Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The theme of next year's conference, which will be held Nov. 5-8, is "Rev up learning @ your library."

AASL is searching for half-day workshops that will be presented to school library media specialists Nov. 4-5. Chosen by the AASL National Conference Committee, preconference proposals should address critical topics for pre-K-12 school library media specialists. Each proposal should address at least one of these themes:

  • Technology
  • Collaboration
  • Gaming
  • Reading

The deadline for proposals is 4:30 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 15. Proposals can be submitted electronically to Kelly Bishop, manager of professional development, at, or by fax to (312) 280-5276. They can also be submitted in writing to Kelly Bishop, Manager of Professional Development, AASL, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611.

Preconference speakers will be paid an honorarium, travel expenses and housing for one night. If the preconference has more than one presenter, then the honorarium will be divided between presenters. Each program presenter is required to register for the conference. Speakers who are not AASL members and are not associated with the school library media profession may receive a one-day registration waiver. Presenters cannot participate in more than two proposals.

For more information regarding preconference proposal submissions and details regarding the AASL 14th National Conference, including a preliminary schedule and exhibitor applications, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,, 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.