Don't miss early bird registration rates for AASL National Conference

Contact: Melissa B. Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

June 26, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) encourages members planning to register for the AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition to do so before the July 16 early bird registration deadline. On July 17, registration rates will be raised $50 and, after October 6, AASL members can expect to pay $100 more for registration. The conference will be held Nov. 5-8 in Charlotte, N.C. More information is available on AASL's National Conference Web pages at

School library media specialists, administrators and supporters of school library media programs will gather for workshops on key issues and concepts taught by leading professionals. In addition to relevant educational programming, attendees of the conference will also find exciting special events, including a cruise aboard the Catawba Queen; a tour of historic homes and neighborhoods in the Charlotte area; a riveting discussion on this year's One Book, One Conference selection, “Born Digital”; and a thrilling tour of NASCAR Valley. AASL will also offer tours of local school library media centers, and a Storytelling Extravaganza on the opening evening of the conference will feature spellbinding performances from the National Storytelling Network.

Ann Marie Pipkin, co-chair of the National Conference committee, said, "The 2009 National Conference promises to be like no other conference before, with new and exciting programming, significant and timely authors and a technology experience that is transparent and interactive."

This year, conference-goers must register before they are able to secure housing. Full registration includes admittance to all concurrent sessions, all special events, including the opening and closing general sessions, the exhibit hall, a special session with James Patterson and the AASL Closing Night Gala.

The AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition, "Rev up learning @ your library," is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school library media specialists and their roles as educational leaders. The AASL National Conference will feature 10 preconferences, numerous concurrent sessions, more than 200 exhibiting companies, educational and school tours, a storytelling festival and special appearances by award-winning authors. For more information on AASL's 14th National Conference & Exhibition, 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.