Record-breaking AASL National Conference attracts media attention

Contact: Jennifer Petersen

ALA PR Coordinator



For Immediate Release

November 24, 2009

CHICAGO - As a record-breaking number of school librarians descended on Charlotte, N.C. for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 14th National Conference & Exhibition, Nov. 5 – 8, the media provided widespread coverage of issues impacting the nation’s school libraries.

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Information Office (PIO) worked closely with AASL leadership to generate print, television, radio and trade publication coverage with several local, regional and national media outlets.

AASL president Cassandra Barnett and North Carolina school library spokespersons Deb Christensen and Gerry Solomon participated in a live, hour-long radio interview on “Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins;” a program on Charlotte’s National Public Radio’s affiliate, WFAE-FM. The Nov. 5 segment entitled, “School library system in America,” can be heard on the WFAE-FM

Web site

Television coverage was also provided by Charlotte’s local CBS affiliate, WBTV. The station sent a crew to the Charlotte Convention Center to interview Barnett and also interviewed a local librarian at Charlotte’s Freedom Regional library. The Nov. 5 television segment, “High Tech Libraries,” appeared on the 5 p.m. news and also includes a corresponding Web article, “

School librarians facing new challenges

The Associated Press (AP) also provided coverage of the conference on Nov. 5 that was picked up by more than 380 Web publications.

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. For more information on the AASL National Conference, please visit