AASL's wearing smaller shoes to reduce national conference footprint

Contact: Melissa Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

October 12, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) promises to make this year's national conference Nov. 5-8 in Charlotte, N.C. the greenest conference yet. With many new initiatives, AASL hopes to lay the groundwork for more sustainable conferences in the future. For a complete list of conference green initiatives, visit

To reduce paper waste during conference, AASL's virtual component to its national conference, b there – Your Virtual Track Pass (
www.ala.org/aasl/bthere), will house all session materials and speaker resources. All registrants will have free access to these static resources and other great interactive resources for an entire year. Â

Continuing the green effort, conference signage will be made of recyclable materials and printed with eco-friendly inks. Attendees will receive eco-friendly conference bags, which they may donate to a local charity at the end of conference. In addition, surplus promotional items and books from exhibitors will be donated to local charities.

AASL is asking its exhibitors and vendors to join in making this conference greener. The Charlotte Convention Center and its caterers have also joined the effort. In addition to placing recycling stations in convenient places, the convention center has enabled many energy-saving measures, and employees are encouraged to do their part in minimizing energy consumption by powering down unused convention areas and machinery. To do its part, catering buys locally grown, organic food options and uses recyclable papers and plastics. The caterers will also donate surplus food to local food banks.

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, 115 concurrent sessions, more than 200 exhibiting companies, educational and school tours, a storytelling festival and special appearances by award-winning authors. The virtual conference component, b there – Your Virtual Track Pass, will offer many of the elements of the physical conference. For more information on AASL's 14th National Conference & Exhibition, visit

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.