AASL offers virtual component to its national conference

Contact: Melissa Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

September 28, 2009

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) virtual component to its national conference.
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Your Virtual Track Pass will offer national conference attendees and non-attendees the chance to virtually connect to the AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition. Learn more about
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Your Virtual Track Pass is a national conference experience in a virtual setting. It will feature many of the elements of the national conference, including:

  • Eight live webinars
  • Speaker updates, materials and chats
  • Interview with keynote speaker danah boyd
  • Discussion threads on closing speaker Marco Torres
  • Materials for group professional development activities
  • Real-time research symposium
  • An entire year of access to webcasts, presenter materials, on-line networking and virtual exhibits

For those school library media specialists with reduced support for professional development,
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Your Virtual Track Pass is a great way to leverage a small investment into large learning opportunities. With customized district-level pricing for anywhere from two to 10+ attendees, districts can take advantage of a year's worth of professional development. Included are ideas and tips to help districts use the virtual conference to create "Professional Development Days" for their school library media specialists and other educators.

For those attending AASL's National Conference in Charlotte, the virtual conference is included in the registration fee.

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. Held Nov. 5-8 in Charlotte, N.C., the conference will feature 10 preconferences, more than 100 concurrent sessions, several exhibiting companies, educational and school tours, a storytelling festival and special appearances by award-winning authors. To register, 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.