AASL seeking presenters for 2011 ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Stephanie Book

AASL Manager, Communication

(312) 280-4389



For Immediate Release

March 30, 2010

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now seeking presenter proposals for the 2011 ALA Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 23 – 28, 2011 in New Orleans, La. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. CDT on May 21, 2010.

Proposal submissions will be accepted for 1 1/2-hour concurrent sessions or half- to full-day preconference professional development programs. Program content must address at least one of the three areas of responsibility: learning and teaching; information access; or program administration, as identified in “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.” Proposals will be evaluated for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to proposals that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology
  • Incorporates at least one active learning exercise
  • Design includes activities that will incorporate various learning styles
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes would be achieved
  • Supports the AASL strategic plan, the “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” and the “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.”

Notifications will be issued by August 31, 2010 to all whose proposals have been selected. For more information on submitting a proposal or to download the proposal submission form, visit
www.ala.org/aasl/annual2011. Applicants must submit their proposals online using the proposal submission form. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposal submissions will not be accepted. Individuals with questions are asked to contact Elise Fette at
efette@ala.org. Â

The American Association of School Librarians,
www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library 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 field.