For immediate release | September 15, 2011

AASL opens registration for national conference virtual component

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) virtual component to its national conference. The AASL11 Virtual Conference will offer national conference attendees and those following the activity from afar the chance to virtually connect to the AASL 15th National Conference and Exhibition taking place Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis. For more information and to register, visit

The AASL11 virtual conference component will feature many of the elements of national conference including:

  • Live streaming of the opening general session with Nicholas Carr and the closing general session with Mimi Ito.
  • Seven live streamed concurrent sessions and interaction with the virtual audience through a unique Twitter hashtag.
  • Forty-two slidecast sessions. Slidecasts are slide presentations synced with speaker audio.
  • Access to session materials uploaded by presenters.
  • All sessions and materials archived through Jan. 31, 2012.

For those school librarians with reduced support for professional development, the AASL11 Virtual Conference is a great way to leverage a small investment into large learning opportunities. Registration pricing includes options for individuals, groups and districts. Virtual Conference is included for onsite attendees with full registration. Pricing and information on sessions and slidecasts can be found at

The AASL 15th National Conference and Exhibition, "Turning the Page," is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. Taking place Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis, the AASL National Conference will feature preconferences, numerous concurrent sessions, more than 200 exhibiting companies, educational and school tours, a storytelling festival and special appearances by award-winning authors. The deadline for discounted advanced registration is September 29. For more information or to register, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,, 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.