Networking & Special Events

Dinner with a Local Librarian

Wednesday, November 4 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This Dutch-treat dinner is your chance to experience the local flavor with other school librarians. Groups will meet at the Convention Center Hall E Lobby at 5:30 p.m. and walk or taxi to nearby restaurants selected by their local school librarian host. Reservations begin at 6:00 p.m. A list of available restaurants and sign-up will be available in the registration lobby starting Wednesday morning. 

Mazza Museum on Display at AASL

Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 7

The Mazza Museum is the world’s largest museum of original artwork by children’s book illustrators. Its goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of children’s literature. During AASL National Conference, the museum will showcase a travelling display of original artwork and a museum representative will be on hand to discuss the artwork with attendees. The museum will also host a programming session about the museum and its collection of children’s book illustrations, its annual festival, and the quality education the museum offers for both children and adults.

First-Timer's Orientation

Thursday, November 5 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Is AASL15 your first AASL national conference? Welcome! You are about to experience a few days packed with learning, networking, and fun! While this can be an exciting experience, we know it can sometimes be overwhelming, which is why this First-Timer’s Orientation is designed just for you. During this brown bag lunch, you will have the opportunity to sit down with “veteran attendees” and learn all the helpful tips and strategies for navigating your first national conference. Not only will you discover how you can maximize your learning (and fun!) but you will meet new colleagues and make valuable conference (and beyond!) connections. 

From Stories to Action: Inspiring Heroes for Our Own World

Thursday, November 5 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thought your library was just a library? Think again. It's actually the Hogwarts Room of Requirement and it's your job to lead Dumbledore's Army. Come to this interactive workshop to learn how to transfigure the pop culture passions of young people into real-world civic engagement. This special AASL15 event is presented by The Harry Potter Alliance, a global non-profit that turns fans into heroes by drawing connections between popular media and real world social issues. 

Presenter: Janae Phillips, Chapters Director for the Harry Potter Alliance

ISS Networking Reception

Thursday, November 5 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

No one knows better than your fellow ISS colleagues the challenges and triumphs of being a school librarian at an independent school. Join fellow Independent School Librarians for an evening of fun – the conversation, food and drink are sure to be top-notch.

An additional registration fee of $38 and advanced registration is required.

Hack the Association: or Talkin' About our (R)Evolution

Thursday, November 5 | 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Join us as we crowd-source the following questions: How could AASL advance…

  • creating an inclusive environment in which all members feel wanted “at the table”?
  • active engagement?
  • responsiveness to community needs?
  • an image as a FUN, inviting, and cool association?

And what is AASL already doing right? With apologies to Shakespeare, we come together (in Columbus) not to not to bury AASL, but to grow it. It's your turn. The (r)evolution is in your hands. It starts in Columbus!

Facilitators: Deb Logan and Joyce Valenza