The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its 17th National Conference & Exhibition in Columbus, Ohio, on November 5-8, 2015. Preconference events, including workshops, educational and school tours, and the best practices showcase will take place November 4 & 5. The conference theme is “Experience Education Evolution.”
A division of the American Library Association (ALA), AASL promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. The organization’s mission reads: The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.
General Session Speakers
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., will speak at the opening general session on Thursday, November 5.
Members of Project Connect will participate in a panel discussion on Friday, November 6.
Brian Selznick, award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books including The Invention of Hugo Cabret, will speak during the author general session on Saturday, November 7. Appearance made possible by Scholastic.
Eszter Hargittai, Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, will speak at the closing general session on Saturday, November 7.
|Matt de la Peña, A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, The Living, Curse of the Ancients. Appearance made possible by Penguin Young Readers Group.|
|Sonia Manzano, Maria on Sesame Street, No Dogs Allowed!, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Appearance made possible by Scholastic.|
|Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer, Jumped, No Laughter Here. Appearance made possible by HarperCollins Children's Books.|
|Josephine Angelini, Trial by Fire, Starcrossed trilogy. Appearance made possible by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.|
|Rae Carson, Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, The Bitter Kingdom. Appearance made possible by HarperCollins Children's Books.|
|Colleen Gleason, The Gardella Vampire Hunters and Stoker & Holmes series. Appearance made possible by Chronicle Books.|
|Kate Messner, All the Answers, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. Appearance made possible by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.|
Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes. Appearance made possible by Penguin Young Readers Group.
Programming & Events
|Author Banquet||Author Breakfast||Author Meet & Greets|
|Closing Celebration||Dinner with a Local Librarian||ISS Networking Reception|
|Educational Tours||Exhibits||General Sessions|
|IdeaLab||Preconference Workshops||School Tours|