National Conference Sponsorships

AASL’s National Conference is the only national conference designed to meet the needs of the school librarian community. From primary to secondary building level from public, charter and independent school settings - district supervisors and college educators, there is something for everyone at AASL’s 16th National Conference & Exhibition! *

AASL begins marketing for the National Conference at the end of 2012. For maximum exposure get your sponsorship locked in before marketing materials are published including press releases, preliminary programs and website updates. Please refer to the Alliance Program page to review overall National Conference recognition provided in addition to the event/item specific recognition listed in this section.

For your convenience the items are listed in descending prices. Please note, pricing is based on 2011 National Conference and may be adjusted based on 2013 convention center/hotel pricing. All pricing will be confirmed prior to contract execution.

Contact Allison Cline, 312-280-4385, for more information, questions, or to discuss sponsoring AASL 16th National Conference.

Sponsorships Available

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Closing Night Celebration › $50,000

Always an anticipated highlight of National Conference, AASL’s Closing Celebration offers attendees the opportunity to socialize in a festive environment after three days of intense learning and networking.  Make attendees final impression from National Conference that of your company.

Event specific recognition includes:

  • An introduction and public thank-you at Closing Night Celebration

  • Podium time to address attendees

  • Unlimited complimentary passes for sponsor’s staff to event

  • Logo recognition on event banner, signage and food stations

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

* Note this sponsorship can be shared between two or more sponsors.

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Opening General Session › $25,000

The official start of AASL’s National Conference this session is the most highly attended.  Make a big impression by being attendees first impression. View speaker bio.

Event specific recognition includes:

  • An introduction and public thank-you at the Opening General Session

  • Podium time to address attendees

  • Logo displayed at the Opening General Session on banner

  • Logo displayed on Opening General Session slide show prior to speaker

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

  • Logo on session sign

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AASL Virtual Conference › $25,000

AASL will be offering “on-demand” access to over 70 concurrent sessions.  All attendees will receive a card at registration with instruction and access code.  For those unable to attend the conference in person a virtual only registration will be available. Sponsorship of this item will ensure your company’s logo is seen again and again through the conference.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Logo on access cards

  • Sponsor acknowledgement on Virtual Conference website

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Docking/Charging Station & Internet Pavilion › $15,000

As more and more attendees travel with mobile devices in hand the charging/docking stations will be in high-demand.  In addition, AASL will also offer several computer stations for those without personal computers.  The pavilion is where they can check email, view important conference information, keep up with the conference social networking, and stay connected to happenings back home. As sponsor of this highly valued service, your logo will be large and very visible on the Internet Pavilion structure located in the high traffic registration area, promoting your presence to both users and passersby for the duration of the conference.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Prominent logo recognition on Internet Pavilion structure

  • Logo on screensaver of all monitors in Pavilion

  • Link to sponsor’s website

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Official Conference Attendee Bag › $15,000

Each conference attendee will receive an attractive bag imprinted with your logo and the conference logo. Conference attendees will use these bags throughout the event to carry their Program Books, session handouts, and information from the exhibit floor. The bags will continue to be used long after the conference in cities and schools all over North America, ensuring that your sponsorship will have an impact far beyond Hartford!

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Logo on each attendee bag

  • One insert for each attendee bag

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Exhibit Hall Lunch Coupon › $15,000 (2 available)

With many attendees covering their own travel expenses to AASL’s National Conference your company can receive much appreciation by offering attendees a lunch coupon during conference.  All attendees will receive a $5 off coupon with your logo printed on it when they pick up their registration material.  What better way to stand out in the exhibit hall than by providing a discounted lunch during exhibit hall hours.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Logo  recognition on lunch coupons

  • Recognition at lunch stations

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Attendee Key Cards › $12,500

What’s the one thing an attendee won’t leave their room without? The hotel key card.  What better way to put your company logo in front of attendees several times per day.  This sponsorship is one of the most visible opportunities available with attendees seeing your logo repeatedly throughout the conference.  AASL to supply key cards.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Logo on hotel key cards

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AASL Learning Commons & Coffee Break › $10,000

The AASL Learning Commons is a space where attendees can gather to extend and sustain conversations from the conference experience as well as a place where attendees can ignite new conversations for learning.  The Learning Commons area is in a central location at the convention center where participants are encouraged to drop by or sign up to present material, ideas and topics.  Available Thursday-Saturday of the National Conference. 

Event specific recognition includes:

  • Logo on signage

  • Logo on table signs at beverage stations

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

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IDEAxCHANGE Best Practice Showcase (formerly Exploratorium) › $10,000

One of National Conference’s most popular events this ‘best practice exhibits’ is packed with attendees eager to see what their colleagues from across the country are doing in their school library programs. The Best Practice Showcase resembles a large poster session.  Sponsorship of this event provides attendees with snacks and beverages on what is likely to be their travel day to the conference.  Attendees will certainly appreciate a snack during a packed day, and this is a great way to get your company noticed prior to the exhibit hall opening.

Event specific recognition includes:

  • An introduction and public thank-you at Best Practice Showcase

  • Logo recognition in Best Practice Showcase Guide

  • Display of sponsor-provided banner in Best Practice Showcase

  • Logo on session sign

  • Logo on table signs at food/beverage stations

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

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Preconference Workshop Hospitality › $10,000

Treat the attendees of all the preconference workshops (Wednesday and Thursday) to food and beverage hospitality through this exclusive sponsorship of all the associated food functions. Morning and full-day workshop registrants will enjoy continental breakfast; full-day attendees will enjoy a generous mid-day box lunch; and afternoon and full-day registrants will receive a mid-afternoon beverage break. Your generosity, name, and logo will be on display throughout! View preconference workshop descriptions.

Event specific recognition includes:

  • Public thank-you in workshop meal/break announcements

  • Logo on table signs at food/beverage stations

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

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Social Networking Site › $7,500

In 2011 AASL’s first National Conference social networking site saw 628 members, 6 groups (international, virtual attendees, exhibitors, first timers, one book/one conference, and MAME), 16 blogs, 8 videos and 159 photos.  As an open access site it’s sure to draw even more attention in 2013.  What better way to get a head start on getting your name in front of attendees.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Banner recognition that will carry throughout site

  • Logo recognition of site’s promotional marketing

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

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Official Conference Badge Holder/Neck Cord Wallet › $5,500 SOLD

These badge holders are keepers! Two compartments can hold a hotel key, money, or personal valuables, in addition to the conference name badge. Sponsoring this item will give your company high visibility—every attendee will be wearing it, displaying your logo, throughout the conference, and many will use it at future events.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Logo on each badge holder

  • Distribution to all attendees with registration materials

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Official Conference Pad/Pen Set › $5,500

Provide each conferee with a set of materials for note-taking: pad and pen with the conference logo and your company’s logo. This useful amenity is sure to be used during the conference and carried home for continued use throughout the school year, making it the perfect way to promote your organization.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Logo on pads and pens

  • Distribution to all attendees with registration materials

  • Fifty (50) sets for sponsor’s own use

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Celebrate Conference › $5,000

For first-time attendees, the National Conference can be a little daunting, with so much to do and see. “Celebrate Conference” is an opportunity for new AASL members and first-time attendees to learn how to get the most out of the event. Refreshments provided, AASL member-leaders and other experienced conference goers share helpful tips and strategies for navigating the event and making it a memorable and worthwhile experience.

Event specific recognition includes:

  • An introduction and public thank-you at Celebrate Conference

  • Podium time

  • Logo on session sign

  • Logo on table signs displayed at food stations

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

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Closing General Session › $5,000

Open to all full-conference registrants, the closing general session speaker is intended to inspire and motivate conferees to go back home and apply all they have learned at the conference. This is a great chance to leave a final lasting impression with a large, dedicated group of school library professionals. View speaker bio.

Event specific recognition includes:

  • An introduction and public thank-you at the Closing General Session

  • Logo displayed at the Closing General Session

  • Logo on session sign

  • Logo recognition in conference program book

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National Conference Help Desk › $3,500 (two available)

At each National Conference the AASL staff are stationed at “help/information” desks in high traffic area.  Starting in Hartford these stations will be designed booths that can have your logo prominently displayed.  Not only are these highly appreciated by attendees but are seen by literally every attendee during the conference.

Item specific recognition includes:

  • Sponsored by logo on booth

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Storytelling Festival › $2,500

At this fun-filled event professional storytellers will enchant conferees with an evening of stories, and answer questions after their performance. Conferees get the techniques and inspiration to involve their students in storytelling. Light refreshments are served.

Event specific recognition includes:

  • An introduction and public thank-you at Storytelling Festival

  • Logo on session sign

  • Logo on table signs displayed at food/beverage stations

  • Logo recognition in Conference Program Book

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* Note only AASL National Conference Exhibitors are eligible to be a sponsor at the National Conference.