Dinner with a Local Librarian

Wednesday, October 18 | 6:00 p.m.

What better way to experience what Tampa has to offer than with those in the know – the locals! This evening event gives attendees the chance to have dinner with school librarians and local authors at restaurants handpicked to show off the city’s gastronomic delights. Eat, laugh, and learn about the conference host city during this informal, preconference event. A list of available restaurants and sign-up sheets will be available at registration Wednesday morning and space is limited.

🍴 Each attendee covers their own meal.

AASL Research Symposium

Thursday, October 19 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The AASL Research Symposium offers researchers and others an opportunity to share and learn about the latest scholarly research in school librarianship. The symposium opens with findings shared from the ESLS Community of Scholars, a committee that works throughout the year to analyze and synthesize research trends in school librarianship over the past two years. A crowdsourcing activity to identify emerging trends will follow this part of the program. A recently added component of the symposium offers an opportunity for researchers to hear from and collaborate with doctoral students and other newer voices in the field about topics beyond those previously discussed. Research Symposium participants will leave with updated information about scholarly topics along possible collaborative partnerships.

* AASL Research Symposium is a ticketed event for which an additional $75 fee is required.


Welcome Home: AASL Welcoming Session

Thursday, October 19 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Whether it is your first national conference or your tenth, AASL feels like home. Every AASL National Conference has friends and colleagues with like-minded interests, but each one has something new for even the veterans. New sessions and presenters, new events, new city, and most important, new attendees!

Come one, come all! Discover, explore, and plan for the best conference you will ever attend. Make connections and meet new colleagues eager to join your PLN. This is a fun and interactive event where attendees will wander through a series of rooms to meet school librarians, learn about the conference, and leave prepared to get the most out of three packed days.

ISS Networking Reception

Thursday, October 19 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The AASL Independent Schools Section will host a networking reception at 8:00 p.m. Independent school librarians and their guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments, a cash bar and the ability to network with their peers in a casual, intimate setting. To attend this event, an additional registration fee of $40 and pre-registration is required.

🎟️ AASL members: $40

Closing Celebration

Saturday, October 21 | 6:30 p.m.

Join your colleagues to celebrate a terrific conference, good friends, and have some fun. We’ll have dancing, photo booth fun, and light refreshments.

This event is free to all AASL National Conference attendees.