AASL is currently seeking proposals for the IdeaLab. The deadline is 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on March 18, 2019.  


During the IdeaLab, attendees browse 25-35 learning stations at their own pace, listening to short presentations on best practices for school librarians. Attendees leave the presentation with handouts or links to find more information. Presenters share fun tips and tricks or ideas on collaborating with other educators, administrators, or within the local community. Get ready for ideas galore!

Proposal Submission Overview

AASL is requesting proposals for 5-minute or less presentations to be shared during the IdeaLab on Thursday, November 14. Proposals can highlight technology use in the school, show collaboration with other educators within the school, or collaboration with different community organizations, like the public library or park district. Proposals that show how programs can be easily and cost-effectively integrated into any school library are also encouraged.

IdeaLab proposals will be rated on how well it adheres to the following criteria:

  • Appeals to a broad audience
  • Creative implementation within school libraries or the local community
  • Shares best practices in librarianship and education
  • Implements the new National School Library Standards
  • Ideas can be fully shared within 5 minutes or less

View a copy of the rubric.

Presentation Requirements

AASL will accept a total of 25-35 presentations. Accepted presenters are required to prepare an electronic presentation with eye-appealing visuals along with a short presentation for roaming attendees.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a handout or pass out a QR code or short link for attendees to find more information. Presenters in the IdeaLab are encouraged to answer questions and encourage dialogue with their audience.

Presenters will be supplied with a large screen monitor (if needed) and table. Handouts, websites, and presentations are the responsibility of the presenter. Presenters will be asked to share their digital presentation to AASL for inclusion on the AASL eCollab site following the IdeaLab.

Submission Process

Submissions will be accepted via online form. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. To submit a proposal, each presenter will need to create a new account. For a step-by-step tutorial on the submission process, download this PDF.

The primary/submitting presenter will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract. Please notify your co-presenters that the confirmation was received.

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

As a division of the American Library Association, AASL adheres to the Library Bill of Rights which affirms that equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom. As it specifically relates to conference programming, AASL asks that all presenters exclude phrases, references, or graphic elements that may be considered culturally insensitive, reinforcing of stereotypes, or misappropriation. 

The AASL National Conference is intended to create a learning experience that will enhance the collaborative working environment within a school/district. AASL considers administrators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educators to be equals in the learning environment. 

As AASL works diligently to ensure that equity, trust, and respect are offered to school librarians throughout the K-12 community, so is it critical that the same standards are used toward school librarians’ partners in education.

Contact Information

All questions regarding programming at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition should be directed to or (800) 545-2433, ext. 1393.


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