AASL started on-the-ground planning for AASL21 with thoughtful attention and effort to ensure the safest experience for attendees. This page has current information as of April 15, 2021, and will be updated regularly. On August 1, 2021, AASL will send attendees exact instructions and details for both expectations and procedures for the AASL National Conference.
Preparing and Preventing
The Salt Palace Convention Center has been GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council)-certified since September 1, 2020, and AASL is planning additional steps to ensure a safe and great conference for everyone. These steps include:
- Directional traffic flow to decrease congestion and contact
- Registration management including online pre-registration, standalone kiosks for badge printing, and required spacing for special assistance
- Line management using a digital tool to reserve times and limit the number of people waiting
- Modified session rooms and exhibit hall
Below is a list of links to keep up to date on current measures taking place in Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Palace Convention Center, and conference hotels:
- Utah State updates
- Salt Lake City updates
- Salt Palace Convention Center updates
- Marriott Downtown at City Creek
- Hilton Salt Lake City Center
AASL has a duty of care obligation to attendees, but attendees also have a duty of care to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions. AASL will do everything within our reasonable control to produce a safe event and will be preparing some risk management safety rules as the event gets closer. AASL is making the following recommendations:
- Get vaccinated. If you have not already, and if you are able to do so, we ask that attendees get vaccinated at least two weeks prior to traveling.
- Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine if they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently. (CDC updated information for travelers)
- Come prepared. Plan to travel with face coverings and hand sanitizers, and pack extras to have on hand.
- Follow the rules. Specifics will be sent prior to your arrival at the conference but you should expect:
- Spacing rules for lines
- Room capacity limits (no one will be permitted to sit/stand in aisles, along walls, or in doorways)
- Ask before touching (handshakes and hugs)
- Understand and accept the risk. AASL plans to have “Dinner with a Local Librarian,” “Rock Out Celebration,” and other social events. Social events will have less formal spacing and interaction rules than education/programming events.
There is only ONE AASL NATIONAL CONFERENCE—let’s make this the best one yet!