Preconference Workshops

Expand your conference experience with AASL’s preconference workshops! Half-day and 2-hour workshops will be presented on AASL Standards-related topics by authors of forthcoming publications from AASL and ALA Editions. Books are not required for workshop participation but will be available for purchase on-site. Advance registration for workshops is recommended. On-site registration will be allowed pending availability.

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Half-Day Workshops

Wednesday, November 13

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

AASL Member: $140
ALA Member: $190
Non-member: $255

Leadership: Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, Communication, and Relationship Building

Presenters: Ann M. Martin & Kathleen Riopelle Roberts

This workshop will provide strategies, interactive activities, and best practices for school librarians to further evolve into reflective leaders who spearhead library initiatives instead of being receivers of decisions. Presenters will breakdown the AASL Standards into authentic, easily accessible components that school librarians can then apply to advance and strengthen their leadership behaviors. Participants will leave with individual action plans that are the impetus for positive school library outcomes.

Learning Goals:

  • Self-assess how the components of the AASL Standards enhance and facilitate leadership of the school library.
  • Utilize Common Beliefs to develop strong leadership behaviors.
  • Effectively choose assessment tools to measure leadership success, depending the situation and stakeholders involved.
  • Generate an individualized action plan to reach your next level in leadership development.

2-Hour Workshops

Thursday, November 14

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

AASL Member: $80
ALA Member: $130
Non-member: $195

An Introduction to Collection Development

Presenter: Mona Kerby

In this two-hour workshop, participants will use data from their school libraries* to develop personalized plans to compare, evaluate, and improve their collections. Through dialog with fellow attendees, participants will assess their collections and identify best practices for selecting and evaluating resources for curricular and learner needs. Discussion will involve how digital materials influence their school library collections and strategies for showcasing a school library collection to ensure engagement with materials throughout learning community.

Learning Goals:

  • Review library practices and policies that influence collection development, including professional selection sources, selection criteria, weeding, and evaluation.
  • Design personalized plans to improve collections by assessing age, quality, quantity, and circulation of materials, as well as selecting and evaluating resources for curriculum and learner needs.
  • Identify best practices for evolving print collections to include e-books and databases.
  • Explore strategies for showcasing the school library collection to learners, other educators, administrators, and parents using the National School Library Standards.
* Participants will bring data analysis reports of their school libraries showing circulation and age of Dewey sections. Instructions will be sent to all registered participants. Participants who do not have access to school library data will be provided with sample documentation for the workshop exercises.

Content-Area Collaborations for Secondary Grades

Presenter: Liz Deskins

Are you looking for ways to make connections with other educators through the National School Library Standards? This workshop will ensure you are comfortable applying the AASL Standards Framework for Learners while planning and writing lessons or units with other educators. Work with fellow attendees to design units or lessons rooted in the AASL Standards with alignments to content-area standards that you can use to boost collaboration in your school library. Bring your “wish list” of lesson ideas and your district content curricula! A Wi-Fi enabled device is recommended; many resources will be provided electronically.

Learning Goals:

  • Get familiar with an example unit template and ways to integrate AASL Standards components when designing and planning personalized experiences that motivate learners.
  • Make connections between AASL Standards and national content-area standards to inspire work with other educators.
  • Create collaborative lesson units that build learners’ competency in the Shared Foundations while integrating standards from one or more content areas and district curriculum.

Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades

Presenters: Maureen Schlosser & Rebecca Granatini

Would you like to turn your favorite picture books into compelling lessons? How about developing assessments that align with the AASL Standards Framework for Learners? Authors Maureen Schlosser and Rebecca Granatini will guide you through this work. Participants will create a lesson that covers the Domains in one Shared Foundation, develop formative assessments, and work with rubrics. A list of compelling picture books and lesson ideas will get participants started.

Learning Goals:

  • Use the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to develop lesson ideas inspired by picture books.
  • Develop formative assessments to check for understanding.
  • Create a rubric to check individual progress.


ESLS Research Symposium

Thursday, November 14  |  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: ESLS Members

The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of AASL presents its sixth research symposium during AASL National Conference. As educators, scholars, and researchers, ESLS members create new knowledge about the school library field, impart that knowledge to the profession’s newest members, and share that knowledge with practitioners in the field. A program description, learning objectives, and outcomes will be posted as information is finalized.

AASL Member: $75  |  ALA Member: $125  |  Non-member: $190

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