Proposal Submissions – Now Open

School library practitioners are invited to prepare proposals for concurrent session, “Research into Practice” sessions, and/or IdeaLab programming during the 2021 AASL National Conference. AASL21 will take place October 21-23, 2021, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • IdeaLab will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in the afternoon before the Opening General Session
  • “Research into Practice” sessions will be held Friday-Saturday, October 22-23, 2021
  • Concurrent Sessions will be held Friday-Saturday, October 22-23, 2021

This page serves to help those interested in submitting a proposal prepare for the process.

Why Present at #AASL21?

AASL is the only national conference for school librarians. Attendees have the opportunity to learn and network with their peers and to learn about the latest and greatest products for school librarians from more than 150 vendors. There is no other conference where educators can learn in-depth ways to integrate AASL’s latest school library standards into their programs.

Submission Questions

Click the links below for sample program proposal questions. Program proposals will only be accepted online in AASL’s abstract management software and a link will go live in October 2020. Proposals will not be accepted by mail, email, or fax. The documents linked below are intended as a guide for potential submitters and questions may change or be added to the final application.


Please note that the rubrics for AASL21 may change slightly. Final rubrics will be shared when the submission period begins.

Examples of 2019 Conference Programming

Important Dates and Deadlines

Following is a preliminary list of dates based on frequently-asked-questions. As decisions are made, more dates and deadlines will be shared.

  • October: Proposal submission opens
  • February 1, 2021: Proposal submission closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central.
  • Programming decision emails will be sent on a rolling basis starting in early February.
  • July 2021: Room assignments/session date/time emails to primary contact.

For questions regarding the proposals process, please email

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