IASL members in the United States are planning a regional conference to be held in collaboration with the officers of the International Federation of Library Association’s School Library Section and the Texas Library Association (TLA). The IASL event will be held Monday evening, April 13 and all day on April 14.
Founded in 1971, IASL is one of the world’s oldest international professional associations for school librarians. IASL’s mission is to provide an international forum for people interested in promoting effective school library programs as viable instruments in the educational process. IASL also provides guidance and advice for the development of school library programs and the school library profession. IASL works in cooperation with other professional associations and agencies.
Membership is worldwide, and includes school librarians, teachers, librarians, library advisers, consultants, educational administrators, and others who are responsible for library and information services in schools. The membership also includes professors and instructors in universities and colleges where there are programs for school librarians, and students who are undertaking such programs.
The theme of this IASL regional conference mirrors that of TLA: Sync Up: Imagine, Collaborate, and Innovate. Conference participants will have the opportunity to present a professional paper in the Collaborate strand, Imagine strand, or Innovate strand or a Research paper. In addition, the conference program will include a limited number of best practice sessions in which presenters share results and guidelines for effective school library-related activities.
Each paper presenter will have 15 minutes to present the content of the paper allowing for questions at the end. The length of the paper is at the discretion of the author who understands that the presentation will be carefully timed.
We are planning for four sessions for papers, loosely following the conference themes with one research session. The last session of the conference will be one with examples of outstanding program successes for school librarians to consider.
The final format for the papers will be sent when your proposal has been accepted. Instructions for preparing your proposal are below. All papers will be blind referred by the IASL Regional Conference Committee. If you would like to submit a proposal to present a paper for this event, please submit the following information to Lesley Farmer (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Proposals due October 31, 2014
Papers due: March 25, 2015
Proposal Submission Form
Title and Affiliation:
Title and Affiliation:
Title of Paper:
Which strand? Imagine
Or Research paper
Or, I would like to present a best practices activity (please describe briefly)
Abstract (200 words)
We regret we are unable to offer remuneration or conference discount for speakers.