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A.P.D.E.N (Association of French Teacher librarians) national congress in Grenoble (France)

The 11th congress of French teacher librarians « professeurs documentalistes » of State secondary schools will be held this year, from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2019.

We are pleased to announce you that registrations are now officially opened !

Online registration process : go to the official congress website

You can now find on it the following information:

We wish to see you in Grenoble !

For the national board of A.P.D.E.N

Valérie Glass



Submitted by Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer


A successful IASL conference was held at California State University Long Beach August 4-8, 2017. To that end, the planning began more than two years ahead. California School Library Association (CSLA), California School Library Foundation (CSLF) and CUE co-sponsored the conference with each association providing a unique contribution.  The core planning committee involved over twenty volunteers. From speakers and entertainers, from catering to parking, from exhibitors to volunteers, the challenges of conference details were daunting. However, folks were game, and the result was an informative and social success, for the almost 200 attendees from 28 countries.

Publicity about the conference included a content-rich website (, newsletter articles, announcements at several conferences (mainly in the US), social media announcements, flyers, and even beverage coasters. The majority of the attendees were speakers and US residents. Travel restrictions and cost were the main barriers, which was the reason for offering webinars for the first time.

The conference theme was “Learning Without Borders.” The event started with two half-day workshops, held in the campus’ International House, where the majority of non-U.S. attendees stayed. Three plenary sessions featured association awardees and keynoters Stephen Krashen, Hall Davidson, and Amber Rose Gonzales. Nine session slots provided strands of speakers: on research, professional practice, spotlight features, and webinars. In most sessions, two to three presenters talked about related research or practices. Additionally, eighteen exhibitors showcased their products. Trader Joes donated water bottles, which were very popular because of the surprisingly hot weather. Because all programs were held in one building, and everyone ate in the dining court, the conference was abuzz with networking.

Topics ranged from STEM to MOOCs, from sketchnoting to research methodologies, from children’s TV to reading community signs, from pop-up libraries to maker spaces, from podcasting to digital citizenship. Librarians from all continents (except Antarctica) shared current status and best practices. A children’s author/illustrator was featured each day, and a YA authors panel further enlightened attendees. SIG meeting and regional meetings gave folks a chance to share common interests. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit local school, community college, and public libraries; this free tour was hosted by the Long Beach Unified School District, which also provided teacher librarian drivers.

Socializing was also part of the scene, culminating in a gala dinner, which featured a live auction to support librarians and their libraries. Entertainment included a DJ, women’s chorus of Broadway hits, and a local Native American performing group. The evening’s end featured a room-sized circle of IASL attendees performing a traditional Native American dance.

An online conference folder included several documents, accessible to all attendees: program, 300+ page proceedings, certificate of participation, presenter PPTs, webinar hyperlink, social media.

The conference offered several new features:

  • 9 webinars (one per concurrent session) to enable individuals to present and to participate in real time remotely; the cost was $50. The webinars were recorded and archived so that the conference physical attendees could also see the webinars at their convenience. I suggest that IASL continue to provide the 9 webinar series.
  • Spotlight speakers: 9 individuals who were usually NOT teacher librarians but had expertise that informed the membership (e.g., Center for Media Literacy, reading specialist, artificial intelligence)
  • Pecha Kucha (“speed dating”) session to showcase several research studies.
  • YA author panel, who also lunched with attendees and signed books
  • A featured author or illustrator per day
  • Storytelling evening in the resident hall (by the Saturday featured author/storyteller)
  • Bookseller (Barnes & Noble): sold YA author AND conference speaker titles
  • Auction baskets
  • California School Library Association workshop offered as an alternative to IASL pre-conference workshops: some CSLA members stayed for the IASL conference
  • Online scheduler
  • Little free library book exchange Student artwork: San Diego high school students lent their surfboard art
  • Local information binder and several handouts, including bus schedules
  • Provisions for disabilities: campus map and electric cart
  • First aider.


In sum, teacher librarians certainly did share and learn without borders. Both attendees and speakers were grateful for – and pleased with — this special opportunity. The hard work in putting the conference together was worth the effort.




Data literacy workshop


Join us for a two-day exploration of data and statistics in the real world of students. How do students encounter and use data beyond science and math class? How do they make sense of Big Data, citizen science, managing their personal data, and recognizing and contributing to ethical data use? Featuring keynote presentations by Justin Schell of the University of Michigan Library’s Shapiro Design Lab and Emerson College’s Catherine d’Ignazio of the project. Registration is free, and those registered with the Michigan Department of Education can earn 3-8 free SCECH credits. 

A satellite conference of the 4T Virtual Conference led by the U-M School of Education, this conference is a project of the University of Michigan School of Information and the U-M Library. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of​Museum and Library Services RE-00-15-0113-15.

European Information Literacy Conference

ECIL is an annual conference initiated by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and the Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. It is organized and hosted by a different European partner each year.

ECIL 2015 conference will be organized by the Institute of Information Studies of Tallinn University and held from 19-22 October 2015, at Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia. It is under the patronage of UNESCO and IFLA. The theme is “Information Literacy in the Green Society.”

For details, go to

Banned Book Week Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Ideas and Resources. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or

International School Library Month

International School Library Month is fast approaching and may be celebrated for the whole month of October or for any time span within that month that suits a school or library. The theme this year is: The school library rocks.

International projects that are underway for 2015 are the ISLM Bookmark Project where schools exchange bookmarks and make contact with children in other countries and the ISLM Skype Project. Many school libraries will choose to have local or national celebrations, promoting the value libraries bring to the lives of children through reading, information literacy, transmission of cultural heritage and engagement with the community.

Ideas for how school libraries have celebrated internationally last year may be found on the IASL website on the ISLM 2014 Projects page. Reports came in from Croatia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Ukraine. It would be great to see even more countries reporting on their celebrations in 2015. Please send ISLM reports to the IASL Secretariat by 15 November, 2015.

IASL is very grateful to their ISLM Coordinator, Marie O’Brien, for all her work in facilitating the projects and celebrations, and IASL wish all school libraries a wonderful time of celebration in October.

2016 Picturebook Symposium CFP

1ST Bi-Annual Marantz Picturebook Research Symposium

July 24-26, 2016
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Keynote: Will Hillenbrand, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator


“The Picturebook as an Art Object:”
Honoring the life and work of Dr. Kenneth A. Marantz

According to Dr. Kenneth A. Marantz, professor of art education at the Ohio State University from 1971 to 1991, picturebooks (spelled as one word by Dr. Marantz) are “such rich repositories of visual art, so readily available compared with the resources housed in galleries and museums, that I believe we must take the fullest advantage of them.” For many young children, picturebooks represent their first exposure to culture—to art, and to literature — in one perfect package. For older children, picturebooks are a useful tool for addressing controversial or difficult subject matter. For all, the aesthetic relationship with picturebooks can create life-long connections.

Dr. Kenneth A. Marantz and his wife Sylvia Marantz have graciously funded a biannual scholarly picturebook research symposium to be organized and hosted by the Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. In this first Marantz Picturebook Research Symposium, to be held July 24-26, 2016, we honor Ken Marantz’s life work around the picturebook.

Children’s book author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand will deliver a keynote address. Hillenbrand, who studied under Ken Marantz, received the 2012 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor award for his illustrations in Bear in Love. Other accolades include a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators;  Notable Book Award from the American Library Association for the first picture book he illustrated, Traveling to Tondo; and Children’s Choice Awards from the International Reading Association for Sam Sunday and the Mystery at the Ocean Beach Hotel and The House That Drac Built.

This call for proposals seeks original, interdisciplinary research in areas related to picturebooks, especially centered around Dr. Marantz’s concept of the picturebook as an art object.

Presentation Formats:  The Committee especially encourages presentations and research in the following formats:

1.     Twenty-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion

2.     Panel submissions comprised of three 20-minute presentations followed by 20 minutes of discussion (or four 15-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes of discussion)

3.     Posters

Submissions must be submitted on the appropriate form (insert link) and must include the following in order to be considered:

·      Title and up to 5 keywords

·      Description of type of proposal you are submitting (poster/paper/panel)

·      Names and contact information of all contributors

·      An abstract of no more than 350 words of your proposed poster or presentation.

·      In the case of a panel submission, an abstract should accompany each of the papers that will be included.

·      Information about any special equipment requirements (beyond a laptop and projector, which will be provided)

Prospective participants should submit abstracts that report on recent research and scholarship. Contributions to this call for papers may not have been previously published, and all research methodologies from all disciplines are welcomed.


January 15, 2016:  Deadline to submit abstracts

March 1, 2016:  Notification of acceptance. Once selected, presenters are responsible for their own expenses related to the conference, including but not limited to registration fees, lodging, transportation and meals. Students are encouraged to participate.

Possible topics, as related to the conference theme, include (but are not limited to):

  • Picturebooks and aesthetics
  • “Reading” picturebooks: The influence of art and text on early literacy
  • Picturebooks, aesthetics, and the imagination
  • Playing with picturebooks
  • Cultural constructions of picturebooks
  • Picturebooks and digital formats
  • Reaching diverse readers via picturebooks
  •  Historical perspectives on picturebooks

Proceedings:  There will not be proceedings for this conference; however, selected papers may be included in a special issue of a journal or an edited collection. Details will be provided as they become available.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marianne Martens ( or Michelle Baldini (