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School librarians rev up learning in National Conference

revup-seal2dThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2009 National Conference took place in Charlotte, NC, November 5th – 8th. This event, which had a record attendance of almost 4,000 participants, featured well-known speakers, writers, and performers, along with many opportunities for learning and exchanging ideas. From USF SLIS, Dr. Ann Riedling and Graduate Assistant Alicia Long attended the conference.


Keynote speaker Danah Boyd during the Opening Session

Danah Boyd, who delivered the keynote speech for the opening ceremony captivated the audience with an interesting analysis of the use of social media by the new generations of digital born students. Born Digital, by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, was the book selected for “One Book, One Conference,” a program that enticed attendees to read and discuss it during the Conference.


Author James Patterson signing books at AASL 2009

Promoting reading in the 21st century was a topic addressed by best-selling author James Patterson, creator of a website with that important goal. Marco Torres, the Closing Session’s keynote speaker, brought with him an interesting view of digital media as the tools of liberation for people who have lived in disadvantages situations.

Libraries should start to make some noise,” said Patterson. “I do not believe people outside these walls realize how important library media professionals are.”

Besides a variety of concurrent sessions with topics for everyone’s interests, other highlights of the conference were visits with authors Charles R. Smith Jr., Laurie Halse Anderson, Linda Sue Park, and Richard Peck, a Storytelling Extravaganza, and a lively Closing Celebration enjoyed in the facilities of ImaginOn, an innovative partnership between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library and the Children’s Theater of Charlotte.

The 14th Annual Conference of AASL continues in b-there, a website with all the information, videos, photos, blogs, hand-outs, and comments pertaining to the conference. Access to this online resource was included in the registration, but it is also open for non-attendees for a registration fee. It is also important to highlight that in this conference, AASL went “green.” For example, vendors and poster presenters were encouraged to send information online to attendees instead of giving printed hand-outs and catalogs, recycling and sustainable practices were involved in the materials and organization, and extra food and bags were donated to charities.



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