I don’t know about you, but I love library conferences! I love the energy that fills a room of school librarians who are sharing and learning from and with each other. New innovative ideas are everywhere you turn, and school librarians seem to be the best at encouraging others in the field. We are a passionate bunch! The September/October issue of Knowledge Quest is sure to get you excited about the 2019 AASL National Conference. For a bit of inspiration, start by reading the article about school libraries in Kentucky; it is sure to get you ready to visit the area!
Recently someone posted a request on the AASL Forum asking for tips about making the most of the AASL National Conference. I am excited to say that the September/October issue is full of conference ideas and information, whether you are a first-timer or seasoned conference attendee. Conference co-chairs Alice Bryant and Heather Jankowski each wrote an articles that gives a little something for everyone. For first-timers, you will want to read Alice’s letter to Rachel, a first-time conference goer. Alice shares great tips for surviving your first AASL National Conference. Heather gives some background about the general session speakers, Ellen Oh, Dr. Adolph Brown, III, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Are you attending the conference with an administrator? Be sure to read about Laura Graves Massey and Karen Haggard’s experiences with their administrators. As we all know, our job is all about building relationships and what better place than the AASL National Conference to do just that!
One of my favorite things to do while at a conference is to explore the host city when I can find a few minutes of spare time, and of course there is information about how to get the most of your time in Louisville. If you need a city-exploring buddy, find me at the conference!
If you are still looking for ways to convince your administration to support your attendance, check out the AASL National Conference website for a great infographic about making the case to attend. Of course, there is much, much more information on the conference website. From information about pre-conference workshops to cultural and school tours in the Louisville area, there is something to fill your calendar.
There are less than three months to wait for the AASL National Conference in Louisville! I am already planning my time!
About the Guest Editor
Karla Collins, PhD, is an associate professor at Longwood University in the School Librarianship Program. Before teaching at Longwood, Karla was a classroom teacher and school librarian in Virginia. She considers it a privilege to be able to work alongside a great team to prepare others to be amazing school librarians. Karla also serves as the chair of the Knowledge Quest Editorial Board.
Read her Guest Editor Column, “Educate, Advocate, and Rejuvenate at the 2019 AASL National Conference.”
A Letter to Rachel: Tips and Advice for Attending #AASL19
General Session Speakers Set the Stage for the 2019 AASL National Conference
The First Conference Is Always Special: Looking Back at My First AASL National Conference Experience and Looking Forward to Louisville
One Commonwealth, One Common Vision
Sam Northern and Melissa Gardner
Better Together: Connecting with Your Administrator through AASL National Conference Attendance
Karen Haggard and Laura Graves Massey
Create in 3-D: Building a Maker Mindset One Print at a Time
Amanda T. Osborne
Using Technology to Foster “Real Reading” in the School Library and Beyond
Nancy Flanagan Knapp
From Head to Toe and in Between: Scientists Get Dressed!
Deborah Lee Rose
Looking Forward to the Opportunities Ahead!
Guest Editor Column
Educate, Advocate, and Rejuvenate at the 2019 AASL National Conference
Author: Karla Collins
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