Do you enjoy posting about your conference experiences? The #AASL21 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be here before we know it, and we invite you to help promote the conference by joining the AASL21 Social Media Squad. I had the privilege of posting for the 2019 AASL National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and it was an incredible experience. It was my first AASL National Conference, and I felt a sense of team-work and community by joining the social media squad. Not only did it enhance my conference experience, but it was just a great time!
We need to recruit an “#AASL21 Social Media Squad” of enthusiastic conference attendees, both on site and virtual, to help promote conference attendance in advance, and assure that the “back channel” of social media posts during the conference is active and lively. We want to ensure that the content of the sessions and activities as well as the engagement in them are enriched and impactful.
Members of the social media squad can post on the platform(s) of their choice: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat. We invite you to post pictures of sessions, activities, the exhibit floor, authors, our AASL Rocks party, and more using the hashtag #AASL21. It’s another way to participate in the conference, contribute to your professional learning network, share with those who could not attend in person, and promote sessions. As a member of the AASL19 Social Media Squad, I posted 2-3 times per day and shared quotes, comments, images, and slide links. I shared my takeaways and asked additional questions of speakers.
You don’t have to be a veteran attendee to join “the squad”! We’d like to have new attendees also join to share about their first AASL National Conference experience. Not attending? We also need squad members to retweet and share posts using the #NotAtAASL21 hashtag. You will receive a digital badge for joining the Social Media Squad, in addition to earning badges for making posts.
Consider making your conference experience richer by joining the conference’s Social Media Squad today. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/AASL21SMS. We look forward to seeing you at the conference and seeing your social media posts.
#AASL21 Social Media Co-Chairs:
Shannon DeSantis Giles Amanda Jones
Author: Amanda Jones
Amanda is the 2021 School Library Journal Co-Librarian of the Year, a 2021 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, the 2020 Louisiana School Librarian of the Year, and a 21 year educator from Watson, LA. She’s a teacher-librarian and certified reading specialist at a 5-6 grade middle school. She is Vice President of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians and is the 2019 AASL Social Media Superstar Program Pioneer. Amanda is an active member of several committees for AASL and is on the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Awards Committee. Visit her library website at lomlibrary.org and/or find out more about her at http://librarianjones.com/.