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Saturday, November 7, 2015

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News from AASL15
Can't-Miss Saturday Events
Conference Updates
Tweets from AASL15


News from AASL15

Mission Possible: Research Projects with Primary Students

Kelly Hincks, KQ Blogger

Anyone who works with young children knows that it can be tricky to teach them how to complete research. At this age, children are still developing their reading skills and meaning-making abilities, but Jennifer Siderius (@NMESmediacenter) showed in her session many ways this can be done!
Read the full article on the KQ website.


Advocate for Your School Library with Digital Communication

Maureen Schlosser, KQ Blogger

Why did elementary school librarian Barbara Johnson and her students start tweeting, facebooking, live streaming, making movies, screencasting, creating websites, digital backpacking, and sharing her work with parents, teachers, administrators, and the Board of Education? Because she wanted stakeholders to continually be reminded that school libraries make a tremendous difference in the way children learn in school. When children are invited to ask their own questions, have the resources and the skills to find answers to their questions, and learn how to create purposeful presentations to share with a relevant audience, they become invested in their learning, and great things happen.
Read the full article on the KQ website.


Unpacking Mental Health Issues in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature

Daniella Smith, KQ Blogger

Have you ever been in a situation when you felt that a child was in need of assistance? Did you have difficulty deciding why you felt they needed assistance? Sometimes our intuition tells us something is wrong. Then there are other times when we find a child that is:

  • Sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Engaging in behavior that is risky to themselves or others
  • Suddenly experiencing overwhelming fear
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that effect their relationships with others
  • Exhibiting extreme difficulty with concentrating that impacts their school work
Read the full article on the KQ website.

Check out other national conference posts on the KQ website!

Photos from AASL15

Sonia Manzano, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Matt de la Peña during the Author Banquet

Attendees making the most of the Exhibit Hall

Attendees perusing the AASL Bookstore

Attending taking photos in front of "I'm transforming school libraries by..." display

Friday's General Session "Administrators Empowering School Library Programs

Can't-Miss Saturday Events


General Session with Brian Selznick

7:30–8:30 a.m.
Convention Center, Battelle Grand

Join your colleagues Saturday morning for Brian Selznick, award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Selznick’s ground-breaking book The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal, was nominated for a National Book Award, and was the basis for Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film Hugo. A signing at the AASL Membership Booth (Exhibit Hall E Lobby) will follow the presentation. Due to the interest in this author, it is strongly suggested that those wishing to have a book signed purchase a copy in advance of the event at the AASL Bookstore.



11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Exhibit Hall, Booth #543

Come meet some of your favorite authors at the Authorpalooza! Authors from AASL concurrent sessions and events and local authors from Ohio will sign your books and answer your questions.
While some authors may have complimentary titles available, be sure to visit the AASL Bookstore or exhibiting publisher booths to pick-up the authors' latest titles. Limited quantities of titles will be available for sale in the booth. (Credit-card purchases only.)

Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books Display

Open Until 3 p.m.
Room D132

The Mazza Museum is the world’s largest museum of original artwork by children’s book illustrators. Its goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of children’s literature. During AASL National Conference, the museum will showcase a travelling display of original artwork and a museum representative will be on hand to discuss the artwork with attendees.

Eszter Hargittai for the Closing General Session

3:30–5 p.m.
Convention Center, Battelle Grand

Close out your professional development with Eszter Hargittai, whose research explores the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular focus on how differences in people's Web-use skills influence what they do online. Hargittai’s projects have looked at the evolution of search engines and the organization and presentation of online content, and how IT are influencing the types of cultural products people consume.


Author Meet & Greets

5:15–6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Columbus, Franklin A-D

The Author Meet & Greets are your chance to “speed date” authors of children and young adult books. This newly expanded event now offers attendees the choice of participating in a session with authors of elementary, junior, or high school books.

Closing Celebration

7:30–10:30 p.m.
North Market (Off Site)
59 Spruce Street

Party with friends—old and new—at the AASL Closing Celebration. The conference’s ultimate celebration will take place at The North Market, just steps away from the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The North Market will feature merchants offering an array of local food, goods, and international and ethnic specialties, as well as “The Kitchen,” a space for karaoke and other activities.


Conference Updates

Concurrent Sessions

Dynamic Maker Spaces: Transform Your Library into a Hub of Learning Production, 9:50-10:50 a.m. in C223-225.

Experiencing an Evolution with a READesign Library Makeover, 1-2 p.m. in D130.

Time/Location Change:
Elementary Media Literacy: Teaching Transliteracy, originally scheduled Friday at 10:10-11:10 a.m. in C212, moved to Saturday at 1-2 p.m. in C215. Evaluation code (S3-C215).

The 4th E = EVIDENCE! Empowering Evolution, Experience, and Education, originally scheduled for Saturday from 1-2 p.m. in C210-211. Rescheduled to Friday at 10:10-11:10 a.m. in C212. Evaluation Code (F1-C212).

Assessing the Impact of Digital Media on Student Achievement, scheduled at 8:40-9:40 a.m. Pilar Gomez, Rachel Connolly and Kristin Lehner will be replaced by Tami Mount, Morgan Nickolai, and Sarah Knutson.

A Road Map to Making Strategic Decisions Based on Your Library Data, scheduled at 2:20-3:30 p.m. in C223-225. Correction to spelling of presenter name should be Jo O'Garro.

Perspectives from the Middle East, scheduled at 2:20-3:10 p.m. in E171. Rene Ahdieh cannot attend and will be replaced by Stacey Barney.



New Author: Jonathan Auxier, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cancelled: Renee Ahdieh, 12:30-1 p.m.

New Exhibitors

"And...Action!" Entertainment
Table 356

Carney Sandoe & Associates
Booth 534

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee
Table 450
Table 142

Booth 139

Library World, Inc.
Booth 536

Booth 346

Steelcase Education
Booth 751

Tweets from AASL15

Check out the latest news and buzz about #aasl15 on AASL's RebelMouse webpage!



Handouts are available on the national conference website. If the presenter submitted handouts, a button reading "Click for Paper" will appear in the session when you click on the session title.

Registration Hours

Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Bookstore Hours

Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Conference Information
Emergencies: Call x2547 from any house phone.
Coat/Luggage Check: Located under the elevators near the E170 rooms for a $3 per-item charge.

Greater Columbus Convention Center Map
Hyatt Regency (HQ) Hotel Map
Mobile App

Get your AASL National Conference info on the go! The AASL15 Mobile App is the mobile extension for your printed conference program book and exhibits guide. Locate the AASL15 Mobile App in the Apple or Android store.
Tickets Are Still Available for the Following Events:
  • Author Meet and Greets (Middle and High School)
  • Author Breakfast
  • Closing Celebration (Guest)
Note: Registration is open until 3 p.m. today. Visit Registration to purchase a ticket for any of these events.

65th Anniversary

AASL is celebrating 65 years of service to school librarians with a giving campaign to help ensure the future of the school library profession. Help AASL transform the future with a gift by completing the donation form in your conference registration bag. Make your donation at the registration desk on-site, and as a thank-you, receive your 65th anniversary lapel pin today! Donate online!

Registration Open for AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition

Attendees can lock in 2015 rates for the next national conference in Phoenix, AZ. Visit the Registration counter on-site in Columbus to submit your 2017 registration form.

Evaluation Information

Attendees are asked to complete an online evaluation for each sessions attended. Use the easy dropdown menu to find the session and complete the brief questionnaire. An overall conference evaluation survey will be sent via e-mail immediately following the conference.

Shipping Information

The Business Center is located in the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s south facility near the food court. It can handle shipping needs. A satellite location on the exhibit hall floor will also be available for shipping needs.

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