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AASL 2011: Enjoy the Conference Experience from Afar and Face to Face

Good afternoon!

If you aren’t able to make it to Minneapolis for AASL 2011, there are several ways you can still experience the conference and enjoy from afar:

  1. Follow the conference hashtag of #aasl11 on Twitter; we will also be tagging videos on YouTube and Flickr photos with aasl11 as well; the Tweet archive is available at .
  2. Join the AASL 2011 Conference Ning!  This is a virtual network where people can engage in conversations, share conference materials and reflections, and network with other librarians.  You do not have to pay to join the Ning, nor do you need to be a registered participant to be part of the conversations for learning.  Join today at .
  3. We hope to be streaming and/or filming some of the sessions from the Learning Commons—this is a space where people can do mini-presentations and/or simply lead a conversation about any issue/topic in librarianship.   See the lineup in progress for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as well as our teaser video at .  If you’re coming to Minneapolis, come join us at the Learning Commons for a diverse group of librarians who will be presenting on a wide range of topics!
  4. AASL Virtual Conference is an alternative option for those who can’t attend in person in Minneapolis.  Virtual conference details and registration fees are available at .

Questions?  Please feel free to contact me at buffy.hamilton at .  Thank you!

Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.

AASL 2011 National Conference Committee Social Media Chair

School Librarian
Creekview High School

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Canton, GA  30115

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One Book, One Conference Discussion of The Shallows Continues: Chapter 2

from Carl Harvey:

I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and thoughts on Chapter 1.  I think we’re going to have a lively discussion as we continue through the book.  Here are some discussion questions from Chapter 2, but please feel free to add your own questions, thoughts, and ideas as well!

How do our experiences impact our perceptions?  Thinking about the connection with Gary Hartzell and the work he has done in how administrators understand school libraries.  How can we create experiences that will better educator today and future administrators?

There are two trains of thoughts shared in Chapter 2 whether nature or nurture have an impact on how our brain learns?  What are your thoughts?

On page 41 Carr writes, “Evolution has given us a brain that can literally change its mind – over and over again.”  How do you think this impacts how we prepare students for their future in the library?

What role do you think neuroplasticity plays in students who have over time developed habits that they can’t learn or succeed?

Join the conversation at the AASl 2011 Ning!

The Shallows Book Discussion Group

Are you ready?  As we prepare for the 2011 National Conference in Minneapolis, we’ve started the online book discussion of the Nicholas Carr’s  The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.  This book will be our One Book, One Conference title!  So, no time like the present to start reading and thinking!

Starting August 15th, we’ll start a weekly discussion on the AASL Conference Ning.  Click on groups and join The Shallows-Book Discussion group.    We’re going to take a chapter each week which should take us almost up to the AASL Conference!   I’ll post some discussion starters in a forum, but feel free to respond and ask your own questions, too!   I’m really looking forward to the conversation!  Then, we can continue the conversation on site in Minneapolis on Friday, October 28th!

In The Shallows, Carr asks the question: “As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?” Carr then describes throughout the book how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind” — from the alphabet, to maps, to the printing press, the clock and the computer. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store and share information can reroute our neural pathways.  A preview of “The Shallows” is available via the AASL conference website.

Here’s the link to the official press release about our book discussion here.

Carl A. Harvey II

School Librarian
Library Ties Blog –

President, American Association of School Librarians

AASL Announces Travel Grants for First-time National Conference Attendees

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/12/2011 – 09:54

Contact: Melissa Jacobsen

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 15th National Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis, Oct. 27-30, 2011.

The $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can access the application on the AASL Awards & Grants pages at The deadline for applications is March 8.

“At Bound To Stay Bound we recognize the value of the professional school librarian in our schools and take pride in being able to offer these grants to help further their knowledge and give them an opportunity to share their experiences with other professionals,” said Bob Sibert of Bound To Stay Bound Books.

AASL President Nancy Everhart said, “AASL values Bound To Stay Bound Books’ leadership in offering school librarians the opportunity to attend their first AASL National Conference. I encourage all school librarians that have never been to an AASL National Conference to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. This is a valuable conference catered to school librarians in any stage of their career.”

The AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition, “Turning the Page,” is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. Already scheduled programming and events for the 2011 conference, include Nicholas Carr, controversial author of “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains;” 12 half- and full-day preconferences; dozens of authors; a symposium for educators of school library students; and exhibits filled with the latest resources and technologies for the school library program. For more information on the conference and to register, visit Those communicating about the national conference are encouraged to use the official tag, AASL11.

For more than 90 years Bound To Stay Bound Books,, has supplied children’s and young adult library books, both fiction and nonfiction, to school and public libraries. It provides books that stand the test of time in both content and durability and services exceeding your expectations.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

Buffy Hamilton, GLMA Communications Coordinator
Creekview High School

Submit Your Concurrent Session Proposal for AASL 2011 in Minneapolis

from AASL:

AASL 15th National Conference 

October 27-30, 2011
Minneapolis, MN

AASL seeks proposals for Concurrent Sessions to be presented at the AASL 15th National Conference

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently seeking concurrent session proposals for the AASL 15th National Conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN. The theme is “Turning the Page.” The deadline for proposals is Monday, November 1, 2010.

Please visit this link for all details and the link to the online proposal submission form.

Buffy Hamilton, School Librarian
Creekview High School