Networking Events & Programs

Dinner with a Local Librarian 

Wednesday, November 8  |  6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Begin the conference exploring Phoenix in a local school librarian's favorite restaurant, and enjoy networking with fellow attendees and authors in a relaxed social setting. (Sign-up on site. This event is Dutch treat.)

First-Timer's Orientation

Thursday, November 9  |  12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This event is especially designed for new AASL members and first-time attendees who want to learn how to get the most out of the AASL National Conference. This brown-bag event will have tables set for informal conversations between conference veterans and those new to AASL National Conference. AASL member leaders and other experienced conference-goers share helpful tips and strategies for navigating the event, making it a memorable and worthwhile experience.

From Stories to Action: Inspiring Heroes for Our Own World

Thursday, November 9  |  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Come to this interactive workshop to learn how to transfigure the pop culture passions of young people into real-world civic engagement. This special event is presented by The Harry Potter Alliance, a global non-profit that turns fans into heroes by drawing connections between popular media and real-world social issues.

Batman & Bill

Thursday, November 9  |  7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join Marc Tyler Nobleman, author and self-described “pop culture archaeologist,” for a special screening of “Batman & Bill” a Hulu Original Documentary. Based on Nobleman’s non-fiction picture book, Bill the Boy Wonder, the film tells the story of Bill Finger who lived and died without any recognition for his creation of one of the most well-known superheroes of all time – Batman. Nobleman will introduce the film and lead a short discussion following the screening. Read Compiled Reviews on Noblemania

ISS Reception

Thursday, November 9  |  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Join fellow Independent School Librarians for an evening of networking during an informal reception. Light hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served.

An additional registration fee of $45 is required in advance of the event.


Thursday, November 9  |  9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Meet and greet our new National School Library Standards, and each other, in this high-energy, participatory event. First, we’ll explore the new standards in a structured World Cafe format. We’ll ask big questions, develop ideas for implementation, and share collective discoveries. Following our initial explorations, participants will select topics of personal interest and collaboratively explore strategies relating to implementing standards in localized contexts.

Scottsdale on a Saturday Evening

Saturday, November 11  |  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

If you are staying over Saturday evening, consider joining fellow school librarians for another Dutch treat dinner with a local librarian in Scottsdale. Cost is for the shuttle ride to and from the Phoenix Convention Center. Not interested in attending a dinner? Limited seats are available for people who would just like to visit Scottsdale for the evening. (On-site registration will be accepted pending availability.) 

An additional registration fee of $10 is required in advance of the event.

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