Press Kit

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its National Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 9-11, 2017. Preconference events including workshops, cultural and school tours, and the IdeaLab (best practices showcase) will take place November 8 and 9. The conference theme is “Beyond the Horizon.”

A division of the American Library Association (ALA), AASL promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. AASL supports the position that an effective school library program has a certified school librarian at the helm, provides personalized learning environments, and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for every student. 

The organization’s mission reads: The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Notable for the 2017 conference is the launch of the new AASL "National School Library Standards." Dedicated programming – including half-day preconferences, a general session, Unconference, and concurrent sessions – will introduce the standards and provide an overview of the implementation plan. The new standards will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore or can pre-purchased during registration.  All preconference attendees will receive copies as part of their registration fee.

Fast Facts

  • Attendees: 2,600 school librarians, administrators and exhibitors (attendance at 2015 National Conference in Columbus)
  • Exhibiting Companies: 120 (as of June 15, 2017)


Conference Information

General Sessions

Opening Keynote Friday Saturday
Jaime Casap
Education Evangelist
National School
Library Standards
Jason Reynolds
Award-winning Author
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Social Media

#AASL17 on Twitter   |   AASL17 on Facebook


Programs & Events

Schedule at a Glance   |   Preliminary Program


Press Releases

AASL National Conference & Exhibition Press Releases


Press Room

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Phoenix Convention Center, Room 227B
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Thursday, November 9   |   8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, November 10   |   8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 11   |   8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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