2014 Fall Conference
Taking Charge of Your Destiny
October 26 - 27, 2014
Ocean Place Resort and Spa
Long Branch, NJ
Janet Clark, Conference Chair
2014njaslconfchair at gmail dot com


Not to be missed at this year’s event is our Unconference, which will be facilitated by none other than Dr. Joyce K. Valenza.  Dr. Valenza is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, and so much more – a librarian, an author, a teacher, and founder and mother of the school library Geek Tribe, #tlchat, and TL Virtual Café.  Dr. Valenza will facilitate a special Unconference, where you will get to help set the agenda for what’s discussed. This promises to be an inspiring environment for innovative and productive discussions.    

Librarian Shannon M. Miller. Ms. Miller is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoyswriting for various journals, blogs, and other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak and consult in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others.  In 2013, Shannon was named one of the Faces of Innovation from Broadband for America; one of 50 featured in the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook; and one of the featured Connected Educators with the Connected Educators projects partnered with the US Department of Education. In 2014, Shannon was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.   

Author Matt de la Peña.  Mr. de la Peña is the author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels, including Mexican WhiteBoy and The Living. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

Jarrett J. Krosoczka
is passionate about storytelling through words and pictures. He has authored twenty one published books, including his new chapter book Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. His award winning Lunch Lady series and Punk Farm series are in development as feature films. Jarrett’s TED Talk has been viewed more than a half-million times. While Jarrett awaits seeing his work adapted for the silver screen, he can be heard on The Book Report with JJK, his radio segment on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live.

New York Times bestselling children’s author Toni Buzzeo.  Ms. Buzzeo has published 20 picture books, including the 2013 Caldecott Honor winning One Cool Friend. Toni is also a seasoned educator and was named the 1999 Maine Library Media Specialist of the Year. She writes many professional books and articles, specializing recently in Common Core curriculum. 


The NJASL 2014 Conference Committee invites proposals for workshop session presentations at this year’s fall conference. As the theme, Taking Charge of Your Destiny, suggests, we are looking for dynamic presentations that will help inspire and motivate School Library Media Specialists to take charge of their fate and give them ideas and tools that will empower them to be awesome librarians!

Topics of Interest:
Grant Writing and other funding options
Working with the Community
Working in an Urban Library
Common Core Interdisciplinary Projects
Career Paths for SLMS (ie: Instructional Design Phd Programs in Educational Technology

Help us make this year’s conference educational and empowering by sharing your successes and/or expertise with your peers. Download and complete the Program Proposal Form below and submit it at your earliest convenience. Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals is June 30, 2014.

For questions about presenting, please contact Janet Clark, at


The conference is returning to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, NJ. Ocean Place is newly renovated and eager to welcome NJASL back.

Click HERE to find out more about the hotel's incredible transformation!


  Contact Janet Clark, 2014 Fall Conference Chair, at


 Thank you to our 2013 Conference Sponsors!


Baker and Taylor

EBSCO Publishing


Gale, a part of Cengage Learning

Green Valley Books

Mandarin Library Automation

Media Flex - OPALS

New Jersey State Library


Rutgers School of Communication and Information

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