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

The NJASL Fall Conference is THE conference in New Jersey offering professional development and peer-to-peer networking for School Library Media Specialists and their fellow educators.  As this year’s theme, Taking Charge of Your Destiny, suggests, the conference will inspire and motivate attendees to take charge of their fate and give them ideas and tools that will empower them to be excellent educators.  Join us for an invigorating two days of learning, sharing, and networking!

Check out the Finalized Program
The Fall Conference Program is finalized! The planning committee has put together an incredible program, which includes many hours of professional development credits, with sessions that are timely and will relate directly to your practice. Check out the daily schedule here:

During the conference there will also be many opportunities for networking and fun. Be sure to join us for the special events, where you can connect with your colleagues and be further inspired.

Breaking News!  

*  NJAET is joining forces with NJASL for this conference, and will be providing all attending educators even more tools and techniques to take back to your school. We are excited to welcome NJAET members!  Find out more Here

* The NJ Department of Education has given approval for travel waivers for the NJASL Fall Conference. Find out details or print and submit to your district below:

Travel Waiver

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help out during the conference. Could you be interested? This is a great way to meet other librarians, network, socialize and have some fun too! You can volunteer as little or as much as you like.

If you can spare an hour or two, please click the link below which will take you to a volunteer sign-up form. Thank you for your time and interest!



Authors Luncheon/Program

We have put together a panel of amazing and talented authors.  Tina Kelley, Jarrett Krosoczka and Matt de la Pena will be on hand to energize and excite your literary engines. Renowned bards of great tales, they will use The Hero’s Journey to talk about how fiction and non-fiction can come alive in your library. Enjoy a buffet lunch and let them spin their tales for you.  Event limited to 150 attendees! 


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

You are cordially invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Exhibit Hall.  Come and see what amazing things the exhibitors have for your library this year, and enjoy some light refreshments.

County President’s Mixer

Join us for this opening evening reception where you will have a chance to meet your County President and mix and mingle with your county colleagues.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

An Evening with Toni Buzzeo

Join your peers for dinner and an inspiring presentation by Toni Buzzeo, author of 20 picture books, including the 2013 Caldecott Honor winning One Cool Friend. Buzzeo is also a seasoned educator who writes many professional books and articles.  An expert on Common Core, Buzzeo will talk to us about how Common Core can be supported in the library.  We will also be honoring NJASL award recipients at the dinner, so come help us celebrate their achievements.  Dessert will follow in the Exhibit Hall.


Sure to be a highlight of the conference!  Come join us for this inaugural event by the sea! Full media coverage and we are pulling out all the stops to inspire and energize you in your journey as a SLMS. 

The video below will inspire you to attend:

 Take Charge of Your Destiny


General Session and Membership Meeting

Keynote speaker Shannon Miller, author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog, encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating and connecting to others.  In this lively session, Miller will bring us up to date on the latest on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others.

Mad Hatter Tea

In this special workshop session Judith Krall is going to show you, in Devonshire cream and hot scone style, what a true tea party used to be about, as well as share some of Lewis Carroll’s social comments on the Victorian Age. Proper teaetiquette will be discussed. With only 50 seats, this is a hot ticket!  Be quick or it’s down the rabbit hole! 


Dr. Joyce Valenza will facilitate this special NJASL event. Be there as NJ Librarians and educators share, learn, exchange ideas, solve problems, and build community and capacity. In this session we’ll build a flexible agenda allowing all voices to lead conversations around issues and innovative ideas for effective practice. Join us to share your best ideas and discover what others are doing too!  Event is limited to 200 attendees!

Tech Smack Down

Take this final hour of the conference to learn about your peers favorite tech tips, tools and apps.  You are sure to go home with lots of new things to try.  Of course,   there can be only one winner. During the conference we will be voting on who has the best tech idea of all. Don’t miss out when the winner is crowned and gets the iPad mini! (You have to be present to win!) Snacks are included.  It’s sure to bring out the cookie monster in all of us!  




NJASL Fall Conference registration includes over 12 hours of professional development, through keynote addresses and concurrent workshop sessions, as well as access to nearly 40 exhibitors and 40 authors who will offer you new tools and stories for your library.   Also included in the price of your registration are refreshments during the Exhibit Hall Opening and the County President’s Mixer on Sunday, and free coffee and tea all day as well as lunch and afternoon snacks on Monday.  

NJLA and NJAET members can register at the NJASL member rates!

NJASL invites administrators and supervisors to attend the conference, in the company of at least one SLMS from their district, for FREE! (does not include ticketed events)  When registering simply indicate that you are an administrator or supervisor, and list the name of the SLMS you will be attending with.

This conference has it all at a true bargain.  Join us!

     Two easy ways to register now

       Register On-line

On-Site registration will also be available (but please note special ticketed events may not still be open)


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 and fellow educators to take charge of their fate and give them ideas and tools that will empower them to be awesome librarians!

Topics of Interest:
Technology tools for education
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 2014NJASLconfchair@gmail.com


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!

NJASL has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel at the special rate of $149 single or double occupancy. (Please note that these rates do not include the 7% NJ sales tax or the 8% occupancy tax.)  The hotel will honor the group rate two days prior and one day after Sunday October 26.

Click HERE to make your hotel reservations online

Or call the hotel at 732-571-4000 or toll free at 800-411-6493

Please note:  To receive the special NJASL room rate, you must indicate the NJASL attendee code - NJASL2014


  Contact Janet Clark, 2014 Fall Conference Chair, at 


New Jersey Association of School Librarians

P.O. Box 460

Collingswood, NJ  08108

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