Thursday, November 17th - Saturday, November 19th

Ocean Place Resort, Long Branch, NJ

Get ready to:

Create Imagine Discover @ the NJASL 2016 Fall Conference

Lisa Bakanas, 2016 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, Create - Imagine - Discover, 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!

 Tentative Conference Schedule
Thursday, November 17
7:00am Registration
9:00 - 10:00am Workshops
10:30 - 11:30am Workshops
12:00 - 1:15pm Lunch (Ticketed Event)
1:30 - 2:30pm Workshops
3:00 - 4:15pm General Membership Meeting/Awards/Keynote Presentation
4:30 - 6:00pm Exhibit Hall and Authors Alley Opening Reception
Evening Retirees Reception/ County Reception

Friday, November 18
7:00am Registration
7:30am Exhibit Hall Opens
8:30 - 10:00am General Session
10:30 - 11:30am Workshops
12:00 - 1:00pm Boxed Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:00pm Workshops
2:30 - 3:30pm Workshops
4:00 - 5:00pm Workshops
8:00 - 10:00pm Evening Reception - fun being planned!

Saturday, November 19
7:30am Registration
9:00 - 11:30am Possible Enthusiastic Reader Celebration - more details to follow
9:00 - 11:30am Maker Morning! (2.5hrs PD), NJASL's first mini maker fair!
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch (1hr PD)

Featured Keynote Speakers

Thursday Keynote - Dr. Leslie Maniotes
, "Intentional Inquiry"

You probably know her best from collaboration with New Jersey's own Dr. Carol Kuhlthau on Guided Inquiry. She is co-creator of Guided Inquiry and has published many articles and books. Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School and the Guided Inquiry Design in Action series. Leslie is currently enjoying her role as an international consultant where she designs and facilitates professional development to support leaders and school based teams to develop systems that sustain inquiry learning. She continually promotes library teacher collaborations for learning and stays current with a PLN on Twitter @lesliemaniotes.
Click here for her full bio

Friday Keynote - Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for children, the Loretta Scott King Author Award Honor, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include SURF'S UP, and picture book; BOOKED, a middle grade novel, and He Said She Said, a YA novel. Visit him at
Click here for him full bio

More information to follow on other exciting plans we are making for the conference!

 Call for Proposals

The NJASL 2016 Conference Committee invites proposals for workshop session presentations at this year's fall conference. As the theme, 
Create - Imagine - Discover, suggests, we are looking for dynamic presentations that will help inspire and motivate School Library Media Specialists and fellow educators and give them ideas and tools that will empower them to be awesome librarians!

New This Year:  We are excited to announce that our Saturday morning programming will be a mini Maker-Fair we are calling Maker Morning. We are hoping to fill the ballroom with mini maker stations (think of your library centers) showcasing how NJ librarians are inspiring their students to create. Please complete a Presentation Form if you would like to be part of our Maker morning.

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, 2016.

Conference Proposal Form

For questions about presenting, please contact Lisa Bakanas, 2016 Conference Chair,

We gratefully acknowledge our 
2015 Fall Conference Sponsors!

New Jersey Association of School Librarians

c/o C.H. Lopez Educational Consulting

283 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

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