May is likely the last month in which you’ll be thinking about presenting at a conference. Inventory! Summer Reading! Eking out last bit of library energy! But it is a great time to begin your research for a professional opportunity to share your expertise.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What size conference am I most comfortable right now in my career?
- Geographically, what makes best sense?
- Is this a good year for me to consider presenting? Why or why not?
- Do I need a partner for some or all of this endeavor?
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ORGANIZATION LEVEL
Independent school organizations around the country sponsor conferences where our expertise would be greatly valued. A few examples shared from AISL members:
Maryland and DC Independent Schools AIMS
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, HAIS
Independent Schools of the Central States, ISACS
A great place to start for a wider audience is at your STATE SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. State conferences are to home and also offer several types of presentation opportunities. Two examples AISL members shared with me are:
TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 2020 CONFERENCE
NEW YORK LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE INFO
Perhaps you’ve developed some cool reading programming, or revamped your school’s One Book, One School program, or collaborated on a science research unit? Here are two examples of places to share collaborative library experiences:
NCTE National Council of Teachers of English
NSTA National Science Teachers Association
Perhaps a webinar is more your style. You can create a proposal to offer an online learning session or recorded webinar:
EdWeb website EdWeb submission form
School Library Connection Webinars
Is technology your specialty? Perhaps you’ve developed programming, or taken your library to the next level. Share your expertise at a similar organization to AISL called ATLIS:
ATLIS, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools
ISTE, International Society of Technology in Education
And here are a handful of other great venues for presenting that AISL members shared with me:
Schools of the Future Conference
AISL has many resources to support your endeavors from helping narrow down a conference possibility to working with you to edit your proposal.
We know it, let’s share it!
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