Association of Independent School Librarians

We are thrilled to announce the following locations for upcoming AISL conferences:

  • AISL 2018: Atlanta (April 18-20, 2018)
  • AISL 2019: Boston

Why choose the AISL conference?

Unlike large-scale library conferences that offer multiple streams of sessions and attract large numbers of delegates, the advantage of the AISL conference is that it is small (usually 100 to 150 delegates) and it is deliberately designed to focus more on touring local independent schools and their libraries, networking with colleagues to share best practices, and participating in professional development sessions targeted to independent school librarians.  The AISL conference is unique: it is the only North American conference geared specifically to the needs and interests of independent school librarians.

In an informal survey, delegates from past conferences cite the following experiences in their testimonials for attending an AISL conference:

  • The value of experiencing a variety of junior or senior school libraries with a focus on literacy and reading at the heart of their library program
  • Observing different pedagogical perspectives on the value and role of the library from Heads of various schools
  • The atmosphere of collegial sharing and support that continues via the listserv and now, with the addition of a wiki to share documents, after the conference has ended
  • Wonderment at how urban schools use and maximize space with ingenious innovations in architecture
  • An emphasis on the arts, books and culture that is an inspiring change from business and technology
  • Wonderful hospitality; informative workshops; thought-provoking keynote speakers and excellent programs.

 

In short, the conference serves to confirm that our own library initiatives and directions are on target, and allows us to share best practices among institutions with similar missions and visions.  There is also an element of celebration in our shared profession and accomplishments.

A quote from a long-time AISL member who retired in 2010 says it best:

“This organization and all of you, past and present, has meant so much to me.  AISL has made me a better professional and has enhanced my success in so many ways.  There is no more collegial group and no more fun-loving group!  To all who are new to AISL – stay with this group and become an active participant.  You will get far more than you give.”

Joan Turk
Director, Hope Memorial Library
Oak Knoll School,
Summit, NJ

Association of Independent School Librarians

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