Time is running out to apply for the First-Time Attendee Scholarship to AASL, so don’t delay! As a past recipient of this award (2011 in Minneapolis), I can assure you that you are in for a real treat. Was it overwhelming? Yes, but totally worthwhile! Attending the NCSLMA conference each year is always so refreshing to me. I come back to my school motivated and inspired. Having the opportunity to attend both our state conference and the national conference in the same month a couple of years ago--I thought I would explode! What a great way to network with school librarians from all over the country, share ideas, learn about new and innovative aspects of our field, reflect upon your practice...there is nothing else like it. I am no professional author stalker (I need to take lessons from Sarah Justice
) but I certainly took advantage of the numerous opportunities to meet and hear from so many of my favorite authors. The exhibit hall goes on and on, and of course there are lots of freebees. After exploring this year’s conference website, I am jealous of the lucky winner of this award. So “Rise to the Challenge” and apply today!
To be considered for this opportunity, please complete this form & submit it no later than August 15, 2013
. A committee will review all applications, make a selection, and notify the recipient no later than August 19, 2013. Once notified, the recipient is expected to register for AASL before the deadline for early bird registration ends on August 22nd. Applicants who were already planning to attend AASL and have already preregistered are also eligible for this scholarship. ~Jenny Umbarger, Media Coordinator at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham