Get Ready for Conference 2017!

Check out the complete schedule here.






Thursday, September 28, 10:30 - 11:45:

Collaboration Rocks!: A Panel Session with Public & Academic Librarians

Are you curious about how your instruction aligns with what students will see in college? Are you interested in partnering with the public or academic libraries in your community, but not sure how to start? If you are passionate about helping your students become lifelong library users and informed citizens, join us in this FREE panel session to learn all you ever wanted to know about public and academic librarianship and how we can leverage interlibrary partnerships to empower our students! Panelists will include academic and public librarians from across the state of Tennessee who will share their thoughts and expertise on a variety of topics including successful collaborative projects, summer reading partnerships, effective library instruction, and more. Attendees will also be able to ask their own questions and meet with panelists after the presentation!

Thursday, September 28, 1:00 - 3:00:

Andy Plemmons, Google Certified Innovator and 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker

We are living in an extraordinary time in education. We have access to more tools than ever before to empower our students to explore their passions, create new content, crowdsource ideas with global classrooms, and tackle real-world problems through a global lens. How do we collaborate within and beyond our walls to offer students authentic experiences to contribute to our world? What can we do as educators to empower our students to take ownership of their learning? How can we harness the power of the digital tools we have to amplify each student's voice? Let's explore these wonderings together. Our time together will feature many examples of individual, group, grade level, and school projects that weave together many areas of the curriculum. In addition to exploring these ideas, we will spend time looking at the power of social media and online communities to show our work and amplify voice. Workshop format will include presentation, Q&A, and work time to explore. Cost $25 Members, $50 Nonmembers.

Thursday, September 28, 3:00 - 4:00:

“AASL Best Of…” 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can ignite your passion and your career! AASL President Elect, Kathryn Roots Lewis, will help you navigate the multiple features and benefits of AASL membership while highlighting exciting and practical resources to help you in your career as a school library professional. Learn more about how your membership in AASL supports the profession and how you can get involved with the work of your national association.  Prospective AASL members, as well as current and new AASL members are invited to attend this great networking opportunity. It is not necessary to pre-register for this event.  We encourage everyone to attend!

Thursday, September 28, 4:00 - 5:30

The Novel Conversation

Join fellow librarians in the extraordinary opportunity for personal conversation and Q&A with a number of published children's and YA authors from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  The social atmosphere fosters enlightening conversations and connections. Authors and illustrators include: Mary Uhles, Susan Eaddy, Stephanie Faris, Debbie Dadey, Jessica Young, Kristin Tubb, Gail Nall, Courtney Stevens, Tracy Barrett, Andrew Maraniss, Linda Ragsdale, and Monika Schoeder. Refreshments will be served. Cost $25 Members, $50 Nonmembers.


 Registration cost

Early Bird
Deadline: May 1 – July 15

Deadline: August 30

Deadline: September 30

















Library Assistant








Thursday – Exhibits Only




Conference registration:

Early bird registration ends July 15.


Members register here

Nonmembers register here. 

Nonmember administrators register here. -- $40

Register here for the Collaboration Rocks! preconference. -- No charge

Register here for the preconference with Andy Plemmons. -- $25 Members, $50 Nonmembers

Register here for The Novel Conversation.  $25 Members, $50 Nonmembers

Bringing a guest to the VSBA banquet? Buy them a ticket here.  -- $40

 Don't miss out on this year's conference t-shirt!

T-shirts and tote bags must be pre-ordered and are $26.00 each. This isn't your average t-shirt.  Click here for all the details.

Click here to order.


Any questions? Contact Conference Chair Blake Hopper


2017 Conference Committee



Misti Jenkins


Vicki Winstead


Lynn Lilley


Past President

Mindy Nichols

Book Store

Lindsey Anderson


Vicki Winstead

Sponsorships and Door Prizes

Ginger Kirchmyer

Amy Balducci

Exhibit Hall

Jamie Bevins

Joyce Claassen


Scot Smith


Business Meeting Setup


Novel Conversation


Liz Hicks


Lea Glass


TASL Conference Contest

Kristol Kapp

Misti Jenkins

VSBA Banquet Setup



TASL Awards

Alyssa Litrell


Christa Cordrey


Joyce Claassen

Conference Bags

Brian Seadorf

Author Facilitators

Liz Hicks

Session Facilitators