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Looking for ideas to help you make your case to your administrator about why you should attend the TASL Conference?  



Join us in Murfreesboro for #TASLCON19!

September 29-October 1, 2019

  • Learn from top experts in the field of school librarianship,
  • Hear from best-selling, award-winning authors,
  • Save money and time with vendor discounts and previews
  • Network and exchange ideas with hundreds of fellow librarians from across the state,
  • Expand your professional learning network
  • Recharge your professional "batteries" and return with even more enthusiasm for your students and your school library program.


TASLCON2019 Making Your Case to Attend

  • Familiarize yourself with the points in the ALA article “Why you'll be more valuable to your library after the conference.”
  • Tally your potential costs- Show how much you can save if you register and plan your travel early. Use the sample budget worksheet included in the “Make Your Case conference materials.” 
  • Study the schedule-Identify sessions that will most benefit you in your professional growth, aligns with the goals of your school and district.
  • Share the program with your administration- List the sessions you think will be most beneficial.
  • Create a plan for your absence- Share how you have coverage for classes and a plan in place for while you are away, and let your administration know that you are accessible via email or phone.
  • Create a plan for turn-around training with your staff and/or colleagues- (e.g., notes from speaker presentations and discussion groups, knowledgeable vendors you spoke with, best practices, contacts you made through networking, etc.)
  • Share how you plan to implement ideas you get from the conference into practice, which will pay back many times over the investment of time and money spent to attend.
  • Put your request in writing. Feel free to use the sampleletter and sample budget worksheet in the “Make Your Case conference materials.” 

Making Your Case to Attend adapted from ALA,


Pre-Conference Sessions


The New AASL Standards in Action

Sunday, September 29, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a 2-hour pre-conference workshop on implementing the new AASL National School Library Standards. This session will be presented by members of the TASL Standards Implementation Task Force and school librarians who have experience using the new standards in their own school libraries.

Cost: FREE



Crown: The Making of an Award Winning Picture Book Derrick Barnes

Sunday, September 29, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Author Derrick Barnes shares the journey of creating his book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, winner of the Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and the Ezra Jack Keats Writer Award.

Member Price: $25

Non-Member Price: $50



Award Winning Authors

TASL’s annual conference has a prestigious line up of award-winning authors that appeal to all ages. Interacting with authors allows school librarians to bring back ideas for including books in the curriculum and/or encouraging books for independent reading based on students’ interests. This year’s authors include: Robert Beatty, Derrick Barnes, Sharon Cameron, Tiffany Whitehead, Sheba Karim, Beth Ferry, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Julian Winters.


Breakout Sessions and Keynote Speakers

TASL will have more than sixty breakout sessions and several keynote presentations on timely topics from prominent experts in our field. These sessions will provide realistic, practical strategies that librarians will be able to bring back and implement in their schools immediately.


Vendor Booths

The exhibit hall will be filled with vendors showcasing the latest resources and technology available to schools and librarians.  Attendees can take advantage of conference discounts and save valuable time previewing materials.


We've prepared some materials to help you –– Make Your Case!


Administrator Justification Letter

Conference Budget Worksheet