Thursday, November 17th - Saturday, November 19th

Ocean Place Resort, Long Branch, NJ

Get ready to:

Create Imagine Discover @ the NJASL 2016 Fall Conference

Lisa Bakanas, 2016 Conference Chair

The NJASL Fall Conference is THE conference in New Jersey offering professional development and peer-to-peer networking for School Library Media Specialists and their fellow educators.  As this year's theme, Create - Imagine - Discover, suggests, the conference will inspire and motivate attendees to take charge of their fate and give them ideas and tools that will empower them to be excellent educators.  Join us for an invigorating two days of learning, sharing, and networking!

 Preliminary Conference Schedule
Thursday, November 17
7:00am - Registration
9:00 - 10:00am - Workshops
10:30 - 11:30am - Workshops
12:00 - 1:15pm - Lunch (Ticketed Event) Panel Discussion Featuring NJASL Author of the Year Trinka Hakes Noble
1:30 - 2:30pm - Workshops
3:00 - 4:15pm - Opening Session Featuring Leslie Maniotes' keynote presentation on "Intentional Inquiry"
4:30 - 6:00pm - Exhibit Hall and Authors Alley Opening Reception
Evening - Retirees Reception/ County Reception

Friday, November 18
7:00am - Registration
7:30am  - Exhibit Hall Opens
8:30 - 10:00am - General Membership Meeting/Awards/Keynote Presentation by Kwame Alexander
10:30 - 11:30am - Workshops
11:30 - 1:00pm - Boxed Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:00pm - Workshops
2:30 - 3:30pm - Workshops
4:00 - 5:00pm - Workshops
8:00 - 10:00pm - Evening Reception - fun being planned!

Saturday, November 19
7:30am - Registration
9:00 - 11:30am - Enthusiastic Reader Celebration - more details to follow
9:00 - 11:30am - Maker Morning! (2.5hrs PD), NJASL's first mini makerspace event
11:45am - 1:15pm - Lunch(Ticketed Event) (1hr PD) A Panel Discussion on "Fostering Creativity"

 Preliminary Workshop Schedule Now Available HERE
(Please note dates and times are still subject to change)

Featured Events

Thursday Keynote - Dr. Leslie Maniotes
, "Intentional Inquiry"

You probably know her best from collaboration with New Jersey's own Dr. Carol Kuhlthau on Guided Inquiry. She is co-creator of Guided Inquiry and has published many articles and books. Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School and the Guided Inquiry Design in Action series. Leslie is currently enjoying her role as an international consultant where she designs and facilitates professional development to support leaders and school based teams to develop systems that sustain inquiry learning. She continually promotes library teacher collaborations for learning and stays current with a PLN on Twitter @lesliemaniotes.
Click here for her full bio

Thursday Luncheon (Ticketed event) - Panel Discussion with NJASL Author of the Year Trinka Hakes Noble
Trinka will join Wil Mara, Wendy Mass, and Jim Murphy to talk about their Jersey Trackers project created with support from the NJ Center for the Book. It should be a lively discussion and a delicious lunch.

Friday Keynote - Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include SURF'S UP, and picture book; BOOKED, a middle grade novel, and He Said She Said, a YA novel. Visit him at
Click here for him full bio

Friday Evening of Fun
Steel Drummer Joe DiVita will entertain us with some great relaxing music. This is an opportunity to catch up and network with colleagues. We will end the evening with a trivia contest with Joyce Valenza - Join us for a pub-style Library Trivia trivia event, testing how much you know about books, school libraries, library history, NJASL and more. There will be media questions and sudden challenges. Gather a team; come up with a cool name; get ready to compete!
Saturday Lunch (ticketed Event): Panel Discussion on "Fostering Creativity"
Join us for a discussion of how we make incorporate making and creativity into our already crazy schedules.  In addition to our panel discussion, we will also honor the student winners of NJASL’s Enthusiastic Reader Program.

More information to follow on other exciting plans we are making for the conference!

 Registration Now Open

The NJASL Fall Conference registration includes over 12 hours of professional development, through keynote addresses and concurrent workshop sessions, as well as access to nearly 40 exhibitors and 40 authors who will offer you new tools and stories for your library.   Also included in the price of your registration are refreshments during the Exhibit Hall Opening and the County President's Mixer on Thursday, and free coffee and tea all day on Thursday and Friday, as well as lunch on Friday. All other events are ticketed. 

NJLA and NJAET members are invited to register and attend at the NJASL member rate.

NJASL invites administrators and collaborating teachers to attend the conference for one day, in the company of at least one SLMS from their district, for FREE! (does not include ticketed events) When registering simply indicate that you are an administrator or teacher, and list the name of the SLMS you will be attending with. NJASL is also inviting administrators to attend the ESSA workshop at no cost, when attending with a SLMS from their district.

This conference has it all, at a true bargain for you -- Join Us!

Two Easy Ways to Register Today:

Register On-Line via Credit Card

Print & Mail Registration Form and Payment 
(for payment by personal check or PO only)

Purchase Order Frequently Asked Questions

Overnight Travel Reimbursement Waiver

 Ocean Place Resort and Spa
The conference is returning to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, NJ. Ocean Place is newly renovated and eager to welcome NJASL back. Click HERE to find out more about the hotel's incredible transformation!

NJASL has reserved a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $161 single or double occupancy.  (Please note that these rates do not include the 7% NJ sales tax or the 8% occupancy tax.) 

Two easy ways to make your reservations:

Book online at:

Phone line for reservations: 732-571-4000. Ask to be transferred to the reservations department. Be sure to mention that they are a part of the NJ Association of School Librarians conference in order for them to receive the group rate of $161

 Call for Proposals

The NJASL 2016 Conference Committee invites proposals for workshop session presentations at this year's fall conference. As the theme, 
Create - Imagine - Discover, suggests, we are looking for dynamic presentations that will help inspire and motivate School Library Media Specialists and fellow educators and give them ideas and tools that will empower them to be awesome librarians!

New This Year:  We are excited to announce that our Saturday morning programming will be a mini Maker-Fair we are calling Maker Morning. We are hoping to fill the ballroom with mini maker stations (think of your library centers) showcasing how NJ librarians are inspiring their students to create. Please complete a Presentation Form if you would like to be part of our Maker morning.

Help us make this year's conference educational and empowering by sharing your successes and/or expertise with your peers. Download and complete the Program Proposal Form below and submit it at your earliest convenience. Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals is June 30, 2016.

Conference Proposal Form

For questions about presenting, please contact Lisa Bakanas, 2016 Conference Chair,

We gratefully acknowledge our 
2015 Fall Conference Sponsors!

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