Leading the Change for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at MASL

October 16, 2020  | Virtual Event

Due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MASL Executive Board has made the decision to go VIRTUAL for our 2020 annual conference. This decision was made based on safety concerns for all of our stakeholders. The MASL Conference Committee is working to prepare a virtual platform that will offer a dynamic conference experience. We appreciate your understanding and support during these uncertain times and we look forward to receiving your proposal submissions!

The MASL Conference is the annual Maryland Association of School Librarians conference devoted solely to the needs of school librarians. The conference is held every year. The primary focus of the conference is to provide continuing education activities and professional development events for school librarians. The MASL conference is also an excellent educational and business forum for the library community. 

Submission Information

The submission period for the 2020 conference is July 1st through August 15th, 2020.  Acceptance notifications will go out late August.

Proposals should address how the workshop session will support the AASL National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. Proposals should relate to one of the content strands - Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage. These content strands can be found in the Shared Foundations within the Standards Frameworks. Proposal language should reflect the language found within the National School Library Standards. 

Proposals should relate to our theme Leading the Change for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in that the workshop sessions should be original, creative, and showcase best practices that embody leadership and/or Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) from library media specialists. Leadership proposals can highlight leadership within the library programming, school and district leadership, and leadership within MASL or other library organizations. EDI proposals can highlight developing, promoting, and fostering a library and/or school culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion. Proposals should contain an outline of the presentation which demonstrates how learning objectives will be achieved, and also includes strategies for effective implementation of new ideas and technology. Proposals should incorporate activities for multiple learning styles and contain elements of reflection and virtual discussion. 

MASL is also looking for proposals for a strand of workshops for participants who are new to the library media profession. Proposals should contain insightful information from seasoned professionals and easy to implement program ideas such as organization of library collection and materials, communication with stakeholders, lesson planning, or fundraising, just to name a few.  

All proposals should facilitate a deeper understanding of the AASL National School Library Standards for Learners.

Virtual Format:

  • Sessions should be between 30-45 minutes
  • Presenters will have the option of live or pre-recorded sessions
  • Presenters will also have the option of including a live Q&A chat on their session page

We are soliciting proposals that should be no more than 300 words.

How to Submit a Proposal

Please use this link to access the submission form.  All proposals are due no later than August 15th, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].