2020 MASL Conference

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

October 16, 2020  | Virtual Event
Registration: Members $25 | Non-Members $40

Register now for the #MASLMD2020 conference! The annual Maryland Association of School Librarians conference is devoted solely to the needs of school librarians. This year our conference will be a virtual event. The primary focus of the conference is to provide continuing education activities and professional development events for school librarians. We are looking forward to the opportunity to network virtually with school librarians from across the state and beyond!

This year’s theme is Leading the Change for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at MASL. Presentations will showcase best practices that embody leadership and/or Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) from school librarians. All attendees and presenters are expected to adhere to the ALA Statement of Appropriate Conduct

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Conference Schedule


Opening Announcement


Opening Keynote - Lilead Leadership Panel


Session 1


Session 2


Author Keynotes - Ellen Oh & Dhonielle Clayton


Lunch Break and Vendor Time


Session 3 


Session 4




Closing Announcement



The Lilead Leadership Panel consists of four Lilead Follows. MaryJo Richmond and Jennifer Sturge are 2017-18 Fellows, and Shari Blohm and Dedra Van Gelder are 2015-16 Fellows. 

The Lilead Fellows Program is an advanced and intensive professional development program designed to empower, enable, and equip school district library supervisors to think differently and creatively about their library programs and to be effective and inspirational leaders for change in their districts.” (2017). The Lilead Leadership Panel Discussion will be led by Laura Hicks, MSDE Education Specialist for School Library Media. The panel will discuss questions related to growth and leadership in school librarians at the school, district, state, and national levels. Key components of the panel will include: the future of school libraries, new approaches to solving challenging problems, and strengthening and supporting the school library profession. 

Ellen Oh and Dhonielle Clayton are the founders of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature.

Ellen Oh is the author of the Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated middle grade novel Spirit Hunters and its sequel, The Island of Monsters, the upcoming middle grade fantasy Dragon Egg Princess, as well as the highly-acclaimed, young-adult Prophecy trilogy (Prophecy, Warrior, and King). She is the editor of the middle grade anthology Flying Lessons and Other Stories and the YA anthology Thousand Beginnings and Endings.These days, she lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three teenaged children…who she loves to scare. It’s her favorite thing to do!

Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series and The Belles series. She grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers. She’s got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside of the USA, but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza.