2019 Spring Conference


2019 Missouri Association of School Librarians Annual Spring Conference will be held at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO on March 24-26, 2019.



School librarians are always accepting and conquering new challenges, and Spring Conference provides a great opportunity to connect with friends, share ideas, acknowledge accomplishments, recognize outstanding authors and books, and most importantly, celebrate all that we do!  Make plans now to join your colleagues for 3 days of professional development, networking and celebration.


Fees – Early Bird Deadline is January, 31, 2019.

Early Bird Full Conference – Member ($317)/Non-Member ($417) – Includes ALL meals/general sessions, exhibit hall and workshops.

Early Bird Itemized Registration – Member ($220)/Non-Member ($320) – includes all workshops and exhibit hall, but NO meals/general sessions.

Early Bird Student Registration (Members Only) – Full Conference ($230)/Itemize ($130)

Retiree (Itemized) Registration – Member ($92) – includes all workshops and exhibit hall, but NO meals/general sessions.

*Retirees that volunteer for at least two hours receive free registration (no meals).  More information, including volunteer registration, will be shared soon.


Full Conference Registration includes ALL meals.  Your nametag will serve as your proof of purchase, and you do not need to purchase meal tickets separately.

For Itemized Registrations or Guest, meals can be purchased in conjunction with your registration or separately through the online store.



The Attendance Justification Letter found at this link outlines the benefits of Spring Conference attendance and can be used by potential attendees when requesting funding and/or leave time.



Online registration is open and can be completed using the link or the 2019 MASL Spring Conference Registration Form can be downloaded and submitted via mail or fax.

**Make sure you are logged-in with your username and password to receive member pricing during online registration.


AASL President in Attendance

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We are excited to announce that Kathryn Roots Lewis, President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will be attending the 2019 Spring Conference!

Kathryn Roots Lewis is the Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Norman Public Schools (OK).  Kathryn serves as the President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  She was a member of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board. Kathryn is the director of an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for Libraries entitled Learning in Libraries: Guided Inquiry Making and Learning in School Libraries. Kathryn was recognized with the 2018 Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) Distinguished Service Award, 2013 University of Oklahoma SLIS Outstanding Alumni Award, the ISTE Making IT Happen Award, Oklahoma’s 2012 Outstanding Technology Leader, and the 2010 OLA Library Legend designation.  Kathryn is a frequent presenter and has authored numerous articles.

Kathryn will be presenting three breakout sessions during the conference, covering the National School Library Standards,  benefits of  AASL membership and involvement, and advocacy and leadership ideas and resources.  Additional information about each presentation can be found in the workshop descriptions.



They following award-winning authors and illustrator will be in attendance at this year’s conference.

  • Gary Schmidt –  Orbiting Jupiter, 2017-2018 Truman Runner Up
  • Leslea NewmanKetzel, the Cat Who Composed (author), 2017-2018 Show Me Winner
  • Amy June BatesKetzel, the Cat Who Composed (illustrator), 2017-2018 Show Me Winner
  • Mary Downing HahnTook, 2017-2018 Mark Twain Runner Up
  • Carolyn Lee AdamsRuthless, 2017-2018 Gateway 5th Place title



Exhibiting at our Spring Conference is a great opportunity for you to meet those who buy or influence purchases throughout the year.  Our attendees are looking for fresh concepts and products that will help educate their students.

View the 2019-MASL-Spring-Conference-Exhibitor-Prospectus for details on booths, sponsorships, exhibit hall layout and set-up times, and more.

Online Registration is open or you may submit the registration form included in the prospectus via mail, fax or email.


Featured Presenters

Once again, the Spring Conference workshop lineup will include three outstanding Featured Presenters.  Each of these individuals will be presenting three separate breakout sessions over the course of the conference.

Samantha Hardesty Knoll – Wentzville School District

Erin Lawson – Orchard Farm R-V School District

Amanda Moody – Wentzville School District

Visit the 2019 Featured Presenters page to find out more about the presenters and their workshops.



The beautiful Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach will again be our host for the Spring Conference.  The MASL room rates are $99-114/night.  Reservations may be made online or by calling the Tan-Tar-A Resort at 573-348-3131.  When making reservations, ask for the MASL Conference rate or use the code LBRN to receive the discounted rate.


Keynote Speakers


Liv Van Ledtje – Sunday Afternoon General Session

Olivia (aka LivBit) is a 10-year old who is a passionate advocate for books and using social media to promote student voice and audience. Olivia’s work on LivBits has been featured all over the world, including conferences in Singapore and England. Visit TheLivBits website to find out more about Liv and the exciting projects she is a part of.



John Antonetti – Monday Administrator & Awards Lunch

John Antonetti is a learner, teacher and author.  He has taught A.P Chemistry and Kindergarten and most grades in between in his home state of Arkansas. Antonetti is the author of the book, Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking which utilizes the engagement cube and practical tools to increase student thinking in all subject areas.  He has had the great fortune to visit classrooms throughout North America in an effort to answer the question “What truly engages learners?”  Visit the Colleagues on Call website to learn more about John and his work.



A draft of the 2019 MASL Spring Conference Schedule of Events can be viewed here.  The schedule may be subject to change and will be updated accordingly.



All MASL members are welcome to volunteer their time during Spring Conference.  It’s because of your willingness to share your time that we are able to provide a top-notch conference each year!  Please complete the volunteer registration to assist the committee with scheduling.

Retired members who volunteer two hours can register for free!   After you complete the volunteer registration, you will receive an email from the MASL Office with a promotional code to use for your conference registration.   The promo code will zero out the registration fees.  Please note meals are not included in the free registration and that meal tickets must be purchased separately. 



As always, we have an amazing line up of over 80 workshops for 2019.  View the full workshop descriptions and SC 2019 Workshop Grid to begin planning your conference experience.

Want a sneak peek of this year’s workshops?  Check out these presenter created commercials for chance to see what they have in store!

Handouts and presentations that have been shared are also available to view/download.

Evaluations – as always, we request that you complete an evaluation for each of the workshops you attend during the conference.  Your feedback is so important in planning future events.  Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Yapp App

MASL will once again be utilizing the Yapp App for the conference.  Make sure to download this year’s version to have all of the program information at your fingertips.