Stewart, Paulette L
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Benefits, challenges and proposed future directions for the International Association of School Librarianship Annual Conference
International Journal of Education and Research
Date of Publication
This research was conducted among participants who attended IASL conferences during the period 1998-2010 to ascertain the benefits participants derive from attending these conferences as well as the challenges that prevent them from attending regularly. It also sought to establish whether or not virtual conferences would be accepted as an alternative to face-to-face conferences. A quantitative approach was used to conduct the research. Four hundred and fifty-five (455) members were randomly selected as the sample. Eighty-eight (88) responded. The findings revealed that participants attended mainly for professional development and only a very small number had attended regularly over the 13 years. The main reason identified for irregular attendance was the geographic location of the conferences. A slight majority mentioned that they would recommend virtual conferences although there were disadvantages in having a virtual, rather than face-to-face, conference.....