Justification Letter

Use this as a guide for a Justification Letter for Your Supervisor in requesting professional leave:




Dear <Supervisor’s name>,

I would like to attend the South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ Conference in Columbia, SC, on March 7-9, 2019. The South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) is the only state organization advocating for the needs of school librarians and this conference is the only one in our state with professional development created primarily for school librarians. 

The conference is designed to give attendees a better understanding of how the school library program and the school librarian impact student learning and how to document that impact.

Attending will also allow me to network with a variety of school librarians, administrators, educators, and authors. A detailed cost breakdown is included below.


Registration Fee*                                            __________

Preconference Sessions                                __________

Hotel                                                                __________

Meals                                                             __________

Mileage                                                           __________ (_____miles x ____ per mile)


Total:                                                              __________


Registration includes:

  • Keynote speaker: Shannon Miller, is an international speaker, consultant, author, and Future Ready Librarians Spokesperson working with students, librarians, educators and others around the world every day.
  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Latoya Dixon, Director of the Office of School Transformation at the South Carolina Department of Education and author of Burned Out, Beaten Up, Fighting Back: A Call To Action For America’s Public Educators
  • Invited speaker: Sue Kowalski, 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, “I Love My Librarian” award winner, and 2011 National School Library Program of the Year winner
  • Invited speaker: Derrick Barnes, winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor award, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor award, Newberry Honor award, and the Caldecott Honor award. 
  • Future Ready Libraries collaborative breakfast event focused on leveraging the power of school libraries to bolster student achievement
  • Assorted authors across all grade levels, with an emphasis on SC Book Award Authors
  • Concurrent sessions on a variety of topics presented by SC school librarians and national education experts
  • Thursday evening Networking Reception with attendees and special guests

The opportunity for me to grow professionally, develop better contacts and gain knowledge makes my attendance at the SCASL Conference essential to my position. Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity for myself and our <school, school district, university, etc.>!


For more information on the conference and the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, visit http://scasl.net.




<your name here>


*Early bird registration fee expires on Jan. 31, 2019