SAYL Mail for November 14th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

New Standards: What Do They Mean for You? (AASL KQ)

(Opens PDF)

“The six core values that serve as the foundation for the new standards allow for easy integration of library standards to all curriculums. Gone is the jargon that can sidetrack even the best intentions and in its place are words that every educator uses in their lesson planning and delivery.”

Much More Than Shiny and New: National School Library Standards, Evolved and Familiar (AASL KQ)

Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship (KQED Mind/Shift)

Alaska School Digital Library

OverDrive is excited to offer interested schools and districts in Alaska the opportunity to join the Alaska School Digital Library – a digital shared collection. Membership in the consortium provides participating schools access to a shared collection of digital titles far greater than any one individual school could purchase on their own, maximizing the benefits of these powerful reading and learning tools for students and educators.

Alaska Library Network Seeking Candidates to Represent School Libraries on the Alaska Library Network’s Board of Directors (ALN)

The Board of Directors consists of seven members, including one representative for the Alaska State Library and six members elected to represent academic, public, school, small/rural libraries, and two at-large members. Appointments are made for a two-year term and meet quarterly via tele- or videoconference. Travel is not required. For questions or to apply, contact info@aklib.net Please respond by November 30th.

Puberty, Consent, and Sexuality: A Few New Titles (SLJ)

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants

The Alaska State Library, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act (Federal Source CFDA 45.310) has generously provided funding for grants to attend conferences and other Professional Development opportunities.

Deadlines:

Out-of-state travel: November 15th
In-state travel: December 15th
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Closing January 1st, 2018. AASL Awards season is open. Ten awards open to school libraries and related programs/faculty ranging from $1,250 to $10,000

  • the National School Library Program of the Year Award, $10,000 and a crystal obelisk, sponsored by Follett, recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum;
  • the Distinguished Service Award, $3,000, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development;
  • the ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant, up to $1,750, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels;
  • the Collaborative School Library Award, $2,500, sponsored by Upstart, which recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs” through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using media center resources;
  • the Distinguished School Administrator Award, $2,000, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given to a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program;
  • the Frances Henne Award, $1,250, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which enables a school librarian with five or fewer years in the field to attend an ALA Annual Conference or AASL National Conference for the first time;
  • the Innovative Reading Grant, $2,500, sponsored by Capstone, which is designed to fund literacy projects for grades K-9 that promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice and policy;
  • the Intellectual Freedom Award, $2,000 to the winner and $1,000 to the school library of the winner’s choice, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and the ALA;
  • the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award, $2,000, a $5,000 book donation from and up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA Annual Conference; sponsored by Penguin Random House, the award recognizes

Closing January 15th, 2018. AkLA has established a scholarship program to support the education of librarians by providing financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies in Library Science. Guidelines and application forms are available online.

Closing February 1st, 2018. The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. “The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains ($10,000), along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

Closing February 1st, 2018. Inspire Collection Development Grant. Up to $20,000 per year for “an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school.”

Closing February 1, 2018. The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. $3000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators. + $2000 to attend AASL or ALA national conference.

Closing February 21st, 2018. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant. 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators for collection development in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

Closing February 23rd, 2018. Schools in Need Giveaway Program. One free year of BooklistBook Links, and Booklist Online for schools with collection development constraints.

Closing March 31st, 2018. Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant. Up to $500 “to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education”

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Wednesday, November 15th, noon – Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement (edWeb)

Wednesday, November 15th, 1pm – Pitching the Library: The Elevator Speech (edWeb)

Thursday, November 16, 11am – Take the Plunge: STREAM (ISTE/SLJ)

Thursday, November 16th , 3pm – It All Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (AASL)

Tuesday, November 28th, 10am – Must-Have Middle Grade: Librarian Tips and Tricks (Booklist)

Thursday, November 30th, 10am – Overview of the Statistics in Schools Program (FDLP)

Monday, December 4th, 10:45am – Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success (Colorado State Library)

Wednesday, December 6th, 3pm – The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources (AASL)

Save the Date! Alaska School Librarian Leadership Academy, July 23-27th, 2018 in Juneau. Details to follow!

 

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

10/28 – [8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now]

11/2 – 10 Ways Librarians Can be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM – 11:30 PM The Hotel Captain Cook

“10 Ways Librarians Can be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga” will be presented by Gwenyth Jones, the Daring Librarian during ASTE, as a separate event. Cost and registration details to be announced soon. So stay tuned! ​Presentation Description: Times are tough all over for school libraries and more than ever we need to be Future Ready and visible to our students, parents, and communities. The more visible we are the less vulnerable we will be when budget cuts come around. This is one of the most exciting times to be a teacher librarian, but it is also very challenging. A revolution is at hand. We need to be nimble, daring, and digital. We need to work towards shifting the way the world views school libraries and start branding and banging the drum about the great things that go on every day in our schools. At the end of the workshop you might not be ready to wear a meat gown or sky high heels but you’ll have several ways to your pump up your library teaching practice & make it FIERCE and Future Ready!

11/9 – The AASL standards web portal is live! Although there is still more to come, you’ll find some great resources here. Of particular note are the items under Resources > Materials including the infographics and videos.
11/9 – Our Alaskan delegation to National AASL!
11/13 – An app I was talking to our AK group about at #aasl17. Connects your phone to a data projector. Absolutely fabulous!!!

Almanac

November is Native American Heritage MonthPicture Book Month, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day. State Library closed

December 4th – 10th is Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week 

Check It Out Next Time!

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for October 26th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Library Development unit recruiting full-time Librarian III to serve as the School Library Coordinator

Are you passionate about improving library service for students in Alaska?
Have you worked in a school library?
Are you excited about the vital roles that school librarians play in their schools for the benefit of students and teachers alike?

The Library Development unit of the Alaska State Library is recruiting for a full-time Librarian III to serve as the School Library Coordinator in our Library Development unit. This position is located in the beautiful Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum building in Juneau…

To view the job posting, please go to: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/

SelectSEARCH FOR JOB OPEN TO ALL JOB SEEKERS
Search for: LIBRARIAN III (PCN 05-3093)
Deadline to apply: November 6, 2017

Alaska Library Network Seeking Candidates to Represent School Libraries on the Alaska Library Network’s Board of Directors (ALN)

The Board of Directors consists of seven members, including one representative for the Alaska State Library and six members elected to represent academic, public, school, small/rural libraries, and two at-large members. Appointments are made for a two-year term and meet quarterly via tele- or videoconference. Travel is not required. For questions or to apply, contact info@aklib.net Please respond by November 30th.

#MeToo: Teens, Libraries and Sexual Harassment (SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox)

“Over recent weeks, a wide variety of discussion has been happening about sexual violence, harassment, and assault. These are important conversations that have wide reaching implications. Make no mistake, these things are also happening in the lives of our teens… Many librarians are bringing this topic into their libraries by sharing book displays of titles that deal with the topic of sexual violence with a simple sign that says ‘#MeToo’.”

Mississippi School District Pulls “to Kill a Mockingbird” for Making People “Uncomfortable” (CBS News)

Kirkus Changes Review After ‘American Heart’ Draws Outrage As ‘White Savior Narrative’ (NPR)

CSforAll Announces Computer Science Pledges from Over 170 Organizations (Education Week)

Coding Across the Curriculum (Edutopia)

Library Centers: Empowering Students to be Masters of Their Own Learning (The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian)

Makerspaces and libraries: READY, FIRE, AIM (Blue Skunk Blog)

Resources to Help Children Build Empathy (AASL KQ)

18 Good Educational Chromebook Apps to Use in Your Class (Educational Learning and Mobile Technology)

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants

The Alaska State Library, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act (Federal Source CFDA 45.310) has generously provided funding for grants to attend conferences and other Professional Development opportunities.

Those interested, can apply for grants to attend (and travel to) a variety of conferences, classes, and workshops for professional development, including the Alaska Library Association annual conference, American Library Association national conference, and online webinars.

Deadlines:
Out-of-state travel: 80 days prior to conference
ALA Midwinter Due November 21st
In-state travel: 60 days prior to conference
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Preference is given to applicants who are current AkASL members.

Grant recipients will be reimbursed up to the following toward registration, hotel, and travel: $500 for online training, $1,000 for in-state conferences, and $1,500 for out-of-state conferences.

Please note travel and housing will only be provided to applicants who do not live in the community where the conference is being held. For example, if AkLA is held in Anchorage, Anchorage applicants are only eligible for registration reimbursement.

Awardees will be required to report on their grant activities, submit all receipts for reimbursement, and write one brief article for each day of conference attendance for possible use in the Puffin, AkASL’s online blog.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Apply NOW!

Ongoing. Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant. Up to $30,000 per year for “help and support a pre-existing public middle or high school library—led by a certified school librarian—that has incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster.”

Closing January 1st, 2018. AASL Awards season is open. Ten awards open to school libraries and related programs/faculty ranging from $1,250 to $10,000

  • the National School Library Program of the Year Award, $10,000 and a crystal obelisk, sponsored by Follett, recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum;
  • the Distinguished Service Award, $3,000, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development;
  • the ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant, up to $1,750, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels;
  • the Collaborative School Library Award, $2,500, sponsored by Upstart, which recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs” through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using media center resources;
  • the Distinguished School Administrator Award, $2,000, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given to a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program;
  • the Frances Henne Award, $1,250, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which enables a school librarian with five or fewer years in the field to attend an ALA Annual Conference or AASL National Conference for the first time;
  • the Innovative Reading Grant, $2,500, sponsored by Capstone, which is designed to fund literacy projects for grades K-9 that promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice and policy;
  • the Intellectual Freedom Award, $2,000 to the winner and $1,000 to the school library of the winner’s choice, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and the ALA;
  • the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award, $2,000, a $5,000 book donation from and up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA Annual Conference; sponsored by Penguin Random House, the award recognizes

Closing January 15th, 2018. AkLA has established a scholarship program to support the education of librarians by providing financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies in Library Science. Guidelines and application forms are available online.

Closing February 1st, 2018. The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. “The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains ($10,000), along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

Closing February 1st, 2018. Inspire Collection Development Grant. Up to $20,000 per year for “an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school.”

Closing February 1, 2018. The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. $3000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators. + $2000 to attend AASL or ALA national conference.

Closing February 21st, 2018. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant. 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators for collection development in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Librarian III (School Library Coordinator), Alaska State Library, Juneau

Bibliographic Control Clerk III, Anchorage

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Monday, October 30th, noon – Build Collaborative Classrooms for Better Learning (ISTE)

Thursday, November 2nd, noon – Fostering Student Collaboration Through Coding (edWeb)

Monday, November 6th, 10am – Is Listening to Audiobooks Cheating? (edWeb)

Monday, November 6th, 11am – Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 7th, 11am – A STEM Bridge of Black Swans (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 7th, noon – Get Ready for Hour of Code (edWeb)

Monday, November 13th, 3pm – 10 Tips to Differentiate for Readers (edWeb)

Wednesday, November 15th, noon – Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement (edWeb)

Wednesday, November 15th, 1pm – Pitching the Library: The Elevator Speech (edWeb)

Thursday, November 16, 11am – Take the Plunge: STREAM (ISTE/SLJ)

Thursday, November 16, 3pm – It All Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (AASL)

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

10/9 – [Get Your Own ‘Is This Story Share-Worthy?’ Poster]

10/17 – Are you attending the AASL 2017 Conference in Phoenix. If so, please add your name and contact information to this list and I (or AkASL) will try to set up a dinner or meet up so we can get an all-Alaska AASL photo!

10/19 – I’ve always used the CRAP or CRAAP acronym, but I kind of like this one. It’s good to have options.

10/19 – Here’s the site I mentioned in Deborah’s post.

10/21 – Congratulations to Laura Guest on successfully completing her National Board renewal certification!!! You earned it! Awesome job!

10/22 – Excited to see the new standards in just a couple of weeks

10/22 – Levels are not intended to EVER label a child!!!

10/22 – Time to check my classroom sets of Wrinkle in Time. The movie will be released next year.

10/24 – My first published article! Check it out: VOYA October 2017.

 10/25 – Any one try this yet?!?

10/26 – You asked. We listened. This listing for a school library coordinator is a state job, not a contractor. Please think about working for us in Juneau in our beautiful building with collaborative coworkers!

Check It Out Next Time!

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for October 5th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

New Primary Source Sets for Education Now Published 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is excited to announce the publication of twenty new Primary Source Sets. These sets explore new topics in US historyliteratureartsworld history, and science and technology and provide rich new primary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country that are classroom-ready for students and educators alike.

The latest group of Primary Source Sets were developed in collaboration with DPLA’s expanded Education Advisory Committee and are designed for grades 6-12 and higher education. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to additional resources, and a teaching guide.

‘Racist propaganda’: Librarian rejects Melania Trump’s gift of Dr. Seuss  (Washington Post)

“The librarian wrote that rather than sending books to a well-funded elementary school in Cambridge, Trump should instead be devoting resources to schools in ‘underfunded and underprivileged communities'”

Diversifying Libraries—One Student’s Project to Expand a School Library’s Collection (AASL KQ)

The Power of a School Library Hashtag (Edutopia)

Halloween Books, Songs, Interactive Sites, Making, Learning and Fun For You and Your Students! (The Library Voice)

Finalists Announced for 2017 National Book Awards

Makerspaces: On Scanning the Road & Gently Easing the Brakes (SLJ)

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closing January 1st, 2018. AASL Awards season is open. Ten awards open to school libraries and related programs/faculty ranging from $1,250 to $10,000

  • the National School Library Program of the Year Award, $10,000 and a crystal obelisk, sponsored by Follett, recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum;
  • the Distinguished Service Award, $3,000, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development;
  • the ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant, up to $1,750, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels;
  • the Collaborative School Library Award, $2,500, sponsored by Upstart, which recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs” through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using media center resources;
  • the Distinguished School Administrator Award, $2,000, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given to a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program;
  • the Frances Henne Award, $1,250, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which enables a school librarian with five or fewer years in the field to attend an ALA Annual Conference or AASL National Conference for the first time;
  • the Innovative Reading Grant, $2,500, sponsored by Capstone, which is designed to fund literacy projects for grades K-9 that promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice and policy;
  • the Intellectual Freedom Award, $2,000 to the winner and $1,000 to the school library of the winner’s choice, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and the ALA;
  • the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award, $2,000, a $5,000 book donation from and up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA Annual Conference; sponsored by Penguin Random House, the award recognizes

Closing January 15th, 2018. AkLA has established a scholarship program to support the education of librarians by providing financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies in Library Science. Guidelines and application forms are available online.

Closing February 1st, 2018. The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. “The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains ($10,000), along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

Closing February 1, 2018. The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. $3000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators. + $2000 to attend AASL or ALA national conference.

Closing February 21st, 2018. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant. 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators for collection development in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Wednesday, October 11th, 11am – Library 2.017: Makerspaces (Library 2.0)

Wednesday, October 11th, 11am – Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption (edWeb)

Wednesday, October 11th, 11am – Worth a Thousand Words: Books for the Youngest Readers (School Library Journal)

Thursday, October 12th, 11am – Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Children’s Books Editors (School Library Journal)

Tuesday, October 17th – Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing (Booklist)

Wednesday, October 18th – News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction (edWeb)

 

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

9/16 – Planning on attending AASL in Phoenix in November? I have reservations at the Hyatt, right across the street from the convention center, and would love a roommate.

9/17 – Fun teaching ideas that include a research connection as well as other curricular connections. Great way to encourage collaboration with the library

9/23 – [Common Beliefs in the Standards]

9/27 – [AASL Standards – Evolved and Familiar (YouTube)]

9/23 – [Research Xpress (YouTube)]

9/26 – Great letter.

10/4 – [AASL Standards – Evolved and Familiar]

10/4 – need book help, please! trilogy (we think) about a family in a flood, they end up going higher & higher, end up in a boat traveling the world, find a city on an an island – any idea what I am talking about??? thanks!

Check It Out Next Time!

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for September 15th

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) offers thousands of free and paid programs for teachers and students. These include video conferencing, academic classes, classroom collaboration, and professional development opportunities. Through the Alaska State Library, funds are available to bring these opportunities to your school library.

With CILC, students can go on virtual fieldtrips to museums, zoos, science and other educational centers, and have live interaction with professionals. Authors, musicians, artists, scientists, and experts of all types can be scheduled to virtually visit your school. Browse the Visual Content Provider Directory for an idea of what’s available.

School Librarians can now take advantage of these opportunities by scheduling them through the CILC website and coordinating with the statewide OWL network to bring the presentation to your students.

You do not need an OWL “endpoint” like many public libraries use to take advantage of CILC. In order to impact the most users, collaboration with your local public library and other schools or districts is encouraged

For more information on using CILC visit the OWL Library Staff Tutorials on Videoconference Equipment and Service Information or contact Daniel Cornwall at the State Library.

Alaska Digital Citizenship Week

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, in collaboration with Common Sense Education, will celebrate Alaska Digital Citizenship Week, September 25-29, 2017. The celebration is part of an ongoing effort to teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world.

Start the School Year with the Library of Congress

As educators return to the nation’s classrooms and school libraries, we are delighted to launch another year of teaching ideas and discovery at loc.gov/teachers and Teaching with the Library of Congress! The Library’s K–12 education program supports teachers and school librarians in the effective use of the Library’s resources, and we hope educators will find it a source of inspiration in their work.

Whiteness in Librarianship (AASL KQ)

Banned Books Week Plans 2017 (Eliterate Librarian)

Employment Opportunities

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Monday, September 18th, 3pm – National School Library Standards Live Twitter Chat (AASL/Twitter)

Tuesday, September 19th, 10am – From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning – Part 1 (ALSC)

Tuesday, September 19th, 3pm – Adaptive Literacy Learning 101 (edWeb)

Thursday, September 21st, 11-11:45am – Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)

Tuesday, September 26th, 10am From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning – Part 2 (ALSC)

Wednesday, September 27th, 10am – Back to School: School Library Legislation in the Statehouses (AASL)

Thursday, September 28th, 3pm – Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom (AASL)

Tuesday, October 3rd, 3pm – Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budge(AASL)

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

9/8 – Resource shared by Shannon McClintock Miller on the Future Ready Librarians. Check it out if you haven’t already.

9/8 – Wondering how schools/districts deliver audio books to students, especially special education.

9/12 – Check it out!

Almanac

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.
September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 24th – 30th is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
September 24th – 30th is Banned Books Week
September 27th is Banned Website Awareness Day
October 8–14 is Teen Read Week

Check It Out Next Time!

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for August 25th

In this issue… 

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Almanac

Pardon Our Mess!

1964 Earthquake Collection, Seward Community Library Association

SAYL Mail is undergoing some changes in formatting that may not look quite right on your monitor. Hopefully everything will be ship-shape by next issue.

SAYL News in Brief

DEED Finalizes State Plan to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) has completed the final draft of the state plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA was signed into federal law on December 10, 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
The final draft was submitted to the Governor’s office for a 30-day review period before the submission deadline, as required in the law. States must submit plans to the U.S. Department of Education by Sept. 18, 2017, to show how they will implement ESSA.
Alaska’s state plan for ESSA is informed by over a year’s worth of stakeholder input and engagement. The elements of Alaska’s state plan are designed to work within Alaska’s unique context to improve our schools.
“Our goal is that ESSA will support and nourish our state’s public education mission to provide an excellent education for every student every day,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson.
To ensure that Alaska’s state plan is aligned with what Alaskans value, DEED is seeking additional public comment on the final draft.
DEED will gather public comment on the final draft through September 15, 2017.
Similar to previous drafts, DEED has created a feedback form that addresses the plan’s various sections. Members of the public may comment on the entire plan or only on the sections that interest them. DEED encourages the public to read the plan’s section(s) before commenting. The plan, an executive summary, and feedback form are available here.

Alaska Digital School Library Available for your School or District

OverDrive is excited to offer interested schools and districts in Alaska the opportunity to join a digital shared collection for as little as $100.
“If we want to create a more just and equitable world, library staff must not only support teens facing racism and oppression, but also show teens who come from a place of power and privilege how and why they must embrace diversity and respect others who do not look like them. So what can we do?”
“In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend, educators around the country are grappling with how to address current events in the classroom and create space for meaningful discussions about racism, bigotry, and violence. As the start of a new school year looms, teachers are faced with an educational—and moral—obligation to help young people process what’s happening in the news and within their own neighborhoods and cities.”

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

The Alaska State Library, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act (Federal Source CFDA 45.310) has generously provided funding for grants to attend conferences and other Professional Development opportunities.

Those interested, can apply for grants to attend (and travel to) a variety of conferences, classes, and workshops for professional development, including the Alaska Library Association annual conference, American Library Association national conference, and online webinars.

AkASL Professional Development Grant Deadlines:
Out-of-state travel: 80 days prior to conference
In-state travel: 60 days prior to conference
Online events: 7 days prior to event

Closing September 1stALAN CART/CAMPBELL Grant for Librarians. $500 funding plus complimentary registration toward attendance at the annual two-­day ALAN Workshop which is held at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Librarian, Goldenview Middle School, Anchorage

Librarian, North Pole High School, Fairbanks

Librarian, Ursa Major Elementary, Anchorage

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Monday, August 28th. Noon – Literacy: More than Lexiles – Engaging the Hearts and Minds of All Students (edWeb)

Tuesday, August 29th. 10 am – Back to School (Booklist)

Tuesday, August 29th. 11 am – Get Recognized for Advancing Digital Teaching and Citizenship (edWeb)

Tuesday, August 29th. 3pm – AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning (AASL)

Wednesday, August 30th. 11am – Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library (LJ)

Thursday, August 31st. 11am – Cardinals, War, and an Accordion: Fall Titles for Elementary Readers (JLG)

Thursday, September 7th. 11am – Sharing eBooks Across Schools & Districts: How Educators Make It Work (SLJ)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

SAVE THE DATES
November 9 – 11: AASL Conference and Exhibition. Phoenix, AZ

February 17-20: ASTE Conference. Anchorage

March 8- 11: AkLA Conference. Anchorage

Almanac

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.
September 4th is Labor Day. State Library closed.
September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 24th – 30th is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
September 24th – 30th is Banned Books Week
September 27th is Banned Website Awareness Day
October 8–14 is Teen Read Week

Check It Out Next Time!

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for May 17th, 2017

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

Libraries Are Fining Children Who Can’t Afford to Be Without Books (NY Times)

‘”There was no way I was ever going to find that money,” Mr. Canada, the founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone program, said this week. “I never went to that library again.'”

Weeding to Let My Collection Grow (AASL)

“While this time of year brings thoughts of summer and a well-deserved break, we all know that the last few weeks of school are hectic in the school library. Books need to be collected, reading celebrations planned, awards ceremonies attended, summer reading programs rolled-out, and, of course, inventory completed.”

Titles to Inspire Tweens and Teens to “Build a Better World” This Summer (SLJ)

Speed Dating for Book Lovahs!  (The Daring Librarian)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Closing May 20th – SLJ School Librarian of the Year Nominations. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Librarian, Hutchison High School, Fairbanks

Librarian, Tanana Middle School, Fairbanks

Librarian, Chester Valley Elementary, Anchorage

Media Specialist, Chevak School

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Interested in the Summer One-Day Workshop? Please RSVP.

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Thursday, May 18th, 7am – Guiding Library Users in Literature Search, Evaluation and Sharing (Library Connect)

Thursday, May 18th, 11am – Closing the Homework Gap: Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School  (edWeb)

Thursday, May 18th, 11am – Technology to Aid the Struggling Reader (SLJ)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2pm – Top STEM Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged at the End of the School Year (edWeb)

Wednesday, May 24th – Summer Reading 501: Helping Generation App Read This Summer (edWeb)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

SAVE THE DATES ~ FALL 2017
October 25 – 26: Digital Library Intensive 2017. Juneau (2015 Description)
November 9 – 11: AASL Conference and Exhibition. Phoenix, AZ

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

5/1 – SPREAD THE WORD! Teachers can now get access to My BrainPop features. Note the process!

Access is not automatic, please see the link at the Alaska Library Network for details. Also, using My BrainPop means dropping IP authentication for your school or district. Questions about the process should be sent to Cassandra Fostik at BrainPop. Her contact information is listed on the page I’m linking to.

5/4 – A Librarian, no less…. arrested for spontaneous laughter… ?

5/5 – From DEED Information Exchange: The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) is seeking public comment on the first draft of the state plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal education law. ESSA provides states with greater flexibility than the No Child Left Behind Act it replaces. States must submit plans to the U.S. Department of Education by Sept. 18 to show how they will implement ESSA.

Alaska’s first draft was shaped by over 4,000 stakeholder comments from nearly 1,000 Alaskans at 40-plus meetings conducted across the state over the last year. DEED now is seeking additional public comment to strengthen the first draft, ensuring that the plan takes full advantage of expanded state and local options and addresses the state’s unique educational needs and priorities.

DEED will gather public comment on this first draft through 8 p.m. on May 28. For the public’s convenience, DEED has created eight feedback forms that address the plan’s various sections. Members of the public may comment on the entire plan or only on the sections that interest them. DEED encourages the public to read the plan’s section(s) before commenting. The plan and all eight feedback forms are available at https://education.alaska.gov/akessa/#c3gtabs-stateplan.

5/11 – I hear about this sort of thing more and more. We all need to do everything we can to advocate for our libraries at every level so these things don’t happen in Alaskan schools and districts; especially in our current fiscal reality.

May 30th is Memorial Day. State Library closed

Check It Out Next Time!

SAYL Mail will be published once a month through the summer.

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for April 27th, 2017

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

 

“My BrainPOP” Management Suite Now Available

BrainPOP is now able to offer schools and districts in the state of Alaska My BrainPOP access. An overview of the My BrainPOP features can be found here.

The process requires obtaining permission/cooperation from school or district official to turn off local IP Authentication. In order to use My BrainPOP, each teacher and student must enter their own individual username and password. Users would still have the ability to use a generic login under the existing statewide username and password. For more information and to request this service, contact Cassandra Fostik.

AkASL Delegate Sought 

Alaska Association of School Librarians (AkASL) is in need of a volunteer Alaskan school library professional willing to commit to a three-year term as the Alaska delegate to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Affiliate Assembly. The term will run June 1st, 2017 through May 31st, 2020.

AASL State Delegates are the intermediary between Alaskan School library staff and the AASL Board of Directors, via the AASL Affiliate Assembly.

The AkASL delegate will

  • Provide a channel of communication for reporting concerns of AkASL and its membership to AASL.
  • Participate as a voting member of the AASL Affiliate Assembly.
  • Make reports to the AkASL Executive Board (E-Board) regarding AASL governance, initiatives, and concerns affecting AkASL.

This position requires:

  • A clear, working knowledge of the issues, trends, and concerns Alaska school librarians are facing.
  • The ability to promote activities and communicate concerns passed by the AASL Affiliate Assembly back to AkASL Members.
  • Attendance at the AkASL Executive Board Face-to-Face meetings, usually held in September (Anchorage) and February/March (at location of AkLA conference).
  • Online attendance at AkASL E-Board monthly meetings held via videoconference.
  • Attendance and participation in AASL Affiliate Assemblies held at ALA National Conference (June), and AASL National Conferences (biennually, November of odd years)
  • Regular communication with AASL Affiliate Assembly, AkASL E-Board, and AkASL general members.

Travel to required meetings and conferences will be provided by AkASL. The delegate will need professional leave for 3-6 days during the school year (depending on travel logistics and conference schedule) arranged through their district.

Contact AkASL President, Karla Barkman for more information.

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced! (YALSA)

Books N Bros: African-American Boy Starts Book Club for Kids like Him (CNN)

Baltimore County Public Schools named National School Library Program of the Year (ALA)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Closing May 5thSara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to recognize, promote, and support excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries that serve children K–8.

Closing May 12th –
2017 Banned Books Week Grants Offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund. $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 25–30th, 2017).

Closing May 20th – SLJ School Librarian of the Year Nominations. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Librarian, Fairview Elementary, Anchorage

Librarian, Chester Valley Elementary, Anchorage

Librarian, College Gate Elementary, Anchorage

Librarian, Trailside Elementary, Anchorage

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Using Data to Tell Your Library’s Story-Juneau

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017
Time: All Day Event
Presenter: Linda Hofschire
Campus: Alaska State Library~Juneau

Using Data to Tell Your Library’s Story-Anchorage

Alaska State Library LibCal: Events

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Presenter: Linda Hofschire

Using Data to Tell Your Library’s Story-Fairbanks

Alaska State Library LibCal: Events

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Presenter: Linda Hofschire

Alaska State Library sponsored event

Libraries collect a lot of data: circulation, program attendance, user satisfaction, etc. In this daylong workshop, you will learn how to go beyond simply collecting and reporting on these numbers. Through a series of interactive exercises, you will discover how to analyze your data, use your results to inform your strategic planning, management, and communication with stakeholders, and visually present your statistics in infographics and other formats to demonstrate your library’s impact.

At the end of the workshop, participants will:
*Be able to conduct standard types of public library analysis.
*Have increased skills and confidence in using data for strategic planning, management, and communication with stakeholders.
*Be able to visually present data so that it tells a powerful story about their library


The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Tuesday, May 8th, 11am – “Fake News” and the Case for Media Literacy Across All Grades (edWeb)

Thursday, May 10th, 10 am – Where Does Readers’ Advisory Fit in Your 21st Century Library? (Novelist)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

4/14 – Well, for the 6th (maybe longer) year in a row, library assistants are on the chopping block in the FNSBSD budget. Some in scenario A, some more in scenario B, and so on. I don’t know if I have the energy to wage this fight one more time. I don’t know what I can say that I haven’t said 20 times before. It’s disheartening and demoralizing.

4/18 – [Ten Ways to Ditch that Reading Log]

4/20 – Register to attend the live training webinar, “Government Media for Children,” on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Speaker: Susanne Caro, Government Information Librarian at the University of Montana
Learning outcomes: Participants will learn where to look for Government media appropriate for children, including podcasts, oral histories, and STEM materials that can be incorporated into websites and the classroom.
Expected level of knowledge for participants: No prerequisite knowledge required

4/22 – [10 Reasons Librarians Are More Important Than Ever]

4/27 – The Alaska State Library and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Libraries is asking for additional input on the LSTA State Plan for Alaska. This plan guides how the State Library uses the Library Services and Technology Act funds we receive each year from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support library development and library services across the state. Please ask your staff and patrons to submit their ideas on how to improve libraries across Alaska.

Instructions

1. Go to: http://alaskalibrary.collectiveinnovation.com/ or click the link below.
2. Click the green LOG IN button on the top left corner
3. Sign in anonymously by typing librarian@alaska.gov for EMAIL and librariesrock1 for PASSWORD
4. Press SIGN IN button
5. Click on the CATEGORIES button to see the three goals in the draft state plan
6. Click on each goal in the categories list to view the objectives and to add new activities libraries can undertake to make each objective a reality
7. People can also vote yea or nay on any activities that have been entered by other people

This survey closes on May 26, 2017.

Almanac

May is Get Caught Reading MonthJewish American Heritage Month, and Asian American Heritage Month

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue of SAYL Mail will be May 11th.

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for April 14th, 2017

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • AkASL Puffin
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

Something to Celebrate (AASL)

“April is National School Library Month, and that is a great reason to celebrate! But, there’s no reason to wait until almost the end of the school year to have some fun, build community, and promote your library program.”

AkASL Delegate Sought 

Alaska Association of School Librarians (AkASL) is in need of a volunteer Alaskan school library professional willing to commit to a three-year term as the Alaska delegate to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Affiliate Assembly. The term will run June 1st, 2017 through May 31st, 2020.

AASL State Delegates are the intermediary between Alaskan School library staff and the AASL Board of Directors, via the AASL Affiliate Assembly.

The AkASL delegate will

  • Provide a channel of communication for reporting concerns of AkASL and its membership to AASL.
  • Participate as a voting member of the AASL Affiliate Assembly.
  • Make reports to the AkASL Executive Board (E-Board) regarding AASL governance, initiatives, and concerns affecting AkASL.

This position requires:

  • A clear, working knowledge of the issues, trends, and concerns Alaska school librarians are facing.
  • The ability to promote activities and communicate concerns passed by the AASL Affiliate Assembly back to AkASL Members.
  • Attendance at the AkASL Executive Board Face-to-Face meetings, usually held in September (Anchorage) and February/March (at location of AkLA conference).
  • Online attendance at AkASL E-Board monthly meetings held via videoconference.
  • Attendance and participation in AASL Affiliate Assemblies held at ALA National Conference (June), and AASL National Conferences (biennually, November of odd years)
  • Regular communication with AASL Affiliate Assembly, AkASL E-Board, and AkASL general members.

Travel to required meetings and conferences will be provided by AkASL. The delegate will need professional leave for 3-6 days during the school year (depending on travel logistics and conference schedule) arranged through their district.

Contact AkASL President, Karla Barkman for more information.

In Support of Battle of the Books (Knowledge Quest)

“Some people criticize this competition as just a memorization exercise. Some say children just guess and don’t read the books. No program is perfect, but I think there is fantastic value in Battle of the Books for school libraries for public relations purposes. But even more importantly, there is fantastic value in Battle of the Books for children.”

10 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Process, Understanding, and 21 Century Skills (21st Century Educational Technology and Learning)

The MEGALIST for RESEARCH: Everything Your Students Will Need! (Media Specialist’s Guide)

Summer Reading Plans 2017 (Eliterate Librarian)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Ongoing, Monthly (due April 15th). Awesome Foundation: Awesome Innovation in Libraries Chapter. $1000 to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking.

Closing April 16th, 2017.
Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closing May 5th
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to recognize, promote, and support excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries that serve children K–8.

Closing May 12th –
2017 Banned Books Week Grants Offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund. $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 25–30th, 2017).

Closing May 20th
– SLJ School Librarian of the Year Nominations. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Tuesday, April 18th 10am – Now Hear This: #LoveAudiobooks (Booklist)

Tuesday, April 18th, 11am – 45 Ways to Support Struggling Readers: A School-Wide Approach (edWeb)

Wednesday, April 19th, 10am –  Re-evaluating Existing Library Spaces and Furnishings on a Budget (Demco)

Thursday, April 20th, 10am – How to Make Blended Learning Work in Your School (Booklist)

Thursday, April 20th, 11am – 60 Tools in 60 Minutes (School Library Journal)

Tuesday, April 25th, 10am – E-rate Update: April 2017 (edWeb)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

AkASL Puffin

The latest from the newsletter of the Alaska Association of School Librarians, The Puffin. To submit an article, please contact The Puffin editor.

4/13 – Notes from the editor

4/13 – AKLA conference artifacts by Raandi Miller

4/13 – smore from Caitlin Jacobson

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

4/2 – Interesting – primary source junkies take heed.

4/3 – [What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries]

4/4 – I thought the “Games and Interactive Tools” section of this article might be helpful to your work in teaching digital literacy to students.

4/4 – Teachers needing material for World War I? Let the Library of Congress help!

4/5 – Planning is now happening for the 2018 AkLA conference which will be held in Anchorage. I am on the Planning Committee and also part of the Program Committee. We would like to hear suggestions for speakers. Please consider now to offer a session at the conference. I know many of us do awesome things with students in our libraries that others would like to learn about – please share your experiences. For many, this conference may be the only opportunity for professional development. Let’s make this a conference that adds value to what we do every day.

4/10 – Thank you, folks. On my way to Boston for NEA Rep Assembly in July.

4/10 – Here is a great post from Jennifer LeGarde on the difference between I Can’t and I Won’t and how we use it with both students and adults.

“How often do we use the phrase “I can’t” with students, or staff members, when what we really mean is, “I won’t, because… ” or “I’m choosing not to, because…?” To me, here are a few critical differences between those two statements:”

4/11 – [10 Reasons Librarians Are More Important Than Ever]

4/11 – Gen Hatke, Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier among many others. Quite a line-up for a little convention!

4/13 – Not specifically a library thing…but then, all knowledge belongs to us, so enjoy!

4/13 – “The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.”

4/13 – Being old enough to have felt those cards under my searching fingertips, I loved this story (but I hated typing and filing those same cards when I became a librarian!).

4/14 – Just had the PE teacher do the whole “my job is more important than yours because I have some longer classes” bit. Told her I would give up my days if she comes and does my EOY stats. She just said she’s not having the discussion in front of everyone. This was after I found out she went through my mail and then told everyone about the books I had bought. That’s my thing to share with people…. really disappointed.

Almanac

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue of SAYL Mail will be April 26th.

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for April 1st, 2017

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

Alaska State Library Five-Year LSTA Evaluation Librarian Survey

“As a requirement of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), each state must conduct an evaluation of its five-year plan… Another equally important goal, however, is to understand the current and future needs of our great state and in what ways your State Library can align itself in helping meet these needs in a new five-year plan”

What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries (SLJ)

“While school and local libraries are locally funded, they would be likely to feel the impact of federal budget cuts in other ways.”

“So here we are in 2017, 64 years after [Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″] publication. Who needs to douse kerosene on a stack of books and light a match when it’s so much easier to devalue our school libraries and lay off our librarians?”
“Both public and school libraries have always been a source of information for students. And while the Internet has undoubtedly changed the way students do research, cloud-based tools have actually evolved the library’s role rather than diminished it.”
What School Librarians Wish Parents Knew (The Spinoff, New Zealand)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Ongoing, Monthly (due April 15th). Awesome Foundation: Awesome Innovation in Libraries Chapter. $1000 to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking.

Closing April 16th, 2017.
Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closing May 5th
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to recognize, promote, and support excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries that serve children K–8.

Closing May 12th – 2017 Banned Books Week Grants Offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund. $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 25–30th, 2017).

Closing May 20th – SLJ School Librarian of the Year Nominations. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Immediate Openings

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

2017-18 Openings

Librarian, TBD, Anchorage

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

UAS Upper Division Children’s Literature courses offered this summer.

ED 603 – Alaska Literature for Young People. Online: W 4:30 — 6:00 PM, May 15 – August 5. On UAS campus: M-F, June 5-9. $1386

UAS Summer Course Schedule.

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Tuesday, April 4th, 10am – Spring Picture Books! (Booklist)

Wednesday, April 5th, noon – Step Outdoors with Digital Storytelling: Integrating Storytelling & Science (edWeb)

Thursday, April 6th, noon – Bringing Coding to the Makerspace (School LIbrary Journal)

Tuesday, April 11th, 10am – Middle-Grade Reading, Spring 2017 (Booklist)

Tuesday, April 11th,11am – Sleeper Hits for Summer 2017 Sleeper Hits for Summer 2017 (Library Journal)

Tuesday, April 18th 10am – Now Hear This: #LoveAudiobooks (Booklist)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

3/19 – For all the Judith Viorst fans

3/20 – Reminder that skilled tutors are available for your students. Pass it on!

3/23 – [9 Lessons to Boost Media Literacy]

3/27 – [Penn State Librarians Create Their Own Superhero Trading Cards]

3/28 – Finally

3/30 – Join Us For The Second Future Ready Librarians Webinar…Leading Beyond The Library

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The next issue of SAYL Mail will be April 14th.

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660

SAYL Mail for March 16th, 2017

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

Students Free at Alaska State Museum

Did you know that young Alaskans through age 18 have free entry at the Alaska State Museum? If your school is traveling to Juneau, the Museum has outstanding educational displays about Alaskan history and natural history. If a school group comes to the Museum, teachers and chaperones also have free entry. The next time you are in Juneau, consider spending a few hours at the State Museum. You will be glad you did!

Public Comment for Alaska State Library Plan 2018-2022 Now Available For Comments, Review and Voting.

The Public Comment for Alaska State Plan 2018-2022 was created using comments collected from the What Programs and Services Would You Like to See in our Library and Other Libraries over the Next Five Years? survey, which was distributed during the Alaska Library Conference in Ketchikan.

We need to hear from you and we value your ideas. Visit the Public Comment for Alaska Library State Plan 2018-2022 online platform create a login, review the posted ideas and vote for ones you support.

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Closing March 17th – Library of Congress 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes  Professional development materials and instruction awarded at no cost.

Closing March 31st
– Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant. Up to $500 for an innovative and creative program which bridges disciplines and grade levels, PK-12.

Closing March 31st
– Bound To Stay Bound Inc. “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grant. $750 for thirty first-time attendees for the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition, November 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ.

Closing April 16th, 2017.
Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closing May 5th
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to recognize, promote, and support excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries that serve children K–8.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Immediate Openings

Library Media Associate (Part Time), Two Rivers Elementary, Fairbanks

Media Specialist,North Slope Borough School District

2017-18 Openings

Librarian, TBD, Anchorage

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

UAS Upper Division Children’s Literature courses offered this summer.

ED 603 – Alaska Literature for Young People. Online: W 4:30 — 6:00 PM, May 15 – August 5. On UAS campus: M-F, June 5-9. $1386

UAS Summer Course Schedule.

Application Due March 17th – The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes

In 2017, the Library will offer five Institute weeks:
* Open Sessions (any subject area): June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, and July 10-July 14
* Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 17-July 21
* World War I Focus: July 31-August 4

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Tuesday, March 21st, 10am – Stellar Series Nonfiction for Youth (Booklist)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 1pm – Teaching Digital Literacy (edWeb)

Tuesday, March 28th, 8am – Library Reads (Booklist)

Wednesday, March 29th, noon – News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators (edWeb)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

3/7 – Two great Alaska librarians are running!

3/7 – Thank you to all who helped out with the Battle of the Books season at the school, district and state level. Battle of the Books takes many helping hands to be successful… Congratulations to all teams that made it to the state competition!

Special Congrats to our state champions: Dimond High, Delta/Greely, Trailside Elementary and Craig Elementary.
I wanted to give extra thanks to those that volunteered as moderators at the state tournament…

Anchorage-Ann Morgester, Heidi Tsukada, Linda Julliard, Staci Quigley Cox
Galena-Genny Brown
Kenai-Karla Barkman
Mat-Su-Prudence McKenney, Wendy Stout, Liz Crowley, Sandy Krueger, Katie Clark, Chris Stegall, Robin Turk, Dion Tribble
Mt Edgecumbe-Erika Drain
Northwest Arctic-Sue West
Public Librarians-Susan Jones, Amelia Jenkins
Community Experts-Kelley Smith, Lindsay Lamar, Bonnie Cavanaugh, Paige McConnell

3/8 – recommendations for science fiction that is backed by realistic and accurate science? upper teen level. thanks!

3/10 – I’m sharing a media literacy presentation I put together for my secondary students, and you are free to use or modify if you are interested. I’ve had many requests for “fake news” presentations from teachers at my schools, and I’m sure others have as well.

Please note: This presentation doesn’t make sense unless you click through it in the “Present” mode. If you simply scroll through the slides it will look like images are stacked on top of each other. There are speaker notes on most slides to explain the presentation in greater detail.

3/11 – [Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble]

3/13 – [News & Media Literacy]

3/14 – Goodreads publishes a list of new books released every Tuesday on their blog. This is a great way to keep up with the many series so popular now. For example, today the 4th book in the “Dorothy must Die” series was released. If you have a Goodreads account, the blog shows up on your home page, but you can also have it sent to your email daily.

3/15 – [5 Ways to Show YouTube Videos Without Related Content]

3/16 – 50 ways to check for understanding

 

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Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue of SAYL Mail will be March 30th.

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 885-0660