SAYL Mail for February 15th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

News in Brief includes the average reading time with the source information.

School Shootings Now Unfold on Social Media. Here’s What Educators Need to Know. (Ed Week: Digital Education. 4 min.) 

“What is clear, though, is that these platforms are interwoven with the fabric of many young people’s lives, in ways that many adults struggle to grasp. As a result, it’s almost certain that most adolescents, and even many younger children, will turn to social media to share their anger and search for comfort and process their fear and grief. And that means that the strategies teachers, school staff, and parents can do to help have evolved.”

Dr. David V. Loertscher Reviews the New AASL Standards (Teacher Librarian. 30 min.)

“…[W]ithin the library field, we are struggling to embrace the current information and technology explosion as we fight the huge stereotype that libraries are no longer relevant, that Siri—in the palm of our hand—is the ultimate in reference librarianship, and a new generation of learners is addicted to the Google search engine.”

 

American Library Association Announces 2018 Youth Media Award Winners (ALA. Resource & Video: 1 hr.)

“The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video ALA Youth Media Awards logoand audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.”

DEED Launches Education Technology Webpage

One component is an interactive map that shows great things happening around the state in ed tech. Think about the innovative ed tech programs in your library and fill out the following form to populate the map.

EBSCO LearningExpress Trial Available through March 9th.

A limited trial to EBSCO LearningExpress, a database being considered as a possible replacement for the Testing and Education Reference Center on SLED, is currently available. Contact Freya Anderson for access information and survey.

LearningExpress “provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development and more […] through multiple online platforms designed to help students and professionals achieve their educational and career goals.” View a recording of the LearningExpress webinar from January 31st.

AASL Celebrates 2018 School Library Month with Spokesperson Jason Reynolds
(AASL KQ. 1 min.)

Are You a Curator or a Dumper?  (Cult of Pedagogy. 8 min.)

“…[C]hances are you have information to share with other people, and developing your curation skills—both in terms of how much you offer and how you deliver it—is going make that sharing a lot more effective.”

Challenge to Crowdsource Creation of Better Digital Citizens. (Schoology. Resource)

Instant Plagiarism Check Add-on for Google Docs (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. 1 min.)

School Library Connection logo

One Question Survey: Sharing the Standards

“What really piques our interest, and perhaps yours too (and also the primary reason why we asked the question), is the “other” things that school librarians are doing to share the AASL standards with teacher and administrator colleagues. So, here’s the big reveal (drum roll, please!)…”

The Alaska State Library in conjunction with the Alaska Library Network are pleased to provide Alaska school librarians and school library support staff free access ABC-CLIO’s School Library Connection & reVIEWS+ Professional Development Suite.

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closing February 20th, 2018. ALA Great Stories Club. “Copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials.”

Closing February 21st. 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.

New!Closing February 26th. El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) $500 in selected multicultural children’s books for libraries hosting a Día program.

Closing February 28th, 2018.  The Annual ISTE Awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning.” Six juried and two non-juried awards for outstanding leadership in the digital age. Up to $1,500 award, plus travel award, conference registration, and association membership fees.

Closing March 2nd. AASL Social Media Superstars Awards in eight categories which celebrate social media superstars within the school library profession.

Closing March 21st. The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes. Attend a week-long professional development program in the practice of teaching with primary sources, K-12.

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

New!Closing April 12. NEA Challenge America Grant (part 1). $10,000 (minimum $10,000 match required) for programs that “extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.”

Closing April 15. Penguin Random House Foundation Library Awards for Innovation. $1,000 – $10,000 plus $1000 in PRH books to public libraries (or school libraries serving the capacity of public libraries) “creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.”

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

New!Closes May 4th.  Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

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

Employment Opportunities

SHS/GILA Resource Room Coordinator, Galena City Schools

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

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

EBSCO databases & School Library budgeting infographic

The Art of Getting a Grant for Your School Library

Collaborating is Key

The Breakout Session That Never Was

Social Media for the Library

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Anchorage Session @ASTE. Saturday, February 17th, 9:30-11:30a – Gwyneth Jones –10 Ways the Librarian Can Be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga (AkASL) $30

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, February 20th, 10am – Spring into Picture Books: New Books, 2018 (Booklist)

Tuesday, February 20th, 11am – Building a Foundation for Literacy and Intervention Scaffolds for Lifelong Learning (edWeb)

Tuesday, February 20th, noon – Bringing Hands-On Coding and STEAM into Your District or Classroom (edWeb)

Tuesday, February 20th, 3pm – A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program (AASL)

Wednesday, February 21st, 6am – CCBC Shorts (Children’s Cooperative Book Center)

Wednesday, February 21st, 11am – Bring Computer Science to Life in Your Elementary Classroom (edWeb)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 8am – Digital Learning Day 2018: How Innovative Districts Blend Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes (Alliance for Execellent Education)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11am – 12 Sizzling Teen Books (Junior Library Guild)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3pm – Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library (AASL)

Monday, February 26th, 11:30 – noon – How to Talk to Your School Community About OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive)

Tuesday, February 27th, noon – Creating Curious Inquirers: Harnessing Student Curiosity Toward Greater Success (edWeb)

Tuesday, February 27th, noon – InFLO-mation: Hip Hop Principles for Library Instruction by Kafi Kumasi (School Library Connection)

Tuesday, February 27th, noon – Programming for ‘Tweens (Utah State Library)

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Save the Date! 

Anchorage. March 8 – 11th. AkLA Conference 2018 – Bridging the Gaps.

Seattle. Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

Juneau. July 23-27th. Alaska School Librarian Leadership Academy. Details to follow!

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 Facebook group logo

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.

2/3 – If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

2/7 – Are any of you reading GREGOR THE OVERLANDER with students right now? My students are looking to connect via Flipgrid to discuss the book once (or more). Thanks 🙂

2/7 – Does anyone have an application form they use for library aides–one you wouldn’t mind sharing with me maybe? I don’t even know what kinds of questions to put on my application form. I’m pretty new to librarianship.

2/14 – This makes me so sad…

2/14 -Just emailed our Senators to continue the fight for funding of Museum and Library Services.
This page made it really easy. I only had to enter my zip code and the site pulls up our senators and has prepared a nice email which you can add to or subtract.

2/14 – If you link your library website to Live Homework Help (or would like to), best results will be to go through http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/homework first. Direct links to tutor.com will require authentication.

2/14 – With President’s Day coming up, here’s a different angle to talk about the Presidents.

Almanac

February is Library Lover’s Month, African American History Month, and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 16th is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

February 19th is President’s Day. State Library is Closed.

February 22nd is Digital Learning Day

February 26th – March 1st is Fair Use Week

March is Women’s History Month, and National Reading Awareness Month

March 2nd is Read Across America Day

March 4-8th is Teen Tech Week

March 8th is National Poorfreading Day

An old due date slip from a school library, showing "Alaska State Lib" as the author of SAYL Mail. Threre are due dates from the 1940s next to borrowers signatures.

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue will be March 1st. 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
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187
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SAYL Mail for February 1st

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Alaska’s Education Challenge Publishes Final Report (Alaska Office of the Governor)

” Alaska’s Education Challenge is to address our student achievement gaps and increase our graduation rates by making sure that every student across our state has equal opportunities to learn and succeed.”

Press Availability One-Pager

Alaska’s Education Challenge Final Report

Personalized Learning Is a Problem of Privilege (EdSurge. 6 min.)

“Schools in affluent communities can access these technology tools easily, while schools in low-income areas—and which, generally speaking, disproportionately serve communities of color—do not have access to these tools. But even if they did, I think they’d find that personalized learning is not a need at all, and that there are more pressing matters to address.”

Teach Students To Use Social Media (The Right Way) And The Possibilities Are Endless (NPR. 2 min.)

Intellectual Freedom 101 (School Library Connection)

“Intellectual freedom is an important issue that librarians face every day. This infographic provides a useful summary of intellectual freedom principles as they pertain to your students and your library.”

The Alaska State Library in conjunction with the Alaska Library Network are pleased to provide Alaska school librarians and school library support staff access ABC-CLIO’s School Library Connection & reVIEWS+ Professional Development Suite.

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closing February 14.  Schools in Need Giveaway.  Win one of 500 subscriptions to Booklist and Book Links magazine.

Closing February 20th, 2018. ALA Great Stories Club. “Copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials.”

Closing February 21st. 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 March 2nd. AASL Social Media Superstars Awards in eight categories which celebrate social media superstars within the school library profession

Closing March 21st. The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes. Attend a week-long professional development program in the practice of teaching with primary sources, K-12.

Closing February 28th, 2018.  The Annual ISTE Awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning.” Six juried and two non-juried awards for outstanding leadership in the digital age. Up to $1,500 award, plus travel award, conference registration, and association membership fees.

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

Closing April 15. Penguin Random House Foundation Library Awards for Innovation. $1,000 – $10,000 plus $1000 in PRH books to public libraries (or school libraries serving the capacity of public libraries) “creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.”

Closing April 20th, 2018. Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

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

Employment Opportunities

Librarian, Ursa Major Elementary, 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, February 5th, noon – The Incredible Times: A News & Media Literacy Game from Common Sense Education (edWeb)

Tuesday, February 6th, 7am – Creative Commons: Helping Patrons and Students Find and License Online Content (Texas State Library and Archives)

Monday, February 12th, noon – Best Practices to Empower Learners to Be Lifelong Readers (edWeb)

Save the Date! 

Anchorage Session @ASTE. Saturday, February 17th, 9:30-11:30a – Gwyneth Jones –10 Ways the Librarian Can Be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga (AkASL) $30

Seattle. Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

Juneau. July 23-27th. Alaska School Librarian Leadership Academy. Details to follow!

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

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.

1/22 –

Time to make your students famous! This is bigger than Hollywood-famous – it’s government publication famous!

We’re working on a web page and promotional material for School BAG (Broadband Assistance Grant) and need great photos of Alaskan students using school computers (ideally in your school library).

The guidelines:

1. Preference will be given to photos from school districts that received School BAG funds this school year.
(Alaska Gateway, Aleutian Region, Bering Strait, Bristol Bay, Chatham, Chugach, Dillingham, Hoonah, Iditarod, Kenai, Kodiak, Kuspuk, Lake & Pen, Lower K, Nome, North Slope, NW Arctic, Pelican, Pribilof, St. Mary’s, SE Island, SW Region, Tanana, Unalaska, Yakutat, Yukon Flats, YK, Yupiit)

2. If computer screens are visible in the photo, they screens should:
A. Show educationally appropriate resources.
B. Not identify the student.
If you have a great photo that doesn’t quite meet these criteria, you should still let me know. Photoshop can work magic.

3. Before publication, building or district administration will need to send an email directly stating that FERPA and other permission for photo publication is on file for every student shown, and that DEED/State Library has permission to use the photo. If a signed permission form is requested, I can send one out.

4. Capturing students while engaged in learning is preferable to mugging for the camera.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,
Thanks,
Jared

1/24 – Where’s the part in this article that says this is what librarians teach everyday?

1/25 – Fun post on bringing primary sources into your libraries and classrooms. I love the Library of Congress.

1/27 – Anchorage Librarians, are you paying attention? Have you gone to a board meeting lately? I have. At the last board meeting, library services were on the chopping block…again. [51 Teachers to Be Laid Off in Scranton]

1/28 – AkASL members: Voting is open now through February 6th for the AkASL Executive Board.

1/29 – For librarians in rural districts: In accordance with Section 5005 of the ESSA, Secretary DeVos is seeking information from the public regarding how the Department can improve upon its consideration of the unique needs of rural schools and districts as it develops and implements policies, programs, and procedures. Comments must be received by February 20th.

1/30 – If you’re using Poetry 180 with your students, new poems have been added

1/30 – Know a school colleague who’s awesome at social media? Nominate them for this award before March 2, 2018.

1/31 – Article by Deborah Rinio in Knowledge Quest FOCUS ON COLLABORATION How Understanding the Nature of Trust Can Help Address the Standards

1/31 – Dear school library colleagues,

If you got the time, I got the money.

Now that I have your attention, I have just been appointed as the Donors Choose Teacher Ambassador for the state of Alaska. I love DC and have had 200 projects funded—things like books, computers, art supplies, maker space materials, and more.

I now have small gift cards to donate to your first project. So email me if you want to learn how to create a project. Or go to ahead, go to https://www.donorschoose.org/teachers and create a project. When it posts, let me know and I will donate to it.

Also, this is not restricted just to librarians— if you have someone on your school staff (teacher, counselor, etc.) that you know hasn’t caught the DC fire and you convince them to do a project, I will also donate to their first time project.

Dona J. Helmer
Email: dona@helmer-dr.com

Almanac

February is Library Lover’s Month, African American History Month, and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 12th are the ALA Youth Media Awards (6 am)

February 14th is International Book Giving Day

February 19th is President’s Day. State Library is Closed.

February 22nd is Digital Learning Day

February 26th – March 1st is Fair Use Week

March is Women’s History Month, andNational Reading Awareness Month

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue will be February 15th. 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
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187
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SAYL Mail for January 18th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Please note: average reading times for linked articles and blog posts are now included with the source.

Demystifying Librarian Leadership: Five Ways to Find Your Leadership Voice (AASL KQ. 4 min.)

“I mean, let’s face it: we don’t have administrative or departmental titles, and quite often, nobody has really *asked* us to lead, so some days it is hard to raise our hands and say, ‘Yes, I am a leader.'”

Helping Students Distinguish Fact from Fiction in Primary Sources (Teaching with the Library of Congress. 2 min.)

On Search Agility: There’s More Than One Place to Start (SLJ Neverending Search. 4 min.)

Some of the Best Academic Search Engines for Teachers and Student Researchers (Educators Technology. 1 min.)

Citations and Citing Your Work – New Common Craft Video (Free Technology for Teachers. 1 min.)

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:
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Closing January 31st. School Ambassador Fellowship. Paid position that supports the Department’s mission by employing a cadre of outstanding educators to contribute their classroom and school expertise to the national education dialogue and in turn facilitate discussions with educators across the country. 

Closing February 1st. Collaborative School Library Award. $2500 award “recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.”

Closing February 1st. 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. 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. 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 14.  Schools in Need Giveaway.  Win one of 500 subscriptions to Booklist and Book Links magazine.

Closing February 21st. 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 March 21st. The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes. Attend a week-long professional development program in the practice of teaching with primary sources, K-12.

Closing March 31st. 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

Library Media Assistant, Peterson Elementary, Kodiak

Librarian, Ursa Major Elementary, 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, January 22nd, 10:30am – Making Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Tuesday, January 23rd, 10am – Mirror, Mirror, Who Do You See in Your Books? Reaching Diverse Readers (Booklist)

Tuesday, January 23rd, 11am – Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World (edWeb)

Tuesday, January 23rd, 11:30-noon – OverDrive: The Student User Experience (K-12) (OverDrive)

Wednesday, January 24th, 1pm – Google This! The Research Process Revisited (edWeb)

Tuesday, January 30th, 10am – Diversity Titles for Youth and Young Adults (Booklist)

Tuesday, January 30th, 10am – Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom (edWeb)

Wednesday, January 31st, 3pm – Connecting the Dots: A Look at the National School Library Standards for Policymakers (AASL)

Wednesday, January 31st, noon – Guiding Readers by Interest, Not Level (SLJ)

Save the Date! 

Anchorage Session @ASTE. Saturday, February 17th, 9:30-11:30a – Gwyneth Jones –10 Ways the Librarian Can Be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga (AkASL) $30

Seattle. Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

Juneau. July 23-27th. Alaska School Librarian Leadership Academy. Details to follow!

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

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.

1/4 – Mark your calendars!

1/8 – Please fill out this survey and let Great Alaska Schools know that strong school libraries should be a priority in our state.

1/12 – Pathfinders Summer Institute
Indiana University Bloomington
July 15-20, 2018
An intensive week of professional development for K-12 public school teachers to learn about Computer Science & Making.

1/14 – [A Little Bit Of This… Hybrids]

1/16 – [Connecting the Dots: A Look at the National School Library Standards for Policymakers]

1/16 – New Alaska YA Fiction

January 23rd is National Readathon

February is Library Lover’s Month, African American History Month, and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 12th are the ALA Youth Media Awards (6 am)

February 14th is International Book Giving Day

February 19th is President’s Day. State Library is Closed.

February 22nd is Digital Learning Day

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue will be February 1st. 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
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187
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SAYL Mail for January 4th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Please note: average reading times for linked articles and blog posts are now included with the source.

In November 2017, AASL released the new National School Library Standards. The framework of which can be found here. The book — National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries — costs from $99 to $199, depending on one’s ALA/AASL membership. The Alaska State Library has dedicated up to $2500 of professional development funds to purchase copies of the book.

Individual Alaska public school or private nonprofit libraries are eligible to apply to receive a copy of the book if there is a certified school librarian currently employed at a minimum of .1 FTE.

In applying, the certified librarian agrees to catalog the AASL National School Library Standards book for inclusion in their school or district’s professional library and make available for checkout to other school/district teachers and librarians within 30 days of receiving it. The librarian also agrees complete a short survey regarding how they are using the book.

If interested and eligible, please fill out this application by January 19, 2018. If there are more applicants than available funds allow, a small committee will choose awardees based on application responses.

AkASL Proposed Budget and Constitutional Amendment Ballots open through January 18th.

The AkASL Executive Board recommends accepting the proposed budget found here. Please cast your vote on whether or not to accept this budget.

The AkASL Executive Board recommends “Do Pass” for each the following proposed amendments to the Alaska Association of School Librarians Constitution.

Jacqueline Woodson Named 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2018-2019 (Children’s Book Council. 8 min.)

“The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, established by the three organizations in 2008, highlights the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”

The Hate She Received: Why the Banning of Angie Thomas’ Book was an Insult to the Black Lives Matter Movement (Intellectual Freedom Blog. 4 min.)

“The district removed the books in response to an objection from a parent, who strongly believes that the book’s use of foul language is in excess and thereby inappropriate, not only for his child but for every single child in the district.”

High Points and Concerns: Reflections on Intellectual Freedom in 2017 (KQ. 5 min.)

Hosting a Mock Award Discussion with Kids (ALSC Blog. 4 min.)

Take Time for a Thoughtful Implementation of the New Standards (KQ. 3 min.)

Helping Child Refugees in School Through Creating Books (WUVM. 1 min.)

2018 Guide to Cyberbullying Awareness (Tulane School of Social Work. 13 min.)

15 Librarians to Follow on Instagram (On Our Minds. 2 min.)

A Collection for Some of the Best Websites for Teachers (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. 1 min.)

Highlighted SLED Resource
Student Resources in Context: Teacher Resources

Student Resources in Context (7-12) has a variety of additional student, teacher, and librarian resources available. In addition to covering information specific to the database, worksheets and lessons on general research processes are available.

From “More”, select “Teacher Lesson Plans”

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Select “Resources for Middle and High School Students”

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From here, you’ll find a variety of PDF worksheets covering the research process.

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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:
Online events: 40 days prior to event

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 14, 2018.  Schools in Need Giveaway.  Win one of 500 subscriptions to Booklist and Book Links magazine.

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.

Monday, January 8th, 9am – Google Classroom & Your Gale Products (Cengage)

Tuesday, January 9th, 8am – Let’s Talk About Race in Storytimes (Washington State Library)

Tuesday, January 9th, 3pm – Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership (AASL)

Wednesday, January 17th, 10am – Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work 

Save the Date! 

Anchorage Session @ASTE, Saturday February 17th, 9:30-11:30a – Gwyneth Jones –10 Ways the Librarian Can Be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga (AkASL) $30

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

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

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.

12/20 – Funny ditty to share with HS or MS? I’ve listened to it several times, and have laughed heartily each time. It will probably get stuck in your head. You’re welcome. 😂

Almanac

January is Braille Literacy Month, Book Blitz Month

Monday, January 15th – Martin Luther King Day, State Library Closed.

January 23rd is National Readathon

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue will be January 18th. 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
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187
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SAYL Mail for December 20th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Gwyneth Jones – The Daring Librarian Coming to Anchorage! (AkASL)

“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.”

AkASL Proposed Budget and Constitutional Amendment Ballots open through January 18th.

The AkASL Executive Board recommends accepting the proposed budget found here. Please cast your vote on whether or not to accept this budget.

The AkASL Executive Board recommends “Do Pass” for each the following proposed amendments to the Alaska Association of School Librarians Constitution.

All current voting members of AkASL are eligible to vote. Online voting is open through 11:59 PM, Thursday, January 18, 2018. Voter verification information needed to ensure only members vote, and only one ballot is cast per member; all responses are confidential.

Need to update your membership status? http://akasl.org/join/

Haines School District to Host Puppet Workshop

Leigh Horner of Haines School District secured grants from the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation and the Alaska Foundation on the Arts to fund a 12-week puppet workshop in the school library with the artists from Geppettos Workshop. The group will build puppets, write a puppet script, build sets and have a community performance.

FCC Dismantles ‘Net Neutrality’ Policy, and K-12 Schools Await Impact (Education Week)

The Future of Fake News (Edutopia)

“It’s time to double down on news and media literacy. Build your lessons on these essential questions to ground students in solid critical thinking habits.”

Highlighted SLED Resource:

Introduce your child to a world of Sesame Street fun!

Sesame Street eBook World
Give your kids an enhanced learning experience that’s fun and educational. They’ll learn from the alphabet and numbers from Sesame Street’s lovable, well-known characters. Find eBooks in English and Spanish, with animated, interactive, audio, and read along formats. New content is added regularly. Available as an app for iPad or Android tablets for offline access. Paid for by the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development.

“Best of” 2017 Lists

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children’s Books 2017

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 2017 Best of the Best

School Library Journal Best Books 2017

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books of 2017

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s and YA Books 2017

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2017

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Young Adults, 2017

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2017

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017

Washington Post Best Children’s Books of 2017

The Guardian Best Children’s Books of 2017

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:
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

Bibliographic Control Clerk II – ASD, Anchorage

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

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

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.

12/1 – Has anyone Read”The Ocean in my Ears” by Meagan Macvie, and if so, what do you think? thanks!

12/4 – AkLA has approved a request to add a category to the Alaskana award for a children’s/YA title. Would you like to be on the Ad Hoc Children and Youth Alaskana Working Group? We need library workers from around the state who have an interest in Alaskana children and youth literature.
Thank you for considering!

12/5 – Query from one of my amazing staff: “Does there exist a database of Supreme Court Cases that would allow students to do subject-specific searches and present the information in student-friendly language and format?” Any ideas?

12/6 – School Librarians and Why Our Children Need Them

12/9 – Reporting back from AASL – first up, all about the new Standards! Take a look at my Smore for info and links.

12/14 – Valdez High School Students have been choosing books for their ‘Jolabokaflod’ library giveaway! Curling up with a free book is a great way to enjoy winter break. You can learn more about the Icelandic tradition of the ‘Christmas Book Flood’ here:https://jolabokaflod.org/about/founding-story/

12/16 – Another Smore

12/16 – And one more… I’ve got several versions of this one, but this was adapted after AASL, where the sessions on this topic were numerous! Some presenter links are included here. Take a look and let me know what you think!

12/16 – [Sweet freebies in the form of printable bookmarks]

Almanac

December 25th is Christmas Day, State Library is closed

January 1st is New Years Day, State Library is closed

Kwanzaa is December 26th through January 1st

January is Braille Literacy Month, Book Blitz Month, 

January 23rd is National Readathon

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
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SAYL Mail for November 27th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Introducing the Standards (American Libraries)

(Opens PDF)

“’These Standards are a commitment to our future, our teachers, and our students,’ said AASL Executive Director Sylvia Knight Norton at the morning general session. ‘These are our Standards; these are your Standards.’ To illustrate the point, Norton had attendees who had worked on the editorial board stand up, followed by those who had been surveyed, then those who participated in the focus groups, Twitter conversations, and so on. By the end of this quick exercise, almost all of the hundreds in attendance at the general session were standing, showing how all have a stake in this new endeavor.

AASL National Standards: A Few Essentials to Get Started! (SLJ)

Neil Gaiman Leads Authors Demanding Action to Halt Decline of School Libraries (The Guardian)

“Pointing to the fact that England is the only OECD nation ‘where the literacy of 16- to 24-year-olds is below that of people aged 55 and over’, the authors say that ‘if a child cannot read well by the age of 11, the negative impacts on their attainment last for the rest of their lives’.”

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:
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.

Archived: 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)

Saturday, December 2nd, 6am – Social Networking with Students and Parents: It’s Safer Than You Think (SimpleK12)

Saturday, December 2nd, 7am – Collaborating and Creating Content: Working Together for Authentic Audiences (SimpleK12)

Saturday, December 2nd, 8am – Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students (SimpleK12)

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)

Thursday, December 7th, noon – Online Security, Privacy, and Risk: How to Avoid Becoming a Headline (edWeb)

Wednesday, December 13th, 1pm – Digital Citizenship Across Grade Levels (edWeb)

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

 

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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