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

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

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

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

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 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

 

Almanac

 

 

 

 

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

SAYL Mail for March 3rd, 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

Public Comment for Alaska State Plan 2018-2022

“Join State Library of Alaska and share your activities to help achieve our goals. Discuss your ideas with the community and refine them further.Vote for those whose impact seems most meaningful to you.”

Advocating for the Worth of Librarians Pays Off in CA (SLJ)

“The state continues to rank at the bottom of library professional staffing rates. [Alaska ranks below California in this statistic, and is last in the nation. Source. -Ed.Selma Unified is one of the very few school districts in California that is hiring credentialed librarians, with the goal to have one in every school by next year.”

“As school librarians, we get accustomed to being the only one of our kind on campus and can feel isolated at times. We are teachers but aren’t always considered as such. In order to counter this singular position, reach out to the librarian down the street at your nearest public library branch. Public and school librarians can form a perfect partnership.”

“[T]he 5 Laws focus on competencies that address knowledge in all formats and resonate with our own professional values and standards.”

 

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

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

2017-18 Openings

Librarian, Lathrop High School, Fairbanks

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 405 – Children’s Literature in the Alaska Context. Online: M 4:30 – 6:00 PM, May 15 – August 5. $723

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.

Monday, March 6th, 4pm – Students take the Mic (TL Virtual Cafe)

Tuesday, March 7th, 10am – Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library (Booklist)

Tuesday, March 7th, noon – Leading Instructional Change: One District’s Journey to Implementing Personalized Learning (edWeb)

Wednesday, March 8th, 11am – Why Audiobooks Don’t Work and ALL of the Reasons They Do (edWeb)

Thursday, March 9th, 11am – Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (SLJ)

Thursday, March 9th, 11am – Navigating the Shift: Accessible Education Materials for All Students (edWeb)

Monday, March 13th, 11am – Literacy = Language Production: Going Beyond the Text & Embracing the Talk (edWeb)

Monday, March 13th, noon – Integrating Robotics in Content Areas (edWeb)

Tuesday, March 14th, 11am – Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing (SLJ)

Wednesday, March 15th, 11am – New Spring Nonfiction for the Library and Classroom (SLJ)

Thursday, March 16th, 11am – Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News (SLJ)

 

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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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.

2/24 – Awesome day at akla conference so many great presenters. So many people to collaborate with!!!

2/25 – Sen. Becky Harris, R-Las Vegas, introduced Senate Bill 143 Thursday, which also mandates a librarian on staff because “a collection of books is not enough,” she said.

3/1 – Elementary Folks: As a result of a generous donation from Chronicle Books, WNDB in the Classroom is offering to send new picture books to your school! Submit your application below for this special WNDB in the Classroom program by March 15, 2017. This giveaway is open to primary/elementary schools (PK-5th grade) ONLY.

3/2 – PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Rosemary Hall
rkhall@umd.edu

2017-18 Fellows Program Application Deadline Approaching!

Applications for the second cohort of the Lilead Fellows Program are due on March 17, 2017.

Applications can be found on the
Lilead Project website.

The Lilead Project hosted three information sessions, one in person before ALA Midwinter and two online, providing an overview of the program and answering questions about the application process. A recording of the first of the online information sessions can be accessed here: https://webmeeting.umd.edu/p9boly86ihg/.

The Lilead Fellows Program is an intensive professional development program for school district library supervisors. The Lilead Project received IMLS grant funding in 2016 to support a second cohort of Lilead Fellows.

Like their predecessors, this second cohort will tackle challenging and pressing issues in their districts and work toward transformational change to support student success. UMD’s
iSchool will partner with the Darden College of Education at
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) to carry out the expanded program.

“The Fellows Program is an opportunity for school library supervisors to work on the most challenging issues in their district in collaboration with other supervisors and leaders in the field,” stated Ann Weeks, Principal Investigator of the Lilead Project.

“These supervisors are so often isolated in their districts as the lone
administrator for school libraries; the Fellows Program provides professional development and a supportive and collaborative community for supervisors as they work on major initiatives in their school districts to promote student achievement.”

For more information, please visit http://lileadproject.org/
or contact the Lilead Project at lileadproject@gmail.com.
You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Almanac

March is Women’s History MonthNational Reading Awareness MonthMusic in Our Schools Month

March 5-11 is Teen Tech Week

March 8th is National Proof Reading Day

March 16th is Freedom of Information Day

March 20th is World Storytelling Day

March 21st is World Poetry Day

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue of SAYL Mail will be March 16th.

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
[Please note change of number!]



SAYL Mail – February 16th

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

February 16th – In This Issue…

Arnold Granville photographs. “Winter recess.” (Anchorage, 1954) UAF-1991-18-127

SAYL News in Brief

Report: Broadband Access Making ‘Dramatic’ Progress

“Eighty-eight percent of U.S. school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom.”

[To see progress in Alaska and it’s national rankings, go directly to the State of the States report.]

LITA Publishes Privacy Checklists, Includes Students in Public Schools.

Privacy checklists in seven areas are now available from the Library and Information Technology Association. Three levels of priority actions are given for seven areas, including K-12 students. The five “Priority 1” actions are designed for all libraries to take without requiring a high level of technical expertise, resources, or organizational structure.
It Really IS about the Questions! (AASL)

“When we sat down together and began our discussion, I found out that what they really wanted was for me to give them a list of “reliable” sites that they could go to for their debates. I explained that reliability is one of those things that comes with baggage, and that perspective, authority, and purpose are all intertwined. They wanted to know more.”

An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate (SLJ)

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 February 28th
–  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 February 28th – 
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 March 1st – Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant. $750 to introduce a Talk Story, a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families.

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 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.

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

Employment Opportunities

Elementary Library Media Associate, Denali Elementary, Anchorage

Library Media Specialist K-12, Chevak School

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

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 405 – Children’s Literature in the Alaska Context. Online: M 4:30 – 6:00 PM, May 15 – August 5. $723

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.

Wednesday, February 22nd – Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes (edWeb)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 10am – Libraries = Education: Your Key to Success (Demco)

Saturday, February 25th, 6 – 11:30am – How Google is Forever Changing the Classroom (Simple K12)

Tuesday, February 28th, 11am – How Schools in the Big Apple Built a PD Program to Cross the District Divide – And You Can, Too! (SLJ)

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_LibrariansA 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.

1/30 – [Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee]

2/1 – District Administration has a special report on maker spaces in schools and school libraries. Great info to share with your admin.

2/3 – Share your voice with our Governor and complete the survey to express your priorities for education in our State. Hopefully, you’ll mention the value of effective school library programs.

2/3 – [Books to Help Kids Understand the Immigrant Experience]

2/8 – State Archives Places Documents Online Pertaining to
Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich in Honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

The Alaska State Archives has digitized and placed online historic documents related to the lives and work of Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich, who are often remembered for their actions toward the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. The State Archives has placed these documents online for Elizabeth Peratrovich Day (Feb. 16), which the Alaska State Legislature established in 1988 to honor Peratrovich “for her courageous, unceasing efforts” to confront discrimination and bring about equal rights laws in Alaska. (AS 44.12.065)

The material placed online comes from Governor Ernest Gruening’s papers and amounts to 65 pages of correspondence and documents concerning Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich between 1943 and 1946. During this time, Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich served as Grand Presidents of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood. These materials document their general work as Native leaders, but also their efforts to address civil and human rights for Alaska Natives. One document includes the Territorial Attorney General’s 19-page legal opinion about the practice of segregated schooling in Alaska, which occurred at that time. This and other responses from the Attorney General came about from Roy Peratrovich writing the Attorney General and requesting a legal explanation about segregated schooling.

Correspondence and papers concerning Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich as held by Gov. Ernest Gruening, 1943-1946, can be viewed here.

Digitized copy of the Anti-Discrimination Act, known as House Bill 14, Chapter 2 can be viewed here.

2/8 – Do you think you’d be able to show this at your school?

2/11 – Not sure about Dr. Shran’s conclusions or the teacher’s – but an interesting use of bibliotherapy.

2/11 – Very cool….

2/11 – Had to share. He says this so well. And his blog post is even more eloquent.

2/13 – [How to Search for Creative Commons Images]

2/14 – Battle of the books moderators needed. There’s a few spots left we are trying to fill for the state tournament. If you can juggle your schedule, the students appreciate having smaller brackets
HS battles. Feb 28. 9-11 am. 1 spot
MS battles. March 1 9-11 am. 2 spots [-Shelly Logsdon]

2/14 – [Yale Study: People Who Read Live Longer Than Those Who Don’t]

2/14 – [375,000 Images From the Met Are Now Yours for the Taking]

2/15 – This looks interesting

2/15 – Have you ever wanted to be able to add URL links to your Google Drive so they appear amongst your folders and files? LinkTo is a Google Chrome Extension that enables you to do this. Check out this tutorial for instructions how to download, install, and use the extension.

2/15 -Hay all you educators out there, I have a 10 y.o. Interested in magnets and lasers. Any age appropriate book suggestions? Most of what I’ve found are for early childhood or college level.

2/15 – What a great idea! I’ll be doing this with all classes after parent conferences.

2/16 – “#DayofFacts is an international social media campaign that will occur on February 17, 2017. On this day, museums, libraries, archives, cultural institutions, science centers and other trusted public sources of knowledge will share mission-related content using the hashtag #DayofFacts. While there are no limits on the factual content that you can share, we hope institutions will share content relevant to this particular moment in American history. By not taking an overt political stand but simply sharing mission-related, objective, and relevant facts, we will show the world that our institutions are still trusted sources for truth and knowledge.”

Almanac

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

February 20th is President’s Day. State Library is Closed.

February 23rd is Digital Learning Day

March is Women’s History MonthNational Reading Awareness MonthMusic in Our Schools Month

March 2nd is Read Across America (Dr. Seuss Day)

March 5-11 is Teen Tech Week

 SAYL Mail is Moving!

You’ll find the next issue of SAYL Mail (March 2nd), as well as archives since August of 2015, at www.alaskaschoollibrary.com/SAYL.

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!

SAYL Mail – January 26th

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

January 26th- In This Issue…

Fhoki Kayamori. “Children, of various ages, standing for group portrait outside of school house, in winter. (Yakutat)” ASL-P55-736

SAYL News in Brief

Winners of the 2017 Youth Media Awards (School Library Journal)

APALA, Bloomer, YALSA Awards Announced (School Library Journal)

Could ESSA Spark a School Library Renaissance? (Publisher’s Weekly)

School Libraries and Their Influence on School Culture (Knowledge Quest)

Carla Hayden Thinks Libraries Are a Key to Freedom (New York Times)

Books for the Alaska State Museum’s Discovery Room (Since You Asked)

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 February 1stALSC Bookapalooza program. Winners receive “a collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.”

Closing February 28th
–  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 February 28th – 
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 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.

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

Employment Opportunities

Library Media Specialist  – K-12, Chevak

Library Aide – PK – 5, Mt. View Elementary, Kenai

Media Specialist (District) – K-12, North Slope Borough

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Ongoing: Free subscription to ABC-CLIO School Library Connection and reVIEWs+ Online Professional Development Suite.

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, January 31st, 10 am – Get Kids Coding (Book List)

Tuesday, January 31, 10 am – Increasing Student Achievement Through Engaging Digital Curriculum (Education Week)

Thursday, February 2nd – Creativity and Library Leadership: Moving the Next Gen Library Forward (BookList)

Monday, February 6th – Passion in your Future Ready Library (TL Virtual Cafe)

Tuesday, February 7th – Full STEAM Ahead (Book List)

Wednesday, February 8th – Transform Your Children’s Library Into an Interactive STEAM Learning Environment (Demco)

Saturday, February 11th – Best Ways to Use Chromebooks in Your Classroom: Tips, Tricks, and Ideas (Simple K12)

Tuesday, February 14th – Teaching Tolerance (Book List)

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_LibrariansA 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.

1/17 – An inspirational video about library’s social mission.

1/18 – Thank you to those who responded. I am still looking for a few more responses. Whether you are certified or not, if you work in a school library that serves secondary students, I would love your input. The survey only takes 15 minutes. Thanks!

1/21 – Have any of you tried this? [Blind Date with a Book] How did it turn out?

1/22 – Good stuff here! [How to Build Audiences to Effectively Engage Your Library Community]

1/22 – Just realized that with the disappearance of various .gov websites as well as the threats towards the Fourth Estate by the President and the rise of “alternative facts,” we can’t really trust .gov sources as reliable research resource. Adjust your lesson plans accordingly.

1/25 – Still counting down to an extended due date for Pat on the Back award nominations! So you still have time to give a Pat on the Back Award to that person (or people) who have supported your school library program. We have extended the deadline to the 27th. Just takes a few minutes to show your love an appreciation.

Almanac

January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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

February 14th is Valentine’s Day and International Book Giving Day

February 16th is World Read Aloud Day

February 20th is President’s Day. State Library is Closed.

February 23rd is Digital Learning Day

phoneSomething You’d Like to See in SAYL Mail?

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. The next issue will be February 16th. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!