SAYL Mail for September 6th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

The AASL Standards Crosswalks Are Here For The Future Ready Librarians Framework & ISTE Standards! [The Library Voice. 1 min.]

Using AASL’s New LGBTQ+ Resource Guide for Professional Development [KQ. 3 min.]

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month [KQ. 4 min.]

Gaming’s Not Just for Kids: What Educators Need to Know About Esports [EdSurge. 5 min.]

“Playing these games competitively, known as esports, is on the verge of becoming not only a force in the business and entertainment world, but a factor in the classroom as schools start esports leagues and curriculum springs up around gaming culture. So what do educators need to know about it?”

Inquiry in the Classroom: Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder! [Scholastic EDU. 2 min.]

New Teacher Resources for a New School Year from the Library of Congress [Teaching with the Library of Congress. 1 min.]

The American Opioid Crisis in YA Literature [Teen Librarian Toolbox. 5 min.]

Fine Tuning Genrefication with Custom Signs [Expect the Miraculous. 3 min.]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closes October 1st. Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project Grant(School/Public Combined only) Provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through a local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books.

Closes October 1st. Nominations for I Love My Librarian Award. “Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school. In order to be eligible, each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.”

Closes October 1st. ALSC 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards.  $600 stipend to attend their first ALA Annual Conference and invitation to the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy banquet.

Closes November 15th. (School and Public collaborative) Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. Up to $4000 to provide a visit from an author/illustrator.

Closes November 16th. ALA Great Stories Club on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. “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.”

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

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.
 
Thursday, September 6th, 10 am – Make Do Share: Sustainable STEM Programming for Youth [Indiana State Library]
 
Thursday, September 6th, noon – Levels Are a Teacher’s Tool, NOT a Child’s Label [Education Week]
 
 
Tuesday, September 11th, 11am – The Latest Must-Have Graphic Novels for Fall [Library Journal]
 
Wednesday, September 12th, 10:30am – MARCH with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell [Programming Librarian]
 
Wednesday, September 12th, noon – Empower Your Students to Be Digital Leaders on Social Media [edWeb]
 
Thursday, September 13th, 10am – Fall for These Must-Haves for Every Elementary to YA Reader [Booklist]
 
Thursday, September 13th, 10am – Cultural Competence and Responsiveness [YALSA]
 
 
Tuesday, September 18th, 11am – Supercharge Your Collection with New Fall Nonfiction [SLJ]
 
Thursday, September 20th, 10:30 am – Ditching Dewey – How to Adopt Bookstore Style Organization [Texas State Library and Archives]
 
 

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Save the Date! Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!
 
Upcoming Courses:
Asynchronous start date listed. Paid courses offered on ISTE U will be eligible for graduate-level credit through Dominican University of California. ISTE Member prices listed. Complete listing of courses
9/10 – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Free, no credit
 
Upcoming conferences:
 
Cincinnati. September 27th – 29th. Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. (from $400)
 
Brooklyn. October 26 – 28. 2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit
 
Salt Lake City. November 2-4. 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium. (from $199)
 
Seattle. January 25-29. ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. (Early bird member rate $245)
 
 
Employment Opportunities
 
7-8 Librarian, Homer Middle School, .5 FTE Certified
K-6 Librarian, Mountain View Elementary, 1.0 FTE Certified
K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE Certified
 
Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

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 social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.
 
8/24 – Interested in hosting interactive learning? School librarians can reserve two-way videoconferencing from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). CILC programs can only be requested by school library staff (i.e. they’re the single point of contact for their teachers). Contact daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov for more information.
 
8/26 – Start thinking about ASTE everyone. Tiffany Whitehead, The Mighty Little Librarian, is coming to Alaska!
 
8/27 – If you’re in a small community (pop 15000 or less) and serve teens check out this project. It sounds like a great way to help build partnerships and work on developing future ready students.
 
8/28 – Looking for ideas on library orientation and how to get the year started? Check out this great compilation of ideas and article snippets by Joyce Valenza.
 
8/28 – These are great reflection questions for starting the year off right. And not just for the librarian, but for returning teachers and administrators too. Take a look!
 
8/28 – They’re here!!! [Standards Crosswalks]
 
8/29 – I used to struggle with classroom management in the library at the elementary level. It was my first few years working in public school and it was a challenging environment. I wish I had read an article like this at the time that helped me realize it was okay to fail sometimes as long as you are reflective and try something new the next time. Just stay calm and carry on.
 
8/29 – Yes, thoughtful article. [Problematic Classics: Four Questions to Ask When Beloved Books Haven’t Aged Well]
 
9/1 – [Powerful posters that turn the ISTE Learner Standards into I Can/I Am statements. Thanks, Sharon G for posting and Tanya LeClair for designing!]
 
9/1 – Some of these would make for great tools in a lesson. [33 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try]
 
9/1 – Way to go Michelle!
 
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This will be my last issue. Thanks for a great three and a half years! SAYL Mail will be continued soon…
-Jared

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

SAYL Mail for November 27th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Introducing the Standards (American Libraries)

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“’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

SAYL Mail for November 14th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

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

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

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

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

Alaska School Digital Library

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

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

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

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

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants

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

Deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employment Opportunities

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

Almanac

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

November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day. State Library closed

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

Check It Out Next Time!

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

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

SAYL Mail for September 15th

In this issue…

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

SAYL News in Brief

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

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

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

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

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

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

Alaska Digital Citizenship Week

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

Start the School Year with the Library of Congress

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

Whiteness in Librarianship (AASL KQ)

Banned Books Week Plans 2017 (Eliterate Librarian)

Employment Opportunities

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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

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

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

9/12 – Check it out!

Almanac

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

Check It Out Next Time!

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

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

SAYL Mail for August 25th

In this issue… 

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

Pardon Our Mess!

1964 Earthquake Collection, Seward Community Library Association

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

SAYL News in Brief

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

Alaska Digital School Library Available for your School or District

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

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

Employment Opportunities

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

Librarian, Goldenview Middle School, Anchorage

Librarian, North Pole High School, Fairbanks

Librarian, Ursa Major Elementary, Anchorage

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 17-20: ASTE Conference. Anchorage

March 8- 11: AkLA Conference. Anchorage

Almanac

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

Check It Out Next Time!

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

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

SAYL Mail for May 17th, 2017

In this issue…

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

SAYL News in Brief

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

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

Weeding to Let My Collection Grow (AASL)

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

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

Speed Dating for Book Lovahs!  (The Daring Librarian)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

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

Employment Opportunities

Librarian, Hutchison High School, Fairbanks

Librarian, Tanana Middle School, Fairbanks

Librarian, Chester Valley Elementary, Anchorage

Media Specialist, Chevak School

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 30th is Memorial Day. State Library closed

Check It Out Next Time!

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

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

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

SAYL Mail for April 27th, 2017

In this issue…

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

SAYL News in Brief

 

“My BrainPOP” Management Suite Now Available

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

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

AkASL Delegate Sought 

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

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

The AkASL delegate will

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

This position requires:

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

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

Contact AkASL President, Karla Barkman for more information.

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees announced! (YALSA)

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

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

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Employment Opportunities

Librarian, Fairview Elementary, Anchorage

Librarian, Chester Valley Elementary, Anchorage

Librarian, College Gate Elementary, Anchorage

Librarian, Trailside Elementary, Anchorage

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Using Data to Tell Your Library’s Story-Juneau

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

Using Data to Tell Your Library’s Story-Anchorage

Alaska State Library LibCal: Events

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

Using Data to Tell Your Library’s Story-Fairbanks

Alaska State Library LibCal: Events

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

Alaska State Library sponsored event

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

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


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

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

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

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructions

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

This survey closes on May 26, 2017.

Almanac

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

Check It Out Next Time!

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

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

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

SAYL Mail for April 14th, 2017

In this issue…

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

SAYL News in Brief

Something to Celebrate (AASL)

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

AkASL Delegate Sought 

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

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

The AkASL delegate will

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

This position requires:

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

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

Contact AkASL President, Karla Barkman for more information.

In Support of Battle of the Books (Knowledge Quest)

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

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

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

Summer Reading Plans 2017 (Eliterate Librarian)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AkASL Puffin

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

4/13 – Notes from the editor

4/13 – AKLA conference artifacts by Raandi Miller

4/13 – smore from Caitlin Jacobson

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Almanac

Check It Out Next Time!

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

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

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

SAYL Mail for April 1st, 2017

In this issue…

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

SAYL News in Brief

Alaska State Library Five-Year LSTA Evaluation Librarian Survey

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

What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries (SLJ)

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

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

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employment Opportunities

Immediate Openings

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

2017-18 Openings

Librarian, TBD, Anchorage

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

UAS Summer Course Schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_Librarians

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

3/19 – For all the Judith Viorst fans

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

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

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

3/28 – Finally

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

Almanac

 

Check It Out Next Time!

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

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

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