SAYL Mail – December 16th

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

December 16th- In This Issue…

James Wickersham. “A Pose in ‘Mother Goose’ by School Children at the Christmas Tree Entertainment. Ruby, Alaska, 1916. Miss Padock. Teacher.” ASL-P277-004-119

SAYL News in Brief

Joining a Shared Collection: Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing

A sample diagram of a consortium’s shared digital collection with additional individual collections for each member school

OverDrive is excited to offer interested schools and districts in Alaska the opportunity to join a digital shared collection. Membership in a 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. For example, if a school were to initiate a digital collection of their own, they may only be able to afford 50 titles. However, by joining a consortium of 20 schools, that same school would then have access to a collection of 1,000 titles. This shared collection grows as consortium membership increases.

Advantages of being part of the digital content consortium include:

  • Join for as little as $100 per school, with all funds going to content.
  • The Alaska State Library and Alaska Library Network are funding and selecting an additional $10,000 worth of titles for the shared collection!
  • The ability to add additional titles solely for use by your school (separate from the shared collection)
  • Titles can be filtered by school level

OverDrive delivers:

  • An unrivaled catalog of 2+ million eBook, audiobook and streaming video titles from 5,000+ publishers in all subjects and genres, including digital class sets for English Language Arts
  • Compatibility with every major device, including laptops, Chromebook™, Kindle®, iPhone®, iPad® and Android™
  • Ease of use – A central platform tailored to your needs and the highest-rated app
  • Flexible access models to maximize budget and use
  • Expert assistance for successful implementation and customization

The goal is to get participating schools signed up by January 24th February 28th so that we can launch access to the collection early in the 2nd semester – but schools can start at anytime. The more schools that participate, the more age-appropriate content will be available to maximize engagement and usage. OverDrive can help to select resources in the shared account and you can easily add more content just for your school via an individual collection.

For more information or to see a demonstration, please submit your contact information online or reach out to your AK rep below:

Kevin Coon
OverDrive Account Executive
kcoon@overdrive.com | 949-791-7793

 

 

 

 

CILC Now Available to School Libraries Through OWL

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is an international network that uses video conferencing to bring collaboration and interactive educational content to educators. CILC programming has been available to public libraries through the use of OWL for some time, these same services are now available to school libraries on a pilot-program basis.

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.

Professional development on a variety of topics can also be scheduled. Webinars, online classes, videoconferencing, and other convenient methods of are available depending on your needs.

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 Jared Shucha or Daniel Cornwall at the State Library.

The Beginning of a Library Partnership Conversation (KQ)

The Library of Congress Is Putting Its Map Collection on the Map (Smithsonian)

The Best of 2016

School Library Journal’s Best of 2016

ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books – 2016

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books 2016

Chicago Public Library Kids Best of the Best Books 2016

Bank Street’s the Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2016 Edition

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016

Booklist Top of the List: 2016

Brainpickings the Best Children’s Books of 2016

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

Ongoing – Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants
Out-of-state travel, $1500 maximum: 80 days prior to conference
ALA (Chicago, June 22-27) deadline: April 3rd
In-state travel, $1000 maximum: 60 days prior to conference
AkLA (Ketchikan, February 23-26) deadline: December 23rd
Online events, $500 maximum: 7 days prior to event

Closing December 23rdFollett Challenge. $8,000 – 60,000 for For an essay and a video demonstrating how an educational program from your school or school district is preparing children to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Closing December 30th
– ALA Great Stories Club. “Libraries selected to participate in the Great Stories Club receive 11 copies of three theme-related books (Theme: Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide) to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 young adults; a variety of programming support materials; and online or in-person training (depending on past participation in the project).”

Applications Open for the 2017 AASL Awards. 12 grants and awards, ranging from $1,250 to $10,000 to “recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.” National School Library Program of the Year closes January 1st. All other applications or nominations close February 1st.

Closing February 1st
ALSC 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 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

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

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

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.

12/11 – [Evidence Base]

12/13 – Have you used digital primary sources with students? How’d you use them? [DPLA Primary Source Sets]

12/13 – Hello All! I have a question. I homeschool, along with a friend, and we are interested in participating in Battle of the Books but our district that we homeschool under isn’t likely participating this year. Any suggestions on how we can get in as homeschooling group?

12/14 – Juneau folks… [Wood Magazine Rack (Juneau,AK)]

Almanac

December 26th is Christmas, observed. State Library is Closed.

January is Book Blitz Month and Braille Literacy Month

January 2nd is New Years Day, observed. State Library is Closed.

January 16th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. State Library is Closed.

January 24th is National Readathon Day



Something 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 January 10th. 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 – December 7th

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

December 7th- In This Issue

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Alaska Territorial Department of Education, “Fort Yukon Territorial School, Earlier than 1934” ASL-MS146-03-14C-1

SAYL News in Brief

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Registration for the AkLA Conference is Open

Teen Health and Wellness: Time to Renew!

On January 15, 2017 statewide access to Teen Health and Wellness (through SLED) will cease. Rosen Digital is working with ALN to offer discounted pricing to any school or library who would like to keep access to this database.

Schools and districts: Annual subscriptions begin at $395 (was $595) per building, and are tiered based on FTE. Additional discounts are also available for multi-building and/or school district subscriptions, for multi-year purchases, and for schools under 350 FTE.

Please contact Miriam Gilbert, Director of Rosen Digital, directly for a quote at (303) 818-7187 or miriamg@rosenpub.com.

Huckleberry Finn,’ ‘to Kill a Mockingbird’ Return to Virginia Classrooms After Vote (Washington Times)

“A Virginia school district voted Tuesday to return “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” back to school library shelves after they were briefly suspended following a parent’s complaint.”

Challenges and Celebrations: Time to Reflect and Share (KQ)

In the War on Fake News, School Librarians Have a Huge Role to Play (The Verge)

School Library Book Returned More Than 120 Years Late – with No Fine (The Guardian)

Still Time to Clear Library Fines with Food Donations (Alaska Highway News)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

Ongoing – Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants
Out-of-state travel, $1500 maximum: 80 days prior to conference
ALA (Chicago, June 22-27) deadline: April 3rd
In-state travel, $1000 maximum: 60 days prior to conference
AkLA (Ketchikan, February 23-26) deadline: December 23rd
Online events, $500 maximum: 7 days prior to event

Closing December 12th – Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. For first-time recipients. Staffed, designated, and established school libraries with at least 85% Free/Reduced Lunch are eligible. Up to $7,000

Closing December 23rdFollett Challenge. $8,000 – 60,000 for For an essay and a video demonstrating how an educational program from your school or school district is preparing children to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Closing December 30th
– ALA Great Stories Club. “Libraries selected to participate in the Great Stories Club receive 11 copies of three theme-related books (Theme: Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide) to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 young adults; a variety of programming support materials; and online or in-person training (depending on past participation in the project).”

Applications Open for the 2017 AASL Awards. 12 grants and awards, ranging from $1,250 to $10,000 to “recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.” National School Library Program of the Year closes January 1st. All other applications or nominations close February 1st.

Closing February 1st
ALSC 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 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

Media Specialist (District) – 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.

Thursday, December 8th, 9:30 am – Makerspace: Any Space, Any Child, Any Budget (Baker and Taylor)

Thursday, December 8th, noon – Now I Have to Teach Coding? A Beginner’s Guide (edWeb)

Monday, December 12th, 11am – Silly and Somber Books for Spring 2017 (Junior Library Guild)

Tuesday, December 13th, 11am – 12 Tech Tools for Your Classroom (SimpleK12)

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

AkASL Puffin

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

Grantee Articles 2016 By Renee Foster

Shareable products from AKLA Conference By Veronica Wood

Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp, 2016 By Kerri Geppert

ALA 2016 Conference Culture & Diversity By Danelle Jefson

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.

11/23 – We’ve got our work cut out for us… [Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds]

11/25 – If you want some help in promoting Live Homework Help, tutor.com created a customized PR page for us. It also tells you what to do if your students cannot authenticate to Live Homework Help.

11/29 – Looks fun! [Sealaska Heritage Institute to Release Six Children’s Books on Creation Stories, Colors, Alphabet]

11/29 – I was confused about how this was possible since Alaska has ridiculously low numbers of librarians so I examined the stats myself. California is indeed 50th. Alaska is 49th. We gotta figure out how to turn this around…

12/3 – [Shakespeare and YA Novels: Ryan North and Molly Booth]

12/5 – [Google Returns the Reference Citation Option to Google Docs]

Almanac

December 5th – 11th is Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code

December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day

December 26th is Christmas, observed. State Library is Closed.

January is Book Blitz Month and Braille Literacy Month

January 2nd is New Years Day, observed. State Library is Closed.

January 16th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. State Library is Closed.


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SAYL Mail – November 22nd

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

November 22nd – In This Issue…

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Mollie Ward Greist Photograph Collection “Teachers at Thanksgiving dinner party at Flossie George’s” (Barrow). ASL-P90-012

SAYL News in Brief

Information Literacy Lessons Crucial in a Post-Truth World (KQ)

“For years we librarians have been teaching our students how to evaluate websites and warning students about the dangers of going out on the world wide web without applying a critical lens to what we find.”

Haines School and Lake Otis Elementary Win Patterson/Scholastic Awards (Publishers Weekly)

“The Patterson Pledge program, a partnership between bestselling author James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club, designed to aid school libraries, has announced its list of grant recipients for 2016. The winners’ list is comprised of 452 schools from around the country that will receive grants ranging from $1000 to $10,000.”

Haines School Librarian and Students Create Book Review Videos (DEED Information Exchange)

Leigh Horner and the Haines Borough School Library were awarded a James Patterson Partnership Grant for $3,000.

“Sharing news from Haines from school librarian Leigh Horner: Last year I worked with the 5th-graders to make “book bites,” book reviews that we made using a green screen and the app DoInk (iOS only). Here are some of our videos:

Book Review – Amulet The Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi

Book Bite: Tell Me by Joan Bauer as told by Nora

A Wrinkle in Time Book Bite by Luke

We had so much fun making these last year, but I had to borrow iPads from classrooms and the green screen from the high school. It was frustrating at times not having the items to use when we needed them. We used green butcher paper and made our own green screen in the corner to practice with. I wanted our own equipment in the library and applied for a grant last spring. I plan on using the James Patterson grant to purchase equipment for the school library so we can get creative making videos. We will be ordering iPads, a green screen, microphones, and iPad stand. I also want to purchase the DoInk app that can incorporate animation into the videos.”

State Subscription to Teen Health and Wellness Ending

Tracy Swaim, Alaska Library Network

On January 15, 2017 statewide access to Teen Health and Wellness (through SLED) will cease. ALN has been working with Rosen (the vendor) to offer discounted pricing to any school or library who would like to keep access to this database.

Schools and school districts: Annual subscriptions begin at $395 (was $595) per building, and is tiered based on FTE. Additional discounts are also available for multi-building and/or school district subscriptions, and for multi-year purchases.

Public libraries: Annual subscriptions begin at $395 (was $595) per Library, based on population served. Discounts are available for multi-year subscriptions.

If you are interested, please contact Miriam Gilbert (Director of Rosen Digital) directly for a quote at 303.818.7187 or miriamg@rosenpub.com.

AASL Invites Concurrent Session Proposals for Its 18th National Conference & Exhibition (KQ)

WHYY Expands Media Labs in School District (Philadelphia Tribune)

This is How Literary Fiction Teaches Us to Be Human (Signature)

Here’s How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed (CNN)

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 November 30th – Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

Closing December 1st – Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant Application. $1000 towards research project responding to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Closing December 12th – Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. For first-time recipients. Staffed, designated, and established school libraries with at least 85% Free/Reduced Lunch are eligible. Up to $7,000

Closing December 23rdFollett Challenge. $8,000 – 60,000 for an essay and a video demonstrating how an educational program from your school or school district is preparing children to meet the demands of the 21st century.

newClosing December 30th – ALA Great Stories Club. “Libraries selected to participate in the Great Stories Club receive 11 copies of three theme-related books (Theme: Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide) to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 young adults; a variety of programming support materials; and online or in-person training (depending on past participation in the project).”

Applications Open for the 2017 AASL Awards. 12 grants and awards, ranging from $1,250 to $10,000 to “recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.” National School Library Program of the Year closes January 1st. All other applications or nominations close February 1st.

newClosing 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.”

newClosing 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

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

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

Early Literacy Outreach Librarian – Anchorage Public Library

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.

Wednesday, November 30th, 10am – FY2017 Competitive Bidding: Keys to E-rate Success (edWeb)

Thursday, December 1st, 11am – Research-Based Tools and Strategies Proven to Help Beginner Readers (edWeb)

Thursday, December 1st, noon – How to Increase Reading Rates with eBooks and Audiobooks (edWeb)

Tuesday, December 6th, 11am – Pop Literacy (ISTE)

Tuesday, December 6th, 4pm – Beyond the Hour of Code: Implementation for All (edWeb)

Wednesday, December 7th, noon – To Infinity and Beyond: Using Technology to Enhance PreK-2 Lessons (edWeb)

Thursday, December 8th, noon – Now I Have to Teach Coding? A Beginner’s Guide (edWeb)

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

AkASL Puffin

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

AKLA Author Dinner featuring Newbery-Winning Author Matt De La Peña by Karla Barkman

Why Should You Go to AASL in 2017 by Lynn McNamara

Basic Steps to Remember in Genrefication! By David Brown

AKASL 2016 Articles By Donna Helmer

ALA 2016 Convention By Alisa Williams

The Future Ready Librarian: Is Your School Administration on Board? by Deborah Rinio

Comics – SCBWI – Teens Programming By Tamra Wear

Arbordale Article By Machelle Kelchner

AKASL Professional Development Grant Shareable Products By Karina Reyes

What to Do with the Kindies and Firsts! by Julie Doepken

Just Weed it! Historical Facts into Fiction! By Renee Foster

ALA Highlights by Caitlin Jacobson

Awesome Things to Share by Michelle Carton

ALA – Orlando, July 2016, Four Articles by Sheryl Wittig 

My 1st Library Conference Fairbanks, AK March 2016 By Karina Reyes

AKLA Conference 2016 Articles By Sheila Degener

My Shareable Experience from the Alaska State Library Association Conference By Michele Chapman

AkLA Conference 2016 By Tina Nelson

Shareable Documents from Conference By Rory Morse

 

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.

11/10 – Please share with everyone you know who might be or might become a school library supporter…

11/11 – Art contest for your students! Deadline November 30th!

11/14 – I was a little behind in my news feed and saw this this morning. I love the graphic inside this blog post. And I’ve always secretly wanted to be called a ninja!

11/15 – Science contest for grades 5-12.

11/15 – [AASL Presents 30 ESSA State Workshops in 60 Days]

11/16 – [Tesoro Briefing Room Space Mural Contest!]

11/16 – There is a silver lining to just about everything. I can’t think of a more authentic learning experience for our students than evaluating the quality of websites for accuracy, authority, objectivity, etc. and having them understand the impact of not doing that. Here are some websites worthy of extra scrutiny.

11/19 – Show someone in the library how much you appreciate them! Nominations are being sought for
AkASL School Librarian of the Year Award
AkASL School Library Staff of the Year Award
AkASL Linda K. Barrett Service Award
AkASL Administrator: “Pat on the Back” Award

Make a stop by the AkASL web site to drop a name in the hat today! http://akasl.org/grants-awards/
(Make sure you hover and click on the library award you are interested in nominating a person for,)

11/20 – Your thoughts? [The Term ‘Graphic Novel’ Has Had A Good Run. We Don’t Need It Anymore]

11/22 – An opportunity. [The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2016]

11/22 – It seems like these are mostly services that were already provided through Novelist, but are now presented in a newly organized format. Definitely worth taking a look for readers advisories, promotion, Novelist training, and general inspiration. It’s a good place to start if you (like me) haven’t really dug in to Novelist before.

Almanac

November 24th is Thanksgiving Day. State Library is Closed.

December 2nd is World Computer Literacy Day

December 5th – 11th is Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code

December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day

December 25th is Christmas. State Library is Closed


phoneSomething You’d Like to See in SAYL Mail?

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SAYL Mail – November 10th

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

November 10th – In This Issue…

SAYL News in Brief

ESSA and School Libraries (American Libraries)

“…with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Government Relations beating the drum, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) calling school affiliates in each state to action, and ALA members making sure their voices are heard on the Hill—was loud and clear: School librarians ensure student success.”

Learn how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Alaska. Join AkASL for a complimentary online workshop on November 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm presented with the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. More information on how to join us. All are welcome!

Obituary: Natalie Babbitt (Publisher’s Weekly)

“Esteemed author and artist Natalie Babbitt, whose 1975 novel Tuck Everlasting remains a lauded work of the modern children’s literature canon, died of lung cancer on October 31 in her home in Hamden, Ct. She was 84.”

Teaching Digital Citizenship in the School Library (KQ)

Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books (SLJ)

No More ‘Shhhhh’: School Libraries Are No Longer Silent and Strict (KY3)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Closing November 30th – Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

Closing December 1st – Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant Application. $1000 towards research project responding to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Closing December 12th – Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. For first-time recipients. Staffed, designated, and established school libraries with at least 85% Free/Reduced Lunch are eligible. Up to $7,000

Closing December 23rdFollett Challenge. $8,000 – 60,000 for For an essay and a video demonstrating how an educational program from your school or school district is preparing children to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Applications Open for the 2017 AASL Awards. 12 grants and awards, ranging from $1,250 to $10,000 to “recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.” National School Library Program of the Year closes January 1st. All other applications or nominations close February 1st.

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

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

Librarian (K-6) – Ravenwood Elementary, Anchorage

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

Early Literacy Outreach Librarian – Anchorage Public Library

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.

Monday, November 14th, 11am – Visible Learning for Literacy (edWeb)

Monday, November 14th, noon – Big6 Information and Technology Skills: Essential and Relevant (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 15th, 10amEngaging Reluctant and Struggling Readers in Your Library (Booklist)

Tuesday, November 15th, 11am – Behind the Books: SLJ In Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (LJ/SLJ)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2pm – Making Your Classroom a Digital Learning Hub with Google Classroom (edWeb)

Wednesday, November 16th, 1pm – Building a Digital Collection (edWeb)

Wednesday, November 16th, 3pm – Read Aloud for Middle Graders (AASL)

Thursday, November 17th, 12:30pm – pyro-TECH: School Libraries, IGNITE! (Wyoming State Libraries)

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.

Learn how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Alaska. Join us for a complimentary online workshop on November 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm presented with the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. For more information on how to join us, click on the link below. All are welcome!

10/28 – I’ve been teaching some phonics basics for kids who are really behind in reading classes. I created this video for one of my students, and I thought I’d share it here, just in case other librarians would find it useful:

10/30 – Interesting twist! [Kid Needs Permission Slip to Read ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ His Dad’s Response Is Brilliant]

10/31 – The summary of the AkASL October meeting is now posted!

11/7- Great collection of books

11/8 – [Growing Understanding of Genre Through a Poem Reading Frenzy]

Almanac

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

November 7th – 11th is National Young Readers Week

November 19th is International Games Day

November 24th is Thanksgiving Day. State Library is Closed.

December 2nd is World Computer Literacy Day

December 5th – 11th is Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code

December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day


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SAYL Mail – October 27th

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

October 27th – In This Issue…

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SAYL News in Brief

Call to Action – ESSA Title IV, Part A (AASL)

“Despite being authorized at $1.65 billion within ESSA, the block grant is facing significant funding barriers from Congress. The Senate’s proposal only allocates $300 million for the block grant while the House’s allocation would provide $1 billion, both falling far short of the authorized level. If underfunded, school districts would be prevented from investing in meaningful areas of education, such as effective school library programs and will be faced with the unnecessarily difficult choice of funding some programs over others.”

AkASL President Interviewed on TL News Night (YouTube)

Sheryl Wittig talks to a national panel about Alaska’s Battle of the Books, author visits, professional development grants, awards, and more.

Do We Need Librarians Now That We Have the Internet? (PBS Newshour)

Observe librarians, and you’ll learn quite a bit about 21st century physicians. Digital technologies are hurling both professions into disintermediated worlds where they are no longer sole providers of vital services. Both must change their skills year by year and prove their value day by day. Both must choose whether the change is liberating or suffocating.

How School Librarians Help Combat Bullying (KQ)

“…The best resources to combat bullying may be right under their noses without the schools even realizing it: the school library and school librarian. Here are some ways that school librarians help prevent bullying.”

7 Halloween Lesson Activities for Elementary School Students (Free Technology for Teachers)

The New York Public Library Has Adopted a Very Unusual Sorting System (Quartz)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

Closing November 30th – Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

newClosing December 1st – Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant Application. $1000 towards research project responding to the YALSA Research Agenda.

newClosing December 12th – Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. For first-time recipients. Staffed, designated, and established school libraries with at least 85% Free/Reduced Lunch are eligible. Up to $7,000

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Closing December 23rdFollett Challenge. $8,000 – 60,000 for For an essay and a video demonstrating how an educational program from your school or school district is preparing children to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Applications Open for the 2017 AASL Awards. 12 grants and awards, ranging from $1,250 to $10,000 to “recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.” National School Library Program of the Year closes January 1st. All other applications or nominations close February 1st.

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

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

Librarian (K-6) – Ravenwood Elementary, Anchorage

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

Early Literacy Outreach Librarian – Anchorage Public Library

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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.

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

Tuesday, November 1st, 11am – STEAM, with an Emphasis on “A” (SLJ)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 3pm – Virtual Learning Commons: Rethinking Your Library Website (AASL)

Monday, November 7th, 11am – What Every Educator Should Know About Special Education Law (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 8th, 10am – New Nonfiction for Youth: Spring 2017 (Booklist)

Wednesday, November 9th, 11am – Collaboration in the Digital Classroom (edWeb)

Thursday, November 10th, 11-11:30am – Fall Debut Class of 2016 (Junior Library Guild)

Thursday, November 10th, noon – Using Interactive Reading Apps in Your Classroom (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_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.

Learn how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Alaska. Join us for a complimentary online workshop on November 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm presented with the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. For more information on how to join us, click on the link below. All are welcome!

10/26 – We’ll never get funding if we don’t at least ask. Email our Senators today!

10/28 – If you’re interested in the work I’ve been doing with the AASL Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board, here are the summary findings from the research phase of the process.

Almanac

October is Filipino American History Month, Italian American Heritage Month, Polish American Heritage Month, LGBT History Month, and Health Literacy Month

October is also National Reading Group Month and the month of the Global Read Aloud

October 31st is Halloween.

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

November 7th – 11th is National Young Readers Week

November 19th is International Games Day

November 24th is Thanksgiving Day. State Library is Closed.


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SAYL MAIL – October 13th

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October 13th – In This Issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Will Librarians Be The Overseers Of The Information Age? (edCircuit)

“…Contrary to the widely held notion that the role of the librarian is shrinking, both Todaro and Miltsakaki make strong arguments for the increased importance of librarians as overseers of an endless stream of Internet data. Todaro and Miltsakaki agree that students, more than ever, need the guidance of librarians in their educational lives…”

Material Traditions: Sculpting Ivory (Smithsonian)

“Seventeen educational videos from an artists’ residency at the Anchorage Museum and a community workshop at the Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School are available online. These videos feature artists and document the materials, tools, and techniques they use to make ivory artwork. The project was organized by the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum.”

“A limited number of DVD copies and full resolution .mov files are available by request.”

Teen Health and Wellness Discount Pricing

On January 15, 2017 statewide access to Teen Health and Wellness (through SLED) will cease. ALN has been working with Rosen (the vendor) to offer discounted pricing to any school or library who would like to keep access to this database.

Schools and school districts: Annual subscriptions begin at $395 (was $595) per building, and is tiered based on FTE. Additional discounts are also available for multi-building and/or school district subscriptions, and for multi-year purchases.

If you are interested, please contact Miriam Gilbert (Director of Rosen Digital) directly for a quote at 303.818.7187 or miriamg@rosenpub.com.

Live Homework Help Promotional Cards Available

The Alaska State Library recently received a BUNDLE of Live Homework Help business cards from Tutor.com who sent them to us just because they care. The cards come in boxes of 250. If you would like a box or more of these business cards, fill out this survey. Cards will begin to be mailed out the week of October 24th.

Library Ethics for Non-Librarians Scenarios (The Blue Skunk Blog)

Journey to a Flexible Schedule: Part 1 (Knowledge Quest)

Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (SLJ)

At This N.J. High School, Students Ride and Read (NJ.com)

The Power of a School Library Hashtag (Edutopia)

Big Library Read Begins Today! (Alaska Digital Library)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

newClosing November 1st – [School/Public collaborative] Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. Up to $4000 to provide a visit from an author/illustrator.

newClosing November 30th – Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

newClosing December 12th – Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. For first-time recipients. Staffed, designated, and established school libraries with at least 85% Free/Reduced Lunch are eligible. Up to $7,000

newClosing January 1st – 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;

newClosing January 1st – 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;

newClosing January 4th 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.”

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

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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.

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

Wednesday, October 19th, 6am – 1:30pm – The Digital Shift, Annual Virtual Conference (Library Journal, SLJ)

Wednesday, October 19th, 1pm – Future Ready Librarians (edWeb)

Wednesday, October 19th, 3pm – Using Free and Inexpensive Technology to Transition Your Library to a Learning Commons (AASL)

Thursday, October 20th, 8am – Making in Early Elementary Grades (Booklist)

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25th, Noon – 4pm – Online Conference 2016: Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources (Library of Congress)

Thursday, October 26th, 10am – Creating an Interactive Exhibit in Your School Library (Programming Librarian)

Thursday, October 26th, 10am – Selecting the Right Products for Your Makerspace (Demco)

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

AkASL Puffin

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

“Freedom to Read” Fun 

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.

9/29 – Learn how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Alaska. Join us for a complimentary online workshop on November 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm presented with the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. For more information on how to join us, click on the link below. All are welcome!

10/7 – Why failure to weed effectively is censorship

10/11 – This came in my email today! ONLINE Opportunity through the LoC!

10/13 – I worked up a pre-SLJ Summit overview of ESSA advocacy and policy work being done across the states, and AkLA School Librarians are at the top of the list – and not just because of the alphabet. Thanks to your ESSA team for letting EveryLibrary be a part of this work.

Almanac

October is Filipino American History Month, Italian American Heritage Month, Polish American Heritage Month, LGBT History Month, and Health Literacy Month

October is also National Reading Group Month and the month of the Global Read Aloud

October 9th – 15th is Teen Read Week

October 16th – 22nd is National Friends of Libraries Week

October 18th is Alaska Day. State Library is closed.

October 31st is Halloween.

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

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SAYL Mail – September 29th

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September 29th – In This Issue…

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SAYL News in Brief

BrainPop and Brain Pop Jr are Here to Stay! 

bp_logo-rgb_loWe are pleased to announce that BrainPop and Brain Pop Jr are being kept as SLED databases for FY 2017. We owe the retention of these two resources to the spirited and successful defense of Online With Libraries (OWL) funding that freed up grant funds to continue these two popular K-12 resources.

A few notes about BrainPop and BrainPop Jr:

  • MyBrainPop, which allows you to group classes of students is NOT available in our statewide subscription and the vendor refuses to give it to us.
  • You will always see “Log in” in the upper right hand corner of the initial BrainPop screen – ignore that and browse direct to a movie. If the movie box is replaced with a request to log in, call 1-800-440-2919 if you do not know the SLED Databases ID and password.
  • The statewide subscription to BrainPop and BrainPop Jr Do not include games NOT produced by BrainPop but are featured in the their GameUp section.

Enjoy! (Daniel Cornwall, Friday Bulletin, 9/16)

imgresIs your School Eligible for Free eBooks?

“Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Children from in-need families can access these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps.” (Open eBooks)

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Big Library Read Begins October 13logo

“The next Big Library Read will be kicking off October 13, and the YA title chosen in our survey by readers, librarians and teachers is This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. Told from four perspectives over the course of 54 harrowing minutes, the students of a fictional high school (Opportunity High) struggle to both survive and understand why one boy started shooting at 10:00 am. This is Where it Ends is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Bestseller, a Barnes and Noble Top Pick and an ABC Best Book for young readers.”

If students are in an area with access to the Alaska Digital Library, This is Where it Ends will be available for unlimited checkout from October 13-27, 2016. Families outside an area serviced by a state-funded library can access OverDrive through Juneau Public Library’s free Alaska Mail Services (application required).

School Librarians Are Labeling Controversial Books, But Could That Help Students? (Bustle)

A Mom’s Plea for Library Books Brought in 15,000—And Transformed Her Small Town (Yes! Magazine)

Librarians Get Their GAME On (American Libraries)

AkLA Accepting Program Proposals.

The AkLA 2017 conference planning committee is now accepting program proposals for the upcoming annual state conference in Ketchikan in February 2017. Program proposals should be submitted by Sept. 30 [TOMORROW!], and submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by Oct. 31.

For more information about the conference and the fun, friendly community of Ketchikan, please go to the website.

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities


Closing October 1 –
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.”

Employment Opportunities

Librarian, Birchwood Elementary – Anchorage

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

Assistant, Library/Media, Central Middle School – Anchorage

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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, October 4th, 7am: Texas High School Librarians Create College Ready Students (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Tuesday, October 4th, 11am:  Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success (WebJunction)

Tuesday, October 4th, 3pm: Your “Principal” Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success (AASL)

Wednesday, October 5th, 11am: Meet the Makers: Makerspace Tips and Trends (edWeb)

Thursday, October 6th, 11am – 2 pm: Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future (Library 2.0)

Tuesday, October 11th, 11am: Engaging Reluctant Middle Grade Readers (SLJ)

Thursday, October 13th, 7am: Trends in Teaching Information Literacy (Library Connect)

 

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.

9/28 – My friend, Kieran Fanning, wrote The Black Lotus, which Scholastic picked up and is publishing in the US this month. The coolest part is that Kieran honored me with a mention in his book’s “Acknowlegements” section… Can you believe it? I’m just a lil’ ol’ librarian! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2dvriCi8oc

9/29 – When you order magazines, do you order individually or do you use a vendor like EBSCO. If a vendor, who do you use (I’m not excited about the service I get from EBSCO and am looking at options). Thanks

Almanac

Banned Books Week continues through October 1st.

October is Filipino American History Month, Italian American Heritage Month, Polish American Heritage Month, LGBT History Month, and Health Literacy Month

October is also National Reading Group Month and the month of the Global Read Aloud

October 1st – 8th is Alaska Book Week

October 5th is World Teachers’ Day

October 9th – 15th is Teen Read Week

October 16th – 22nd is National Friends of Libraries Week

October 18th is Alaska Day. State Library is closed.

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SAYL Mail – September 19th

This archive was originally posted at serrc.org/schoollibraries

September 19th – In This Issue…

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Virginia Terrell Papers, “Children by the school bus, Jesse Lee Home.” (1952?) UAA-hmc-0432-f30-07

SAYL News in Brief

AkLA Accepting Program Proposals.

kid_tree-e1465060638784The AkLA 2017 conference planning committee is now accepting program proposals for the upcoming annual state conference in Ketchikan in February 2017.

Program proposals should be submitted by Sept. 30, and submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by Oct. 31.

For more information about the conference and the fun, friendly community of Ketchikan, please go to the website.

Celebrate Your Afterschool Progam with the 17th Annual Lights On Afterschool

“Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.” October 20, 2016.

Advice to New Librarians (KQ)

“As the school year begins, some of you may be starting as a school librarian for the first time. With my position, I am able to work with new school librarians in my district. Whether the librarians have just a few or many years as a classroom teacher, they step into this new role feeling overwhelmed with the common question, “Where do I begin?” The following hopefully answers that question and more.”

AASL Submits Recommendations to USED: Include School Librarians in State ESSA Planning (ALA)

“In its continuing efforts to highlight the importance of school librarian participation in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has submitted recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on ESSA accountability and state plans…”

How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices? (MindShift)

“…“This is so new for teachers, whereas librarians have been doing this for ten years…”

Carla Hayden: New Librarian of Congress Makes History, with an Eye on the Future (The Guardian)

Step 1: Celebrate Banned Books Week (KQ)

The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks (WSJ)

How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016-17 School Year (EdSurge)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award 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
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

newClosing October 1 – 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.”

Employment Opportunities

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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.

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

Tuesday, September 20th, 11amTeen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success (WebJunction)

Tuesday, September 20th, 3pm – Engage Community & Incubate Creativity @ Your Library (AASL)

Thursday, September 22nd, 8am – Weeding the School Library Collection (Wyoming Libraries)

Monday, September 26th, 11am – How to Move Your Entire District to Support Struggling Readers (edWeb)

Thursday, September 29th, 8am – Voices from the Field: Recent E-Rate Changes (edWeb)

Thursday, September 29th, 11am – Music, Books and Puppet Connections for All Classrooms (edWeb)

Thursday, September 29th, 11am – Using Comics to Teach STEM (AASL)

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.

9/11 – In preparation for the implementation of ESSA, AASL has released a new position statement on the Role of the School Library Program: AASL supports the position that an effective school library program plays a crucial role in preparing students for informed living in an information-rich society.

9/11 – [Free Online PD for Teacher Librarians]

9/11 – Teachers and librarians want to teach HTML and CSS, but there are some other products you can use that make presentable products quickly as well.

9/12 – There are always discussions on how to get the word out on different titles and social media ideas. Try this idea out at your school. Just snap and post. Parents, kids, and teachers can see what’s hot at your library.

9/13 – I take some issue with CSM book reviews, but their curriculum is generally great. iBooks free until September 30th.

9/13 – The different ways that copyrighted content finds perfectly legal uses in the classroom.

9/13 – [A Big Win In Alaska for Statewide Broadband in Libraries]

9/14 – You too could come to the Smithsonian for the summer. It has been an incredible experience.

9/15 – Just want to share the hard work that goes into creating a social media success and what you get out of it. You get out what you put in (and it applies to more than just squatty potty).

9/15 – Just something to think about when you consider collection development. That 0% really matters here in Alaska.

9/19 – Here is a very nice article about Shannon Cartwright.

Almanac

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 21st – 26th is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

September 26th – October 1st is Banned Books Week

September 28th: Banned Website Awareness Day

October is Filipino American History Month, Italian American Heritage Month, Polish American Heritage Month, LGBT History Month, and Health Literacy Month

October is also National Reading Group Month and the month of the Global Read Aloud

October 1st – 8th is Alaska Book Week

October 5th is World Teachers’ Day

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SAYL Mail is on Summer Break

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Charles Crabaugh Papers “Summer camp on Kobuk River at Shugnak” (1949). UAF-2010-107-78

Enjoy your summer! SAYL Mail will be back in September. Until then, browse the archives and keep up to date with the following resources:

Request a subscription to the Alaska Association of School Librarians (AkASL) listserv.

Alaska School Librarians Facebook group

Professional Development:
Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

Employment Opportunities: Alaska Teacher Placement

Scholarship, Grants and Award planning: SGA Archives.

SAYL MAIL – May 25th

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May 25th – In This Issue…

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E. B. Collins papers. “School’s Out, Hurrah!” (1920) UAF-2015-111-33

SAYL News in Brief

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Make Summer Plans with SLAM (ASL Since You Asked)

“Summer is just around the corner and that means fishing, camping, hiking, and traveling, but we’ve also got 10 ideas for great things to do with SLAM this summer.”

 

2015 Summer Reading Recommendations (Hornbook)

“I feel I should let you know up front that the books for this year’s summer reading list were selected by our editors with zero thought for educational utility, curricular affinity, or Core Standards readiness. They are books to read for the fun of it.”

An Open Letter to School Principals (School Library Connection)

“In this letter to school principals, Jennifer LaGarde explains why hiring and supporting awesome librarians to work with the students who go to your school is the most important part of a school principal’s job.” Subscription to SLC/reVIEWS+ required. Request your free subscription.

How Teens Benefit From Reading About the Struggles of Scientists (KQED Mindshift)

Must Read Indigenous Children’s Books List (Muskrat)

Why Teaching Young People about Research Design Matters: A Middle School Student’s Perspective (Knowledge Quest)

12 Tween Titles to Add to Your Summer Reading Lists (SLJ)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities


Ongoing – 
Teaching with Primary Sources, Western Region. Up to $20,000 to help incorporate TPS materials and methods into existing programs for teachers.

Closing May 31st – James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club. $1000 to $10,000 for enhancements to school libraries.

Closing June 1st – 2016 Teen Read Week Activity Grant. $1000 “to help fund literacies-focused Teen Read Week (October 9-15) programs and activities that are especially geared towards youth who speak English as a second language.”

newClosing June 16thASCD Teacher Impact Grants. $10,000 average award “for promising teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives to improve education.”

Closing June 31st –
Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

newClosing July 1stBest Buy Community Grants. $5,000-10,000 to schools (within 50 miles of a Best Buy store) to “provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.”

Closing September 1st
– ALAN Cart/Campbell Grant for Librarians. $500 and registration fees to attend Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE.

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

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.

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

pdfDepartment Offers Webinars to Engage the Public About Standards, Assessments, and Accountability Systems (.pdf)

The Department of Education & Early Development will hold interactive webinars to gather the public’s input on how to craft an education plan for Alaska that meets the state’s unique needs and challenges. The new federal K-12 law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, requires states to develop a plan to implement the law.

The department is embarking on a multi-month process to engage Alaskans in conversations about standards, assessments, and accountability systems – the three key elements required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The webinars will reach out to stakeholders from across Alaska, such as families, community members, business leaders, Native organizations, and educators. The webinars will provide an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act and allow participants to engage virtually. The goal is to generate ideas, recommendations, and feedback on the three key elements of the state plan.

The webinars are identical. The schedule is:
Wednesday, May 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 2, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Monday, June 13, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Erin Hardin at 907-465-6535 or erin.hardin@alaska.gov

Thursday, May 26th, 10amIntellectual Freedom and Minors (ALA) with Chris Crutcher. $25/20 ALA non/member.

Thursday, May 26th, 1pmDesigning and Creating Maker Spaces (edWeb)

Tuesday, May 31st, 10amFederal Government Resources for K-12  (FDLP)

July 25th – 29th – School-Public Cooperative Library (SPCL) Training, UAF

logo_3SPCL is an intensive weeklong workshop providing management and foundational library skills to non-certified school library assistants and public library directors without a Master’s degree in Library Science.

Additional and up-to-date opportunities — all summer long — 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.

5/16 -Please read and respond by May 31. I know it’s a busy time of year, but if we want funding, positions and to be taken seriously we need to respond to all requests for feedback and input.

5/18 – Great article on inequity in school libraries in Seattle

5/23 – AmeriCorps is looking for a VISTA volunteer to serve in Yakutat for one year. “The VISTA will develop a plan that addresses the decision-making, financing, policies, services, facilities, staffing and technology involved in creating a combined school/public library.”

5/23 – YALSA members – we are looking for a few good mentors! Don’t be shy – make a difference in a colleague’s life. Whether you realize it or not, you have experiences that you can contribute to the discussion. YALSA’s Virtual Mentoring Program is accepting applications until midnight, June 1. Details available at:http://www.ala.org/yalsa/profdev/mentoring.

Almanac

May is Get Caught Reading Month, Jewish-American History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 30thMemorial Day, State Library is closed.

June is GLBT Book Month, Audiobook Awareness Month

phoneSomething You’d Like to See in SAYL Mail?

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