SAYL Mail December 13, 2019

SAYL Mail   School and Youth Librarians Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

December 13, 2019

Reminders…    winter break will come

Webinars of interest

that Impact a Lifetime

Employment opportunity

Anchorage Public Library hiring a youth services librarian for Chugiak-Eagle River Library

Requires MLS, full-time, Tues-Saturday schedule. Salary range $53,747-$68,473 annual

Details and application

For Planning Purposes

  • January 27-31, 2020: National News Literacy Week: The News Literacy Project and the E.W.Scripss Company join forces to raise awareness of news literacy as a fundamental life skill. Free resources will be provided and shared on social media (#NewsLitWeek2020) and a soon to be launched website. Each day’s theme will be based on a Checkology lesson. Sign up if you would like to receive resources and updates in your inbox.
  • FREE from Upstart: Children’s Library Programming Activity Calendar for January 2020
  • Teen Programming Ideas for January: YALSA Martin Luther King Day, National Day of Service, Congressional Art Competition and YALSA’s annual selection of lists are announced. Scroll down for programming ideas on the cheap, year round activities, prize ideas and additional resources.
  • Commonsense Top Picks websites for finding lesson plans

Grants

Worthwhile Reads

SAYL Mail is published weekly during the school year. You receive this because you are subscribed to the Google Group “Alaska School Libraries”. Back issues are archived at the Alaska Library Network website. Subscribe here

Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator

Alaska State Library (907) 465-8187, janet.madsen@alaska.gov

SAYL Mail December 6, 2019

SAYL Mail            School and Youth Librarian’s Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

December 6, 2019

In Alaska….

“From December 9-15, Alaska will join the world in celebrating the Week of Code, a movement to increase exposure to computer programming and computational thinking to students of all ages. The Department has set up an information and resource page for Alaska’s effort. We encourage all schools and libraries to check out our resources, resolve to hold an event and register your event at hourofcode.com/us. If you choose to hold an event, we strongly encourage you to talk about it on social media, using the hashtags #AlaskaWeekOfCode and #aklearns.”

ALASKA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION has established a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies leading to a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska to work in professional library positions. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. Preference will be given to an individual meeting the federal definition of Alaska Native ethnicity. Application due Jan 15, 2020. For more information on eligibility, amount of award, criteria for selection and the new application procedure visit https://akla.org/scholarships/

For libraries with Overdrive digital collections, auto-checkout will be removed from Sora and “hold redelivery” will be introduced. This will allow students to freeze holds even after they’re made available to them and maintain their place on the wait list. This update will enable students to pass books they do not yet have time to read to the next person in line. Check Overdrive for more information:

TumbleBooks reminder

“In light of recent ebook drama regarding restriction and embargo of digital downloads, we thought it would be a good time to remind you that all TumbleBook ebook databases offer unlimited and unrestricted 24/7 access. No limits, No holds, No waiting periods, No embargoes. Every single title in your collection has an unlimited and unrestricted amount of copies available for 24/7 streaming anywhere and everywhere your patrons have an internet collection.”

Libraries Transform Communities Grant

Library workers can apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. This grant will provide $2,000 for libraries (including SCHOOL libraries) to expand community engagement efforts. This may include programs and services, partnering with a community agency that builds the capacity of the community to address an important issue or concern and more. Applications due between December 2, 2019 and February 3, 2019

!! Reminder from the Alaska State Library Grant Coordinator:

You can apply for a CE or PD grant any time before an event. However you may not receive more than one award in a fiscal year. Keep in mind that in 2020, there will be TWO statewide conferences of interest. ASTE and PNLA/AkLA.

 

Online resources of interest and to share with your school staff

The Find Your Grind Curriculum helps students prepare for life outside of the classroom, with meaningful lessons on topics like finding your identity, responsible social media use, digital citizenship, financial literacy, and the job application process. These critical pieces will set students up for success when playing the game of “life” and provide educators with the tools to have real, substantive conversations with their classes.

  • Focuses on social emotional learning and student agency
  • Allows for exploration of student interests
  • Challenges students through inquiry and reflection
  • Creates research opportunities

Flips the paradigm from Job-Strength-Lifestyle to the other way around.

Alaska Books for Alaska Kids is a collaborative project by librarians and educators to compile an up-to-date, accessible, and useful bibliography of accurate, culturally relevant, recommended books for youth about Alaska and the North. This resource is intended to assist children, parents, teachers, librarians, college students, and early literacy professionals in identifying age-appropriate, accurate and culturally relevant books for youth in Alaska.” https://www.aklib.net/wp-abak/

FREE STEM Curriculum: The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center focuses on STEM curriculum design, computer science curriculum design, cyber curriculum, professional development, and collaboration in K-12 education. If your library is looking for a way to expand your current STEM offerings (or even if you are looking for a place to start), check out the free resources from NICRC.

AASL Standards Now Crosswalked to Code with Google’s CS First Curriculum

As part of its continued commitment to provide school library professionals the materials and resources needed to implement its “National School Library Standards,” AASL has released a crosswalk aligning the AASL Standards to the Code with Google’s CS First Curriculum. The crosswalk and accompanying statement of alignment are downloadable, and the printable PDFs are available on the AASL Standards Portal.

AASL Publishes OER Toolkit

AASL has released a new toolkit to help position school librarians in efforts to create and curate open educational resources (OER) that will extend their role as leaders within their schools. The toolkit was developed to help school librarians who are grappling with how to translate the OER movement to K–12 educational settings. The toolkit’s goal is to help school librarians understand the process of curating and creating OER for their school, district, and/or state. The OER Toolkit is freely available for download at www.ala.org/aasl/toolkits.

 

AASL Inclusive Learning Communities

“American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new resource guide to support school librarians in nurturing inclusive learning communities. “Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens Activity Guide” contains reflection activities and resources based on Include, one of the six Shared Foundations contained within AASL’s “National School Library Standards.” The guide, along with supporting materials, can be downloaded at standards.aasl.org/project/inclusive.”

Described and media capture program

A free resource for qualifying teachers and families. Funding provided by the DOE and administered by the National Association of the Deaf. The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

From Copyright and Creativity.org:  for ethical digital citizens. Resources for teaching copyright and fair use. These materials aim to provide accessible and practical information about copyright-it’s protections, limitations and it’s role in encouraging creativity. Rather than just emphasizing what copyright prohibits, the goal here is to offer useful and positive information about what copyright allows and how students can successfully navigate and rely on copyright in their own roles as creators. K-12 and PD also accessible through Canvas and GSuite download.

Top Picks for creating books and storybooks: From Commonsense Education, 16 story creation tools for teaching special needs students, tools providing prompts for pre-writing and publishing, illustrated story prompts and more. Mostly FREE a few from 2.99-19.99.

Youth Services WRITING BOXES: THE READING/WRITING CONNECTION IN LIBRARIES

Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries is a guidebook and source of programming inspiration for all librarians working with early to young adult readers. Librarians will find thematic, easy to implement, hour long writing workshops that require only paper, markers, and excited young writers. Free as a PDF download; print copies available for purchase.

National History Day/ Women’s Suffrage

In September, Rightfully Hers pop-up displays from the National Archives began arriving at schools and cultural institutions nationwide. The display contains simple messages about the expansion of the vote to millions of women, before and after the 19th Amendment, and its impact today. You can download the high resolution posters for your school or institution from the U.S. National Archives website.

From Knowledge Quest:

Passive Reader’s Advisory: When You can’t do it all, here are some great ideas for connecting books with students. Think genre spine labels, shelf dividers to ease book finding, signs that reflect content, book displays, book recommendation stickers and book lists.

 

 

SAYL Mail is published weekly during the school year. You receive this because you are subscribed to the Google Group “Alaska School Libraries”. Back issues are archived at the Alaska Library Network website. Subscribe here

Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator

Alaska State Library (907) 465-8187, janet.madsen@alaska.gov

 

SAYL Mail November 29, 2019

SAYL Mail                School and Youth Librarian’s Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

November 29, 2019

News in Brief

For those of you who did not attend the AASL conference in Louisville Kentucky there are some good links to resources from attendees. Check out Joyce Valenza’s Never-ending Search Blog #notatAASL, no worries!

CE Opportunities in December

Solving Problems with Coding in the Library (School Library Connection) https://schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/?learningModuleId=2231114&tab=3 : What are the most effective ways to integrate coding projects into curricular areas? Find out in this webinar! Kelsey and Calypso share ideas for projects, products, and mindsets that will get your students building their future-ready coding skills, while having a great time in the process.

 

Tuesday, Dec 3 (9-10am)

YA-Y! The Latest Reads for Teens (Booklist)

There’s no better time than winter to curl up with a gripping read. And with upcoming YA releases like the ones covered in this free, hour-long webinar, teen readers—and YA lovers of all ages—will want to do nothing else. Join representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Disney Book Group, Inkyard Press, Tor Teen, and Blink, and jump-start YA collection development, winter and spring purchases, and, of course, that ever-expanding TBR pile.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 3 (10-11am)

How to Set Achievable Goals (GovLoop)

You know that feeling when you finally hit a target that you set for yourself? It’s amazing, right? However, that sense of accomplishment is only possible if you set achievable goals in the first place. Join NextGen and GovLoop online to learn how you can set and prioritize your goals for 2020. You’ll also hear from experts about how to stay focused on working toward your goals.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.govloop.com/training/

 

Tuesday, Dec 3 (1-2 pm)

Fulfilling Students’ Potential through Engaging Literacy Practices (edWeb)

This edWebinar will shed light on how to immerse K-12 learners in engaging literacy experiences to fulfill their potential as readers and writers in the 21st Century. Literacy directly impacts the success of a student throughout their educational career. A direct correlation can be seen between failing an English class and not completing high school. This is why it’s imperative that students get the support they need to improve reading skills and begin to close the achievement gap.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 4 (8:30-9:30 am)

Behavior Management in Storytime (State Library of North Carolina)

 

Managing and redirecting behavior during storytime can be challenging. There can be confusion over when and how to step in and redirect, when to seek assistance, and how to avoid these challenges in the first place.  In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to: Structure storytime for behavioral success; Set and communicate age appropriate behavior expectations for children and their caregiver(s); Diffuse challenging situations; and Employ techniques to regain focus without losing the fun.

For more information and to register, visit: https://statelibrary.ncdcr.libcal.com/event/6120698

 

Thursday, Dec 5 (11am-12 pm)

Writing Boxes: Library programming that will inspire writing and support literacy and family engagement (Infopeople)

Library staff that serve children understand one of their core missions is to support reading. But what about writing? In this how-to webinar, presenter Lisa Von Drasek will describe Writing Boxes, an “instant’’ program template that requires very little prep, is easily replicable, inexpensive, works across age groupings, and supports increased literacy and community engagement.

For more information and to register, visit: https://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar

 

Thursday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)

Celebrate the Best Books of 2019! (Follett)

Follett’s very own librarians share their ALA predictions, trending topics and not-to-miss lists as well as sneak peeks on books they’re excited about for 2020 and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars

 

Monday, Dec 9 (9-10 am)

Twenty-Four Ways to Teach and Learn (Pattern Research, Inc.)

The more we know about the preferences of the people we are trying to influence, the better our success, inside and outside of classrooms.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1848341022022925581

 

Wednesday, Dec 11 (10-11 am)

Scaling Up Deeper Learning Approaches in Public Schools (Alliance for Excellent Education)

Deeper learning approaches help students to develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills alongside academic skills that are necessary for success in college, career, and citizenship. This webinar features experts from the field and researchers who will discuss the challenges and opportunities educators and district leaders face in expanding deeper learning.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/

 

Thursday, Dec 12 (11am-12 pm)

Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

This webinar, based on the book Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms, explores the hard truths of current special education practice and outlines five essential disruptions to the status quo

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars.aspx

Thursday, Dec 12 (11am-12 pm)

The Future Ready Librarian® Fireside Chat: Let’s talk innovation, literacy, equitable digital access and more! (Future Ready Librarians/Alliance for Excellent Education)

In the last Future Ready Librarian webinar of the year, Shannon McClintock Miller has invited a few special guests to share favorite books, authors, technology, trends, ideas, advocacy tips, and other top things that have been happening in the library and within education in 2019. When we examine our framework as Future Ready Librarians, we tie this essential work into the wedges of curation, empowering our students as creators, literacy, equitable digital access and more.

For more information and to register, visit: https://all4ed.org/webinars-events/

 

Monday, Dec 16 (11am-12 pm)

Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)

Join us each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/j/400963259

 

Tuesday, Dec 24 (7-8 am)

Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

New special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Grant Opportunities

 

AASL Innovative Reading Grant sponsored by Capstone   $2,500

(Applicant must be an AASL member) Deadline February 1, 2020

 

AASL Inspire Collection Development Grant  up to $5,000

Must be a publicly funded middle or high school grades 5-12

Deadline February 1, 2020

 

AASL Inspire Special Event Grant   up to $2,000

Must be a publicly funded middle or high school grades 5-12

Deadline February 1, 2020

 

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries   $3,000

All applicants must be ALA and AASL members

Public school must be located in the United States

One staff position held by a certified school librarian

Deadline February 1, 2020

Awards

 

Collaborative School Library Award   sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs   $2,500

Deadline Feb 1, 2020

“Recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.”

 

National School Library of the Year Award  sponsored by Follett    $10,000

Deadline Feb 1, 2020

Librarian must be a personal member of AASL

“The award recognizes school libraries as a unique and essential part of their learning community. NSLY honors school libraries exemplifying implementation of AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

 

Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award    sponsored by Penguin Random House   $2,000

Deadline February 1, 2020

“The award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in teaching social justice through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of social justice using school library resources. The award is to acknowledge teaching by school librarians and the use of school library resources to convey a child’s sense of justice as exemplified by many of the characters in the works of Roald Dahl.”

 

Social Media Superstars

Open call for nominations starts January 7, 2020    see more details and categories on the web page.

“Social Media Superstars enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students and school communities by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialogue and inspiration widely with stakeholders via a variety of social media channels. With your nominations and endorsements of your peers, eight categories will recognize individuals who effectively use one or more social media channels to…

 

Upcoming School Librarian related Conferences 2020

January 24-28, ALA Midwinter, Philadelphia, PA

February 22-25   ASTE, Anchorage, AK

March 27-28 KidLitCon, Ann Arbor, MI

June 8-12 International Association of School Librarianship, Denton, TX

June 28-July 1 ISTE EdTech Conference, Anaheim, CA

August 4-7 AkLA/PNLA, Juneau, AK

 

Employment Opportunities

Alaska Teacher Placement

ALA JobList

 

As Posted on Alaska School Librarians FB Page

Roles of the School Librarian: Empowering Student Learning and Success

That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It

 

SAYL Mail is published twice monthly during the school year. You receive this because you are subscribed to the Google Group “Alaska School Libraries”. Back issues are archived at the Alaska Library Network website. Subscribe here

Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator, Alaska State Library (907) 465-8187, janet.madsen@alaska.gov

 

SAYL Mail October 23, 2019

SAYL Mail School and Youth Librarians Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

October 23, 2019

News in Brief

 

Live Homework Help has been funded for another year! Alaska State Library information on Live Homework Help and link

AASL Standards Framework for Learners is now crosswalked with Next Generation Science Standards. A “A terrific tool to facilitate conversation and collaboration”   PDF available. Announcement

“School librarians can use the new crosswalk to the Next Generation Science Standards to open conversations and establish common ground with science teachers. The AASL member volunteers on this task force have created a very useful tool for all school librarians.” Mary Keeling, AASL President

Kudos to Deborah Rinio for chairing this task force!

 

Alaska Afterschool Conference in Juneau AK November 7th and 8th

The Alaska Afterschool Conference is designed to support the professional development of Alaska’s out-of-school time providers, featuring more than 40 workshops. Sponsored by State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

While not everyone can attend the conference check out their website and the resources page which has many different informative webinars by youth service workers and specialist statewide. Webinars on resource page https://www.akafterschool.org/webinars. There will be a few public youth librarians presenting so I’ll see if I can share their information in an upcoming issue.

November is National Native American Heritage Month: to help you plan for displays, assess your collection and share programming and lesson plans, here are some starting points.

 

Alaska School Librarians, don’t forget to register or renew your membership with the Alaska Library Association. We are stronger together. One membership covers AKLA and the AKASL roundtable membership. Be sure to check off the “AkASL roundtable” when registering or renewing your membership.  If you have questions or the registration page is not working, please contact Stacey Glaser at (AkLA Executive Officer) at eo@akla.or

 

Resources

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provides resources for kids, teens and their families about what intellectual property is and how to respect it. Activities explore innovation and the copyrights, trademarks and patents that protect it.

New York Times program based on real-world writing: a free seven unit writing curriculum based on real world genres found in all kids of print and online sources with multiple opportunities to for students to publish and have their writing read by authentic audiences.

Thousands of National Parks Pictures and Videos are highlighted by Richard Byrne on Free Technology for Teachers. Many of these are in the public domain and available for students to make slideshows, videos or virtual tours.

 

Resources for coding for children with autism: teaching the skills needed to address the challenges faced every day. Autism Coding Academy  and Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators

Recommendations for assistive technologies in your libraryFrom the ALSC blog, Carrie Banks offers recommendations both low and high tech. Some of these may come in handy. Let your teachers know you are working to make your library inclusive and accessible.

10 Tips for Building a more LGBTQ-Inclusive classroom. Your library is your classroom! These tips apply not only to communication and classroom culture but also offer tips on book collections. Three quick tips:

  • Integrate LGBTQ-inclusive books with other books, and make them easy to check out anonymously.
  • Treat LGBTQ characters in literature as whole people with many interests and identities
  • Speak in terms of relationships rather than labels

 

Check out Naomi Bates blog YA Books and More  for all things YA lit, edtech and school library advocacy. If you have wondered if there is a need in your library for large print books check out her guest interview, Large Print and Its Impact on Readers. Why might you consider some large print titles?

“Large print books are in a 16-point, Serif font, with increased white space, which is less intimidating to a student, and has been proven to lessen decoding and tracking issues and increase fluency and comprehension”

“With large print striving readers have exhibited increased engagement and academic achievement, creating equity in their learning environment. Teachers overwhelmingly identify “easily distracted” and “lacking comprehension of what they are reading” as defining characteristics for their striving or reluctant readers.”

“A significant impact has been noted for students learning English and special education students. Almost two-thirds of teachers said that the large print text resulted in faster acquisition of English by ELL/ESL students.”

Try a podcast: Don’t Judge a Book by Its CoverA Podcast for Future Ready Librarians. Highlighted in a recent AASL blog post. “Tailored for school librarians and educators. Conversations focus on changing the perception of school librarians, improving instructional practices and being a collaborative partner.”

 

Be sure to (re)visit Media Literacy Lesson Plans at NewseumED. Create an account and have more access to resources.

Guide for Conversing with Parents about Learning with Technology (ISTE): a free downloadable resources, this is the definitive handbook for changing the conversation with parents about how students are learning with the use of technology.

 

Upcoming CE opportunities

 

3 EdWeb.net Emerging Tech webinars with Michele Luhtala this month. Check out the recordings of the first two;

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Your Instructional Programs

Try embedding SEL skills in inquiry by using inquiry and design thinking models and integrating into your existing instructional programs.

Diversity in Context: Stretching the Idea of Building Diverse Collections

How can we build collections that celebrate not only diverse characters but also adverse range of experiences for those characters to inhabit? How can we encourage readers to empathize with characters who may seem unfamiliar?

 

Wednesday Nov 4, 2019 1:00Pm ADT

Rethinking the Cost of Digital Collection Building: It May Not Be as Expensive as You Think!

Explore strategies to build digital collections at a reduced price through a consortium model.

 

Recordings of recent webinars by School Library Connection

How the Library Can Help Students Navigate Mental Health (10/10/19) 60 min.

Panelists discuss tools and strategies to help you support your student’s mental health from bibliotherapy to building resource partnerships to integrated Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 11:00 am (ADT)

READ WOKE: 5 Ways to Identify a #ReadWoke Book- and 3#OwnVoices Authors to Diversify Your Collections  Register Here

What is a #ReadWoke book—and how can having more of them benefit your library program? Why are #OwnVoices books important? Join librarian, SLJ columnist, and #ReadWoke founder Cicely Lewis to learn more about the #ReadWoke movement, the power of #OwnVoices books, and how diversifying your collections will make a difference in your library.

SAYL Mail is published twice monthly during the school year. You receive this because you are subscribed to the Google Group “Alaska School Libraries”. Back issues are archived at the Alaska Library Network website. Subscribe here

Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator, Alaska State Library (907) 465-8187, janet.madsen@alaska.gov

SAYL Mail October 3, 2019

School and Youth Librarians Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

October 3, 2019

News in Brief

Alaska Statewide Databases will have a password change SOON.

“If you want notice of the future password, contact Daniel Cornwall at Daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov. Otherwise it will be available on the SLED password hotline at 1-800-440-2919 starting October 7, 2019.”  “If you’re not already asked for a password while using SLED databases, this change shouldn’t make a difference to you.”  Daniel

Reminder! PD grants for school librarians are now available through the Alaska State Library.

https://library.alsaka.gov/dev/grants.html

Scroll down to Continuing Education (CE) & Professional Development (PD) Grants. Under “School Libraries” you will find links to the guidelines, application, reimbursement and final report. If yo have questions, please contact tracy.swaim@alaska.gov, Grants Administrator at the Alaska State Library. If you are interested in attending a fall conference then apply NOW.

Digital Citizenship Week is October 14-18th #AKDigitalCitizenship

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, with the support of CommonSense Education, BrainPOP, GoogleEdu and ISTE, is pleased to sponsor the week-long event. This dedicated week is part of an ongoing effort to teach students how to make safe, smart and ethical decisions in the digital world. The resource page contains a wealth of resources for the classroom, family engagement, communication and copyright.

https://education.alaska.gov/digital-citizenship

Alaska National History Day

Many Alaska school districts participate in this program which starts to wind up in mid fall semester.  If your school does this program review the following resources and be sure to share them with your social studies and history teachers and include them on your library website. Perfect opportunity to collaborate! Let them know you are the go to for research.

NHD Theme Book 2020: Breaking Barriers

Alaska Humanities Forum works with statewide partner agencies, teachers and volunteer judges to hold local and statewide contests in the spring. Check out their website for resource lists, program contacts, and important dates.

Also, check out the Teacher Resources page from the Alaska State Archives for information on teaching with primary resources and links to various Alaskan curriculum resources.

 

 

The Alaska School Safety & Well-Being Summit

was recently held in Anchorage, Sept 18-20. Here are some articles that define the role of the school library/librarian in a trauma informed school.

Trauma Sensitivity in the School Library (available through the state databases) Garden, Melissa E. Knowledge Quest. May/Jun2019, Vol.47 Issue 5

Student Health and Well Being; how Libraries Can Create Safe Spaces Davis, Sarah Aug 20, 2019

Healing with Books: A literature review of bibliotherapy used with children and youth who have experienced trauma  De Vries, Dawn, et al. (2017)

Tough Topics Booklists from Association of Library Services to Children, feature recommended titles to help inspire conversations with children going through challenging situations. Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.Check to see what you have in your library collection and also share these lists with your school counselor.

 

Resources in Brief

Climate Conversations: Building a Unit with PBS LearningMedia (PBS) https://bit.ly/2lMz3EQ : Using classroom resources, PBS Digital Innovators will guide educators through the process of building a comprehensive unit using PBS LearningMedia. Our experienced educators will discuss how to bring age-appropriate climate science to any classroom, sharing tips and insights from their own classrooms.

Sound Learning: Audiobooks in the Library to Support Literacy (School Library Connection) https://schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/webinars?tab=3 : In this webinar, you’ll learn how critical listening skills can help your students succeed, how to use audiobooks to meet the literacy needs of all learners, and tips to fund your audiobook collection and get it circulating. Take a listen today!

 

From YALSA

TeenTober Marketing Materials
For TeenTober’s inaugural soft launch, YALSA has released its official logo, along with social media graphics. View and download them here. Celebrating? Share your photos and programs with us on Twitter by tweeting @yalsa and using #TeenTober.

Get in the Game and Vote Poster & Bookmark
In collaboration with ALA Graphics, YALSA has released a poster aimed to encourage teens to become more civically engaged. The poster highlights the  who, what, where, when, how, and why of voting and will help youth and new voters navigate their way to the polls. Check out and order the new poster and digital bookmark. A customizable, digital version of the poster and bookmark is also available. Check out the mini-poster, bookmark, or the set.

 

Vote for the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten!
Have your teens voted in the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten yet? Voting is open through Oct. 15! Teens can vote for up to 3 of their favorite titles. If you haven’t already, share the 25 nominees with them.

Teen Programming Ideas
This year, 25 libraries received the YALSA/ DGLF Summer Learning Resources grant and the recipients shared their winning programs on the Teen Programming HQ.

 

ConnectedLib: Creating Learning Connections for Youth
Oct. 20 – Nov. 23
$100/everyone

Back by popular demand (again)! In this five-week e-course, participants will learn how to create engaging teen programs and services using the Connected Learning framework developed by the Connected Learning Alliance. Connected learning connects teens’ personal interests, their relationships with peers and mentors, and real-life opportunities to help prepare youth for life after high school with 21st century skills and new literacies, creating highly motivating learning experiences for teens. Learn more and register.

October YALSA Webinar: Creating Community and Amplifying Youth Voice Through Zines

Thursday, October 10, 2PM Eastern
Learn about zines including what they are, their history, potential uses in the library and classroom, and how to start your own zine library. We will also discuss how making zines can create community among teens and give them a way to amplify and share their thoughts, feelings and passions with each other and a broader audience. Register for only $29 or get a year’s worth of webinars for only $59. Learn more.

Advanced Registration for YALSA’s Symposium ends Oct. 13
YALSA’s 2019 YA Services Symposium will take place November 1-3 with the theme: Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity. Advanced registration runs now – October 13. Housing reservations are not guaranteed after October 1. More information about the symposium, including the newly released list of participating authors, can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium.

 

Upcoming Webinars

October 14 to 18   (11:00am-Noon ADT)

Let’s Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week: Something for Everyone   (edWeb)

Digital Citizenship Week is a great chance to get digital citizenship off the ground at your school. Increase awareness and get students, faculty, and families inspired to learn about media balance, cyberbullying, privacy, and much, much more!

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/commonsense20191008/

Tuesday, Oct 8 (3-4:30 PM ADT)

Engage & Inspire: Augmented Reality in the Classroom (Teachers First)

Are you wondering about Augmented Reality (AR)? You may have already used it and not even been aware. This session will explain both place-based and marker-based AR as it is used in our daily lives. We will then look at what this could mean in our classrooms through interacting with markers and using mobile devices. Come learn about tools and apps that can create engaging experiences for your students.

For more information and to register, visit: https://events-na8.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1116418017/en/events/event/shared/1127345348/event_landing.html?sco-id=2667391093

 

Tuesday, Oct 8 (10-11 am ADT)

Mad about Middle Grade (Booklist)

Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Bloomsbury Publishing, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Disney Book Group, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

 

Wednesday, Oct 9 (11-Noon, ADT)

Lessons from Model Makerspaces (School Library Journal)

Hands-on, experiential learning has never been more relevant. A core conduit to STEM education and skill development, maker activities can also foster collaboration, persistence, and critical thinking. Learn best practices from our stellar panel, including how to design relevant programming to engage everyone in your community. This is part 2 of 3 of the Tech Trends series.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?event=iste-webcast-series—tech-trends-fall-2019#Makerspaces

Wednesday, Oct 9 (8-9 am, ADT)

The Networking Game: Engaging with Colleagues at Your Consortia, Professional Associations, and Conferences (Pennsylvania Integrated Library System)

Perhaps the most valuable benefits of participating in a consortium, joining a professional organization, or visiting a conference are the networking opportunities. The Networking Game can prepare you for that next meeting. Or the random encounter with the nice stranger on the buffet line who makes funding decisions for a major foundation. Learn about the Five Rules of Networking–information and idea exchange for mutual benefit– and how to apply them in ways that are effective and respectful of other people, regardless of your personality type or the situation.

For more information and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6357355742617557515

 

Thursday, Oct 10 (10-11 am, ADT)

The Discomfort Zone: Creating Space for Teaching Complex Topics (Education Week/Newsela)

Hear from district leader Danielle Mastrogiovanni (New Brunswick, N.J.) and ELA teacher Patrick Harris (Detroit, Mich.), along with Jamie Richard of Newsela on how the right instructional content helps create the spaces they (and their students) seek to tackle complex topics in the classroom.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Thursday, Oct 10 (10-11 am, ADT)

What Fred Rogers would Say- “The Difference We Make” -How Simple, Everyday Interactions in ECE are Critical (Early Childhood Investigations)

This webinar is a reflection and discussion of what it means to make a difference in today’s early care and education contexts. Presenters Dana Winters, Ph.D., from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, and Junlei Li, Ph.D., from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss: What does making a difference look like in simple, everyday teacher-child interactions? What enhances or limits our ability to recognize the impact we make? How do we help each other to appreciate and grow the kind of practices that make a positive impact on children and families?

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/

 

Thursday, Oct 10 (1-2 pm, ADT)

How the Library Can Help Students Navigate Mental Health (School Library Connection)

The library is often a safe haven for students who are in the midst of traversing complex academic, social, and emotional worlds. Librarians have the unique opportunity to support students who face mental health challenges—and can make a huge difference in their students’ lives as a result. Join our three experts—Deborah Takahashi, Kia Jane Richmond, and Anita Cellucci—in this webinar as they discuss tools and strategies to help you help your students, from bibliotherapy to building resource partnerships to integrated Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.

For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

 

Friday, Oct 11 (10-11 am, ADT)

Stories Connect Us: A conversation with bestselling author Kate DiCamillo (Mackin)

Mackin and Candlewick Press invite educators and librarians to join two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo in a candid online conversation to celebrate the publication of Beverly, Right Here, the concluding story in her sequence of novels about the three rancheros, and to discuss writing, reading and connecting through books. The live webinar will allow for teacher/student participation as well as for Q&A with the author. Kate’s insights and her trademark friendly rapport with her audience will make this a memorable part of the academic year.

For more information and to register, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gvSq6iQKRN2fMiruMV_yOQ

 

Tuesday, Oct 15 (3-4:30 pm, ADT)

Facts Are Facts…Aren’t They? (Teachers First)

Can your students tell facts from fiction? Learn strategies to help your students determine if information is reliable in this session.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.teachersfirst.com/ok2ask/

 

Wednesday, Oct 16 (10-11am, ADT)

Activate Student Success with Database Access (Education Week/Gale)

Register for this webinar to hear Project Tomorrow and panelists discuss key findings and examples for implementing databases into the classroom. You’ll learn how educational databases have been used to develop future-ready skills, enhance projects, and improve the quality of student learning. Plus, you’ll receive access to download our research paper and best practice guide.

For more information and to register, visit:https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

Wednesday, Oct 16 (10-11 am, ADT)

Fierce Fighting Girls (School Library Journal)

Algonquin Young Readers has a FIERCE fall 2019 line-up of middle grade and young adult titles. Join authors Tracey Baptiste, Sarah Jean Horwtiz, Karen Rivers, Maria Padian, and Cynthia Copeland as they discuss each of their brand-new titles and protagonists. Each title represents characteristics beyond just being tough and will encourage young readers to celebrate their own fierceness, whether they have Fierce Courage like Corinne or a Fierce Voice like Cindy.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events

 

Wednesday, Oct 16 (1-2 pm, ADT)

Diversity in Context: Stretching the Idea of Building Diverse Collections (edWeb)

How can we build collections that celebrate not only diverse characters but also a diverse range of experiences for those characters to inhabit? And, how can we encourage readers to empathize with characters who may seem unfamiliar? In this edWebinar, join Michelle Luhtala for a lively discussion in honor of Teen Read Week 2019.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

Monday, Oct 21 (9-10 am, ADT)

Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2mNg0e0

 

Monday, Oct 21 (10:30-11:30 am, ADT))

Girls Who Code at your Library (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Interested in starting a coding club at your library but don’t know where to start? The Girls Who Code platform is the perfect fit public and school libraries that want to host coding programs without a lot of training. Learn more about the curriculum and how it could have a positive impact on your community during this Info2Go session.

For more information and to register, visit: https://libraries.idaho.gov/event/info2go-girls-who-code-at-your-library/

 

Wednesday, Oct 23 (1-2 pm, ADT)

Computer Science in Early Learning with LEGO® Education (edWeb)

Join this edWebinar for a learning experience with LEGO® Education to explore how to expose young students to computer science topics through incorporating creativity, inquiry, and collaboration in early childhood instruction to build important foundations for student learning.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/upcoming-webinars/

Thursday, Oct 24 (10-11 am, ADT)

Pathways to Nature-Based Play: There Is One for You! (Early Childhood Investigations)

This webinar will explore ways to jump right into nature-based play, wherever you might want to begin by enhancing early childhood teacher’s ability to introduce children to nature-based play both indoors and out.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/

 

Wednesday, Oct 30 (7-8 AM, ADT)

Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)

New special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

 

Wednesday, Oct 30 (10-11 am, ADT)

We Stories: Diversity in Children’s Literature at the Library (Georgia Library Association)

Research of family habits indicates that the vast majority of white families rarely, if ever, talk about race at home. At the same time, many library patrons from minority groups observe and report that there are few books for children that are culturally relevant and reflective of their lives. St. Louis County Library initiated a partnership with a local organization that aimed at addressing both of these deficits. Learn how the collaboration between a non-profit and the public library evolved and the results of this collaboration.

For more information and to register, visit: https://gla.georgialibraries.org/carterette-series-webinars/

ConnectedLib: Creating Learning Connections for Youth
Oct. 20 – Nov. 23
$100/everyone

Back by popular demand (again)! In this five-week e-course, participants will learn how to create engaging teen programs and services using the Connected Learning framework developed by the Connected Learning Alliance. Connected learning connects teens’ personal interests, their relationships with peers and mentors, and real-life opportunities to help prepare youth for life after high school with 21st century skills and new literacies, creating highly motivating learning experiences for teens. Learn more and register.

October YALSA Webinar: Creating Community and Amplifying Youth Voice Through Zines

Thursday, October 10, 2PM Eastern
Learn about zines including what they are, their history, potential uses in the library and classroom, and how to start your own zine library. We will also discuss how making zines can create community among teens and give them a way to amplify and share their thoughts, feelings and passions with each other and a broader audience. Register for only $29 or get a year’s worth of webinars for only $59. Learn more.

Advanced Registration for YALSA’s Symposium ends Oct. 13
YALSA’s 2019 YA Services Symposium will take place November 1-3 with the theme: Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity. Advanced registration runs now – October 13. Housing reservations are not guaranteed after October 1. More information about the symposium, including the newly released list of participating authors, can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium.

 

 

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Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator, Alaska State Library (907) 465-8187, janet.madsen@alaska.gov

SAYL Mail August 23, 2019

School and Youth Librarians Newsletter from the Alaska State Library   

August 23, 2019

News in Brief

PD grants for school librarians are now available through the Alaska State Library. https://library.alaska.gov/dev/grants.html

Scroll down to “Continuing Education (CE) and Professional Development (PD) Grants. Under “School Libraries” you will find links to the guidelines, application, reimbursement and final report. If you have questions, please contact mailto:tracy.swaim@alaska.gov, Grants Administrator at the Alaska State Library. If you are interested in attending a fall conference, now’s the time to apply!

Congratulations to Shawn Arnold, Superintendent at Valdez City Schools.

He was chosen to participate on a seven member board of K-12 School administrators from across the country for AASL’s “School Leader Collaborative”. The group will serve as ambassadors for school libraries and will convene to garner advocacy for school librarians…” Shawn was nominated by Pam Verfaillie, Valdez High School’s Library Associate.  Way to go Pam! For more details on the initiative see AASL’s announcement.

ISTE Certification available in the Pacific Northwest October 28-29, 2019

“A competency-based, vendor-neutral certification for ambitious educators who want to progress from general technology integration to becoming digital learning catalysts. Attendees will participate in a two-day on-site training, followed by up to six weeks of online training. They will then have up to six months to submit a portfolio of work, demonstrating capacity in all required areas of certification. ISTE Certification is earned upon successful portfolio approval.” Time and dates: October 28-29, Two day Face to Face training, Portland OR. Registration form with more information.

Resources in Brief

Commonsense.org has updated their K-12 digital literacy curriculum

If you haven’t used this curriculum in the past you need to register to login to the free curriculum that features all new lessons. The old lessons will be phased out in the fall of 2020.  Check out the Introductory  webinar ,   family engagement component, and   old and new curriculum crosswalk

Census 2020! Don’t forget the resources available at https://www.census.gov/schools

“Educator resources include resources for learning with real life data. Features standards aligned- classroom ready activities.”

New website “Reading Aloud” provides help in pronouncing Alaska native words featured in children’s books.

“As partial fulfillment for Katy Spangler’s Alaska Literature for young People course in the UAS Elementary Education MAT program this summer, Anna Breuninger started a project gathering pronunciations of Alaska Native words in select children and young adult books.  Her intent is to give teachers, librarians and anyone else wanting to read these books aloud one centralized resource for pronunciations. She has built a website to house this information and plan to continue with the project as I have additional time.  Please share it with anyone you know who may be interested in it and/or contact Anna with suggestions, edits or comments.

Traveling Paper Kimono Project | Pam Verfaillie, Valdez HS featured in VOYA Magazine

Although this happened last school year it is an example of how a simple art project can be expanded to include a wide variety of content areas and community members. Pam connected and collaborated beyond the library to make this a five star enrichment event.

10 Student Tested Chrome Extensions(Edutopia)

AASL Standards Lesson Plan Template with drop down menus

This was posted early in the summer via the Alaska schools list but worth mentioning again.

“Sharon Fox from Tuxedo Park, a K-12 school librarian, has to do two full sets of lesson plans every week so…she developed this Google spreadsheet with dropdown menus with all the Standards. Sharon just shared it with us all and it is her gift to you for back to school! She is tweeting it out today. It has an AASL Permission Statement that needs to always be included with you use it.”

Statewide Databases and Online Resources to review and share with your teachers.

Spreading the word about the databases is an ongoing, never ending marketing effort. Learning Express is one database you can let your students, CTE teachers and school counselors be aware and familiar with at the start of the year given that many of the materials can be used in their classes. Be sure to check out the EBSCO Learning Express marketing and promotional materials featuring brochures, cheat sheets, logos, animated gifs and more.

Podcast: School Librarians United with Amy Hermon

Dedicated to the nuts and bolts of running a school library. Amy is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. Episodes run about 35 minutes. Year two starts this month. Archived podcasts are found on her website.

And finally, and article from School Library Journal, Aug 2018 but still important. How to Speak Administrator.  Key takeaways:

  • Data is the language of educational leaders: use it to your advantage
  • Check you vocabulary: make sure the terms you use to describe your program do not translate to “optional”.
  • Offer to help with your school’s goals/show alignment with the school plan
  • Talk about everything you do in terms of students
  • Utilize social media to tell your story
  • Show your program’s connection to student growth
  • Share the new AASL Standards

 

Continuing Ed Opportunities

Support Positive Literacy Outcomes with Large Print: Wed Aug 28, 2019 @ 12:00PM-1:00PM (EdWeb)

Learn the benefits associated with the effective usage of large print from the perspectives of students, teachers, librarians, and administrators, including relationships with academic outcomes, as well as a regular print comparison.

Computer Science Fundamentals: How to Teach K-8’s Six Essential Coding Concepts: Wed Aug28, 2109 @2:00-3:00 PM (EdWeb)

Whether you are beginning your journey into computer science with no experience or a seasoned educator looking for new activities to bring coding to life in your classroom or school, this edWebinar will provide you with resources you need.

Back to School with Future Ready Librarians®! Tips and Tricks from Experts (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)  Wed, August 28, 1pm – 2pm

Panelists will share some amazing tips and tricks that will help Future Ready Librarians®, district leaders, and other educators prepare for the best school year yet. Panelists will examine how librarians can engage their communities, expand their collections, and take advantage of marketing, partnerships, and collaboration opportunities. They also will share how to sustain these programs and practices throughout the school year.

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SAYL mail is published twice monthly during the school year. You received this because you are subscribed to the Google Group “Alaska School Libraries”. Back Issues are archived at the Alaska Library Network website.

FY19 ADL Shared Collection Statistics (for PL reports)

Number of volumes in collection

E-Books Withdrawn (question 7-2): 8
E-Books Added (question 7-2): 1,897
E-Books Held (question 7-2): 20,844

Downloadable Audio Materials Withdrawn (question 7-4): 0
Downloadable Audio Materials Added (question 7-4): 722
Downloadable Audio Materials Held (question 7-4): 13,099

Library Specific Circulation Statistics

The following chart will have information for these questions:

A. E-Book Circulation Juvenile (question 9-2)
B. E-Book Circulation Adult (question 9-2)

C. Audio Downloads Juvenile (question 9-5)
D. Audio Downloads Adult (question 9-5)

TownLibrary/BranchEbook JuvenileEbook AdultAudio JuvenileAudio Adult
AnchorageAnchorage Public Library22902806512145270460
AnchorageConsortium Library University of Alaska Anchorage30016453931718
AniakAniak Public Library168783
BethelKuskokwin Consortium Library (Bethel)371728127276
CantwellCantwell Community Library238018
Coffman CoveCoffman Cove Community Library7152114
CordovaCordova Public Library1371289262934
CraigCraig Public Library7938895278
DeltaDelta Community Library53220286092060
DillinghamDillingham Public Library178391150341
EagleEagle Public Library1297891
Edna BayEdna Bay Community Library726217
FairbanksFairbanks North Star Borough Public Library599320292780426385
FairbanksNorth Pole Branch Library961724248
FairbanksUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks - Elmer E. Rasmuson Library2398894891547
GlennallenCopper Valley Community Library94509227525
GustavusGustavus Public Library126663133618
HainesHaines Borough Public Library17916827981785
HealyTri-Valley Community Library (Healy)1951010265743
HollisHollis Public Library64301
HomerHomer Public Library1703791426648518
IgiugigIgiugig Tribal Library11953
JuneauAlaska State Library324834119735
JuneauJuneau Public Libraries246310008285810339
JuneauJuneau Public Libraries - Douglas Branch14811673591411
JuneauJuneau Public Libraries - Valley Branch1347518716784209
JuneauUniversity of Alaska Southeast118839249611
KakeShirly Jackson Community Library (Kake)7024311
KenaiKenai Community Library1421527018146005
Kenny LakeFrances Kibble Kenny Lake Public Library74184101427
KetchikanKetchikan Public Library2817662425086398
KodiakKodiak Public Library140029449963447
KotzebueChukchi Consortium Library341093321
KotzebueKotzebue Middle/High School161181
Mat-SuMatanuska Susitna Borough School District62814973
Mat-SuMatanuska Susitna Library Network752901264636151
McGrathMcGrath Community Library479069145
MetlakatlaCentennial Library1541938
NaknekMartin Monsen Regional Library133414
NinilchikNinilchik Community Library4076122236
NomeKegoayah Kozga Public Library (Nome)224535156
Pedro BaySamuel B. Foss Library (Pedro Bay)03361
PelicanPelican Public Library1811830182
PetersburgPetersburg Public Library49322714841496
Sand PointSand Point Community Library0010
SewardSeward Community Library72719378652536
SitkaSitka Library Network77528837552930
SkagwaySkagway Public Library149449139548
SoldotnaSoldotna Public Library2086754220766972
Tenakee SpringsDermott O'Toole Memorial Library (Tenakee Springs)12149050
Thorne BayThorne Bay Public Library2293822
TokTok Community Library714366515
UnalaskaUnalaska Public Library63246109394
UtqiagvikTuzzy Consortium Library (Utqiagvik/Barrow)221514115386
ValdezValdez Consortium Library14510691531750
Whale PassWhale Pass Community Library651078
WrangellIrene Ingle Public Library (Wrangell)212591129596
Total5604420088764025205327

Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program – Participating Libraries

Participating Libraries 
AnchorageZ.J. Loussac Public Library
AnchorageMuldoon Branch Library
AnchorageUAA Consortium Library
AnchorageMountain View Branch Library
AnchorageChugiak/Eagle River Branch Library
AndersonAnderson Village Library
AnvikBlackwell (Anvik) School/Community Library
BarrowTuzzy Consortium Library
BethelKuskokwim Consortium Library
Big LakeBig Lake Public Library
CantwellCantwell Community/School Library
ChiniakChiniak Public Library
Cold BayCold Bay Public Library
CordovaCordova Public Library
CordovaPrince William Sound Science Center
CraigHollis Public Library
CraigCraig Public Library
Delta JunctionDelta Community Library
DillinghamDillingham Public Library
FairbanksLiteracy Council of Alaska
FairbanksElmer E. Rasmuson Library
FairbanksFairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries
GalenaCharles Evans Community/School Library
GirdwoodScott and Wesley Gerrish (Girdwood) Branch Library
GlennallenCopper Valley Community Library
HainesHaines Borough Public Library
HealyTri-Valley School/Community Library
HomerHomer Public Library
HomerKachemak Bay Campus Library
HopeHope Community Library
JuneauJuneau Public Library
JuneauWilliam A. Egan Library
JuneauTlingit & Haida Vocational Training & Resource Center
JuneauJuneau Douglas High School Library
JuneauAlyeska Central School
JuneauAlaska State Library
KakeShirly Jackson Community Library
KetchikanKetchikan Campus Library
KlawockKlawock Public Library
KodiakCarolyn Floyd Library
KodiakKodiak Public Library
KotzebueChukchi Consortium Library
McGrathMcGrath Community Library
MetlakatlaMetlakatla Centennial Library
NenanaNenana Public Library
NomeEmily Ivanoff Brown Library
OuzinkieOuzinkie Tribal Media Center
PalmerPalmer Public Library
PetersburgPetersburg Public Library
Russian MissionRussian Mission School/Community Library
Sand PointSand Point School/Community Library
SelawikSelawik School Community Library
SewardJack Werner Memorial Library
SewardSeward Community Library Museum
ShagelukInnoko River School and Tribal Library
SitkaSitka Public Library
SkagwaySkagway Public Library
SoldotnaKenai Peninsula College Library
SuttonSutton Public Library/Community Resource Center
TalkeetnaTalkeetna Public Library
Trapper CreekTrapper Creek Public Library
UnalakleetTicasuk Library
ValdezValdez Consortium Library
WasillaWasilla Public Library
WillowWillow Public Library
WrangellIrene Ingle Public Library

Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The purpose of the program is to establish reciprocal borrowing privileges among Alaska libraries. The program allows library patrons with valid library cards from participating libraries to receive borrowing privileges from other libraries participating in the program. The program is voluntary.

Click here to view a list of participating libraries

Introduction

Dear Librarian:

As you know libraries in Alaska have a strong tradition of cooperation, of working together to serve the residents of the state. We have the opportunity to build upon this tradition by offering reciprocal borrowing privileges among as many Alaskan libraries as possible. A reciprocal borrowing program can increase access to our collections at a minimum cost to participating libraries.

The Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program builds upon cooperative efforts already in place in Fairbanks, Juneau and Sitka. The program was endorsed by the Task Force on a Statewide Library Card, by the Executive Council of AkLA, by the Research and Resource Library Directors, and by the Alliance Statewide Coordinating Council. More than fifty libraries in the state currently participate in the program including the Anchorage Municipal Libraries, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, the Juneau Public Library, the State Library, and the libraries at KPC, UAS, UAF, and UAA.

In order to minimize the risks to participating libraries, the Alaska State Library has an “insurance fund” to help partially compensate libraries if materials are not returned by reciprocal borrowers. An advisory committee monitors the program and recommends how the “insurance fund” is used. The committee also work with the State Library in promoting the program. The names of the participating libraries are posted on the Alaska State Library web site.

It is easy to sign up for the Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program by completing the participation form that is available on this web site. Please send the completed form to Patience Frederiksen. If you have any questions about the program, please direct them to Patience Frederiksen at 907-465-2911 or via email to patience.frederiksen@alaska.gov or to me at 907-786-1825 or via e-mail to srollins@uaa.alaska.edu. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Steve Rollins
Dean, Consortium
University of Alaska Anchorage

June 2005 (updated contacts on May 16, 2018)

Guidelines & Responsibilities

Download this Information (PDF)

The purpose of the program is to establish reciprocal borrowing privileges among Alaska libraries. The program allows library patrons with valid library cards from participating libraries to receive borrowing privileges from other libraries participating in the program. The program is voluntary.

Selling Points of the Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program:

  • Opens Alaska library doors to Alaska residents
  • Stretches tax dollars
  • Supports literacy and reading
  • Encourages every Alaska library to participate (including public, academic, school, and special libraries)
  • Increases public awareness of libraries
  • Costs less than interlibrary loan
  • Eases the strain on book budgets
  • Maintains lending library control

Alaska Libraries’ Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows walk-in patrons with a valid library card from a participating library to check out materials from any other participating library in the state. This program is available for Alaska residents only.

General Guidelines

  1. Participation by libraries in the program is voluntary.
  2. This is a multi-type library program. A public, special, academic, or school library card from any participating library will be honored at any other participating library.
  3. Libraries may place restrictions on the number and/or type of materials loaned to borrowers. Participation with this kind of restriction is preferable to non-participation.
  4. Home libraries are expected to actively assist lending libraries in the retrieval of any overdue materials and in the collection of fines/fees. Home libraries are expected to share current patron address and phone number when asked by lending libraries. Home libraries are expected to contact their patrons who fail to return materials to the lending libraries. Home libraries may suspend borrowing privileges due to non-return of items or non-payment of fines at a lending library.
  5. Borrowers may be asked to sign a waiver allowing borrower information to be shared with other participating libraries. Borrowers will be subject to the rules of the lending library. (Note: academic library rules are often more stringent.)
  6. In a timely manner, lending libraries are expected to notify the home library of delinquent borrower accounts and any resolution of such accounts.
  7. Libraries will not be reimbursed for costs accrued as a result of participation in the reciprocal borrowing program.

State Library Responsibilites

  1. Promote the program on a statewide basis.
  2. Solicit and consider suggestions for improvement of the program. Review policy annually to maintain the best possible service.
  3. Maintain an active file of resolutions of intent to participate in the program and print a directory of participating libraries annually.
  4. Appoint an ongoing advisory committee for the program.

Participating Libraries’ Responsibilities

  1. Publicize and promote the program at the local level.
  2. Stamp all books with property markings.
  3. File a Participation Form with the State Library.

Home Library Responsibilities

  1. Home libraries are expected to actively assist lending libraries in the retrieval of any overdue materials and in the collection of fines/fees. Home libraries are expected to share current patron address and phone number when asked by lending libraries. Home libraries are expected to contact their patrons who fail to return materials to the lending libraries. Home libraries may suspend borrowing privileges due to non-return of items or non-payment of fines at a lending library.
  2. At its discretion, suspend borrowing privileges due to non-return of items or non-payment of fines or fees at the lending library.
  3. Issue library cards that reciprocal borrowers can present at the lending library.

Lending Library Responsibilities

  1. Honor library cards from participating libraries and inform borrowers about local rules of service.
  2. Keep and provide statistics about reciprocal borrower registration and use.
  3. Record the current address of reciprocal borrowers.
  4. In a timely manner notify the home library of delinquent borrower accounts and any resolution of such accounts.

Borrowers’ Responsibilities

  1. Register and be in good standing at home library.
  2. Be informed about and abide by the rules and policies of the libraries they use. Borrowers will be subject to the rules of the lending library. (Note: academic library rules may be more stringent.)
  3. Assume responsibility for all materials borrowed, including payment for lost/damaged materials, overdue fines, and/or other fees.
  4. Return materials in a timely fashion according to the rules of the lending library. Borrowers are encouraged to return lending library materials to their home library.
  5. If required by the lending library, sign a waiver to allow borrower information to be shared with other participating libraries.

Credits

Task Force on a Statewide Library Card

Clara Sitter, Chair until June 1999
Steve Rollins, Chair June 1999 –

Task Force Membership

  • Bob Anderl, Fairbanks
  • Rich Greenfield, ASL
  • Karen Grussendorf, Sitka
  • Joyce Jenkins, Petersburg Public Library
  • Rita Johnson, UAS
  • Carrie Keene, AML
  • Brenda Knavel, UAF
  • Nancy Lesh, UAA
  • Moe McGee, AML
  • Georgine Olson, FNBPL
  • Tahitia Orr, Juneau Public Library
  • Ruth Jean Shaw, ASD
  • Colleen Tyrrell, Charter College
  • Mary Ellen Wilson, AML

Special Acknowledgement:

  • Karen Crane, ASL
  • Rheba Dupras, UAF
  • Patience Frederiksen, ASL
  • Tracy Swaim, ASL

 

Page last updated 05/07/2019

SAYL Mail May 3, 2019

SAYL Mail May 3, 2019     School and Youth Librarians Newsletter

News

Applications are due Tuesday May 7th for the writing and review committee of the Alaska School Library and Information Literacy Standards. Please consider participating. We need your input to submit an updated set of standards for consideration and adoption by the Alaska Board of Education. Applications are posted on akasl.org and akasl.org/puffin-news . If you have questions please call Janet Madsen (907) 465-8187 at the Alaska State Library.

Your feedback will make a difference– AASL Standards surveys open through May 8

As school librarian’s roles reach across grade levels and content areas, schools and districts. How well the National School Library Standards and implementation tools meet the profession’s needs, align with stakeholder priorities, and facilitate successful collaborations is important to AASL. School library professionals and school or district administrators and educators can influence further research and implementation activities supporting the AASL Standards by participating in community surveys open through May 8. Your feedback will make a difference!

AASL Survey Link

For Alaska Association of School Librarian members: The application period for spring and summer learning opportunities has re-opened.  Please apply NOW for funding to attend online or in-person classes and conferences. We offer reimbursement for registration, travel, and hotel costs of up to: $500 for online classes, $1000 for in-state training and $1500 for out-of-state training.

 

Summer Reading Resources to Share with Your Students

April 25th is opening day for SYNC Audiobooks for Teens 2019. This summer’s offerings include 28 titles, two paired audiobook downloads a week April 25th to August 1 check out their website for promo materials, list of titles and FAQ’s. (Second set of books is available this week).

AkASL Battle of the Books @ https://sites.google.com/view/akaslbattleofthebooks/home

Visit the new website to check out the 2019-2020 tentative book list.

Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”

Public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs which are designed to promote, encourage and support reading. Check with your local public library to learn wat programming will be available over the summer.

The 2019 Teens Top Ten was recently announced. Check out the announcement video and share it with your teens. Don’t forget to encourage them to read the titles all summer so they can vote for their favorite starting August 15th.

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

ALA Annual Conference, June 20-25, Washington, DC

ISTE, June 23-26, Philadelphia

Register for the 2019 YALSA Symposium

Registration for our 2019 Symposium is now open! The symposium will take place November 1 – 3, 2019 in Memphis, TN with a theme of: Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity. Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults, and the symposium is open to everyone, not just YALSA members. Early bird registration is open through Sept. 15. Members who register for the symposium by Sept. 15 will be entered for a chance to win free registration for the 2020 symposium. Additional events such as pre-conferences, a Graceland tour, and author luncheon can be added for an extra fee. View the preliminary schedule. Don’t forget to also apply for the $1,000 travel stipend by June 1. Find out more info here

 

Tuesday May 7, 2019   3:00-4:00 PM (AKDT)

Collaborate with Content Areas for Deeper Learning

This webinar will focus on creating collaborations between the school library and content teachers in an effort to create lessons and units that foster critical thinking. Layering standards from content areas with national standards from AASL, ISTE and Future Ready librarianship creates in depth and substantial lessons for critical thinking and growth. Utilizing resources such as the AASL app and the AASL Crosswalk sets, this webinar will identify ways that school librarians can work with subject area teachers on lessons that prepare students for 21st century learning.

REGISTER

Thursday May 9, 11-12:30 (AKDT)

Get the Lib Tech Lowdown: Conference Reports from 2019 TCEA, SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive

Every February and March, the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education and Interactive festivals showcase multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in education, innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC staffers Liz Philippi and Henry Stokes as they report on all the amazing sessions and things they learned as well as the major themes that emerged and its relevance for schools and libraries  REGISTER @ https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

Tuesday May 14   3:00-4:00PM (AKDT)

Computational Thinking in Your Library: Systematic Problem Solving in School & Real Life

Computational thinking is a systematic problem solving process applicable to multiple arenas, including various curricular areas and real life. In this session, learn about the basics of computational thinking, how it applies to school library programs and curriculum, and how it benefits our future ready learners in academia and real life.  REGISTER

 

Tuesday, May 7   10 -11AM (AKDT)

All Things YA (Booklist)

Whether you’re looking to add more books to your summer reading list or your tbr pile is getting a little thin, Booklist has you covered for all things YA this season! Hear from Page Street Kids and Sourcebooks as they chat about an array of YA titles, including spring and summer highlights and forthcoming books! Panelists will be joined by a young adult librarian to discuss readers’ advisory tips and book talking tricks.   REGISTER at https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

 

Tuesday, May 7   9-10 AM (AKDT)

Reading Life between the Lines: Using Children’s & Young Adult Literature to Have Tough Conversations about Diversity (Washington State Library)

This workshop will teach teachers, librarians, school boards, administrators and youth leaders strategies for using Children’s & Young Adult Literature with readers of any age to engage with questions of identity and difference and will help participants increase their cultural competence for working with young people in educational or recreational settings. REGISTER at

https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/firsttuesdays/default.aspx

 

Thursday, May 9   10-11 AM (AKDT)

How to Cultivate Social and Emotional Learning with Computational Thinking (Education Week)

 

In this webinar, Jeff Meyer, Director of Education for Learning.com, will: Demystify computational thinking and the mindset it encourages; Illustrate the connections between computational thinking and social and emotional learning; Share ideas to foster the connection between developing social and emotional learners and computational thinking; Provide resources to start teaching computational thinking in ways that support social and emotional learning. REGISTER at https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

 

Thursday, May 9 10-11:30 AM (AKDT)

Get the Lib Tech Lowdown: Conference Reports from 2019 TCEA, SXSWEdu, and SXSW Interactive (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Every February and March, the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education and Interactive festivals showcase multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in education, innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC staffers Liz Philippi and Henry Stokes as they report on all the amazing sessions and things they learned as well as the major themes that emerged and its relevance for schools and libraries. REGISTER at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html

 

Thursday, May 9   4-5 pm (AKDT)

Be Bold at #ISTE19: Get the Most Out of Your ISTE Experience (Follett)

Plan your conference time with the help of two educators and seasoned ISTE veterans, Shannon McClintock Miller and Bill Bass. REGISTER at   https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars

 

Wednesday, May 15  10-11 AM (AKDT)

Making a Mini Makerspace (Indiana State Library)

Under the staircase, an old study room, an accessible storage closet … anywhere can become a mini makerspace!  The North Riverside Public Library, a small library outside Chicago, was able to cobble together funding using our budget and grants to create mini makerspaces in small nooks around our library.  We will talk about our process, research on materials and space design, and how we solicited valuable feedback from patrons. REGISTER at

https://continuinged.isl.in.gov/find-training/online-training-series/

 

May 15, 2019   11:00 AM-12:30 PM (AKDT)

Social Emotional Learning: Tools for the Classroom and Library

Game-based learning, AR/VR/ Mixed Reality, and SEL–the hottest topics in education will be front and center in this edition of our popular webcast series, a coproduction of School Library Journal and ISTE. Led by top practitioners in the field, these free one-hour programs will offer practical insight into the latest technology, with implications for schools and libraries. REGISTER

 

Employment Opportunities

Librarian K-6 (2019-20 school year) Job ID: 3670   (Alaska Teacher Placement)

Posted: 4/2/19

Location: North Star Elementary, Anchorage School District                           Date available: 8/15/19

 

As Seen on AkASL Facebook Page:

Naomi Bates: “Books and trailers go hand in hand, but what we’ve used in the past may not be the same anymore. I did a presentation at TxLA on book trailer toolbox upgrades to help librarians and their patrons have handy tools at their fingertips to explore and use. Here’s my blog post”:

https://yabooksandmoreblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/book-trailer-toobox-update/

Students Fall for Misinformation Online. Is Teaching Them to Read Like Fact Checkers the Solution?

 

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