SAYL Mail for November 9th

SAYL Mail for November 9th

In this issue……….

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

SAYL News in Brief

SAYL Mail is back! Looks and feels the same but may change format and platform in the near future.

During the break in publication, Jared Shucha, former Alaska State School Library Coordinator left his position for new adventures and I came on board October 29th. I returned to Alaska from New Mexico to take this job and I’m super excited to be here! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My “door” is open.

Important Books for Young People  Start a Grassroots Reading Movement

Election Day has passed but political polarization in our society continues. Key takeaways in this article point to the gaps in partisan thinking and the link between reading fiction and empathy.  Includes book lists and links to program ideas. (KQ)

Yupik Story Time  @ Loussac Library in Anchorage

Resources from NEA

November is Native American Heritage month. Celebrate Alaska’s cultural diversity and invite community members in to share stories and visit. No need to limit these opportunities to one month.  (KTUU) Share your ideas on Alaska School Librarian’s Facebook page.

Why Ed Tech Specialists Should Focus on Transformation, Not Tools

Not a school librarian article per se but exchange the technology integration specialist term and this article will make you think about your collaborative teaching conversations .(Edsurge)

Happy Picture Book Month   Set a picture book challenge for your student. This librarian chose to focus on genre and format. Students were expected to read 12 picture books from the selections and at the end of the month choose a favorite and write a reason for why picture books are important for the world. The month culminated with a virtual author visit and small prizes. (ETM)

 

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Last minute:

Closes November 15th (School and Public Collaborative) Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. Up to $4,000 to provide a visit from an author.

Closes Nov 16th   ALA Great Stories Club on Truth ,Racial Healing& Transformation

“Copies of three theme related books to use in reading and discussion group; travel and lodging, support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2019; and a variety of programming support materials.”

In the near future:

Closes February 1, 2019   Collaborative School Library Award sponsored by Upstart

$2,500“Recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and educators in meeting goals outlined in National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians and School Libraries through a joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.”

Closes February 1, 2019   Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

$2,000 to the librarian, up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA annual Conference and $5,000 book donation by Penguin Random House.

Closes Feb 1, 2019   The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

$3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators. $2,000 for both the school librarian and school official (or volunteer parent) to attend the AASL national conference or the ALA Annual Conference during the years when there is no AASL national conference.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

These webinars are at no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule are often made available through their archives.

Collaboration Impacts Students’ Learning

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @5:00-6:00PM EST ( 1:00PM AST)

Presented by Michele Luhtala, Library Development Chair, New Canaan High School, CT

“Michele will share tools that promote collaboration among educators. Participants will explore how to demonstrate that collaboration is happening, that it is effective, and that it favorably impacts student learning. Rubrics and replicable instructional materials will be shared.”(edwebnet)

Close Reading the Internet: Developing Critical Thinkers

Thursday November 29th, 2018   4:00-5:00 Pm EST (noon AST)

“How do we teach students to be critical thinkers online? What do students need to consider when they search online, and how do they evaluate the results they get? Ben Cogswell, elementary school teacher, coach, and edtech specialist, will present strategies for teaching students to be effective researchers and critical consumers of online media. He’ll explain how online queries work and the steps to take to determine whether a webpage is trustworthy.” ( K-12) (edwebnet)

Additional opportunities listed with time and links through Alaska School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar.

Employment Opportunities   (as listed in Alaska Teacher Placement   11/07)

Middle School Teaching/Librarian Media Specialist   posted 7/23/18   Open until filled

Homer Middle School, Kenai Peninsula School District ( .5FTE)

Other/Librarian K-6   Ptarmigan Elementary Anchorage School District   posted 4/11/2018

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Resources shared and questions asked on the Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.

10/31 ‘Looking for new reading promotion Ideas?”

 For the Love of Literature: Reading Promotions: Knowledge Quest

11/ 4   “Check out this great list of tech tools that support the AASL Standards and add some of your own favorites.     Tech Tools for the AASL Standards

11/6   Five Ways to Make Your Classroom More Inclusive

Check It Out Next Time!

To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL Listserv and ask a colleague to do the same. (mail to; list-manager@lists.akla.org? subject=subscribe alaska-school-libraries)

 

Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator, Alaska State Library,

(907)465-8187               janet.madsen@alaska.gov

SAYL Mail for September 6th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

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

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

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month [KQ. 4 min.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Closes November 16th. ALA Great Stories Club on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.  “Copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials.”

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Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.
Thursday, September 6th, 10 am – Make Do Share: Sustainable STEM Programming for Youth [Indiana State Library]
Thursday, September 6th, noon – Levels Are a Teacher’s Tool, NOT a Child’s Label [Education Week]
Tuesday, September 11th, 11am – The Latest Must-Have Graphic Novels for Fall [Library Journal]
Wednesday, September 12th, 10:30am – MARCH with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell [Programming Librarian]
Wednesday, September 12th, noon – Empower Your Students to Be Digital Leaders on Social Media [edWeb]
Thursday, September 13th, 10am – Fall for These Must-Haves for Every Elementary to YA Reader [Booklist]
Thursday, September 13th, 10am – Cultural Competence and Responsiveness [YALSA]
Tuesday, September 18th, 11am – Supercharge Your Collection with New Fall Nonfiction [SLJ]
Thursday, September 20th, 10:30 am – Ditching Dewey – How to Adopt Bookstore Style Organization [Texas State Library and Archives]

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

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

9/1 – Way to go Michelle!

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

To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

This will be my last issue.  Thanks for a great three and a half years! SAYL Mail will be continued soon…
-Jared

SAYL Mail for August 23rd

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

[Please note:  School Library Journal (SLJ) now requires creating a free user account to read some articles.]

Alaska Digital School Library Exceeds 1000 OverDrive Titles

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With recent purchases from the Alaska  State Library, the Alaska Digital School Library currently has 1,058 K-12 titles of eBooks, audiobooks, and read-alongs,  and the collection continues to grow monthly.  There has also been a recent change in how titles are categorized for their intended audience, resulting in even more titles being available at the elementary and middle levels.  If your school or district wants to learn more about accessing these titles for around $1/student/year, visit the ADSL page.

Sora logo

Learn more about Sora – OverDrive’s new reading app designed for school use.   

 

Starting at a New School? Here Are Five Essential Tips [SLJ. 4 min.]

Alaska State Library New School Librarian Toolkit

Are there new school library staff in your district?  Help spread the word about SAYL Mail, AkASL, and the State Library!

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School Library Leadership Academy 2018

World Class: Michelle Carton, SLJ’s 2018 Champion of Civic Engagement [SLJ. 3 min.]

“Anchorage, AK, has grown to become one of the most diverse places in the United States… At the city’s Tudor Elementary School —among the 20 most diverse elementary schools in America—SLJ’s 2018 Champion of Civic Engagement, librarian Michelle Carton, is bringing a global education to the youngest students.”

Yes, Teens Are Texting and Using Social Media Instead of Reading Books, Researchers Say [The Washington Post.  4 min.]

“1 in 3 U.S. high school seniors did not read a book for pleasure in 2016. In the same time period, 82 percent of 12th-graders visited sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day.”

Digital Text Is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think [KQED Mindshift. 6 min.]

Reinvented School Libraries Unleash Student Creativity [NEA Today. 3 min.]

Collaborating with Your School Librarian [Edutopia. 3 min.]

How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More like Bookstores [KQED Mindshift. 5 min.]

A Back To School Challenge [The Adventures of Library Girl. 6 min.]

Do School Libraries Need Magazines? [KQ. 2 min.]

10 Things Teachers Can Do to Protect Student Data [Blue Skunk Blog. 2 min.]

Page to Screen: Upcoming Ya Movie Adaptations [YALSA The Hub. 2 min.]

REMINDERS:

Tumble Book Library logo

Tumblebooks Available Statewide through June 2020

Alaska State Library Launches books.alaska.gov and Advertising Campaign

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Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

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

Closes September 1st, 2018 – ALAN Cart/Cambell Grant for Teen Librarians. $500 and registration fees for two-­day ALAN Workshop which is held at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

Saturday, August 25th, 6 – 8:30 am –  Google Training for Teachers  [Simple K12]

Monday, August 27th, 1pm – Creating Student Voice and Choice for Coding and Robotics [edWeb]

Tuesday, August 28th, noon – Digital Citizenship: New Lessons for a Changing World [edWeb]

Wednesday, August 29th, 11am – Motivation Matters: 10 Research-Based Strategies to Motivate Struggling Readers [edWeb]

Tuesday, September 4th, 3pm – Exploring AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2018 [AASL]

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

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Save the Date!  Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

Upcoming Courses:

You are invited to Invigorate your School Library with the AASL National StandardsOnline.  September 4 – November 11th.  UAF, 2-credit course:  Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards  ($300 tuition)

 

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Asynchronous start date listed. Paid courses offered on ISTE U will be eligible for graduate-level credit through Dominican University of California.  ISTE Member prices listed.  Complete listing of courses

9/10 – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Free, no credit
9/17 – Exploring Future Ready Librarianship – $186
10/1 – Best Practices in Open Education Resources – $261
10/15 – Introduction to Computational Thinking for Every Educator – Free, no credit

Upcoming conferences:

Cincinnati.  September 27th – 29th.  Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. (from $400)

Brooklyn.  October 26 – 28.  2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit

Salt Lake City.  November 2-4.  2018 Young Adult Services Symposium(from $199)

Seattle.  January 25-29.  ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits.  (Early bird member rate $245)

Additional upcoming state, regional, and national conferences.

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Employment Opportunities

Library Aide, Mt. View Elementary, Kenai Area, .44 FTE Classified

Library Aide, Skyview Elementary, Soldotna, .44 FTE Classified

K-6 Librarian, Lake Otis Elementary, Anchorage, 1.0 FTE Certified

7-8 Librarian, Homer Middle School, .5 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Mountain View Elementary, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE Certified

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

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As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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

8/15 – If you use Google Classroom, you might want to check out this Back to School guide from Google.

8/15 – Interesting stuff. How could you use this in your classroom?

8/20 – “In fact, if each display you do doesn’t feature LGBTQ titles, you’re doing your displays wrong.” This statement applies to people of color, gender, religion, etc. Certainly during pride and history months it’s alright to have focused displays, but if you’re doing a historical fiction display and you don’t include books that feature diverse characters and authors, you are doing a disservice to your community and missing the point of inclusion.

If it helps, remember that Include is one of the 6 shared foundations in the national standards. This concept of inclusive displays addresses School Library competency II.C.2. Don’t forget to INCLUDE in your displays.

8/20 – Something to think about as we start the school year: “I’m tired of already underpaid teachers and librarians being asked to take one for the team because no one wants to truly support and invest in our children. Public education is an investment. It’s an investment in our children, it’s an investment in our here and now and it’s an investment in our future.”

I’m just as guilty as many others for spending my personal money on books for my library; but we do a disservice to our community when year after year we spend our own money. When we do this again and again, we fail to show the pressing need. I know it’s hard, but consider making the case for more funding rather than spending your own hard-earned wages.

8/21 – Thank you colleagues for your hard work! Honored to win for Alaska, and pushing the envelope for our students, the 2018 School Library Journal Champion of Civic Engagement.

8/21 – Just two short weeks until “Invigorating Your School Library with the AASL Standards” starts!

Are you interested in digging more deeply into the new national standards and integrating them into your library? Please consider registering for my 2-credit online course.

The course is open to anyone working in a school library (certified or otherwise) with any level of experience. Read more about the course here.

The course is $300; and you can apply for an AkASL Professional Development Grant to cover the tuition.

8/21 – “MakerSpace – Plants as Creative Expression”

The 2018 School Library Leadership Academy in Juneau focused on the lens of STEAM. I am a champion of the A in STEAM and feel that there is art in all that we do. I was particularly excited to have a chance to listen to Laura Connor, Research Associate Professor at UAF. Her presentation on “STEAM- The Colors of Nature” served as the inspiration for a future collaboration between the library, the middle school art teacher, and the 7th grade science teachers. The first few days of school being back in session this August came with, tears, hugs, smiles, laughter, and conversations about scheduling. I discussed the idea of collaboration between art and the 7th grade science native Alaskan tree unit and a way the library could support them both. Resulting from the discussion and the inspiration from Laura Connor is the attached MakerSpace lesson idea in a skeleton form that would can be adapted for grade levels and content areas.

8/21 – I know I’ve encountered confusion from students and teachers who don’t understand what banned books week is all about, who think our displays are a list of books that we have banned. It’s a great conversation started, but what about the students who don’t stop to talk about it.

Here are some good things to consider as you plan those displays, events, and lessons for Banned Books Week.

8/22 – I tried this a few years ago and no one took me up on the offer, but I’m curious if anyone else has tried it and had better results? [Personal Book Shopping]

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Almanac

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

The next issue will be available on September 6th.   To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

[su_frame]Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187[/su_frame]

 

SAYL Mail for July 12th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Invigorate Your School with the AASL National Standards

Please consider enrolling in a 2-credit online course to be held September 4 through November 12 this fall. This course is for anyone who works in libraries (certified or otherwise) who is interested in digging more deeply into the National School Library Standards and integrating them into their library.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Deborah Rinio.

Tumblebooks Available Statewide through June 2020

Through funding made available from Alaska Early Development, a two-year subscription to Tumblebooks has been made available to all of Alaska.  To create personalized class and student Tumbletracker accounts, contact Tumblebooks support.  For direct linking a school or library website, use lam.alaska.gov/tumblebooks.

Alaska State Library Launches books.alaska.gov and Advertising Campaign

A new website focusing on accessing books from anywhere in the state was launched with an accompanying statewide advertising campaign on Alaska Public Media.

Little House on the Controversy: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed from Book Award [NPR. 2 min.]

A High School Put Books About Police Violence on a Summer Reading List.  A Police Union Wants Them Removed. [Vox. 3 min.]

Carnegie Medal Winner Slams Children’s Book Publishers for ‘Accessible’ Prose [The Guardian.  3 min.]

Top Ten Things You Should Know (Children of Incarcerated Parents) [Project Avary. 2 min.]

Are You a Future Ready Librarian? [eSchool News. 3 min.]

ISTE launches Librarians Are Transforming Learning site and ISTE/Future Ready Librarians Standards Crosswalk.

AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning [Knowledge Quest.  1 min.]

Libraries Ready to Code Beta Collection Release [SLJ. 2 min.]

Common Sense Media Overhauls Popular Digital Citizenship Curriculum [EdWeek. 4 min.]

Live from ISTE: 12 Google for Education Launches to Save Time for Creativity [Google Blog. 4 min.]

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Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

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

Closes July 31st, 2018.  James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Points (Sweepstakes) for classroom libraries.

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Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

Thursday, July 19th, 3pm –Introducing MakeCode from Microsoft  [Washington State Library]

Tuesday, July 24th, 10am – Starting Your Makerspace [edWeb]

Wednesday, August 8th, 11am – 5 Things to Give Up so your Struggling Readers Won’t [edWeb]

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

Slow summer learning with the AASL Standards through August 21st.

ISTE U – A Few of the Upcoming Courses:
Asynchronous start date listed. Paid courses offered on ISTE U will be eligible for graduate-level credit through Dominican University of California.  ISTE Member prices listed.

7/16 – Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level – $186
8/20 – Digital Citizenship in Action – $186
9/10 – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Free, no credit
9/17 – Exploring Future Ready Librarianship – $186

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Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

Juneau.  July 23rd –  27th.  8am – 4:30pm –  School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

New Brunswick, NJ.  July 25-27.  The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online. University of Maryland. August 15th – October 9th.  2.4 credit courseLilead Leaders Program: Preparing for Transformation ($349 tuition)

Online.  September 4 – November 11th.  UAF, 2-credit course:  Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards  ($300 tuition)

Cincinnati.  September 27th – 29th.  Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. (from $400)

Brooklyn.  October 26 – 28.  2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit

Salt Lake City.  November 2-4.  2018 Young Adult Services Symposium(from $199)

Additional upcoming state, regional, and national conferences.

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Employment Opportunities

Library Assistant, North Pole High, 1.0 FTE Classified

Library Assistant, North Pole Middle, 1.0 FTE Classified

K-6 Librarian, Mountain View Elementary, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Willow Crest Elementary, Anchorage, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE Certified

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, North Pole, 1.0 FTE Certified

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

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As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

The Facebook digest will be back in the fall.  Visit the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group

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

SAYL Mail is issued monthly during the summer.  The back-to-school issue will arrive August 23rd.   To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

[su_frame]Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187[/su_frame]

 

FY18 ADL Shared Collection Statistics (for PL reports)

Number of volumes in collection

E-Books Withdrawn (question 7-2): 481
E-Books Added (question 7-2): 3,498
E-Books Held (question 7-2): 21,587

Downloadable Audio Materials Withdrawn (question 7-4): 0
Downloadable Audio Materials Added (question 7-4): 1,393
Downloadable Audio Materials Held (question 7-4): 12,992

Collection and Service Expenses

You should not enter the entire amount of your ADL annual fee as a collection expense.

For Electronic Digital Materials (question 5-2g) you take 2/3 x your annual fee + any additional money you spent on ADL (donations, Advantage, etc.).
For Services (question 5-3e) you take 1/3 x annual fee.

Example: If you spent $1575 on your ADL membership you could use $1050 ($1575 x 2/3) for question 5-2g and $525 ($1575 x 1/3) for question 5-3e.

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)

E. Total (Filled by formula on report)

F. Unique Users (Not on report, but interesting!)
G. Average number of books checked out per unique user (Not on report, but interesting!)

BranchA.B.C.D.E.F.G.
Anchorage Public Library18142697211613956415160417701423
Anchorage-Consortium Library UAA24812493151336314821715
Aniak Public Library28100871431212
Bethel-Kuskokwin Consortium Library1667006714310766317
Cantwell Community Library4261229134719
Coffman Cove Community Library759034100714
Cordova Public Library136100736695424638330
Craig Public Library2345619331111996020
Delta Community Library3891575545163141409942
Dillingham Public Library25656013831512695623
Eagle Public Library698525134719
Edna Bay Community Library13704280327
Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries50751958067812397755413210326
Fairbanks-University of Alaska Fairbanks Library2861016315116027773288
Glenallen-Copper Valley Community Library9846419434511013037
Gustavus Public Library725043164712542746
Haines Borough Public Library1651224282996266712921
Healy-Tri-Valley Community Library13872031971518925236
Homer Public Library14547011241170491792566827
Igiugig Tribal Library0171119210
Juneau Public Libraries35391414540831287334640150723
Juneau-Alaska State Library 544449165512444925
Juneau-University of Alaska Southeast18163423551515658219
Kake-Shirly Jackson Community Library18502373612
Kenai Community Library11454363140155011241047126
Ketchikan Public Library25016195239447261581672122
Kodiak Public Library65325587122248617127522
Matanuska Susitna Library Network705524866100372856470522249828
McGrath Community Library23011122165724
Metlakatla-Centennial Library34315876199922
Naknek-Martin Monsen Regional Library725104267
Ninilchik Community Library7010433028214252851
Nome-Kegoayah Kozga Public Library9294678162723
Pedro Bay-Samuel B. Foss Library3946985421
Pelican Public Library23140182294101137
Petersburg Public Library43419964221016386815725
Sand Point Community Library0230023123
Seward Community Library598185010152072553522025
Sitka Library Network96431806892762759535921
Skagway Public Library25069910540914636323
Soldotna Public Library16156670150450151480461124
Tenakee Springs-Dermott O'Toole Memorial Library 479162146624
Thorne Bay Public Library10256322120340
Tok Community Library3969234385691930
Unalaska Public Library312261264538363425
Utgiagvik-Tuzzy Consortium Library157317602567905415
Valdez Consortium Library19510432851290281312023
Whale Pass Community Library2394154199633
Wrangell-Irene Ingle Public Library 24256514124211907017

SAYL Mail for June 14th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Why School Librarians Are the Literacy Leaders We Need [Education Week Teacher. 4 min.]

“There is a cumulative benefit to students and teachers, both academic and cultural, when a school librarian becomes a literacy leader.”

What’s Going on in Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them a Story? [NPR Ed.  2 min.]

“When we read to our children, they are doing more work than meets the eye. ‘It’s that muscle they’re developing bringing the images to life in their minds.'”

How Bibliotherapy Can Help Students Open up About Their Mental Health [MindShift. 3 min.]

Secretary DeVos Approves Alaska and Iowa’s ESSA State Plans [US DOE. 1 min]

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 [Pew Research Center.  6 min.]

Is Screen Time a Problem? Depends on Your Source [Blue Skunk Blog. 2 min.]

Genres Generate Renewed Enthusiasm for School Libraries [District Administration. 2 min.]

Not Quite the End of Net Neutrality [ALA District Dispatch. 2 min.]

A Good Visual to Help You Teach Students to Detect Fake News [Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Resource]

Logos for Live Homework Help (May 2018) [Alaska Library Network.  Resource]

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Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

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

Closes July 31st, 2018.  James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Points (Sweepstakes) for classroom libraries.

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Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

June 16th, 6am – 11:30 am  – Google Training for Teachers [Simple K12]

July 11-12, 8am – 1pm – 4T Data Literacy Conference: Creating Data Literate Students [University of Michigan School of Information and University Library]

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

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Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

New Orleans.  June 21st – 26th.  American Library Association Annual Conference. (from $350)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago.  Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference (from $480)

Juneau.  July 23rd –  27th.  8am – 4:30pm –  School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

New Brunswick, NJ.  July 25-27.  The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online.  September 4 – November 11th.  UAF, 2-credit course:  Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards  ($300 tuition)

Cincinnati.  September 27th – 29th.  Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. (from $400)

Brooklyn.  October 26 – 28.  2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit

Salt Lake City.  November 2-4.  2018 Young Adult Services Symposium(from $199)

Additional upcoming state, regional, and national conferences.

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Employment Opportunities

6-12 Library Aide, Nikiski Middle/High, Nikiski Area, .5 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Willow Crest Elementary, Anchorage, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, North Pole, 1.0 FTE

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

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As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

The Facebook digest will be back in the fall.  Visit the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group

Almanac

June is LGBT Pride Month, GLBT Book Month, and Audiobook Awareness Month.

July 4th is Independence Day.  State Library Closed

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

SAYL Mail is issued monthly during the summer.  The next issue will be July 12th.   To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

[su_frame]Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187[/su_frame]

 

SAYL Mail for May 22nd

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Libraries Offer Freedom from Reading Level Limitations [Delta Phi Kappan. 8min.]

“As librarians, teachers, and researchers, we must remember that reading is more than a mere process of moving up levels, and that struggling readers may have limited choices when leveled books are overemphasized. For students to truly love reading and to become engaged, lifelong readers, they must have opportunities to read a variety of texts. For this reason, reading in the library should be grounded in student choice, rather than assessment-based measures.”

What Is the Point of a Makerspace? [Cult of Pedagogy. 6 min.]

“They need to be able to engage in iterative thinking, creative thinking, critical thinking, they need to know how to pivot, how to change, how to revise, how to persevere. They need to solve complex problems. They need to think divergently. All of those are involved in that maker mindset.”

Book About Transgender Girl Breaks Ground — And Stirs Controversy — In Oregon Schools [OPB. 5 min.]

“It’s a statewide competition, in which kids read from a list of about dozen books, curated by a team of librarians. They duke it out answering Jeopardy!-style questions about the books. One of the books contenders will read this summer is unlike any before it.”

4 Ways You Can Get Creative This Summer [AASL KQ. 2 min.]

12 Great Digital Storytelling Apps for Young Learners [Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.  Resource]

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Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities


Closes May 31st. Best Buy Community Grants.  $5,000-10,000 to schools within 25 miles of a Best Buy store for”out-of-school time programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers.”

Closes June 1st. NEA Learning & Leadership Grants.  $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for professional development for NEA members.

Closes June 1st. NEA Student Achievement Grants.  $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for classroom resources for NEA members.

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

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Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

Tuesday, May 22nd, 11am – Developing Digital Citizens – Resources and Strategies [Texas State Library and Archives]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 11am – Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Children’s Books Editors [SLJ]

Tuesday, May 22nd, noon – Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 22nd, noon – A Look at the State of School Librarianship [ALA Publishing]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 1pm – Designing a Programming Language for Early Learners [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 1:45pm – YALSA May 2018 Webinar: Learning Environments [edWeb]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 1pm – Visual and Data Literacy Learning [edWeb]

Wednesday, May 30th, 10am –  STEAM & Project-Based Learning: Educators and Students Get Future-Ready [EdWeek]

Tuesday, June 12th, noon – Fighting Fake: Digital Forensics and News Literacy Educatio[edWeb]

Thursday, June 14th, 10am – Making Project-Based Learning More Than a Project [edWeb]

Thursday, June 14th, 1pm – STEM-errific Ways to Avoid the Summer Learning Loss [edWeb]

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

calendar icon

Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences and one-day workshops. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

New Orleans.  June 21st – 26th.  American Library Association Annual Conference ($350 advance member rate)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago.  Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference ($480)

Juneau.  July 23rd –  27th.  8am – 4:30pm –  School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

New Brunswick, NJ.  July 25-27.  The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online.  September 4 – November 11th.  UAF, 2-credit course:  Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards  ($300 tuition)

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Employment Opportunities

K-6 Librarian Nunaka Valley Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Kincaid Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, Fairbanks North Star School District, 1.0 FTE

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

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

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska School Librarians Facebook group logo

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

5/16 – If you work with teens, check out this article and maybe read the book.

5/16 – Looking for ways to connect your students to the rest of the world. Check out this list.

5/17 – For summer library staff, but totally applicable to school librarians too. And pretty much everyone!

5/18 – AASL is seeking feedback on Knowledge Quest and the Knowledge Quest website to ensure both media platforms align with member needs. Please e-mail your regions and school library networks and ask them to complete the survey linked below. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/kq-survey

The survey closes on May 25 (but please try to complete it by May 22).

Your feedback is important and will help AASL better serve school librarians’ professional reading needs.

5/20 – I still use QR codes for library scavenger hunts, but I feel like I see them in less and less use. Do you use QR codes? If so, how? Do your students know what they are?

5/21 – NLLD 2018 was a great experience! How much more amazing it could have been with students there to share their experiences of how the library has impacted their lives. Start thinking about this now; even if you can’t bring students with you to DC, you can record them talking about their experience or have them write letters. Delivering hand-written letters to your legislator in person has amazing impact too! Or send them with someone else, or even mail them if you can’t make it to DC yourself.

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

SAYL Mail is issued monthly during the summer.  The next issue will be June 14th.   To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

[su_frame]Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187[/su_frame]