SAYL Mail January 18, 2019

News and opportunity updates for School and Youth Librarians from the Alaska State Library

In this Issue

  • Scholarships, Grants and Award Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Questions and Resource Requests

Scholarships, Grants and Award Opportunities

Deadline Friday January 25th, 2019

Apply NOW if you are interested in attending either the AkLA or ASTE conference in February.

There are a few spots left. Grant Information and Application

Deadline Friday January 25th, 2019

AkASL Linda K. Barrett Service Award is an annual award given to an Alaskan school librarian who is a member of AkASL, has demonstrated outstanding service to the school library profession and has provided significant services to both state and local activities. Complete the online nomination form and send the requested documentation to akasl.awards@gmail.com

Deadline Friday February 1, 2019

Travel Grants for First Time Attendees at the AASL National Conference, Nov 14-16 in Louisville, KY. Amount $750 will be given to 30 first time attendees to be used towards travel, hotel and /or registration fees. You must be a personal ALA/AASL member. Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books. Online Application

Now Open: Early Registration Promotion; Feb 17, 2019

Registration is now open for the #AASL19 national conference in Louisville, KY Nov. 14-16.

If you plan to attend the AASL National Conference, save $100 by registering with coupon code AASL100, NOW through Feb, 17; no payment required until conference time. Visit https:national.aasl.org/ for registration, schedule, “make the case”, and more. 

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am MT) 8-9am AST

Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)

Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm MT) 1-2 pm AST

Leading Transformational Learning through Making (edWeb)

The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM. For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 Tuesday, Jan 29 (10-11 am MT) 8-9 am AST

Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)

 Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm MT) 11 am-noon AST

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2019-01/

 Wednesday, Jan 30 (5-6 pm MT)

Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)

 This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Jan 31 (2-3:30 pm)

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

CE Compilation courtesy of paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov

Employment Opportunities

No new ones listed. Keep posted at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Face Book page

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children is Valuable  (Knowledge Quest)

World Read Aloud Day, February 1, 2019  (litworld.org)

Questions and Resource Requests @ ASL

Do you have a student who cannot read standard print and would benefit with access to braille and audiobooks?

The Alaska Talking Book Center can provide free access to audio books, downloadable books, large print and braille books. Application forms are available on their website. Fill out the application and have a health care provider sign to certify your eligibility. After your application is processed you will receive a talking book player and books based on your preferences, in the mail. There is never any postage due. Books are on loan for one month. To find out more about this service see their website , download an application and browse the National Library Service catalog to see what is available.

Need access to books but live in a remote location and do not have a local public or school library?

The Alaska Mail Services Program connects Alaskans who live remotely with our library services.  This service is free and open to anyone who lives outside an area serviced by a state funded library.   If you become part of our program we will mail books, movies, audiobooks, and music to you anywhere in Alaska.  We can also connect you with our online services, including research, training and educational tools, help sites, small engine repair, homework help, newspapers, magazines and more.   Your library card will give you access to the Alaska Digital Library, where you can download audiobooks and e-books from wherever you have internet access. Check out their website for more information.

SAYL MAIL January 7, 2019

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

In this issue…

  • News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As seen on Alaska School Librarian’s Facebook page
  • ASL Resource Requests
  • Employment Opportunities

In Brief

Closes January 15, 2019   AKLA Scholarships. Please check the guidelines for the School Librarian Jo Morse Scholarship.

Catch the Early Bird rates! Registration is open for the annual AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 28-Mar 3, 2019. Early registration has been extended to February 7th. Any questions about registration, email akla18reg@gmail.com. Early rate for members is $240. More information is available at https://akla.org/juneau2019/. Register online       

Register for the ASTE conference February 16-19th in Anchorage. Tiffany Whitehead, aka The Mighty Little Librarian will deliver the opening keynote. Relationships: The True Power Source along with additional presentations on News Literacy, Teaching Digital Learners and a librarian workshop (Examining the Sacred Cows of School Librarianship  Feb 16, 2019 9:30-11:30 am $30.00 reg. fee for this particular event /Register online )

Along with Tiffany there will be several AkASL members offering sessions on everything from coding and computer science, to STEAM and Inquiry, online resources, makerspaces and the new library standards.

TERC has been replaced with EBSCO’s Learning Express. Learning Express, Online tutorials are available and more information to come soon.

Field Testers Needed Deborah Rinio is writing an inquiry-based STEAM focused book for ALA Editions and looking for elementary library folks who are willing to field test the activities. The working title is “STEAM in 30 Minutes: Scaffolded Inquiry for the Elementary School Library.” Each chapter features three activities that use the same materials and address the same concepts, adapted for different grade levels (K-2, 3-4, and 5-6). Field testers would be asked to complete the activities with as many grade levels as possible over the span of a week and then report what worked, what didn’t, and how they modified the activities (if at all) via a Google form. Materials used are common household items and easy to obtain office supplies, such as empty cardboard tubes and rubber bands. There are 15 lessons, and field testers can help with one, two, or all fifteen if they have the time! Testing will occur in January, February, and March. Please email Deborah at northernlightslibrarian@gmail.com if you are interested in participating or have any questions. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Scholarships and Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closes February 1, 2019  

Bound To Stay Bound Inc. “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grant

The Bound To Stay Bound, Inc. “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grant in the amount of $750 will be given to thirty (30) first-time attendees to be used towards travel, hotel, and/or registration fees for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition.

Closes February 1, 2019

Innovative Reading Grant

Supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. $2500. Must be a personal member of AASL.

Closes February 1, 2019

Inspire Collection Development Grant

For an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school. 

Closes February 1, 2019

Inspire Special Event Grant

Supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors. The fund is $10,000 per annum. The direct assistance is capped at $2,000 per grant.

Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

The applicant must be a publicly funded middle or high school, grades 5-12, and have a pre-existing campus library. Each library, regardless of the variety of constituents it may serve, is limited to submission of one application. Within the past 36 months, the public middle or high school library must have lost its building or incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide, severe winds), fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism OR has absorbed a significant number (more than 10% enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students.

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

Tuesday, Jan 8 (3:30-4 pm, MT) 1:30- 2:00pm AST

GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education)

 ArcGIS Online has expanded resources for K-12–including additional Geo Inquiries for more content areas. In addition, there is a statewide map contest for students with prizes! Learn about the requirements and deadlines. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

Wednesday, Jan 9 (9-10 am MT) 7-9 am AST

NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)

Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen. Join Russ Harper, Youth Services Specialist at Omaha Public Library, as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing. Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans! For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11am AST

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services) The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.This pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential grant applicants. School libraries are eligible for this grant! For more information and to join webinar, visit: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/acceleratingpromising-practices-small-libraries

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project)

This one hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide “Inventing Green” that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset.  For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 Saturday, Jan 12 (8-10:30 am MT) 6am-8:30am AST  

STEAM Activities for Your Classroom (SimpleK12)

Session 1: Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google. Session 2: Connect, Create, and Collaborate with STEAM Websites, Web Tools, and Apps. Session 3: Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.simplek12.com/webinar/

 Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)

 Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Wednesday, Jan 16 (3-4 pm MT) 1-2 pm AST

Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection)

 A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or intrigue into an elementary classroom. Even in kindergarten, using an analysis process to look at primary sources can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. Tom Bober, elementary school librarian and author, shares insights on the benefits of primary source analysis to student thinking and learning along with steps and strategies to unleash them in the classroom or library. For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

Thursday, Jan 17 (2-3 pm MT) noon-1:00pm AST

Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device.

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

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am MT) 8-9am AST

Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)

Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm MT) 1-2 pm AST

Leading Transformational Learning through Making (edWeb)

The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM. For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 Tuesday, Jan 29 (10-11 am MT) 8-9 am AST

Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)

 Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm MT) 11 am-noon AST

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2019-01/

 Wednesday, Jan 30 (5-6 pm MT)

Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)

 This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Jan 31 (2-3:30 pm)

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

CE Compilation courtesy of paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov

As seen on Facebook

A Literacy Tsunami Warning for K-12 Educators

Free catalogue of Indigenous Films Online

Reading to your child and the emergent brain

Geotools connect students with the world

Looking for standards resources

The Difference a School Librarian can make

Increase Students following Social Media

Front Line Librarians on the Constant Pressure to Do More

Questions and Resource Requests @ ASL

A request was made for information regarding movie licensing for schools.

Here are some helpful links explaining how the licenses work, popular vendors and quick handouts to explain copyright and licensing to your administrator and fellow teachers.

http://libguides.ala.org/copyright/video

Comparison of the two main vendors from WebJunction

Employment Opportunities

There are none listed at this time on Alaska Teacher Placement. If you are looking outside of Alaska try the ALA Jobs List.

SAYL Mail December 7, 2018

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

 

In Brief

 

Closes December 15, 2018   AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage.

For more information: akasl.grants@gmail.com

 

Closes Dec 20, 2018 The Alaska Retired Educators Association (AKREA) is offering awards of up to $200 to five classroom teachers for projects otherwise unfunded. The money is available for the second semester. For an application form or further information contact Virginia Walters at vewalters@gci.net

 

Closes January 15, 2019  AKLA Scholarships. Please check the guidelines for the School Librarian Jo Morse Scholarship.

 

Rescheduled:  December 18, 2018

Alaska Board of Education meeting (Alaska Library Standards on the agenda)

The meeting starts at 12:00pm and public testimony will be taken at 12:10pm after the preliminary stuff. Check the agenda/ board packet and  AkASL for more information.

 

Congratulations! to Staci Cox, Librarian at Romig /West High School. She is the recipient of the Fall 2018 Anchorage School District Denali Award.

“She is described by her principal as passionate and dedicated to student success and lifelong achievement. Ms. Cox serves over 2500 students between the two schools with diverse needs, from students in Spanish and Russian Immersion programs to West High students in the International Baccalaureate Program.”

 

Earthquake Updates

Eagle River Elementary School will be closed and students will be transferred to other elementary schools. Laura Guest the Librarian will keep us posted as to the impact on her duties and the status of the library.

Refer to the list of earthquake and disaster stories given below in   “as seen on AKSL Facebook” for sharing with students. Share with us other titles as you find them. Other resources include: Helping Children after a Natural Disaster  and a selection of children’s books online both fiction and nonfiction

 

Week of Code Activities

If you participated in these activities, please share your stories and pictures with ASL. We’d love to showcase your work!

 

 

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

 

Deadline: January 18, 2019 Nominations due for the following

 

Deadline:  January 25, 2019 Nominations for the following

 

Deadline: 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.”

Deadline: 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.

Deadline:  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.

Deadline:  Feb 1, 2019   Inspire Collection Development Grant

Up to $5,000. Update and/or diversify your book, online, subscription and/or software collection in a public middle or high school. Awarded to individual schools located in the U.S. One staff position must be a certified school librarian at the school or district level.

 

 

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Saturday, Dec 8 (8-11:30 am) STEAM Activities for Your Classroom (Simple K12)

More STEAM activities and tools for your classroom or school library, including coding.

For more information and to register

 

December 12, 2018    Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Instruction (edWeb) Learn how SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, St. Albans City School in Vermont, embraces technology tools to personalize instruction. Fourth to sixth grade students will discuss their STEAM classes and their use of the makerspace to explore their personal passions and artistic abilities. In addition, students will share how the school’s collaborative stewardship projects support the community.

 

December 13, 2018  YALSA Teen Services Competencies free webinar. This last session of the year is on Continuous Learning. These webinars are free and although the live sessions are during the school day, the webinars are archived.

 

Monday, December 17, 2018  (11:30-12:30 pm) YA Reads for the New Year (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

What’s coming down the pike for your young adult readers in 2019? Learn what titles are on their way and what titles remain in top reading lists.

 

Article: Can You Show Netflix in Class? Copyright for Teachers Made Simple

Always good to have a short article on hand for teachers after you’ve explained the situation at hand.

 

Article: How classrooms can Start Talking about Race in just 6 Words

A simple method derived from the Race Card Project that asks students to share experiences and questions in just six words about a topic that can be hard to talk about.

 

 

As Seen on Alaska School Libraries Facebook

Books to consider for sharing in response to recent geological upheavals:

  • Eight Days: a Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat
  • A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson
  • Ninth Ward by  Jewell Parker Rhoades
  • Under the Ashes by Cindy Rankin
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

 

Graphic Novels involving the Refugee Experience by Kristyn Dorfman as seen on Teen Librarian Toolbox

The UN Refugee Agency figures there are 25.4 million refugees and half are under the age of 18. This list features both adult titles and those written for the MS/HS audience. The author features publisher blurbs with each title. Includes several graphic novels and memoirs.

 

NASA Media Library

This online collection contains 140,000 images and recordings from space. All are consolidated into one searchable location.

 

Employment Opportunities (Alaska Teacher Placement)

 

Closing 12/21/18   Other/Library/Media Specialist  Hydaburg School    Posted: 11/24/18, Available 1/07/19

 

“The Hydaburg City School District is seeking to hire a librarian.  This is a permanent position.  The district will be creating, in collaboration with the community, a new library and the person hired for this position will be in on the “ground floor” of this library.  We are looking for someone who is an organized,  self-starter willing to work closely with the community of Hydaburg.  While a degree in library science is preferred, applicants with a background in language arts or history will also be considered.”

SAYL Mail for November 26, 2018

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   November 26, 2018

 

Closes December 15, 2018:  AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage

 

Rescheduled:  December 18, 2018 Alaska Board of Education meeting (Alaska Library Standards on the agenda) The meeting starts at 12:00pm and public testimony will be taken at 12:10pm after the preliminary stuff. The agenda isn’t posted yet, but as soon as it gets posted it will contain the information on how to call it. People can be directed to the AkASL Advocacy page http://akasl.org/advocacy for taking points.

 

Nominations Due: The following awards will be presented during the AKLA Conference (Juneau) in February 2019. Check the AkASL website for more information about the individual awards.

 

January 18, 2019 Nominations due for the following

School Librarian of the Year

School Library Staff Award

“Pat on the Back” Awards for school administrators, individuals and organizations…

 

January 25, 2019 Nominations for the following

Linda K. Barrett Service Award

 

  • Interested in the Paint Party at the AKLA Conference in Juneau? This would be a fundraiser for AkASL advocacy efforts. Please fill out the survey which was also posted on the AKLA listserv .What is a paint party? It’s an event where a professional painter guides participants through replicating a painting step by step. All supplies are provided. The final painting is 11”x14” and the paint dries within a few hours. No painting experience required.

 

 

The Alaska Week of Code is dedicated to bringing awareness to the value in teaching coding and computer science in classrooms and school libraries around the state.  Contact Sam Jordan with questions samuel.jordan@alaska.gov

·         Fall in Love with Writing through Live Homework Help!

“Now is the time of year when many writing assignments seem to be assigned to students. Whether students are working on a book report, a term paper, or a college or scholarship application essay, remember that Tutor.com has two different ways to help. Students can work with an expert writing tutor 1:1 in our online classroom to develop and organize a draft or they can upload their document using our Drop-Off feature to receive detailed feedback within 24 hours. Let Tutor.com help your students tackle those assignments!
Tutor.com is FREE for all Alaskans to use. To access the service, go to: http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/homework seven days each week from noon to 2 AM Alaska time.”

 

 

 

Scholarship, Grants and Awards Opportunities

 

Closes December 15,2018 AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage

 

Closes Dec 20, 2018 The Alaska Retired Educators Association (AKREA) is offering awards of up to $200 to five classroom teachers for projects otherwise unfunded.

The money is available for the second semester. For an application form or further information contact Virginia Walters at vewalters@gci.net

 

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.

 

Closes Feb 1, 2019   Inspire Collection Development Grant

Up to $5,000. Update and/or diversify your book, online, subscription and/or software collection in a public middle or high school. Awarded to individual schools located in the U.S. One staff position must be a certified school librarian at the school or district level.

 

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

 

YALSA is hosting free live monthly webinars. Each one is facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. All free webinars are held from 2:00 – 3:00pm, eastern, the second Thursday of the month. These webinars are free and open to any interested individual, regardless of job or membership status. Webinar recordings are available for those who can’t participate in the live session. Reserve your free seat for the webinars you are interested in attending by selecting the link in the table below.

Dec 13 Continuous Learning

 

 

 

Employment Opportunities ( as posted on Alaska Teacher Placement )

Closing 12/21/18  Other /Library/Media Specialist

Hydaburg School    Posted: 11/24/18, Available 1/07/19

 

“The Hydaburg City School District is seeking to hire a librarian.  This is a permanent position.  The district will be creating, in collaboration with the community, a new library and the person hired for this position will be in on the “ground floor” of this library.  We are looking for someone who is an organized, self-starter willing to work closely with the community of Hydaburg.  While a degree in library science is preferred, applicants with a background in language arts or history will also be considered.”

 

 

As seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

 

Other articles of interest…

The Future of Learning? Well It’s Personal (Heard on All Things Considered)

Most Parents Are Not Involved Enough in Their Child’s Reading Education, Survey Says  (Fortune)

Bringing Tech to the Tundra (EdSurge)

 

Check it Out Next Time!

To get SAYL Mail updates sent to you inbox, request a subscription ( mailto:list-manager@lists.akla.org?subject=subscribe Alaska-school-libraries) to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same.

SAYL Mail is currently archived at the Alaska Library Network webpage at https://www.aklib.net/  Check the drop down menu at the top.

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.] [su_divider]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closes October 1st.  Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project Grant(School/Public Combined only) Provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through a local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books. Closes October 1st. Nominations for I Love My Librarian Award.  “Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school. In order to be eligible, each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.” Closes October 1st. ALSC 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards.   $600 stipend to attend their first ALA Annual Conference and invitation to the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy banquet. Closes November 15th.  (School and Public collaborative) Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. Up to $4000 to provide a visit from an author/illustrator.

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

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

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]
calendar icon
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
[su_divider]

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.
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!
[su_divider] Almanac
ALA Banned books week banner

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 Alaska Digital School Library Logo 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! participant group photo 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 [su_divider]

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. [su_divider]

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  calendar icon 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)   ISTE U logo 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.
[su_divider] 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
[su_divider]

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. 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] [su_divider] Almanac
ALA Banned books week banner

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.]

[su_divider]

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.

[su_divider]

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

calendar icon

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.

[su_divider]

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

[su_divider]

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