Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program – Participating Libraries

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

Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program

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

Click here to view a list of participating libraries

Introduction

Dear Librarian:

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Steve Rollins
Dean, Consortium
University of Alaska Anchorage

June 2005 (updated contacts on May 16, 2018)

Guidelines & Responsibilities

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

Selling Points of the Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program:

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

Alaska Libraries’ Reciprocal Borrowing Program

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

General Guidelines

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

State Library Responsibilites

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

Participating Libraries’ Responsibilities

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

Home Library Responsibilities

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

Lending Library Responsibilities

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

Borrowers’ Responsibilities

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

Credits

Task Force on a Statewide Library Card

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

Task Force Membership

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

Special Acknowledgement:

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

 

Page last updated 05/07/2019

SAYL Mail May 3, 2019

SAYL Mail May 3, 2019     School and Youth Librarians Newsletter

News

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

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

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

AASL Survey Link

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

 

Summer Reading Resources to Share with Your Students

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

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

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

Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”

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

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

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

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

ISTE, June 23-26, Philadelphia

Register for the 2019 YALSA Symposium

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

 

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

Collaborate with Content Areas for Deeper Learning

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

REGISTER

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

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

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

Tuesday May 14   3:00-4:00PM (AKDT)

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

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

 

Tuesday, May 7   10 -11AM (AKDT)

All Things YA (Booklist)

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

 

Tuesday, May 7   9-10 AM (AKDT)

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

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

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

 

Thursday, May 9   10-11 AM (AKDT)

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

Thursday, May 9   4-5 pm (AKDT)

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

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

 

Wednesday, May 15  10-11 AM (AKDT)

Making a Mini Makerspace (Indiana State Library)

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

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

 

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

Social Emotional Learning: Tools for the Classroom and Library

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

 

Employment Opportunities

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

Posted: 4/2/19

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

 

As Seen on AkASL Facebook Page:

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

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

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

 

SAYL Mail is published the second and fourth Fridays of the month from August through May. If you have any suggestions or find information errors please direct them to Janet Madsen, Alaska School Library Coordinator at janet.madsen@alaska.gv or (907) 465-8187.

SAYL Mail April 19, 2019

SAYL Mail   April 19, 2019       School and Youth Librarians Newsletter

News

DEED Seeking Applicants for Library/Information Literacy Content Standards Review Committee

DEED is beginning the process of reviewing and recommending Library/Information Literacy content standards, which were originally adopted in 1999. The process will involve writing and review committees who will work collaboratively online to develop new standards. There will be no face to face meetings and compensation will be in the form of one continuing education credit from UAA. Most of the work will be done over the summer. DEED intends to present the standards to the Alaska Board of Education by winter 2019; adoption would be finalized by spring 2020. Applications due May 7, 2019 to Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator (janet.madsen@alaska.gov). See attached application and information sheet for details.

 

Summer Reading Resources to Share with Your Students

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

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

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

Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”

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

 

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

Save $7­­­0 with AASL promo code AASL80 when you register for the 2019 AASL National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The AASL80 promo code expires April 17. Register now at national.aasl.org.

 

Building a School Wide Culture of Reading

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (1:00-2:00 PM AK Time)

Reading may seem like an independent activity but for children who are developmentally wired to seek and feed on peer connections, social reading transforms what some kids think of as a chore into something that they enjoy. Connecting learners with books is a gift that lasts a lifetime.

REGISTER

Engaging Early Learners with Technology: Sharing Research and Best Practices

Thursday April 25, 2019 11:00-12:00 PM (AK Time)

Best practices for technology use with young children (birth through age five) and their families, as well as how to support early childhood educators in grades K-3 with effective technology strategies. Research on technology use in early childhood education from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Common Sense Media will provide the framework. With digital devices becoming more readily available in school settings, the logistics of implementing technology in the classroom as a tool for learning must be examined in order to utilize emerging technology most effectively. REGISTER

Inspiring STEM Learning for Young Girls: Tips from Research and the Classroom

Monday April 25, 2019   1:00-2:00PM (AK Time)

Explore technologies, teaching strategies (including no-tech approaches), and curricula that will inspire, excite, and engage the next generation of female scientists and engineers. Walk away with learning activities and role-modeling practices you can put into place to boost girls’ interest and confidence in STEM immediately following this webinar. REGISTER

Wednesday April 24, 2019   3:00-4:00PM (AK Time) 

Don’t #%?$  My Graphic Novels: Conquering Challenges and Protecting the Right to Read

We strive to create inclusive library collections that reflect a diverse global community. But what happens when members of the school community challenge or attempt to ban such inclusive materials? In 2018, 38% of reported book challenges took place in schools. Among the challenged works were those in illustrated format, including PersepolisDramaThis One Summer, Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty, and Bone. As we celebrate School Library Month, join us in advocating for and defending books that incorporate art with Bad Kitty author and illustrator Nick Bruel and librarians Mariela Siegert, Martha Hickson, and Suzanna Panter. They will share their experiences with censorship and navigating a graphic novel challenge. Moderated by Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, with resources and tools to support inclusion of all types of learning resources. REGISTER

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

Collaborate with Content Areas for Deeper Learning

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

REGISTER

Tuesday May 14, 2019 3:00-4:00PM (AK Time)

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

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

 

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook Page

American Library Association Social Media Toolkit

“Whether you are advocating for the Standards or just for your library, there are some great tips here.”

 

 

SAYL Mail is published the second and fourth Fridays of the month from August through May. If you have any suggestions or find information errors please direct them to Janet Madsen, Alaska School Library Coordinator at janet.madsen@alaska.gv or (907) 465-8187.

 

 

SAYL Mail April 5, 2019  

School And Youth Librarians

News and opportunity updates from the Alaska State Library

 

News in Brief

While April is School Library month, it is also Poetry month. Here are some sources:

ALA’s Programming Librarian website has a full page of ideas and resources. While it is already April 5th, you may need some last minute ideas for programs or resources or to support teachers.

Poetry in Action provides a list of some new children’s’ poetry books with poems perfect for school visits, library programs or story time. For more poetry ideas see blogger Paige Bentley-Flannery’s pages on the ALSC blog.

A repeat from the last newsletter but always a good reminder to check out the advocacy and promotional resources for School Library month. This year you will find an activity idea page and free materials for website graphics, social media and posters.

Free Technology 4 Teachers also reviews “Poetry Comics from Make Beliefs Comix

Here’s an opportunity to marry coding, music and history all in one activity. Try this Scratch project to hear a sample of putting this into practice. For more on learning/teaching Scratch, check out their Scratch for Educators page. – Daniel Cornwall, Internet and Technology Consultant, Alaska State Library, daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov

Overdrive’s most recent issue of Perspectives on Reading features articles;

“Finding a ‘good book” What a real reader’s advisor does

She Would Be King author Wayetu Moore on the Magic of Storytelling (Q&A)

Readership, sales of titles from diverse authors are on the rise

Up in the sky, why we need reading heroes

Featured in School Library Smartbrief:

Motivating Middle School Students to Read More

Librarian: Improve Reading Skills through Discussions or How a Fourth-Grader Turned Me into a Book Detective.

‘Lyrics as Literature’ program receives AASL Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

Using hip-hop to amplify student voice

SLED database reminder from Daniel Cornwall:

The password, if you don’t have the correct one, can be obtained by calling 1-800-440-2919 from a number with a 907 area code. If you have further problems, use the SLED Database Password Request form to request the password or report additional trouble.

Children’s Book Week April 29-May5th celebrating 100 years

Features a comic book activity kit. Each activity is a comic story, started but not finished. You complete the comics with your illustrations and your words. Each is followed with a blank panel so you can continue with their characters or make up your own. All activities are printable from the website.

International Fact Checking Day was April 2 but the need is real so check out FactCheckingDay.com. Take a look at the EduCheck Map, a database about critical thinking and media, data, and misinformation literacy, along with lesson plans and short articles.

10 tools and tricks to verify Instagram posts

How to spot fake images anywhere on the internet

How to debunk bogus health claims, quacks and cures

How to geolocate a video or image in five minutes

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

Don’t forget to check the AkASL Puffin News for short articles on member’s conference take home reflections and ideas, advocacy tips and tricks and more.

Applications Now Open for “AASL District Kits for the National School Library Standards”

AASL, with the support of Bound to Stay Bound Books, will create and distribute 100 “AASL District Kits for the National School Library Standards” to support nationwide implementation of the association’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. Fifty kits will be available in 2019 and fifty kits will be distributed in 2020 through an application process

New Standards Book on Lessons for Primary Grades

AASL has published a new book based on the AASL Standards for primary grade school librarians. Drawing on compelling picture books that can be used to directly support the new AASL National School Library Standards, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades is a ready-to-go toolkit of lessons, worksheets, anchor charts, assessments, and rubrics specifically designed for school librarians and other educators.

 

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

Save $80 with AASL Promo Code AASL80 when Registering for AASL National Conference

Save $80 with AASL promo code AASL80 when you register for the 2019 AASL National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The AASL80 promo code expires April 17. Register now at national.aasl.org.

 

 

Applications Now Open for Summer Computer Science Workshops for Grade 6-12 Teachers

Applications are now open for the 2019 Code.org Summer Workshops in Alaska. Middle and high school teachers can apply for scholarships to participate in the 5-day CS Discoveries (Grades 6-10) or CS Principles (Grades 9-12 and AP) summer workshops in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau. Contact Cheryl Bobo with questions. (EED Info Exchange)

 

Tues April 9, 9:00 Am AKT: How to Lead Conversation about Healthy, Responsible Media Use

Wed April 10 Noon-1:00pm AKT:  How Early Literacy Impacts Reading to Learn: Research, Strategies and Digital Tools

Wed April 10 1:00-2:00pm AKT: Elevating Digital Citizenship through an SEL Lens

Mon April 15 11-:00-Noon AKT: Building Equity; Practices that Empower All Learners

Tues April 16 11:00-Noon AKT: Turn Struggling Readers into Leaders using Assistive Technology

April 24, 10 am AKT   Middle Grade Mania Part 2,

Moderated by Booklist and featuring upcoming books from major publishers, Free hour long presentation Register here

Reminder Thursday April 25th, 3:00 PM

Addressing Alaska State Student Reading Scores through School and Community Library Collaboration

Janet Madsen and Julie Niederhauser (AK State Library) and Ann Morgester (Anchorage School District). This presentation was originally scheduled for the March 2019 AKLA Library Conference.

Reading scores got you down? Wondering how many more initiatives you can implement? Feeling like you won’t change the literacy tide? These presenters will help you reframe the dilemma and carry on. Stay tuned for more information.

 

 

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Face Book Page

 

 

Job Opportunities

As seen on Alaska Teacher Placement April 5, 2019

  • Librarian K-6 (2019-2020) Posted 4/2/19 North Star Elementary, Anchorage School District
  • Librarian K-6 (2019-2020) posted 3/25/19 Ptarmigan Elementary Anchorage School District
  • REPOSTED, Middle School Librarian North Pole Middle School, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District posted 3/3/19

 

Newberg, Oregon is about 22 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon in the heart of wine country. Newberg School District is seeking a District Library and Instructional Technology Teacher, and the position closes on April 19th at 5 pm Pacific.https://www.newberg.k12.or.us/district/district-library-instructional-technology-teacher If anyone has questions or would like to know more, please contact Dr. Luke Neff at neffl@newberg.k12.or.us or 503.554.5021.

 

 

 

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SAYL Mail March 22, 2019

School and Youth Librarians Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

News in Brief

April is School Library Month. The theme this year is Everyone Belongs @Your School Library

“School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.” (AASL.org)

Check out these resources http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm

The 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey. Webinars are scheduled throughout April (AASL members) along with the complimentary Web graphics and files for your website and for printable posters.

Juneau school librarian is featured in a new blog Our Alaskan Schools. Read about their makerspace. Turning an Empty Space into a Creative Space Luke Fortier at Dzantik’iHeeni Middle School

YALSA Offerings

2019 Selected Lists and Book Awards
Have you checked out our 2019 selected lists and book awards yet? All the lists, including the Best Fiction for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Printz Award, Nonfiction Award, and more can be found on the YALSA site!  Check them out now at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/book-media-lists.

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Giveaway
In celebration of the 2019 TTT Nominees being announced next month, we’ve opened our Teens’ Top Ten giveaway! 50 sets of the nominees will be given to libraries in need generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Applications are due April 15th. Applicants must be YALSA members and be located within 30 miles of a Dollar General store. Check out the announcement and find more info here.

Teen Book Finder Database Updated with 2019 Titles
Our Teen Book Finder Database is now updated with 2019 titles! Check out the database and create your own customizable recommended reading lists for your teens. And the database now includes awards and lists from ALA affiliates and round tables!

Opens April 15 Registration for 2019 YA Services Symposium
YALSA’s 2019 YA Services Symposium will take place Nov. 1-3 in Memphis, TN, with the theme: Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity. YALSA members receive the best registration rate. Not a YALSA member? Join YALSA and ALA before registering to save. Joining before registering vs. registering as a non-member is of equal or similar cost. All are welcome to attend. Questions? Email Nichole O’Connor at noconnor@ala.org. Want to receive updates about the symposium? Sign up here.

 

 

April 11; 2PM EST ( 10 am AK)

Webinar: What Does it Take to be Career Ready?

Free for YALSA Members/$29 Non-Members or $59 yearly subscription

Join us for a webinar on the importance of understanding the difference between job readiness and career awareness. Participants will learn about a report published by King County (WA), the Seattle Region Partnership, and the Seattle Office of Economic Development, “Job Readiness Skills for Youth a Clear and Actionable Definition.” The report, which will be used to help guide the webinar, highlights the importance of early work experiences, provides a list of “soft skill” competencies required on the job, and helps define a developmental continuum to better match youth with employers and work experiences. Learn more.

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities (all times adjusted to Alaska)

Wednesday March 26 1-2pm

Culturally Responsive Teaching; Key Principals and Practices (edweb)

CRT consists of instructional practices that acknowledge the particular cultural background of each student. Students often differ from each other, and from their teachers, in cultural values, traditions, and experiences. Successful instruction depends on sensitivity to these differences as well as the ability to draw on them in the creation of supportive educational environments for all students. Register Here

Wednesday March 27 10 -11 am

The Power of Story: Understand How Stories Can Transform Struggling Readers (edweb)

Hear the research that explains why stories can have a physical impact on the brain, and how—when struggling readers are exposed to stories through strategies that make use of digital literacy and other alternative approaches—moments of deep learning and engagement can have transformational impacts on students. Register here

Wednesday March 27, 11 am-Noon.

Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Real-World Projects in the Digital Age (edweb)

Based on the popular ISTE title, the authors will lead a conversation to help participants maximize the effectiveness of PBL.   Register Here

Thursday March 28, Noon-1:00 pm

From Key Boarding to Coding: Best Practices in Digital Literacy Instruction (edweb)

Examine best practices in digital literacy instruction including assessment, instructional approaches, and models for ensuring your students master digital literacy concepts and skills so they are prepared to excel in a digital world. Register Here

Wednesday, March 27 (8-2pm)

Middle Grade Magic Virtual Summit ( School Library Journal)

https://www.slj.com/?event=middle-grade-magic-2019

Join School Library Journal for our inaugural Middle Grade Magic virtual summit, a day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important – areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from laugh-out-loud tales to eye-popping graphic novels to enveloping fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and receive prizes and giveaways.

Middle Grade Magic is a free, completely virtual conference – no traveling, no cost, AND you will be able to earn CE credits for all the webcast sessions you attend. Register now, and we look forward to ‘seeing’ you on March 27th. Can’t make the live date? No problem! The entire environment will be archived and available for up to three months.

 

Tentative date Thursday April 25th, 3:00PM

Addressing Alaska Student Reading Scores through School and Community Library Collaboration. ( AK State Library)

Janet Madsen, Julie Niederhauser and Ann Morgester. This presentation was originally scheduled for the March 2019 AKLA Library Conference. Reading scores got you down? Wondering how many more initiatives you can implement? Feeling like you won’t change the literacy tide? These presenters will help you reframe the dilemma and carry on. Stay tuned for more information

 

Alaska Employment Opportunities

As seen on Alaska Teacher Placement: Posted 3/8/19   Job ID 7386

Librarian, North Pole Middle School, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Available August 2019 Open Until Filled.  More information

 

 

 

 

SAYL Mail is published the second and fourth Fridays of the month from August through May.

If you have any questions, suggestions or find information errors please direct them to Janet Madsen

Alaska School Library Coordinator at janet.madsen@alaska.gov or (907) 465-8187.

 

SAYL Mail March 8, 2019

School and Youth Librarians Newsletter

News in Brief

Database Highlight: Learning Express Offers Assistance to Students of All Ages and Adult Learners

Learning Express provides a comprehensive selection of educational resources—including interactive tutorials, practice exams, flashcards, articles and e-books—for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. The Alaska Library Network has bought a statewide online subscription to Learning Express. Learning center resources include School Center, Student Success Skills, High School Equivalency Center, College Admissions Test Preparation, College Students, Adult Core Skills, Compute Skills Center, Career Preparation, and Jobs and Career Accelerator.

Resources, Posters, Lessons, and More for Women’s History Month (SLJ)

Advocacy Toolkit: Library Reports (KQ)

Transform the High School Library: Innovative ways to get more students-and staff-engaged with your space (American Libraries)

ConnectLib Professional Development Toolkit Helping librarians use digital media to make learning connections with youth. ConnectLib is a research-based professional development toolkit that offers youth-serving library staff a free, customizable, and self-paced program to create engaging teen programs and services with digital media.

Skype a Scientist. “Educators and STEM professionals alike may be interested in Skype a Scientist, a program that “matches scientists with classrooms around the world … for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be a scientist.” This innovative program offers students an opportunity to video chat with an actual scientist, and it gives scientists an excellent avenue to inspire interest in their work.”

Building Relationships Improves Outcomes Students’ academic engagement and behavior improves when teachers form meaningful relationships with them, according to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The study focused on the Establish-Maintain-Restore approach, and researchers shared ways teachers can develop stronger relationships with students, including spending time with them in one-on-one meetings. (AASL Smartbrief /Edutopia)

March/April Issue of Knowledge Quest features Exploring School Library Services Beyond the Walls of the School Library.

Support and motivate aspiring young innovators While this one stop site has been around for a while it’s worth checking back and reviewing the free resources for “inspiring young innovators.”

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities (all times are adjusted to Alaska)

Middle Grade Magic Virtual Summit (School Library Journal) Wednesday, Mar 27 (8-2 pm) Join this day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important – areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from laugh-out-loud tales to eye-popping graphic novels to enveloping fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and receive prizes and giveaways. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events

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Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection) https://bit.ly/2EfvGeS : Jump into this webinar to uncover strategies to advocate for your library from the hallway to the town hall, including how to build coalitions to influence policy, craft more powerful narratives about your library, and help administrators see the magic of your library.

Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya2L_AnU_2U&feature=youtu.be : Join Megan Dingman and Maggie Unterseher, Library Media Specialists in Campbell County, Wyoming, to explore technology and library media integration opportunities. Hosted by Paige Bredenkamp of the Wyoming State Library.

Wednesday, Mar 6 (12-1 pm) New Nonfiction for Spring (School Library Journal)

 Who doesn’t love new and engaging nonfiction? From a delightful tale of a budding ballerina to STEM projects for Minecraft lovers — and everything in between — these fun and informational series and titles are sure to inspire your curious students and young patrons. Join publishing insiders for an array of nonficiton to deck out your shelves this spring!

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

Wednesday, Mar 6 (3-4 pm) Using Makerspaces to Build Teacher/Librarian Collaboration (AASL)

 This session will demonstrate to participants how use of 3D printing can help teachers augment their lessons, develop higher order thinking and research, and give students exposure to 21st century technology. School librarian Harry Ostlund and social studies specialist Ryan Fontanella will share how their campus/district worked to create “archival boxes” – boxes of premade lessons incorporating various elements of the library’s digital and print resources available for checkout by teachers for use in the classroom.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Mar 7 (11-am-Noon) Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Early Childhood Development (Assoc. For Library Services to Children)

 The way children learn and develop affects everything we do in the library. From collection development to program planning, it is vital that we understand how our children learn and grow in order to provide the best possible programs and services for them.  Attendees will learn about the different stages and phases of early childhood development from an expert and then explore ways to put that knowledge into practice.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars 

Friday, Mar 8 (10-11am) Spring Picture Books (Booklist)

Is there anything more enticing than picture books to foster a child’s love of reading? In this free one hour webinar, you’ll discover new titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lee & Low, and North South that get children excited about reading. You’ll learn about trends we are seeing in we are seeing picture books today. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor Sarah Hunter.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63 

Tuesday, Mar 12 (9-10 am) Springing Forward: Youth Titles to Watch (Booklist)

Your clock won’t be the only thing springing ahead this March; accompanying the shift in seasons is a bevy of beautiful new books for youth. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Fabled Films Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Penguin Random House Canada will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for all ages, from early readers through young adults. Don’t miss this glimpse at the latest and greatest in kid lit!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Wednesday, March 13 (11am -Noon)  Strategies to Improve Adolescent Reading Proficiency: How to Identify and Address Why Students Struggle (edWeb)

Dr. Suzanne Carreker, CALT-QI, discusses why 66% of eighth-grade students in the United States cannot read proficiently and what educators can do right now to combat this crisis. Dr. Carreker uses the Simple View of Reading to explain why identifying and addressing the diverse needs of non-proficiency can be incredibly complex—but not impossible with the right tools. This presentation will be of interest to middle and high school teachers, school and district leaders, technology coordinators, Title I coordinators, literacy specialists, and interventionists.

For more information and to register, visit:

https://home.edweb.net/webinar/ela20190313/

Thursday, Mar 14 (10-11 am) Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Reader’s Advisory for K-3rd Graders(Colorado State Library)

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown-ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. The importance of balancing reading level with interest will be discussed. You’ll walk away with more insight into the elements of an excellent developing reader book, as well as tips on how to navigate advisory interactions with kids and grown-ups.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/category/upcoming/

Tuesday March 19, 2019 (3-4pm) Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Mobile App for Supervisor’s to Learn, Advise, and Evaluate (AASL)

Supervisors of school librarians will learn about the features of the new AASL Standards Mobile App and its use as a valuable tool in learning the new AASL Standards.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (7-8 amReading Diversely (Nebraska Library Commission)

Nebraska Library Association Diversity Committee members will booktalk diverse titles and share resources for finding more reading to diversify your shelves. Attendees will be encouraged to share titles of diverse literature they have read to create a list for everyone to use.

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

Wednesday, March 20 (1-2 pm) Digital Collection Development (edWeb)

Purchasing digital educational content is tricky business. The big trade publishers can change licensing agreements in ways that impact schools because K-12 is not their priority market. Textbook publishing, which seemed simple and profitable in the print format is far more complex for eTexts. The term “eBook” calls to mind an alphabet soup of delivery formats (EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, PDF, and more). Purchasing as we have traditionally known it is replaced by a wide array of “leasing” models where a dropped contract can result in collection depletion. Managing a digital collection requires attention to detail. The screen reading vs. print reading debate rages on.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/emergingtech20190320/

Thursday, March 21 (Noon-1:00pm) Explore a Free World of Personalized Professional Learning (edWeb)

A panel of innovative educators in different leadership roles in the school community will present ideas and “PD plans” for using the free professional learning platform, edWeb.net, Google and other free tools to provide a “PD Buffet” of learning that inspires and motivates teachers and impacts learning.

The objective of the presentation is to share a variety of ideas for how educators in different roles in a school community can foster a collaborative, personalized professional learning culture that energizes teachers and makes a significant impact on teaching and learning, using free, anytime, anywhere resources that provide convenience and also global collaboration. edWeb.net will be featured as the hub for this activity, but other free tools will also be included.

For more information and to register, visit:

https://home.edweb.net/webinar/pd20190321/

Thursday, March 22 (1-2 pm) Assessment for Learning: Classroom Strategies to Improve Learning for ALL Students(edWeb)

This webinar will review the essential elements of assessment that improve learning and illustrate classroom strategies that improve learning for all students. Through a combination of presentation and video clips, and will examine questions such as: What does effective assessment for learning look like? How can I engage students and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their own learning? How do I train students to become reliable and effective assessors of their own work and the work of their peers? What does effective feedback look and sound like?

For more information and to register, visit:

https://home.edweb.net/webinar/techtools20190321/

Tuesday, Mar 26 (11am-Noon) What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ACSD)

 As educators, we all end up talking with students in ways that don’t actually align with our best intentions and positive goals for them. In this webinar with Mike Anderson, author of What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior, you’ll learn about several common language habits and patterns that many educators find themselves in and have a chance to explore better alternatives. You’ll also learn about a process for changing language habits so that your language better aligns with your best intentions and positive goals for students.

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

 Wednesday, Mar 27 (10-11 am) Literacy as a Tool for Student Engagement (Education Week)

 Join this webinar with the Executive Director of Research at Think CERCA Chris Balow, who will explain how district leaders can use a literacy initiative to cultivate student engagement. By emphasizing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills across the curriculum, educators can provide students abundant opportunities to collaborate with peers, develop deeper connections to learning, and see the real-world applications of their classroom instruction.

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

SAYL Mail February 15, 2019

News and Opportunity Updates for School and Youth Librarians from the Alaska State Library

In Brief

Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

Keep your ears open for more information from your local public library about the summer reading program so that you can alert students and teachers about the opportunities.

 TumbleBook Library is pleased to announce the launch of TumbleBooks of the Day!

This is a joint project between TumbleBook Library and the Alaska State Library. It provides free daily content for families, schools, and public libraries in order to promote literacy and a love of reading. In addition to Book of the Day, Math Book of the Day, Game of the Day, and Spanish Book of the Day, all in the TumbleBook format, it also includes a Fun Fact of the Day- specially customized for each state! Content changes every single day and we encourage users to login on a regular basis in order to discover the amazing books which await them.

Learning Express Offers Assistance to Students of All Ages and Adult Learners

LearningExpress provides a comprehensive selection of educational resources—including interactive tutorials, practice exams, flashcards, articles and e-books—for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. The Alaska Library Network has bought a statewide online subscription to LearningExpress. Learning center resources include School Center, Student Success Skills, High School Equivalency Center, College Admissions Test Preparation, College Students, Adult Core Skills, Compute Skills Center, Career Preparation, and Jobs and Career Accelerator.

New Trauma-Engaged Resource Available for Alaska Schools

DEED and the Association of Alaska School Boards are pleased to jointly announce the release of a new resource for Alaska schools entitled “Transforming Schools: A Framework for Trauma-Engaged Practice in Alaska”. This innovative framework provides schools with a detailed road map illuminating the steps that can be taken to better address students’ needs.  

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Deadline March 31, 2019   Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant Program 2019

EJK Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library…. press release

Scholastic List of upcoming or ongoing library grant opportunities

http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/programs/grants.htm

Training and Continuing Ed

Tuesday February 19, 2019 @   9:00-10:00 am AKST

Everything’s Coming Up YA  (Booklist)

Get a sneak peek at forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles from Blink YA, North Star, and West 44 Books, in this hour-long, free webinar, moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Maggie Reagan.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AKST

Including Students on the Spectrum: 5 Powerful Strategies  (edWeb)

Participants will learn:

  • Ideas that work for the inclusive classroom (and often work just as well for students without disabilities)
  • Powerful, student-centered strategies and relevant research
  • Tools (e.g., checklists, forms) that can be used to implement the strategies
  • How to access a handful of free virtual resources to use and share with others
  • Ways to use these strategies with collaborative partners and teach colleagues about them

This workshop is for all skill levels and will be of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, and occupational and speech therapists.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AKST

Level Up! Integrating Games and Gamification (edWeb)

Games and gamification can be powerful and controversial tools for teaching and learning. This webinar will provide:

  • Background on learning, motivation, and research for using games and gamification
  • Explanation and examples of gaming to support learning
  • Strategies, examples, and opportunities for gamification to support teaching and learning

The topics of games and gamification in learning, of which individuals engaged in teaching and learning should be aware, have persistently been cited as important or cutting-edge. Games and gaming are distinguished by their specific original purposes of entertainment; however, serious games, which are most akin to simulations, are designed to educate first. Most recently, gamification applies game design elements, particularly those engendering motivation, to non-game processes like courses and instructional units. Attendees will be introduced to games and gamification and receive numerous practical examples to try in their own settings or inspire changes to existing lessons.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am AKST

 How to Create a School Makerspace  (Demco)

This webinar will cover the basics of starting, outfitting, and maintaining a makerspace at your school. Based in part on his best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Nicholas Provenzano will share all of his favorite tips, tricks, and tools to help you as you venture into the world of making.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:00am-10:00 am AKST

Youth Titles Guaranteed to Jump Off Your Shelves     

Check out wonderful offerings new this spring from Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, KidHaven Publishing, and Rosen Digital. Topics sure to be covered include STEM resources, news literacy, current events, social and emotional learning, and so much more! K-12 series nonfiction is what it’s all about during this must-see webinar. Booklist Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter will moderate. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 9am – 10 am AKST

Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)

Join us to learn how to help your teen patrons become empowered to navigate their financial futures. As children grow, their potential to manage money and understand financial concepts grows as well. The knowledge, skills, and behaviors kids learn when they are young lay the groundwork for their financial well-being as adults, and libraries can play a role in building these important financial literacy skills.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 11:00am-12:00 pm AKST
What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

Join the annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve. Hear about books published in late 2018 and spring 2019, which will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more! Hear about books that will be popular with a wide audience of children, including recent award-winners. Also, find out about books that fit the 2019 summer reading themes of music and travel.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @3:00 p.m. AKST 

Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (AASL eCollab) FREE

This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019  9:00 a.m. AKST

Using Makerspaces to Build Teacher/Librarian Collaboration (AASL) FREE

This session will demonstrate to participants how use of 3D printing can help teachers augment their lessons, develop higher order thinking and research, and give students exposure to 21st century technology. School librarian Harry Ostlund and social studies specialist Ryan Fontanella will share how their campus/district worked to create “archival boxes” – boxes of premade lessons incorporating various elements of the library’s digital and print resources available for checkout by teachers for use in the classroom. (FREE)

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am AKST

Help Students Use Video to Demonstrate Learning with Powtoon and Biteable   (edWeb)

Most students would rather use digital tools to demonstrate their learning instead of traditional paper and pencil. Is this feasible with your current classroom technology situation? Let’s find out together! Join this edWebinar with school administrator and educational consultant Shannon Holden as he explores the features of two of the most popular video creation tools—Powtoon and Biteable.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Social-Emotional Learning in the Library

 

Integrating social-emotional learning into the learner experience is becoming a priority among school districts but competing initiatives vie for professional development and instructional time. The library program can serve as a vehicle to incorporate emotional wellness into each student’s day.

In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more. This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 librarians, teachers, and administrators. Michelle will answer questions throughout her presentation.

As seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook Page

Our Alaskan Schools

There is a new blog with an open invitation to contribute what great things are happening in Alaska’s schools. A project of the Alaska Council of School Administrators and the Alaska Staff Development Network. An opportunity to submit positive stories about your school. Send submissions to sjordan@alaskaacsa.org