SAYL Mail – December 7th

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December 7th- In This Issue


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SAYL News in Brief


Registration for the AkLA Conference is Open

Teen Health and Wellness:  Time to Renew!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing February 1st
ALSC Bookapalooza program.  Winners receive “a collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.”

Closing March 31st
– Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant.  Up to $500 for an innovative and creative program which bridges disciplines and grade levels, PK-12.

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

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AkASL Puffin


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

Grantee Articles 2016 By Renee Foster

Shareable products from AKLA Conference By Veronica Wood

Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp, 2016 By Kerri Geppert

ALA 2016 Conference Culture & Diversity By Danelle Jefson

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day

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

January is Book Blitz Month and Braille Literacy Month

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

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

phoneSomething You’d Like to See in SAYL Mail?

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