SAYL Mail for April 8, 2020

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

April 8,2020

PD opportunities online for school librarians

AT YOUR LEISURE – Pre-recorded webinar to view at your convenience

Making the Most of Your Digital Collection (School Library Connection). Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!


Online Professional Development Opportunities coming up 

Thursday April 9   8:00 am AASL Townhall: The Show Must Go(0nline)

Join fellow school library professionals to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners. The discussion during this session will focus on the questions: How are you facilitating collaboration and coteaching with educators in this environment? How are you serving learners and families with no Internet access?  REGISTER here


Thursday, Apr 9 (10:30-11:30 am) Self-Care During a Pandemic (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

A key part of life in a pandemic, social distancing, creates its own challenges to our mental and emotional well-being. Join us for this special Info2Go! session to discuss practical strategies for coping while social distancing, how self-care can improve our overall well-being, and identify ways to prevent burnout during this unusual time.

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Friday April 10 11:00 am    SEL: Supporting Students from a Distance (

Weighing on many teachers’ minds in today’s “new normal” is how they can support students from a distance. Common Sense’s Pittsburgh Senior Regional Manager Jennifer Ehehalt will sit down with the Center for Education Excellence in Alternative Settings’ Director of Technology Solutions Kat Crawford to focus on three strategies that will offer social-emotional support during uncertain times. REGISTER here


Tuesday, Apr 14 (10-11 am) Must-Have Middle Grade (Booklist)


Mad about middle grade? Then join us for this free, hour-long presentation and see what must-have MG titles are heading your way from Algonquin Young Readers, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Middle-grade enthusiasts, unite!

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Wednesday, Apr 15 (7-8 am)

Amplified Advisory with Video Book Talks (Nebraska Library Commission)


Take your Readers Advisory and library marketing to the next level with social media Book Talks. Learn tips and tricks to efficiently and economically craft, record, publish, and curate videos which promote your library’s collection and programming. Take home a solid plan to provide new, exciting space for your patrons to explore your collection, encounter you library’s strategic narrative, and share the library’s marketing message with others.


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Wednesday, Apr 15 (noon-1:00 pm) EdTech in the Era of Distance Learning (


Join this edWebinar as Dr. Monica Burns, author of Tasks Before Apps and founder of Class Tech Tips, takes a look at some of the big shifts and movements in the EdTech space.

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Wednesday April 15 (1:00-2:00 pm) Instructional Design for Distance Learning (EdWeb)

Join Michelle Luhtala for a conversation about the instructional design of online learning, with high school librarian and Rutgers University lecturer Dr. Brenda Boyer. The two will discuss easy-to-use design models to guide online instruction development, some rules of thumb to keep in mind, and tools and strategies to capture and retain student engagement. This conversation will highlight resources to support audience needs.

This edWebinar will be of interest to grades 6-12 educators across subject areas. Michelle and Brenda will answer questions throughout the presentation.   REGISTER here



Thursday April 16 noon      SEL in Isolation: Maintaining Mindfulness During Distance Learning (Mackin)

These uncertain times have catapulted us into uncharted territories of teaching and learning from a distance. With sudden change comes both innovation and anxiety. How might we continue to support our own, our students’, and our families’ social and emotional well-being during this time of social isolation? Here we will explore some practical ways to maintain mindfulness during distance learning. REGISTER here



Tuesday, Apr 21 (10-11 am) Library Love for LibraryReads (Booklist)


LibraryReads is a librarian-driven venture where public library staff can help build word-of-mouth for new books. Hear from representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, and W.W. Norton & Company who will share forthcoming titles perfect for public libraries and for your LibraryReads nominations. Plus, we’ll also chat with LibraryReads executive director, Rebecca Vnuk to hear about the latest happenings in the library world!

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Tuesday, Apr 21 (10-11 am) The Hottest Graphic Novels of Spring 2020 (Library Journal)


With action-packed manga, thrilling sci-fi/fantasy and hero-led humor, these titles are sure to captivate graphic novel lovers of all ages. Join publishing insiders from Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, Humanoids, Image Comics and Yen Press, and hear all about new and upcoming releases.

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Wednesday, Apr 22 (8-9:00 am) Citizen Science Online (SciStarter)


In this event, we’ll introduce you to the scope of online citizen science and marathon as groups different projects across medicine, biology, physics, literature and history. No prior experience is required – all you need is a computer and a sense of curiosity.  Interested in using citizen science in your own research? Experts will stay online after the marathon to answer questions from researchers or educators on how to set up your own projects or utilize these resources in a classroom setting. Together, we can help make new discoveries possible!

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Wednesday, Apr 22 (10-11 am) How to Plan Classes and Presentations (Colorado State Library)


Learn to set objectives and structure your class or presentation in a way that not only reaches your goals but also engages your audience and ensures they’ll really get what you’re saying and remember it after they’ve left the room. Whether you’re teaching parents about early literacy, giving a presentation to a community group or teaching seniors how to use their iPads, this method of planning will prepare you to deliver top-notch classes and presentations to audiences big and little.

For more information no need to register, visit:


Wednesday, Apr 22 (11am-noon) New Books for Storytime – 2020 Update (Infopeople)


This webinar will focus on new picture books that will engage the story time audience, including books that invite audience participation, books based on songs, informational books, books that reflect our diverse communities, and websites useful to story time planning

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Wednesday, Apr 22 (1-2 pm) The Transformative Power of Audio Reading (


Podcasting, spoken-word audio, and even YouTube use is at an all-time high. How does audio ingestion impact how we process information? How are schools adapting to this trend? Are we teaching students how to use audio content for inquiry? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala will share resources and tools to help participants integrate audio content into their instructional programs.

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Monday April 27  (10:00 -11:00 am)  AASL Best Tips and Practices for Remote Learning 

School librarians and other educators are adapting to teaching and learning in remote learning environments by curating digital resources for instruction and operating new educational platforms. AASL leaders and school librarians share their strategies on how they’re working to implement their school’s curriculum and engage learners some of the areas hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Register here


Monday April 27 1:00 -2:00 pm   The Inquiry Arc: Where Social Studies and the Library Meet (ABC-CLIO)

Social studies teachers and librarians know the power of curiosity to motivate student learning. This avenue to understanding is at the heart of inquiry and underscores why it fits so well in the social studies classroom and the library. But “inquiry” can also be a scary term—one that implies a lack of structure or an overwhelming dedication of class time. So how do you balance encouraging student-driven research with prescribed standards and outcomes? In this webinar, innovation coach Jacquelyn Whiting and social studies teacher Drew Colati draw from their experiences collaborating along the inquiry arc to model best practices that will get your students learning and meeting the standards. REGISTER here


Thursday, Apr 30 (11 am-noon)

Unlocking Emotional Blockades: Neuroscience-Based Tools to Optimize Self-Regulation and Joyful Learning (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development [ASCD])


In this webinar, you will learn about the effect of emotions and stress on all aspects of learning and about keys to unlock the stress blockade. You will understand how the “video game model” applies to teaching for motivation and perseverance through achievable challenge and helping students recognize incremental progress, and you will leave with strategies to reduce the stressors that prevent the brain from working from its highest thinking and control centers.


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Articles:  short and timely

  • How to Nurture a Passion for reading READ here
  • Zoombombing is Just the Start. How to protect student privacy during the remote learning explosion ( Dr. Kristin Mattson) READ here
  • How to Run a Virtual Book Club with Middle Schoolers READ here
  • Social Emotional Supporting a New World of Distance Learning READ here


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Janet Madsen, School Library Coordinator Alaska State Library