SAYL Mail for August 20, 2020

SAYL Mail   School and Youth Librarian newsletter               August 20, 2020


Last chance for public comment on the adoption of the AASL Standards Framework for Learners as the new school library standards to replace our information literacy standards from 1999.

Go here: for more information about the process and venues for commenting. Deadline: August 25th at 4:30 pm

Sharing stories about what we do is a powerful form of advocacy. Alaska Assoc. of School Librarians is collecting your stories about what you are doing to support students and staff in your school community during COVID. Share your stories here



Practicing Self Care as Schools Reopen (Knowledge Quest)  Self-care is not selfish….

Digital Librarian’s Survival Toolkit: School Librarian Kristina Holzweiss has compiled a crowdsourced guide which includes tips, how-to’s and ideas for collaboration and advocacy in the new school year.  Sign up here to get the link.

School Library Journal’s COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory. With remote learning still the norm, publishers are extending permissions for read aloud. Refer to this list to see what specific publishers are allowing.

Library Books Curbside Pickup (Library Learners) Different ways or organizing and implementing

Ways School Libraries can serve students in Fall 2020 (Demco) a curated list of program considerations and ideas to aid, support and inspire you. Organized with the AASL Standards Framework for Learners in mind.

**Live Homework Help**a statewide campaign has started this month to increase the awareness and use of a valuable resource. LHH features live tutoring, test preparation and

Three things you can do to help us spread the word:

  • Make sure you have a link on your school or library website
  • Include a reminder in your communications with staff and students
  • Connect with school counselors, parents and community members and provide the link and a brief description of LHH.

DEED and AASB release Trauma Engaged Toolkit. This is an online resource and companion guide to the framework released in 2019. The toolkit provides activities and strategies for working with students during covid and in the future.  Toolkit

SAYL Mail will be sent out weekly during the fall 2020 semester. Suggestions, questions contact Janet Madsen School Library Coordinator, Alaska State Library     907.465.8187