SAYL Mail for February 15th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

News in Brief includes the average reading time with the source information.

School Shootings Now Unfold on Social Media. Here’s What Educators Need to Know. (Ed Week: Digital Education.  4 min.) 

“What is clear, though, is that these platforms are interwoven with the fabric of many young people’s lives, in ways that many adults struggle to grasp. As a result, it’s almost certain that most adolescents, and even many younger children, will turn to social media to share their anger and search for comfort and process their fear and grief. And that means that the strategies teachers, school staff, and parents can do to help have evolved.”

Dr. David V. Loertscher Reviews the New AASL Standards (Teacher Librarian.  30 min.)

“…[W]ithin the library field, we are struggling to embrace the current information and technology explosion as we fight the huge stereotype that libraries are no longer relevant, that Siri—in the palm of our hand—is the ultimate in reference librarianship, and a new generation of learners is addicted to the Google search engine.”


American Library Association Announces 2018 Youth Media Award Winners (ALA. Resource & Video: 1 hr.)

“The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video ALA Youth Media Awards logoand audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.”

DEED Launches Education Technology Webpage

One component is an interactive map that shows great things happening around the state in ed tech.  Think about the innovative ed tech programs in your library and fill out the following form to populate the map.

EBSCO LearningExpress Trial Available through March 9th.

A limited trial to EBSCO LearningExpress, a database being considered as a possible replacement for the Testing and Education Reference Center on SLED, is currently available.   Contact Freya Anderson for access information and survey.

LearningExpress “provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development and more […] through multiple online platforms designed to help students and professionals achieve their educational and career goals.”  View a recording of the LearningExpress webinar from January 31st.

AASL Celebrates 2018 School Library Month with Spokesperson Jason Reynolds
(AASL KQ. 1 min.)

Are You a Curator or a Dumper?  (Cult of Pedagogy. 8 min.)

“…[C]hances are you have information to share with other people, and developing your curation skills—both in terms of how much you offer and how you deliver it—is going make that sharing a lot more effective.”

Challenge to Crowdsource Creation of Better Digital Citizens. (Schoology.  Resource)

Instant Plagiarism Check Add-on for Google Docs (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. 1 min.)

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One Question Survey: Sharing the Standards

“What really piques our interest, and perhaps yours too (and also the primary reason why we asked the question), is the “other” things that school librarians are doing to share the AASL standards with teacher and administrator colleagues. So, here’s the big reveal (drum roll, please!)…”

The Alaska State Library in conjunction with the Alaska Library Network are pleased to provide Alaska school librarians and school library support staff free access ABC-CLIO’s School Library Connection & reVIEWS+ Professional Development Suite.  


Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closing February 20th, 2018.  ALA Great Stories Club.  “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.”

Closing February 21st.   The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant. 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators for collection development in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

New!Closing February 26th. El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) $500 in selected multicultural children’s books for libraries hosting a Día program.

Closing February 28th, 2018.  The Annual ISTE Awards recognize exceptional educators and leaders who are paving the way for connected learning.”  Six juried and two non-juried awards for outstanding leadership in the digital age.  Up to $1,500 award, plus travel award, conference registration, and association membership fees.

Closing March 2nd.  AASL Social Media Superstars  Awards in eight categories which celebrate social media superstars within the school library profession.

Closing March 21st.  The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes.  Attend a week-long professional development program in the practice of teaching with primary sources, K-12.

Closing March 31st.  Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant.  Up to $500 “to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education”

New!Closing April 12. NEA Challenge America Grant (part 1). $10,000 (minimum $10,000 match required) for programs that “extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.”

Closing April 15.  Penguin Random House Foundation Library Awards for Innovation.  $1,000 – $10,000 plus $1000 in PRH books to public libraries (or school libraries serving the capacity of public libraries) “creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.”

Closing April 20th.  Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant.  $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

New!Closes May 4th.  Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.  $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

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


Employment Opportunities

SHS/GILA Resource Room Coordinator, Galena City Schools

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



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

EBSCO databases & School Library budgeting infographic

The Art of Getting a Grant for Your School Library

Collaborating is Key

The Breakout Session That Never Was

Social Media for the Library


Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Anchorage Session @ASTE.  Saturday, February 17th, 9:30-11:30a – Gwyneth Jones –10 Ways the Librarian Can Be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga (AkASL) $30

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.

Tuesday, February 20th, 10am – Spring into Picture Books: New Books, 2018 (Booklist)

Tuesday, February 20th, 11am – Building a Foundation for Literacy and Intervention Scaffolds for Lifelong Learning (edWeb)

Tuesday, February 20th, noon – Bringing Hands-On Coding and STEAM into Your District or Classroom (edWeb)

Tuesday, February 20th, 3pm – A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program (AASL)

Wednesday, February 21st, 6am – CCBC Shorts (Children’s Cooperative Book Center)

Wednesday, February 21st, 11am – Bring Computer Science to Life in Your Elementary Classroom (edWeb)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 8am – Digital Learning Day 2018: How Innovative Districts Blend Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes (Alliance for Execellent Education)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11am – 12 Sizzling Teen Books (Junior Library Guild)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3pm – Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library (AASL)

Monday, February 26th, 11:30 – noon – How to Talk to Your School Community About OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive)

Tuesday, February 27th, noon – Creating Curious Inquirers: Harnessing Student Curiosity Toward Greater Success (edWeb)

Tuesday, February 27th, noon – InFLO-mation: Hip Hop Principles for Library Instruction by Kafi Kumasi (School Library Connection)

Tuesday, February 27th, noon – Programming for ‘Tweens (Utah State Library)

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Save the Date! 

Anchorage. March 8 – 11th.  AkLA Conference 2018 – Bridging the Gaps.

Seattle.  Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

Juneau.  July 23-27th. Alaska School Librarian Leadership Academy. Details to follow!

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


As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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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 Facebook is filtered.  Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

2/3 – If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

2/7 – Are any of you reading GREGOR THE OVERLANDER with students right now? My students are looking to connect via Flipgrid to discuss the book once (or more). Thanks ?

2/7 – Does anyone have an application form they use for library aides–one you wouldn’t mind sharing with me maybe? I don’t even know what kinds of questions to put on my application form. I’m pretty new to librarianship.

2/14 – This makes me so sad…

2/14 -Just emailed our Senators to continue the fight for funding of Museum and Library Services.
This page made it really easy. I only had to enter my zip code and the site pulls up our senators and has prepared a nice email which you can add to or subtract.

2/14 – If you link your library website to Live Homework Help (or would like to), best results will be to go through first. Direct links to will require authentication.

2/14 – With President’s Day coming up, here’s a different angle to talk about the Presidents.



February is Library Lover’s Month, African American History Month, and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 16th is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

February 19th is President’s Day. State Library is Closed.

February 22nd is Digital Learning Day

February 26th – March 1st is Fair Use Week

March is Women’s History Month, and National Reading Awareness Month

March 2nd is Read Across America Day

March 4-8th is Teen Tech Week

March 8th is National Poorfreading Day

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.

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The next issue will be March 1st.   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!

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School Library Coordinator
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