SAYL Mail for January 4th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Please note: average reading times for linked articles and blog posts are now included with the source.  

In November 2017, AASL released the new National School Library Standards. The framework of which can be found here. The book — National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries — costs from $99 to $199, depending on one’s ALA/AASL membership. The Alaska State Library has dedicated up to $2500 of professional development funds to purchase copies of the book.

Individual Alaska public school or private nonprofit libraries are eligible to apply to receive a copy of the book if there is a certified school librarian currently employed at a minimum of .1 FTE.

In applying, the certified librarian agrees to catalog the AASL National School Library Standards book for inclusion in their school or district’s professional library and make available for checkout to other school/district teachers and librarians within 30 days of receiving it. The librarian also agrees complete a short survey regarding how they are using the book.

If interested and eligible, please fill out this application by January 19, 2018. If there are more applicants than available funds allow, a small committee will choose awardees based on application responses.

AkASL Proposed Budget and Constitutional Amendment Ballots open through January 18th.

The AkASL Executive Board recommends accepting the proposed budget found here. Please cast your vote on whether or not to accept this budget.

The AkASL Executive Board recommends “Do Pass” for each the following proposed amendments to the Alaska Association of School Librarians Constitution.

Jacqueline Woodson Named 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2018-2019 (Children’s Book Council. 8 min.)

“The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, established by the three organizations in 2008, highlights the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”

The Hate She Received: Why the Banning of Angie Thomas’ Book was an Insult to the Black Lives Matter Movement (Intellectual Freedom Blog. 4 min.)

“The district removed the books in response to an objection from a parent, who strongly believes that the book’s use of foul language is in excess and thereby inappropriate, not only for his child but for every single child in the district.”

High Points and Concerns: Reflections on Intellectual Freedom in 2017 (KQ. 5 min.)

Hosting a Mock Award Discussion with Kids (ALSC Blog. 4 min.)

Take Time for a Thoughtful Implementation of the New Standards (KQ. 3 min.)

Helping Child Refugees in School Through Creating Books (WUVM. 1 min.)

2018 Guide to Cyberbullying Awareness (Tulane School of Social Work. 13 min.)

15 Librarians to Follow on Instagram (On Our Minds. 2 min.)

A Collection for Some of the Best Websites for Teachers  (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. 1 min.)

Highlighted SLED Resource
Student Resources in Context:  Teacher Resources

Student Resources in Context (7-12) has a variety of additional student, teacher, and librarian resources available.  In addition to covering information specific to the database, worksheets and lessons on general research processes are available.

From “More”, select “Teacher Lesson Plans”

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Select “Resources for Middle and High School Students”

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From here, you’ll find a variety of PDF worksheets covering the research process.

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Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants

The Alaska State Library, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act (Federal Source CFDA 45.310) has generously provided funding for grants to attend conferences and other Professional Development opportunities.

Online events: 40 days prior to event

Closing January 15th, 2018.  AkLA has established a scholarship program to support the education of librarians by providing financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies in Library Science.  Guidelines and application forms are available online.

Closing February 1st, 2018.  The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity.  “The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains ($10,000), along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

Closing February 1st, 2018.  Inspire Collection Development Grant.    Up to $20,000 per year for “an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school.”

Closing February 1, 2018.  The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries.  $3000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators.  + $2000 to attend AASL or ALA national conference.

Closing February 14, 2018.  Schools in Need Giveaway.  Win one of 500 subscriptions to Booklist and Book Links magazine.

Closing February 21st, 2018.   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.

Closing February 23rd, 2018. Schools in Need Giveaway Program. One free year of BooklistBook Links, and Booklist Online for schools with collection development constraints.

Closing March 31st, 2018.  Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant.  Up to $500 “to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education”

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


Employment Opportunities

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


Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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.

Monday, January 8th, 9am – Google Classroom & Your Gale Products (Cengage)

Tuesday, January 9th, 8am – Let’s Talk About Race in Storytimes (Washington State Library)

[su_frame]Tuesday, January 9th, 3pm – Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership (AASL)[/su_frame]

Wednesday, January 17th, 10am – Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work 

Save the Date! 

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

Alaska School Librarian Leadership Academy, July 23-27th, 2018 in Juneau. 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

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.

12/20 – Funny ditty to share with HS or MS? I’ve listened to it several times, and have laughed heartily each time. It will probably get stuck in your head. You’re welcome. ?



January is Braille Literacy Month, Book Blitz Month

Monday, January 15th – Martin Luther King Day, State Library Closed.

January 23rd is National Readathon

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue will be January 18th.   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!

[su_frame]Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
(907) 465-8187[/su_frame]