SAYL Mail for July 12th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Invigorate Your School with the AASL National Standards

Please consider enrolling in a 2-credit online course to be held September 4 through November 12 this fall. This course is for anyone who works in libraries (certified or otherwise) who is interested in digging more deeply into the National School Library Standards and integrating them into their library.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Deborah Rinio.

Tumblebooks Available Statewide through June 2020

Through funding made available from Alaska Early Development, a two-year subscription to Tumblebooks has been made available to all of Alaska.  To create personalized class and student Tumbletracker accounts, contact Tumblebooks support.  For direct linking a school or library website, use

Alaska State Library Launches and Advertising Campaign

A new website focusing on accessing books from anywhere in the state was launched with an accompanying statewide advertising campaign on Alaska Public Media.

Little House on the Controversy: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed from Book Award [NPR. 2 min.]

A High School Put Books About Police Violence on a Summer Reading List.  A Police Union Wants Them Removed. [Vox. 3 min.]

Carnegie Medal Winner Slams Children’s Book Publishers for ‘Accessible’ Prose [The Guardian.  3 min.]

Top Ten Things You Should Know (Children of Incarcerated Parents) [Project Avary. 2 min.]

Are You a Future Ready Librarian? [eSchool News. 3 min.]

ISTE launches Librarians Are Transforming Learning site and ISTE/Future Ready Librarians Standards Crosswalk.

AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning [Knowledge Quest.  1 min.]

Libraries Ready to Code Beta Collection Release [SLJ. 2 min.]

Common Sense Media Overhauls Popular Digital Citizenship Curriculum [EdWeek. 4 min.]

Live from ISTE: 12 Google for Education Launches to Save Time for Creativity [Google Blog. 4 min.]


Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

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

Closes July 31st, 2018.  James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Points (Sweepstakes) for classroom libraries.


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.

Thursday, July 19th, 3pm –Introducing MakeCode from Microsoft  [Washington State Library]

Tuesday, July 24th, 10am – Starting Your Makerspace [edWeb]

Wednesday, August 8th, 11am – 5 Things to Give Up so your Struggling Readers Won’t [edWeb]

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

Slow summer learning with the AASL Standards through August 21st.

ISTE U – A Few of the Upcoming Courses:
Asynchronous start date listed. Paid courses offered on ISTE U will be eligible for graduate-level credit through Dominican University of California.  ISTE Member prices listed.

7/16 – Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level – $186
8/20 – Digital Citizenship in Action – $186
9/10 – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Free, no credit
9/17 – Exploring Future Ready Librarianship – $186

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Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

Juneau.  July 23rd –  27th.  8am – 4:30pm –  School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

New Brunswick, NJ.  July 25-27.  The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online. University of Maryland. August 15th – October 9th.  2.4 credit courseLilead Leaders Program: Preparing for Transformation ($349 tuition)

Online.  September 4 – November 11th.  UAF, 2-credit course:  Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards  ($300 tuition)

Cincinnati.  September 27th – 29th.  Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. (from $400)

Brooklyn.  October 26 – 28.  2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit

Salt Lake City.  November 2-4.  2018 Young Adult Services Symposium(from $199)

Additional upcoming state, regional, and national conferences.


Employment Opportunities

Library Assistant, North Pole High, 1.0 FTE Classified

Library Assistant, North Pole Middle, 1.0 FTE Classified

K-6 Librarian, Mountain View Elementary, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Willow Crest Elementary, Anchorage, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE Certified

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, North Pole, 1.0 FTE Certified

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


As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

The Facebook digest will be back in the fall.  Visit the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group

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.Check It Out Next Time!

SAYL Mail is issued monthly during the summer.  The back-to-school issue will arrive August 23rd.   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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