SAYL Mail for June 14th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Why School Librarians Are the Literacy Leaders We Need [Education Week Teacher. 4 min.]

“There is a cumulative benefit to students and teachers, both academic and cultural, when a school librarian becomes a literacy leader.”

What’s Going on in Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them a Story? [NPR Ed.  2 min.]

“When we read to our children, they are doing more work than meets the eye. ‘It’s that muscle they’re developing bringing the images to life in their minds.'”

How Bibliotherapy Can Help Students Open up About Their Mental Health [MindShift. 3 min.]

Secretary DeVos Approves Alaska and Iowa’s ESSA State Plans [US DOE. 1 min]

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 [Pew Research Center.  6 min.]

Is Screen Time a Problem? Depends on Your Source [Blue Skunk Blog. 2 min.]

Genres Generate Renewed Enthusiasm for School Libraries [District Administration. 2 min.]

Not Quite the End of Net Neutrality [ALA District Dispatch. 2 min.]

A Good Visual to Help You Teach Students to Detect Fake News [Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Resource]

Logos for Live Homework Help (May 2018) [Alaska Library Network.  Resource]


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.

June 16th, 6am – 11:30 am  – Google Training for Teachers [Simple K12]

July 11-12, 8am – 1pm – 4T Data Literacy Conference: Creating Data Literate Students [University of Michigan School of Information and University Library]

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

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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!

New Orleans.  June 21st – 26th.  American Library Association Annual Conference. (from $350)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago.  Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference (from $480)

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.  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

6-12 Library Aide, Nikiski Middle/High, Nikiski Area, .5 FTE

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

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

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

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


June is LGBT Pride Month, GLBT Book Month, and Audiobook Awareness Month.

July 4th is Independence Day.  State Library Closed

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 next issue will be July 12th.   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]