SAYL Mail for March 16th, 2017

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

Students Free at Alaska State Museum

Did you know that young Alaskans through age 18 have free entry at the Alaska State Museum? If your school is traveling to Juneau, the Museum has outstanding educational displays about Alaskan history and natural history. If a school group comes to the Museum, teachers and chaperones also have free entry. The next time you are in Juneau, consider spending a few hours at the State Museum. You will be glad you did!

Public Comment for Alaska State Library Plan 2018-2022 Now Available For Comments, Review and Voting.

The Public Comment for Alaska State Plan 2018-2022 was created using comments collected from the What Programs and Services Would You Like to See in our Library and Other Libraries over the Next Five Years? survey, which was distributed during the Alaska Library Conference in Ketchikan.

We need to hear from you and we value your ideas. Visit the Public Comment for Alaska Library State Plan 2018-2022 online platform create a login, review the posted ideas and vote for ones you support.

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

Closing March 17th – Library of Congress 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes  Professional development materials and instruction awarded at no cost.

Closing March 31st
– Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant.  Up to $500 for an innovative and creative program which bridges disciplines and grade levels, PK-12.

Closing March 31st
– Bound To Stay Bound Inc. “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grant.  $750 for thirty first-time attendees for the AASL 18th National Conference & Exhibition, November 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ.

Closing April 16th, 2017.  
Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant.  $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closing May 5th
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.  $5000 to recognize, promote, and support excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries that serve children K–8.

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

Employment Opportunities

Immediate Openings

Library Media Associate (Part Time), Two Rivers Elementary, Fairbanks

Media Specialist,North Slope Borough School District

2017-18 Openings

Librarian, TBD, Anchorage

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

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

UAS Upper Division Children’s Literature courses offered this summer.

ED 603 – Alaska Literature for Young People. Online: W 4:30 — 6:00 PM, May 15 – August 5. On UAS campus: M-F, June 5-9.  $1386

UAS Summer Course Schedule.

Application Due March 17th – The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes

In 2017, the Library will offer five Institute weeks:
* Open Sessions (any subject area): June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, and July 10-July 14
* Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 17-July 21
* World War I Focus: July 31-August 4

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, March 21st, 10am – Stellar Series Nonfiction for Youth (Booklist)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 1pm – Teaching Digital Literacy (edWeb)

Tuesday, March 28th, 8am – Library Reads (Booklist)

Wednesday, March 29th, noon – News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators (edWeb)

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.

3/7 – Two great Alaska librarians are running!

3/7 – Thank you to all who helped out with the Battle of the Books season at the school, district and state level. Battle of the Books takes many helping hands to be successful… Congratulations to all teams that made it to the state competition!

Special Congrats to our state champions: Dimond High, Delta/Greely, Trailside Elementary and Craig Elementary.
I wanted to give extra thanks to those that volunteered as moderators at the state tournament…

Anchorage-Ann Morgester, Heidi Tsukada, Linda Julliard, Staci Quigley Cox
Galena-Genny Brown
Kenai-Karla Barkman
Mat-Su-Prudence McKenney, Wendy Stout, Liz Crowley, Sandy Krueger, Katie Clark, Chris Stegall, Robin Turk, Dion Tribble
Mt Edgecumbe-Erika Drain
Northwest Arctic-Sue West
Public Librarians-Susan Jones, Amelia Jenkins
Community Experts-Kelley Smith, Lindsay Lamar, Bonnie Cavanaugh, Paige McConnell

3/8 – recommendations for science fiction that is backed by realistic and accurate science? upper teen level. thanks!

3/10 – I’m sharing a media literacy presentation I put together for my secondary students, and you are free to use or modify if you are interested. I’ve had many requests for “fake news” presentations from teachers at my schools, and I’m sure others have as well.

Please note: This presentation doesn’t make sense unless you click through it in the “Present” mode. If you simply scroll through the slides it will look like images are stacked on top of each other. There are speaker notes on most slides to explain the presentation in greater detail.

3/11 – [Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble]

3/13 – [News & Media Literacy]

3/14 – Goodreads publishes a list of new books released every Tuesday on their blog. This is a great way to keep up with the many series so popular now. For example, today the 4th book in the “Dorothy must Die” series was released. If you have a Goodreads account, the blog shows up on your home page, but you can also have it sent to your email daily.

3/15 – [5 Ways to Show YouTube Videos Without Related Content]

3/16 – 50 ways to check for understanding







Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue of SAYL Mail will be March 30th.

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Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
(907) 885-0660