SAYL Mail for March 3rd, 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

Public Comment for Alaska State Plan 2018-2022

“Join State Library of Alaska and share your activities to help achieve our goals. Discuss your ideas with the community and refine them further.Vote for those whose impact seems most meaningful to you.”

Advocating for the Worth of Librarians Pays Off in CA (SLJ)

“The state continues to rank at the bottom of library professional staffing rates. [Alaska ranks below California in this statistic, and is last in the nation.  Source. -Ed.Selma Unified is one of the very few school districts in California that is hiring credentialed librarians, with the goal to have one in every school by next year.”

“As school librarians, we get accustomed to being the only one of our kind on campus and can feel isolated at times. We are teachers but aren’t always considered as such. In order to counter this singular position, reach out to the librarian down the street at your nearest public library branch. Public and school librarians can form a perfect partnership.”

“[T]he 5 Laws focus on competencies that address knowledge in all formats and resonate with our own professional values and standards.”


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

Media Specialist, North Slope Borough School District

2017-18 Openings

Librarian, Lathrop High School, Fairbanks

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 405 – Children’s Literature in the Alaska Context. Online: M 4:30 – 6:00 PM, May 15 – August 5.  $723

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.

Monday, March 6th, 4pm – Students take the Mic (TL Virtual Cafe)

Tuesday, March 7th, 10am – Series Nonfiction Must-Haves for the School Library (Booklist)

Tuesday, March 7th, noon – Leading Instructional Change: One District’s Journey to Implementing Personalized Learning (edWeb)

Wednesday, March 8th, 11am – Why Audiobooks Don’t Work and ALL of the Reasons They Do (edWeb)

Thursday, March 9th, 11am – Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors (SLJ)

Thursday, March 9th, 11am – Navigating the Shift: Accessible Education Materials for All Students (edWeb)

Monday, March 13th, 11am – Literacy = Language Production: Going Beyond the Text & Embracing the Talk (edWeb)

Monday, March 13th, noon – Integrating Robotics in Content Areas (edWeb)

Tuesday, March 14th, 11am – Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing (SLJ)

Wednesday, March 15th, 11am – New Spring Nonfiction for the Library and Classroom (SLJ)

Thursday, March 16th, 11am – Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News (SLJ)


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.

2/24 – Awesome day at akla conference so many great presenters. So many people to collaborate with!!!

2/25 – Sen. Becky Harris, R-Las Vegas, introduced Senate Bill 143 Thursday, which also mandates a librarian on staff because “a collection of books is not enough,” she said.

3/1 – Elementary Folks: As a result of a generous donation from Chronicle Books, WNDB in the Classroom is offering to send new picture books to your school! Submit your application below for this special WNDB in the Classroom program by March 15, 2017. This giveaway is open to primary/elementary schools (PK-5th grade) ONLY.


Contact: Rosemary Hall

2017-18 Fellows Program Application Deadline Approaching!

Applications for the second cohort of the Lilead Fellows Program are due on March 17, 2017.

Applications can be found on the
Lilead Project website.

The Lilead Project hosted three information sessions, one in person before ALA Midwinter and two online, providing an overview of the program and answering questions about the application process. A recording of the first of the online information sessions can be accessed here:

The Lilead Fellows Program is an intensive professional development program for school district library supervisors. The Lilead Project received IMLS grant funding in 2016 to support a second cohort of Lilead Fellows.

Like their predecessors, this second cohort will tackle challenging and pressing issues in their districts and work toward transformational change to support student success. UMD’s
iSchool will partner with the Darden College of Education at
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) to carry out the expanded program.

“The Fellows Program is an opportunity for school library supervisors to work on the most challenging issues in their district in collaboration with other supervisors and leaders in the field,” stated Ann Weeks, Principal Investigator of the Lilead Project.

“These supervisors are so often isolated in their districts as the lone
administrator for school libraries; the Fellows Program provides professional development and a supportive and collaborative community for supervisors as they work on major initiatives in their school districts to promote student achievement.”

For more information, please visit
or contact the Lilead Project at
You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.


March is Women’s History MonthNational Reading Awareness MonthMusic in Our Schools Month

March 5-11 is Teen Tech Week

March 8th is National Proof Reading Day

March 16th is Freedom of Information Day

March 20th is World Storytelling Day

March 21st is World Poetry Day

Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue of SAYL Mail will be March 16th.

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