SAYL Mail for November 14th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

New Standards: What Do They Mean for You? (AASL KQ)

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“The six core values that serve as the foundation for the new standards allow for easy integration of library standards to all curriculums. Gone is the jargon that can sidetrack even the best intentions and in its place are words that every educator uses in their lesson planning and delivery.”

Much More Than Shiny and New: National School Library Standards, Evolved and Familiar (AASL KQ)

Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship (KQED Mind/Shift)

Alaska School Digital Library

OverDrive is excited to offer interested schools and districts in Alaska the opportunity to join the Alaska School Digital Library – a digital shared collection. Membership in the consortium provides participating schools access to a shared collection of digital titles far greater than any one individual school could purchase on their own, maximizing the benefits of these powerful reading and learning tools for students and educators.

Alaska Library Network Seeking Candidates to Represent School Libraries on the Alaska Library Network’s Board of Directors (ALN)

The Board of Directors consists of seven members, including one representative for the Alaska State Library and six members elected to represent academic, public, school, small/rural libraries, and two at-large members.  Appointments are made for a two-year term and meet quarterly via tele- or videoconference.  Travel is not required.  For questions or to apply, contact  Please respond by November 30th.

Puberty, Consent, and Sexuality: A Few New Titles (SLJ)


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.


Out-of-state travel: November 15th
In-state travel: December 15th
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Closing January 1st, 2018.  AASL Awards season is open.  Ten awards open to school libraries and related programs/faculty ranging from $1,250 to $10,000

  • the National School Library Program of the Year Award, $10,000 and a crystal obelisk, sponsored by Follett, recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum;
  • the Distinguished Service Award, $3,000, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development;
  • the ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant, up to $1,750, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels;
  • the Collaborative School Library Award, $2,500, sponsored by Upstart, which recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs” through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using media center resources;
  • the Distinguished School Administrator Award, $2,000, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given to a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program;
  • the Frances Henne Award, $1,250, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, which enables a school librarian with five or fewer years in the field to attend an ALA Annual Conference or AASL National Conference for the first time;
  • the Innovative Reading Grant, $2,500, sponsored by Capstone, which is designed to fund literacy projects for grades K-9 that promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice and policy;
  • the Intellectual Freedom Award, $2,000 to the winner and $1,000 to the school library of the winner’s choice, sponsored by ProQuest, which is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by AASL and the ALA;
  • the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award, $2,000, a $5,000 book donation from and up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA Annual Conference; sponsored by Penguin Random House, the award recognizes

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 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.

Wednesday, November 15th, noon – Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement (edWeb)

[su_frame]Wednesday, November 15th, 1pm – Pitching the Library: The Elevator Speech (edWeb)[/su_frame]

Thursday, November 16, 11am – Take the Plunge: STREAM (ISTE/SLJ)

[su_frame]Thursday, November 16th , 3pm – It All Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (AASL)[/su_frame]

Tuesday, November 28th, 10am – Must-Have Middle Grade: Librarian Tips and Tricks (Booklist)

Thursday, November 30th, 10am – Overview of the Statistics in Schools Program (FDLP)

Monday, December 4th, 10:45am – Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success (Colorado State Library)

Wednesday, December 6th, 3pm – The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources (AASL)

Save the Date! Alaska School Librarian Leadership Academy, July 23-27th, 2018 in Juneau.   Details to follow!



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.

10/28 – [8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now]

11/2 – 10 Ways Librarians Can be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM – 11:30 PM The Hotel Captain Cook

“10 Ways Librarians Can be a Marketing Genius Like Lady Gaga” will be presented by Gwenyth Jones, the Daring Librarian during ASTE, as a separate event. Cost and registration details to be announced soon. So stay tuned! ​Presentation Description: Times are tough all over for school libraries and more than ever we need to be Future Ready and visible to our students, parents, and communities. The more visible we are the less vulnerable we will be when budget cuts come around. This is one of the most exciting times to be a teacher librarian, but it is also very challenging. A revolution is at hand. We need to be nimble, daring, and digital. We need to work towards shifting the way the world views school libraries and start branding and banging the drum about the great things that go on every day in our schools. At the end of the workshop you might not be ready to wear a meat gown or sky high heels but you’ll have several ways to your pump up your library teaching practice & make it FIERCE and Future Ready!

11/9 – The AASL standards web portal is live! Although there is still more to come, you’ll find some great resources here. Of particular note are the items under Resources > Materials including the infographics and videos.
11/9 – Our Alaskan delegation to National AASL!
11/13 – An app I was talking to our AK group about at #aasl17. Connects your phone to a data projector. Absolutely fabulous!!!



November is Native American Heritage MonthPicture Book Month, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day.  State Library closed

December 4th – 10th is Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week 

Check It Out Next Time!

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[su_frame]Jared Shucha
Alaska School Library Consultant
(907) 885-0660[/su_frame]