SAYL Mail for November 26, 2018

In this issue…

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


SAYL News in Brief   November 26, 2018


Closes December 15, 2018:  AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage


Rescheduled:  December 18, 2018 Alaska Board of Education meeting (Alaska Library Standards on the agenda) The meeting starts at 12:00pm and public testimony will be taken at 12:10pm after the preliminary stuff. The agenda isn’t posted yet, but as soon as it gets posted it will contain the information on how to call it. People can be directed to the AkASL Advocacy page for taking points.


Nominations Due: The following awards will be presented during the AKLA Conference (Juneau) in February 2019. Check the AkASL website for more information about the individual awards.


January 18, 2019 Nominations due for the following

School Librarian of the Year

School Library Staff Award

“Pat on the Back” Awards for school administrators, individuals and organizations…


January 25, 2019 Nominations for the following

Linda K. Barrett Service Award


  • Interested in the Paint Party at the AKLA Conference in Juneau? This would be a fundraiser for AkASL advocacy efforts. Please fill out the survey which was also posted on the AKLA listserv .What is a paint party? It’s an event where a professional painter guides participants through replicating a painting step by step. All supplies are provided. The final painting is 11”x14” and the paint dries within a few hours. No painting experience required.



The Alaska Week of Code is dedicated to bringing awareness to the value in teaching coding and computer science in classrooms and school libraries around the state.  Contact Sam Jordan with questions

·         Fall in Love with Writing through Live Homework Help!

“Now is the time of year when many writing assignments seem to be assigned to students. Whether students are working on a book report, a term paper, or a college or scholarship application essay, remember that has two different ways to help. Students can work with an expert writing tutor 1:1 in our online classroom to develop and organize a draft or they can upload their document using our Drop-Off feature to receive detailed feedback within 24 hours. Let help your students tackle those assignments! is FREE for all Alaskans to use. To access the service, go to: seven days each week from noon to 2 AM Alaska time.”




Scholarship, Grants and Awards Opportunities


Closes December 15,2018 AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage


Closes Dec 20, 2018 The Alaska Retired Educators Association (AKREA) is offering awards of up to $200 to five classroom teachers for projects otherwise unfunded.

The money is available for the second semester. For an application form or further information contact Virginia Walters at


Closes February 1, 2019   Collaborative School Library Award sponsored by Upstart

$2,500“Recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and educators in meeting goals outlined in National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians and School Libraries through a joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.”

Closes February 1, 2019   Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

$2,000 to the librarian, up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA annual Conference and $5,000 book donation by Penguin Random House.

Closes Feb 1, 2019   The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

$3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators. $2,000 for both the school librarian and school official (or volunteer parent) to attend the AASL national conference or the ALA Annual Conference during the years when there is no AASL national conference.


Closes Feb 1, 2019   Inspire Collection Development Grant

Up to $5,000. Update and/or diversify your book, online, subscription and/or software collection in a public middle or high school. Awarded to individual schools located in the U.S. One staff position must be a certified school librarian at the school or district level.


Training and Continuing Education Opportunities


YALSA is hosting free live monthly webinars. Each one is facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. All free webinars are held from 2:00 – 3:00pm, eastern, the second Thursday of the month. These webinars are free and open to any interested individual, regardless of job or membership status. Webinar recordings are available for those who can’t participate in the live session. Reserve your free seat for the webinars you are interested in attending by selecting the link in the table below.

Dec 13 Continuous Learning




Employment Opportunities ( as posted on Alaska Teacher Placement )

Closing 12/21/18  Other /Library/Media Specialist

Hydaburg School    Posted: 11/24/18, Available 1/07/19


“The Hydaburg City School District is seeking to hire a librarian.  This is a permanent position.  The district will be creating, in collaboration with the community, a new library and the person hired for this position will be in on the “ground floor” of this library.  We are looking for someone who is an organized, self-starter willing to work closely with the community of Hydaburg.  While a degree in library science is preferred, applicants with a background in language arts or history will also be considered.”



As seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook


Other articles of interest…

The Future of Learning? Well It’s Personal (Heard on All Things Considered)

Most Parents Are Not Involved Enough in Their Child’s Reading Education, Survey Says  (Fortune)

Bringing Tech to the Tundra (EdSurge)


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