SAYL Mail for October 26th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Library Development unit recruiting  full-time Librarian III to serve as the School Library Coordinator

Are you passionate about improving library service for students in Alaska?
Have you worked in a school library?
Are you excited about the vital roles that school librarians play in their schools for the benefit of students and teachers alike?

The Library Development unit of the Alaska State Library is recruiting for a full-time Librarian III to serve as the School Library Coordinator in our Library Development unit. This position is located in the beautiful Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum building in Juneau…

To view the job posting, please go to:

Search for: LIBRARIAN III (PCN 05-3093)
Deadline to apply: November 6, 2017

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.

#MeToo: Teens, Libraries and Sexual Harassment (SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox)

“Over recent weeks, a wide variety of discussion has been happening about sexual violence, harassment, and assault. These are important conversations that have wide reaching implications. Make no mistake, these things are also happening in the lives of our teens… Many librarians are bringing this topic into their libraries by sharing book displays of titles that deal with the topic of sexual violence with a simple sign that says ‘#MeToo’.”

Mississippi School District Pulls “to Kill a Mockingbird” for Making People “Uncomfortable” (CBS News)

Kirkus Changes Review After ‘American Heart’ Draws Outrage As ‘White Savior Narrative’ (NPR)

CSforAll Announces Computer Science Pledges from Over 170 Organizations (Education Week)

Coding Across the Curriculum (Edutopia)

Library Centers: Empowering Students to be Masters of Their Own Learning (The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian)

Makerspaces and libraries: READY, FIRE, AIM (Blue Skunk Blog)

Resources to Help Children Build Empathy (AASL KQ)

18 Good Educational Chromebook Apps to Use in Your Class (Educational Learning and Mobile Technology)


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.

Those interested, can apply for grants to attend (and travel to) a variety of conferences, classes, and workshops for professional development, including the Alaska Library Association annual conference, American Library Association national conference, and online webinars.

Out-of-state travel: 80 days prior to conference
ALA Midwinter Due November 21st
In-state travel: 60 days prior to conference
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Preference is given to applicants who are current AkASL members.

Grant recipients will be reimbursed up to the following toward registration, hotel, and travel:  $500 for online training, $1,000 for in-state conferences, and $1,500 for out-of-state conferences.

Please note travel and housing will only be provided to applicants who do not live in the community where the conference is being held. For example, if AkLA is held in Anchorage, Anchorage applicants are only eligible for registration reimbursement.

Awardees will be required to report on their grant activities, submit all receipts for reimbursement, and write one brief article for each day of conference attendance for possible use in the Puffin, AkASL’s online blog.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Apply NOW!

Ongoing.  Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant.  Up to $30,000 per year for “help and support a pre-existing public middle or high school library—led by a certified school librarian—that has incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster.”

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.

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


Employment Opportunities

Librarian III (School Library Coordinator), Alaska State Library, Juneau

Bibliographic Control Clerk III, Anchorage

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.

Monday, October 30th, noon – Build Collaborative Classrooms for Better Learning (ISTE)

Thursday, November 2nd, noon – Fostering Student Collaboration Through Coding (edWeb)

Monday, November 6th, 10am – Is Listening to Audiobooks Cheating? (edWeb)

Monday, November 6th, 11am – Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 7th, 11am – A STEM Bridge of Black Swans (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 7th, noon – Get Ready for Hour of Code (edWeb)

Monday, November 13th, 3pm – 10 Tips to Differentiate for Readers (edWeb)

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


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.

10/9 – [Get Your Own ‘Is This Story Share-Worthy?’ Poster]

10/17 – Are you attending the AASL 2017 Conference in Phoenix. If so, please add your name and contact information to this list and I (or AkASL) will try to set up a dinner or meet up so we can get an all-Alaska AASL photo!

10/19 – I’ve always used the CRAP or CRAAP acronym, but I kind of like this one. It’s good to have options.

10/19 – Here’s the site I mentioned in Deborah’s post.

10/21 – Congratulations to Laura Guest on successfully completing her National Board renewal certification!!! You earned it! Awesome job!

10/22 – Excited to see the new standards in just a couple of weeks

10/22 – Levels are not intended to EVER label a child!!!

10/22 – Time to check my classroom sets of Wrinkle in Time. The movie will be released next year.

10/24 – My first published article! Check it out: VOYA October 2017.

 10/25 – Any one try this yet?!?

10/26 – You asked. We listened. This listing for a school library coordinator is a state job, not a contractor. Please think about working for us in Juneau in our beautiful building with collaborative coworkers!

Check It Out Next Time!

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