SAYL Mail for October 5th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

New Primary Source Sets for Education Now Published 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is excited to announce the publication of twenty new Primary Source Sets. These sets explore new topics in US historyliteratureartsworld history, and science and technology and provide rich new primary sources from libraries, archives, and museums across the country that are classroom-ready for students and educators alike.

The latest group of Primary Source Sets were developed in collaboration with DPLA’s expanded Education Advisory Committee and are designed for grades 6-12 and higher education. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to additional resources, and a teaching guide.

‘Racist propaganda’: Librarian rejects Melania Trump’s gift of Dr. Seuss  (Washington Post)

“The librarian wrote that rather than sending books to a well-funded elementary school in Cambridge, Trump should instead be devoting resources to schools in ‘underfunded and underprivileged communities'”

Diversifying Libraries—One Student’s Project to Expand a School Library’s Collection (AASL KQ)

The Power of a School Library Hashtag (Edutopia)

Halloween Books, Songs, Interactive Sites, Making, Learning and Fun For You and Your Students! (The Library Voice)

Finalists Announced for 2017 National Book Awards

Makerspaces: On Scanning the Road & Gently Easing the Brakes (SLJ)


Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

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 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

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, October 11th, 11am – Library 2.017: Makerspaces (Library 2.0)

Wednesday, October 11th, 11am – Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption (edWeb)

Wednesday, October 11th, 11am – Worth a Thousand Words: Books for the Youngest Readers (School Library Journal)

Thursday, October 12th, 11am – Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Children’s Books Editors (School Library Journal)

Tuesday, October 17th – Expanding Access to Digital Resources by Sharing (Booklist)

Wednesday, October 18th – News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction (edWeb)



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.

9/16 – Planning on attending AASL in Phoenix in November? I have reservations at the Hyatt, right across the street from the convention center, and would love a roommate.

9/17 – Fun teaching ideas that include a research connection as well as other curricular connections. Great way to encourage collaboration with the library

9/23 – [Common Beliefs in the Standards]

9/27 – [AASL Standards – Evolved and Familiar (YouTube)]

9/23 – [Research Xpress (YouTube)]

9/26 – Great letter.

10/4 – [AASL Standards – Evolved and Familiar]

10/4 – need book help, please! trilogy (we think) about a family in a flood, they end up going higher & higher, end up in a boat traveling the world, find a city on an an island – any idea what I am talking about??? thanks!

Check It Out Next Time!

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Alaska School Library Consultant
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