SAYL Mail for September 15th

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Almanac

SAYL News in Brief

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration  (CILC) offers thousands of free and paid programs for teachers and students. These include video conferencing, academic classes, classroom collaboration, and professional development opportunities. Through the Alaska State Library, funds are available to bring these opportunities to your school library.

With CILC, students can go on virtual fieldtrips to museums, zoos, science and other educational centers, and have live interaction with professionals. Authors, musicians, artists, scientists, and experts of all types can be scheduled to virtually visit your school. Browse the Visual Content Provider Directory for an idea of what’s available.

School Librarians can now take advantage of these opportunities by scheduling them through the CILC website and coordinating with the statewide OWL network to bring the presentation to your students.

You do not need an OWL “endpoint” like many public libraries use to take advantage of CILC. In order to impact the most users, collaboration with your local public library and other schools or districts is encouraged

For more information on using CILC visit the OWL Library Staff Tutorials on Videoconference Equipment and Service Information or contact  Daniel Cornwall at the State Library.

Alaska Digital Citizenship Week

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, in collaboration with Common Sense Education, will celebrate Alaska Digital Citizenship Week, September 25-29, 2017. The celebration is part of an ongoing effort to teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world.

Start the School Year with the Library of Congress

As educators return to the nation’s classrooms and school libraries, we are delighted to launch another year of teaching ideas and discovery at and Teaching with the Library of Congress! The Library’s K–12 education program supports teachers and school librarians in the effective use of the Library’s resources, and we hope educators will find it a source of inspiration in their work.

Whiteness in Librarianship (AASL KQ)

Banned Books Week Plans 2017 (Eliterate Librarian)

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.

Monday, September 18th, 3pm – National School Library Standards Live Twitter Chat (AASL/Twitter)

Tuesday, September 19th, 10am – From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning – Part 1 (ALSC)

Tuesday, September 19th, 3pm – Adaptive Literacy Learning 101 (edWeb)

Thursday, September 21st, 11-11:45am – Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)

Tuesday, September 26th, 10am From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning – Part 2 (ALSC)

Wednesday, September 27th, 10am – Back to School: School Library Legislation in the Statehouses (AASL)

Thursday, September 28th, 3pm – Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom (AASL)

Tuesday, October 3rd, 3pm – Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budge(AASL)


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.

9/8 – Resource shared by Shannon McClintock Miller on the Future Ready Librarians. Check it out if you haven’t already.

9/8 – Wondering how schools/districts deliver audio books to students, especially special education.

9/12 – Check it out!



September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.
September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 24th – 30th is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
September 24th – 30th is Banned Books Week
September 27th is Banned Website Awareness Day
October 8–14 is Teen Read Week

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]