SAYL Mail January 18, 2019

News and opportunity updates for School and Youth Librarians from the Alaska State Library

In this Issue

  • Scholarships, Grants and Award Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Questions and Resource Requests

Scholarships, Grants and Award Opportunities

Deadline Friday January 25th, 2019

Apply NOW if you are interested in attending either the AkLA or ASTE conference in February.

There are a few spots left. Grant Information and Application

Deadline Friday January 25th, 2019

AkASL Linda K. Barrett Service Award is an annual award given to an Alaskan school librarian who is a member of AkASL, has demonstrated outstanding service to the school library profession and has provided significant services to both state and local activities. Complete the online nomination form and send the requested documentation to

Deadline Friday February 1, 2019

Travel Grants for First Time Attendees at the AASL National Conference, Nov 14-16 in Louisville, KY. Amount $750 will be given to 30 first time attendees to be used towards travel, hotel and /or registration fees. You must be a personal ALA/AASL member. Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books. Online Application

Now Open: Early Registration Promotion; Feb 17, 2019

Registration is now open for the #AASL19 national conference in Louisville, KY Nov. 14-16.

If you plan to attend the AASL National Conference, save $100 by registering with coupon code AASL100, NOW through Feb, 17; no payment required until conference time. Visit for registration, schedule, “make the case”, and more. 

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am MT) 8-9am AST

Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)

Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.  For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm MT) 1-2 pm AST

Leading Transformational Learning through Making (edWeb)

The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels. For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM. For more information and to register, visit:

 Tuesday, Jan 29 (10-11 am MT) 8-9 am AST

Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)

 Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages. For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm MT) 11 am-noon AST

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences. For more information and to register, visit:

 Wednesday, Jan 30 (5-6 pm MT)

Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)

 This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students. For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 31 (2-3:30 pm)

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools. For more information and to register, visit:

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Employment Opportunities

No new ones listed. Keep posted at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Face Book page

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children is Valuable  (Knowledge Quest)

World Read Aloud Day, February 1, 2019  (

Questions and Resource Requests @ ASL

Do you have a student who cannot read standard print and would benefit with access to braille and audiobooks?

The Alaska Talking Book Center can provide free access to audio books, downloadable books, large print and braille books. Application forms are available on their website. Fill out the application and have a health care provider sign to certify your eligibility. After your application is processed you will receive a talking book player and books based on your preferences, in the mail. There is never any postage due. Books are on loan for one month. To find out more about this service see their website , download an application and browse the National Library Service catalog to see what is available.

Need access to books but live in a remote location and do not have a local public or school library?

The Alaska Mail Services Program connects Alaskans who live remotely with our library services.  This service is free and open to anyone who lives outside an area serviced by a state funded library.   If you become part of our program we will mail books, movies, audiobooks, and music to you anywhere in Alaska.  We can also connect you with our online services, including research, training and educational tools, help sites, small engine repair, homework help, newspapers, magazines and more.   Your library card will give you access to the Alaska Digital Library, where you can download audiobooks and e-books from wherever you have internet access. Check out their website for more information.