SAYL Mail March 12, 2021

SAYL Mail     School and Youth Librarians Newsletter    March 12, 2021


Last minute opportunities


Register for AKLA Conference March 18-20

Conference page:


AKLA Conference Sessions of interest to school librarians:

  • Open Educational Resources 101
  • Respect Inspire Share Empower-RISE a Program for Teens
  • OER: Librarian and Educator Collaborations
  • It’s All about Connections: Enhance your library services with connected learning
  • Creating Alaskana Editions
  • Girl Scouts in the Library
  • AkASL General Membership Meeting
  • Computational Thinking: It’s a way of thinking like a computer
  • SCBWI Alaska’s 2020-21 Kid Lit Inside Scoop



Vote on book selections for the AkASL Battle of the Books 21-22 season

Be sure to check the selection criteria


AASL survey  closes March 29th (ten minutes to complete) all levels of school librarians

The data that you have provided throughout the past year, and adding this final survey data, will greatly impact AASL’s ability to plan and advocate as the impact of the pandemic influences and changes education.



Additional online PD opportunities this month:


Tuesday, Mar 16 (9-10 am)

What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2021 (edWeb)

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed students’ reading habits—including how much they read and how well they comprehend it? Are students reading more nonfiction? What are the most popular books at each grade level? These are just a few of the questions answered in the 2021 edition of What Kids Are Reading, the world’s largest annual survey of K–12 students’ reading habits. REGISTER


Wednesday, Mar 17 (9-10am)

Lifting Voices: Black Joy and the Craft of Literature (Mackin)

Join New York Times bestseller and award-winner Andrea Davis Pinkney, Leslie C. Youngblood, and Kia Heise for a stellar conversation on literature for middle grade readers. They’ll discuss creating space for Black joy, their approaches to writing historical and modern-day fiction, and how literature featuring marginalized characters exists beyond identity. Participants will leave this session with a renewed appreciation for how fiction enriches the lives of young readers. REGISTER


Wednesday, Mar 17 (9-10:30 am)

Launch: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources (Washington College of Law)

We are pleased to announce the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. This document is intended to support authors, teachers, professors, librarians, and all open educators in evaluating when and how they can incorporate third party copyright materials into Open Educational Resources to meet their pedagogical goals. REGISTER



Thursday, Mar 18 (11-12 am)

How Librarians Can Foster Collaborative Learning (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, Shannon Miller, a district library media specialist, will discuss how collaborative learning fosters cross-curricular education and builds a strong school community.

For more information and to REGISTER


Tuesday March 23 (10-11am)

SLJ Spring Teen/YA Book Buzz ( School Library Journal)                                                                                                                      Come see what’s buzzing this spring with publishers. See the latest and greatest as well as some stellar debuts.  REGISTER

Thursday, Mar 25 (10-11am)

When Was This Photograph Taken? (Library of Congress)

What clues can you use to determine when a picture was made or a photo was taken? In this session, Reference Specialist Kristi Finefield walks attendees through the process of determining the date range of an aerial photograph of Washington, D.C. REGISTER



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Janet Madsen, NBCT

School Library Coordinator


Alaska State Library, P.O. Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571

(907) 465-8187,  FAX (907) 465-2151