SAYL Mail – March 17th

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Lomen Brothers Photograph Collection, 1903-1920. ” St. Patrick’s Mask Ball, Flat City, Camp A.B. no. 26.” ASL-P28-213

SAYL News in Brief

School-Public Cooperative Library (SPCL) Training Announced.

logo_3The Alaska State Library is pleased to announce a School-Public Library Collaborative Training (SPCL) will be held in Fairbanks at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks campus during the week of July 25-29, 2016.  SPCL is an intensive weeklong workshop providing management and foundational library skills to non-certified school library assistants and public library directors without a Master’s degree in Library Science.

Using Web 2.0 Tools with Young Researchers

School_Library_Connection“…There are online tools that can help us work with students on the research process, and show them how to avoid the cut-and-paste temptation that can lead to plagiarism. These tools provide students with visual ways to store, access, and manipulate their collected information using notes, highlights, and other features. What options do we have, and which tools should we choose? Here are some tried and true choices…”

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AASL Seeks Webinar Proposals

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians looking to share best practices with their peers and subject matter experts to submit proposals for AASL eCOLLAB webinars. AASL seeks webinars 45-60 minutes in length to be presented/released between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. Proposals may be submitted using the AASL Get Involved form.

Call for Public Youth Service Librarians

ConnectedLib is creating a professional development toolkit to help youth services librarians design engaging programs for their young patrons.  They are looking for participants for a 45-60 minute long discussion about the needs of your teen patrons, your current programming, your use of technology, and any experiences you may have had with connected learning

Still Buzzing from AkLA 2017?  Keep the conversations going.  

Stay current with AkLA listservs and help spread the word to colleagues who may not be signed up.

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

newOngoingClosing Student Bridge Scholarship Program.  Covers the cost difference between student membership rates and regular membership rates for three consecutive years.

Closing March 21st (initial submission) – Knight News Challenge.  $200,000 to $500,000 for a program responding to the challenge: “How might libraries serve 21st century information needs?”

Closing March 31stEzra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant.  Up to $500 for an innovative and creative program which bridges disciplines and grade levels, PK-12.

Ongoing – Alaska Association of School Librarians Professional Development Grants

Out-of-state travel: 80 days prior to conference
Deadline is April 5th to apply for a grant for ALA Annual Conference, June 23-28 and for ISTE Annual Conference, June 26-29.
Deadline is May 16th for PNLA Conference, August 3-5
In-state travel: 60 days prior to conference
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Closing April 14th
NEA Challenge America Grant.  $10,000 (minimum $10,000 match required) for programs that “extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.”

newClosing April 15thALA Great Stories Club.  “Copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials.  All types of U.S. libraries located within or working in partnership with an organization that serves at-risk youth are eligible to apply.”

Closing April 15th – Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant.  $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closing April 15th
Great Stories Club.  “Libraries selected to participate in the Great Stories Club “Change” series will receive copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 people; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials”

Closing May 2nd
National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize.  $10,000 to an individual/institution/partnership “that has developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading”.

Closing May 6th – 
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.  $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

Closing September 1st
– ALAN CART/CAMPBELL Grant for Librarians.  $500 and registration fees to attend Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE.

Employment Opportunities

  • Middle School Librarian (2 positions) – Fairbanks
  • Middle School Librarian, Temporary Contract – Fairbanks
  • Library Associate – Valdez
  • Library Aide II – Kodiak

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

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.

31 New Webinars Added to the WebJunction Archives  
“Covering the topics of outreach, programming, technology, social media and so much more, you’ll now find 182 webinar archives produced by WebJunction or by one of our content collaborators: TechSoup, Infopeople, NCompass Live, and ALCTS. And with each course or webinar you complete from the catalog, you will earn a certificate of completion.”

Monday, March 21st, 4pmTL News Night (TL Virtual Cafe)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 9am‘Tween Programming (UW SLIS)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 10am – Mix It Up: Spaces, Programs and Outreach That Engage Teens (Demco)

Thursday, March 24th, 1pm – Using Actively Learn to Help Students Interact With Online Content (edWeb)

Friday, March 26th, 9am – Tech Talk: Creating Your Own Web Page (ASL)

Thursday, March 31st, noonFree Learning Resources: How OER Can Help You and Your Students (edWeb)

Beginning May 16th:  New on the Job (School Librarians).  Six week asynchronous course.  $250, includes text.  (ALA)  Apply for an AkASL PD Grant for this course by April 6th

[Additional and up-to-date Opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar]

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska_School_LibrariansA 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.

3/10: Thanks to Spirit of Reading, AkASL, and the Alaska State Library for making this possible. [Author Matt de la Pena visited Hutch on Monday. Students got to hear him talk about his journey from reluctant reader to author. He had a great message for the kids about achievement and self-worth. Thanks for visiting Matt!]


3/12: Honoring our library colleagues at ‪#‎akla2016‬. The winner of this year’s Linda K. Barrett award for service to school libraries is Laura Guest!

3/12: Matt teleconferenced with students in Huslia, Allakaket, Ruby, Minto, and Koyukuk. Several students plan to write about their lives now. Matt learned about moose, moose hunting, and hunting chickens (spruce grouse)! Magic happened.

3/12: [How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces].

3/12: Check out the openings for middle school librarian at North Pole and Ryan. Forward to your librarian friends!


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3/13: Congratulations to Robin Turk, Alaska School Librarian of the Year, 2016!

3/14: Another great webinar opportunity from AASL.

3/16: School Library Connection subscribers – I’m having some issues with the SLC web form. If you subscribed over the weekend (or didn’t yet but want to!) please send an email to Jared Shucha with the following:
Name/District/School/Mailing Address/Phone. Thanks!


MarchWomen’s History Month, National Reading Awareness Month, Music in Our Schools Month

March 20th – World Storytelling Day

March 21st – World Poetry Day

March 28thSeward’s Day (State Library Closed)

AprilSchool Library MonthNational Poetry Month,  D.E.A.R – Drop Everything and Read monthNational Financial Literacy Month

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