SAYL Mail May 3, 2019 School and Youth Librarians Newsletter
Applications are due Tuesday May 7th for the writing and review committee of the Alaska School Library and Information Literacy Standards. Please consider participating. We need your input to submit an updated set of standards for consideration and adoption by the Alaska Board of Education. Applications are posted on akasl.org and akasl.org/puffin-news . If you have questions please call Janet Madsen (907) 465-8187 at the Alaska State Library.
Your feedback will make a difference– AASL Standards surveys open through May 8
As school librarian’s roles reach across grade levels and content areas, schools and districts. How well the National School Library Standards and implementation tools meet the profession’s needs, align with stakeholder priorities, and facilitate successful collaborations is important to AASL. School library professionals and school or district administrators and educators can influence further research and implementation activities supporting the AASL Standards by participating in community surveys open through May 8. Your feedback will make a difference!
AASL Survey Link
For Alaska Association of School Librarian members: The application period for spring and summer learning opportunities has re-opened. Please apply NOW for funding to attend online or in-person classes and conferences. We offer reimbursement for registration, travel, and hotel costs of up to: $500 for online classes, $1000 for in-state training and $1500 for out-of-state training.
Summer Reading Resources to Share with Your Students
April 25th is opening day for SYNC Audiobooks for Teens 2019. This summer’s offerings include 28 titles, two paired audiobook downloads a week April 25th to August 1 check out their website for promo materials, list of titles and FAQ’s. (Second set of books is available this week).
AkASL Battle of the Books @ https://sites.google.com/view/akaslbattleofthebooks/home
Visit the new website to check out the 2019-2020 tentative book list.
Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”
Public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs which are designed to promote, encourage and support reading. Check with your local public library to learn wat programming will be available over the summer.
The 2019 Teens Top Ten was recently announced. Check out the announcement video and share it with your teens. Don’t forget to encourage them to read the titles all summer so they can vote for their favorite starting August 15th.
Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities
ALA Annual Conference, June 20-25, Washington, DC
ISTE, June 23-26, Philadelphia
Register for the 2019 YALSA Symposium
Registration for our 2019 Symposium is now open! The symposium will take place November 1 – 3, 2019 in Memphis, TN with a theme of: Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity. Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults, and the symposium is open to everyone, not just YALSA members. Early bird registration is open through Sept. 15. Members who register for the symposium by Sept. 15 will be entered for a chance to win free registration for the 2020 symposium. Additional events such as pre-conferences, a Graceland tour, and author luncheon can be added for an extra fee. View the preliminary schedule. Don’t forget to also apply for the $1,000 travel stipend by June 1. Find out more info here
Tuesday May 7, 2019 3:00-4:00 PM (AKDT)
Collaborate with Content Areas for Deeper Learning
This webinar will focus on creating collaborations between the school library and content teachers in an effort to create lessons and units that foster critical thinking. Layering standards from content areas with national standards from AASL, ISTE and Future Ready librarianship creates in depth and substantial lessons for critical thinking and growth. Utilizing resources such as the AASL app and the AASL Crosswalk sets, this webinar will identify ways that school librarians can work with subject area teachers on lessons that prepare students for 21st century learning.
Thursday May 9, 11-12:30 (AKDT)
Get the Lib Tech Lowdown: Conference Reports from 2019 TCEA, SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive
Every February and March, the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education and Interactive festivals showcase multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in education, innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC staffers Liz Philippi and Henry Stokes as they report on all the amazing sessions and things they learned as well as the major themes that emerged and its relevance for schools and libraries REGISTER @ https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Tuesday May 14 3:00-4:00PM (AKDT)
Computational Thinking in Your Library: Systematic Problem Solving in School & Real Life
Computational thinking is a systematic problem solving process applicable to multiple arenas, including various curricular areas and real life. In this session, learn about the basics of computational thinking, how it applies to school library programs and curriculum, and how it benefits our future ready learners in academia and real life. REGISTER
Tuesday, May 7 10 -11AM (AKDT)
All Things YA (Booklist)
Whether you’re looking to add more books to your summer reading list or your tbr pile is getting a little thin, Booklist has you covered for all things YA this season! Hear from Page Street Kids and Sourcebooks as they chat about an array of YA titles, including spring and summer highlights and forthcoming books! Panelists will be joined by a young adult librarian to discuss readers’ advisory tips and book talking tricks. REGISTER at https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Tuesday, May 7 9-10 AM (AKDT)
Reading Life between the Lines: Using Children’s & Young Adult Literature to Have Tough Conversations about Diversity (Washington State Library)
This workshop will teach teachers, librarians, school boards, administrators and youth leaders strategies for using Children’s & Young Adult Literature with readers of any age to engage with questions of identity and difference and will help participants increase their cultural competence for working with young people in educational or recreational settings. REGISTER at
Thursday, May 9 10-11 AM (AKDT)
How to Cultivate Social and Emotional Learning with Computational Thinking (Education Week)
In this webinar, Jeff Meyer, Director of Education for Learning.com, will: Demystify computational thinking and the mindset it encourages; Illustrate the connections between computational thinking and social and emotional learning; Share ideas to foster the connection between developing social and emotional learners and computational thinking; Provide resources to start teaching computational thinking in ways that support social and emotional learning. REGISTER at https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html
Thursday, May 9 10-11:30 AM (AKDT)
Get the Lib Tech Lowdown: Conference Reports from 2019 TCEA, SXSWEdu, and SXSW Interactive (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Every February and March, the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education and Interactive festivals showcase multiple days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in education, innovation, and emerging technologies. Join TSLAC staffers Liz Philippi and Henry Stokes as they report on all the amazing sessions and things they learned as well as the major themes that emerged and its relevance for schools and libraries. REGISTER at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/webinars/index.html
Thursday, May 9 4-5 pm (AKDT)
Be Bold at #ISTE19: Get the Most Out of Your ISTE Experience (Follett)
Plan your conference time with the help of two educators and seasoned ISTE veterans, Shannon McClintock Miller and Bill Bass. REGISTER at https://www.follettcommunity.com/s/webinars
Wednesday, May 15 10-11 AM (AKDT)
Making a Mini Makerspace (Indiana State Library)
Under the staircase, an old study room, an accessible storage closet … anywhere can become a mini makerspace! The North Riverside Public Library, a small library outside Chicago, was able to cobble together funding using our budget and grants to create mini makerspaces in small nooks around our library. We will talk about our process, research on materials and space design, and how we solicited valuable feedback from patrons. REGISTER at
May 15, 2019 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (AKDT)
Social Emotional Learning: Tools for the Classroom and Library
Game-based learning, AR/VR/ Mixed Reality, and SEL–the hottest topics in education will be front and center in this edition of our popular webcast series, a coproduction of School Library Journal and ISTE. Led by top practitioners in the field, these free one-hour programs will offer practical insight into the latest technology, with implications for schools and libraries. REGISTER
Librarian K-6 (2019-20 school year) Job ID: 3670 (Alaska Teacher Placement)
Location: North Star Elementary, Anchorage School District Date available: 8/15/19
As Seen on AkASL Facebook Page:
Naomi Bates: “Books and trailers go hand in hand, but what we’ve used in the past may not be the same anymore. I did a presentation at TxLA on book trailer toolbox upgrades to help librarians and their patrons have handy tools at their fingertips to explore and use. Here’s my blog post”:
Students Fall for Misinformation Online. Is Teaching Them to Read Like Fact Checkers the Solution?
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