SAYL MAIL – October 13th

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October 13th – In This Issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Will Librarians Be The Overseers Of The Information Age? (edCircuit)

“…Contrary to the widely held notion that the role of the librarian is shrinking, both Todaro and Miltsakaki make strong arguments for the increased importance of librarians as overseers of an endless stream of Internet data. Todaro and Miltsakaki agree that students, more than ever, need the guidance of librarians in their educational lives…”

Material Traditions: Sculpting Ivory (Smithsonian)

“Seventeen educational videos from an artists’ residency at the Anchorage Museum and a community workshop at the Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School are available online.  These videos feature artists and document the materials, tools, and techniques they use to make ivory artwork.  The project was organized by the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum.”

“A limited number of DVD copies and full resolution .mov files are available by request.”

Teen Health and Wellness Discount Pricing

On January 15, 2017 statewide access to Teen Health and Wellness (through SLED) will cease. ALN has been working with Rosen (the vendor) to offer discounted pricing to any school or library who would like to keep access to this database.

Schools and school districts:  Annual subscriptions begin at $395 (was $595) per building, and is tiered based on FTE.  Additional discounts are also available for multi-building and/or school district subscriptions, and for multi-year purchases.

If you are interested, please contact Miriam Gilbert (Director of Rosen Digital) directly for a quote at 303.818.7187  or

Live Homework Help Promotional Cards Available

The Alaska State Library recently received a BUNDLE of Live Homework Help business cards from who sent them to us just because they care. The cards come in boxes of 250.  If you would like a box or more of these business cards, fill out this survey. Cards will begin to be mailed out the week of October 24th.

Library Ethics for Non-Librarians Scenarios (The Blue Skunk Blog)

Journey to a Flexible Schedule: Part 1 (Knowledge Quest)

Finalists Announced for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (SLJ)

At This N.J. High School, Students Ride and Read (

The Power of a School Library Hashtag (Edutopia)

Big Library Read Begins Today! (Alaska Digital Library)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

newClosing November 1st – [School/Public collaborative] Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. Up to $4000 to provide a visit from an author/illustrator.

newClosing November 30th – Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants.  Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

newClosing December 12th – Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. For first-time recipients.  Staffed, designated, and established school libraries with at least 85% Free/Reduced Lunch are eligible. Up to $7,000

newClosing January 1st – The National School Library Program of the Year Award, $10,000 and a crystal obelisk, sponsored by Follett, recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and are fully integrated into the school’s curriculum;

newClosing January 1st – The Distinguished Service Award, $3,000, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, which recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development;

newClosing January 4th The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity.  “The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains ($10,000), along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Media Specialist (District) – North Slope Borough

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.

[su_frame]Ongoing: Free subscription to ABC-CLIO School Library Connection and reVIEWs+ Online Professional Development Suite.[/su_frame]

Wednesday, October 19th, 6am – 1:30pm – The Digital Shift, Annual Virtual Conference  (Library Journal, SLJ)

Wednesday, October 19th, 1pm – Future Ready Librarians (edWeb)

Wednesday, October 19th, 3pm – Using Free and Inexpensive Technology to Transition Your Library to a Learning Commons (AASL)

Thursday, October 20th, 8am – Making in Early Elementary Grades (Booklist)

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25th, Noon – 4pm – Online Conference 2016: Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources (Library of Congress)

Thursday, October 26th, 10am – Creating an Interactive Exhibit in Your School Library (Programming Librarian)

Thursday, October 26th, 10am – Selecting the Right Products for Your Makerspace (Demco)

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar

AkASL Puffin


The latest from the newsletter of the Alaska Association of School Librarians, The Puffin.  To submit an article, please contact The Puffin editor, Cayla Armatti.

“Freedom to Read” Fun 

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.

9/29 – Learn how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act will impact Alaska. Join us for a complimentary online workshop on November 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm presented with the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. For more information on how to join us, click on the link below. All are welcome!

10/7 – Why failure to weed effectively is censorship

10/11 – This came in my email today! ONLINE Opportunity through the LoC!

10/13 – I worked up a pre-SLJ Summit overview of ESSA advocacy and policy work being done across the states, and AkLA School Librarians are at the top of the list – and not just because of the alphabet. Thanks to your ESSA team for letting EveryLibrary be a part of this work.


October is Filipino American History Month, Italian American Heritage Month, Polish American Heritage Month,  LGBT History Month, and Health Literacy Month

October is also National Reading Group Month and the month of the Global Read Aloud

October 9th – 15th is Teen Read Week

October 16th – 22nd is National Friends of Libraries Week

October 18th is Alaska Day.  State Library is closed.

October 31st is Halloween.

November is Native American Heritage MonthNational Family Literacy MonthPicture Book Month, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

phoneSomething You’d Like to See in SAYL Mail?

To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. The next issue will be October 27th.  To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!