SAYL Mail – October 27th

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October 27th – In This Issue…


Stoll Family Papers “Laura Stoll and Josey Stoll at Halloween party, Independence Mine.” (1949) UAA-hmc-0236-s3a-59

SAYL News in Brief

Call to Action – ESSA Title IV, Part A (AASL)

“Despite being authorized at $1.65 billion within ESSA, the block grant is facing significant funding barriers from Congress. The Senate’s proposal only allocates $300 million for the block grant while the House’s allocation would provide $1 billion, both falling far short of the authorized level. If underfunded, school districts would be prevented from investing in meaningful areas of education, such as effective school library programs and will be faced with the unnecessarily difficult choice of funding some programs over others.”

AkASL President Interviewed on TL News Night (YouTube)

Sheryl Wittig talks to a national panel about Alaska’s Battle of the Books, author visits, professional development grants, awards, and more.

Do We Need Librarians Now That We Have the Internet? (PBS Newshour)

Observe librarians, and you’ll learn quite a bit about 21st century physicians. Digital technologies are hurling both professions into disintermediated worlds where they are no longer sole providers of vital services. Both must change their skills year by year and prove their value day by day. Both must choose whether the change is liberating or suffocating.

How School Librarians Help Combat Bullying (KQ)

“…The best resources to combat bullying may be right under their noses without the schools even realizing it: the school library and school librarian. Here are some ways that school librarians help prevent bullying.”

7 Halloween Lesson Activities for Elementary School Students (Free Technology for Teachers)

The New York Public Library Has Adopted a Very Unusual Sorting System (Quartz)

Scholarship, Grant, and Award Opportunities

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

newClosing December 1st – Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant Application.  $1000 towards research project responding to the YALSA Research Agenda.

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


Closing December 23rdFollett Challenge.  $8,000 – 60,000 for For an essay and a video demonstrating how an educational program from your school or school district is preparing children to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Applications Open for the 2017 AASL Awards.  12 grants and awards, ranging from $1,250 to $10,000 to “recognize excellence and showcase best practices in the school library field in categories that include collaboration, leadership and innovation.”  National School Library Program of the Year closes January 1st. All other applications or nominations close February 1st.

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

Librarian (K-6) – Ravenwood Elementary, Anchorage

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

Early Literacy Outreach Librarian – Anchorage Public Library

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.

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

Tuesday, November 1st, 11am – STEAM, with an Emphasis on “A” (SLJ)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 3pm – Virtual Learning Commons: Rethinking Your Library Website (AASL)

Monday, November 7th, 11am – What Every Educator Should Know About Special Education Law (edWeb)

Tuesday, November 8th, 10am – New Nonfiction for Youth: Spring 2017 (Booklist)

Wednesday, November 9th, 11am – Collaboration in the Digital Classroom (edWeb)

Thursday, November 10th, 11-11:30am – Fall Debut Class of 2016 (Junior Library Guild)

Thursday, November 10th, noon – Using Interactive Reading Apps in Your Classroom (edWeb)

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.

[su_frame]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![/su_frame]

10/26 – We’ll never get funding if we don’t at least ask. Email our Senators today!

10/28 – If you’re interested in the work I’ve been doing with the AASL Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board, here are the summary findings from the research phase of the process.


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 31st is Halloween.

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

November 7th – 11th is National Young Readers Week

November 19th is International Games Day

November 24th is Thanksgiving Day.  State Library is Closed.

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