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Greetings librarians from SCASL-land. Heather Thore and I are busy representing you at the AASL Affiliate Assembly at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver.  It has been super cold and even snowy (all day yesterday), but we have been learning and gathering information to share with you very soon. Hot topics here are the new standards, an ESSA update, and the upcoming ALA elections.  
 
Don't forget tomorrow morning at 10AM east coast time, the ALA Youth Media Awards will be broadcast live from Denver. If you didn't know, this is the annual announcement of the big book award winners including the highly coveted Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King Awards. Her is the link http://ala.unikron.com/2018/index_home.php  Wouldn't this make an awesome viewing party at school--of course with only books and authors to entertain your guests.  You can also follow the hashtag #alayma on social media.  This is a big day for us, as the highly anticipated SC Book Award 2018-2019 nominees will be released shortly after by the SCASL Book Award Committee. 
 
We'll report in again later, as on the slate for today, we'll be attending the ALA President's Program, where our very own SCASL Member and USC-SLIS Director of SLIS, Dr. Lankes is on a panel discussing Libraries and Neutrality.  Heather and I are eating lunch with Dr. Lucy Green from SLIS and hanging out with the SCLA peeps and USC SLIS peeps at a get together this evening. 

The Book Award Committees are still accepting applications for the 2018-19
Picture, Children’s, Junior, and Young Adult Committees. Looking at the committee
memberships right now, we still need….

PBA Committee

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Why is being a SCASL member important to me?

  1. It's the principle of the thing.  I am a librarian in this state, librarianship is my profession, and like other professions who have are member of their organization I  am a member of mine.

  2. It is important that we maintain a voice in the government so that our profession does not become devalued then replaced by unqualified people as we are seeing in other states.

  3. Together we are powerful. I know SCASL has my back, which is why we need to continue to grow and become stronger.   Imagine if all of the over 1000 librarian were SCASL members, our influence would be incredible.

  4. The conferences are top notch.  I get to learn from my fellow colleagues, establish connections, meet authors, and have some to time refresh to make it through the rest of the year. I wouldn't miss my conference.

  5. I need this organization.  I need to be associated with my professional organization so that others will take my profession seriously.  It helps when I share all of the Book Award information to the teachers.  They are always impressed with the selections that the committee puts out and I know the hard work that is involved in making book selections.  Thank you.

  6. SCASL makes my job easier and saves me time.  Can you imagine having to come up with your own book recommendations? All of the research that would have to go into making sure every book meets the qualifications.  I shudder to think about it.  Thanks SCASL book committee members.


So that's why I am a member of SCASL.  My $50 goes a long way, and for me it's money well spent.  Thanks SCASL.

One last note: I attend the conference each year by putting aside a little money from my paycheck  each month to cover my expenses just in case my district decides not want to foot the bill; because not going to conference for me, ISN'T AN OPTION.












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Afternoon all!

Quick reminder that the SCASL Messenger is still accepting articles for our Spring Edition.  For this issue we are requesting submissions that feature the many ways that we seek to engage students in our library spaces.

Theme: Engagement!  What have you done this year to increase patron engagement in your library?  Have you held a book tasting recently?  Tell us about it!  Are you getting ready to set up some blind dates with books?  Let us know!  Makerspaces, coding clubs, video games, whatever!  We want to hear about all of the cool things that you are doing to increase engagement in your library.

Length: 200 words and up!

Deadline: February 16th.

As always, we will also accept articles that highlight exceptional moments in your school library.

Please submit articles as a Word document and attach any images you have of your awesomeness to [email protected]

Thanks!
Travis Nelson
SCASL Editorial Chair

Library Media Consultant
Waverley Administration Building
1225 Oak Street
Columbia, SC  29204
Richland County School District One

Order Now

Did you miss the 1st cut-off for ordering the new National School Library Standards book?
Want to get your copy before our conference?

We have reopened the link for ordering for 1 week only.
Go to AASL Standards Order Form - Shipped to order your copy by Friday, January 26th.

 

The AASL Standards order has shipped and Diane Ervin is currently sorting and shipping books (if you requested shipment).  If you have not yet paid, you need to do so before Diane can ship the books. Regional workshops begin this month. Workshops will feature information about the new AASL Standards. Don't delay, register today at the form below.You will have an opportunity to network with other librarians. It is a fun time!

 

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Start 2018 off right by connecting with teacher cadets, student teachers and new teachers in your building and district. Share this digital flyer from the Pre-Service Education Committee and start laying the groundwork for collaboration. Share the message of how school libraries transform learning!

Shared by Elizabeth Graham
Woodland Heights Elementary
SCASL 2017-2018 PreService Committee Chair

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Good Morning!

We hope everyone is geared up and ready to participate in the 2017-2018 book award programs!

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We have been notified today that the Pee Dee Regional Meeting for Librarians has had to be cancelled due to the date no longer being available, as it is now a scheduled make-up day. As many schools have recently suffered school cancelations due to weather all across the state, it is difficult to say a Pee Dee Regional Meeting will be rescheduled. In light of that, SCASL, USC-SLIS, and the SC SDE strongly recommend Pee Dee attendees sign up to attend one of other Librarians Regional Meeting dates, which are as follows:

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The Broadway Musical, The Color Purple is going to be at the Peace Center in downtown Greenville during our conference! You can get your discounted tickets for the 7:30 pm performance on Thursday, March 15th when you register at scasl.net/conference for only $70. We must have at least 15 participants to get the discount, so invite your friends. The deadline to get your ticket is January 30th.

If you have already registered, you can submit an additional registration form to get your ticket.

 

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Ann Morgester of Anchorage, Alaska shared these resources in a Weeding Session at the AASL 2017 National Conference. The link to her posters that were crowdsourced at the beginning of the session are entertaining and enlightening, and many will see their own mindset in the shared comments.

 

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We are honored to learn that our very own SCASL Member and resident Media Literacy Guru is up for a community voted award!  Voting is open through Dec 15. 

Vote here.

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Heather Thore, SCASL President-Elect and Kristie Haltiwanger, SCASL Standards and Guidelines Committee Chairperson represented SCASL at the  AASL National Conference, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. They attended the 1.5 day pre-conference in which they examined the newly released National School Library Standards for School Librarians, Learners and School Libraries. The standards were presented using a double track agenda. While delving into the standards participants practiced strategies that may be used with their students. At the 2018 Regional Workshops for Library Media Specialists in January and February these strategies will be implemented as the standards are introduced to librarians across South Carolina. If you have not already registered for the workshop in your region do not hesitate. This is professional development that you do not want to miss!

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Posted with permission:

Authored by Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang

I recently found out that not everyone was aware of the free materials online for the new AASL Standards. I thought I would reach out and share some links and resources that have recently been released for the standards. 
 
 
The National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries lists the standards in print but also combines the Standards in Action and Empowering Learners, two books which always had a cost. In other words three books in one! Here is the link: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=12199%20
We hope this clears up some confusion regarding free vs costs associated with the New AASL National Library Standards.
 

Have you seen this??

Portions of this post come directly from http://screads.org/read-your-way-to-the-big-game/. To read the entire post, please visit the link.

Thank you to all of the teachers and media specialists for entering the contest and encouraging your students to read!

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Originally published on SCASL's Facebook:

Part of our mission as librarians is to protect access to information. The Net Neutrality issue is a threat to this core value. I hope you'll take a moment to call, fax, or email our Congressmen. 202-224-3121 or text Resist to 50409 to set up fax communication. It only takes a moment but it protects our freedoms as a citizen and allows us to better serve our students. This is not a partisan issue. 
Tamara Cox-Legislative Chair SCASL

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The new National Standards for Libraries was released November 10, 2017 for sale. The book comes at a cost of $199.00, and takes the three previous library standards documents and combines them into one complete with scenarios, helpful infographics, and more.
 
While the book is expensive, available only from the American Library Association, South Carolina Librarians can purchase it at a discount for just $99 through the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. In January and February 2018, there are slated Librarian Regional Meetings collectively planned by Regina Thurmond of the South Carolina Department of Education, Dr. Karen Gavigan of the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science, and Cathy Jo Nelson, President of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Plans for this librarian focused professional development include a general session keynote and breakout sessions that feature these brand new AASL National Standards for School Librarians. Those interested in making this purchase at the discounted price should visit scasl.net/standards to act now. Those who make the purchase by December 15, 2017 will have their copy for the Librarians Professional Development Regional Meetings planned for January and February 2018.