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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. 
 

Dear Colleagues:
Approaching the annual conference in Phoenix, AZ on November 9-11, the American Association of School Libraries (AASL) is celebrating its 65th anniversary as a division of the American Library Association by promoting programs designed to transform the school library profession, and your assistance is needed.

 School librarians nationwide benefit greatly from the programs and collective effort of AASL membership. The current campaign offers an opportunity for both members and non-members to bolster the strength of the organization and is aptly named It’s in Our Hands: Celebrating the Past and Transforming the Future. Donations will support two programs that will impact the school library profession:

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Thanks Ronda Speed of Sumter High School for creating this wonderful reminder to join or renew! Her video was created in Animoto and uses all copyright friendly images from Pixabay

 

Ronda Speed, librarian at Sumter High School also graciously shares a video promotion about the new 2018 SCASL Book Awards Bookmark Contest. 

 

Plan to volunteer today for a 2017-2018 SCASL. Click here to sign up.

We are still wrapping our head around SCASL's recent Chicago Trip to ALA. As we reflected at the airport waiting for our flight home, we began listing the wonderful events directly from the conference that we participated in.  I've already shared our Affiliate Assembly events, so I'll focus this post on sessions and the exhibit hall. The following are events your SCASL friends were involved in as either a speaker or attendee. Karen Gavigan & Heather Moorefield-Lang both led multiple sessions at this conference, making all of SCASL, the University of South Carolina, and all of South Carolina PROUD. Karen presented two sessions:
  • Transforming Learning in K-12 Libraries through Inclusionary Best Practices
  • Telling Their Stories Through Graphic Novels - Views from behind the Fence
Heather Moorefield-Lang presented twice as well. She is outgoing chair for the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, soon to be assuming the role of AASL Region Four Director. Her two sessions were as follows:
  • Exploring AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning This session was the big reveal of the 2017  AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, and there were MANY tweets and retweets, Facebook postings and more sharing the newly curated list! It always draws a big crowd! It followed the AASL Best Apps 2017 Reveal Session.
  • MakerSpaces: The View from Here This session also draws a lot of fans. Many are still clamoring for makerspace information.
  Sarah Jessica Parker, ALA President's Program The ALA President's Program featured Sarah Jessica Parker who glowed when she spoke of libraries in her life as a child, and how she has made sure it is a part of her own children's life. No trip is taken without a book!  Many lucked out at ALA, getting an autographed copy of No One is Coming to Save Us after hearing SJP and Author Stephanie Powell Watts talk of the book in this session.

Hillary Clinton, Closing Keynote ALA did not announce until way late that Hillary Clinton would be our closing keynote, and there were all kinds of rules about filing in, no saving seats, bags had to be checked, etc.  I'm super excited we didn't miss it. Jennifer Tazerouti and her sister Jackie were some of the first people in, so they had really close seats. (See picture) My group (myself, Heather Thore, and Cindy Symonds) strolled in with less than thirty minutes to go, and found seats near the back. Breakfast was more important to us than a front row seat. It was a great, short speech! Favorite Hillary quote: "You [librarians] have to be on the front lines to defend truth, reason, evidence and fact." I was hoping to get a arc of her book, It Takes a Village, or minimum a promise of it's in the mail from ALA!, but sadly that did not happen.

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I’m fresh back from the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and am exhausted, filled to the brim with learning, and weighted down once again with quite a bit of exhibit hall swag! The American Association of School Librarians is a division of the American Library Association, and SCASL, if you did not know, is a founding member of the American Association of School Librarians Affiliate Assembly. In accordance with our SCASL bylaws, we send our SCASL leadership, two voting delegates and a "delegate in training," to the ALA Annual Conference each year. This year it was SCASL President Cindy Symonds, President-elect Cathy Jo Nelson (me), and the incoming President Elect, Heather Thore to the conference.  

AASL Affiliate Assembly

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Greetings friends. SCASL President Cindy Symonds, President-Elect Cathy Jo Nelson, and incoming President-Elect Heather Thore will be attending the ALAConference this week in Chicago. Your SCASL Leadership team will be proudly representing school librarians from across our great state of South Carolina at the AASL Affiliate Assembly. Note that SCASL is a charter member of AASL's Affiliate Assembly, one of the first state organizations to partner with other state organizations working together to empower the school librarian through AASL and ALA. They will be networking, learning, and last but not least, bringing back a ton of information and loot (books and more) picked up in sessions and from the vast exhibit hall. Much of that loot will wind up being door prizes at our SCASL 2018 Conference, which is March 7-9, 2018 in Greenville.

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Check out our Special Edition Newsletter with important information you won't want to miss!

Help keep SC DISCUS strong! Contact your local House of Representatives or SC Senate members.

Proposed Changes to DISCUS
The South Carolina House of Representatives members have rejected the Senate’s version of the budget for the South Carolina State Library, and have submitted an amendment to control the type of materials thatare purchased for DISCUS, this means that the budget will go to a conference committee for discussion.

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In this video Molly Spearman helps us celebrate National School Library Month and congratulates our School Librarian of the Year Pamela Williams! 

http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/wpcpq

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Dr. Karen Gavigan and Keith Curry Lance flesh out more inspiring details in this SLJ piece on our South Carolina School Library Impact Study. Read the whole article here. These points are great to use with your annual report! 

http://www.slj.com/2016/03/literacy/sc-study-shows-link-between-school-librarians-and-higher-test-scores/#comments

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Flood Relief Still Needed

SCASL was able to raise $300 for flood relief for school libraries and the students they serve. We took down the link on our website for flood relief donations, and we posted the application for folks to apply for this amount.  After reading some of the stories in the applications we are getting, we decided to re-post the link for donations and reach out to the community again. 
Here is an excerpt from one of the grant applications: 
"Our school was declared a level 3 disaster. We lost everything and have not returned to our school. The students have been asking when they can check out books again . I am starting over from scratch."
Some of the applicants expressed a desire to use the money to purchase books for students whose families lost everything. Some applicants are still unable to return to their libraries and are in temporary spaces. Almost all of the applicants say they would use the money to purchase books to replace those that were lost or damaged in the flooding. 
If you would like to make a donation, we have re-posted the link - https://goo.gl/rBv0CD
Image: Daniel Oines
Daniel Oines
Our school was declared a level 3 disaster. We lost everything and have not returned to our school.

Did the flooding impact your school library? SCASL has collected $300 in donations to help these school libraries and the students they serve. If you are interested in obtaining these funds for your school library, please fill out the application form below. 

Click here for the link to the application:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6QG5M9

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