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Diana Carr

Nominate a Rock Star!  It could be YOU!!!!

The SCASL Elections committee is seeking nominations for the 2016– 2017 Slate of Officers (President Elect and Treasurer) and three Election Committee Member-at-Large positions.  Elections will be held during the March 2016 SCASL Annual Business Meeting at the conference in Myrtle Beach.  Nominees must reside and/or work in South Carolina and be members of SCASL.

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Just wanted to give you an update on our promotion of the SC Library Impact Study!  So exciting!!!!

Keith Curry Lance and Karen Gavigan, USC/SLIS have submitted an article to Teacher Librarian and it will be published in October. This is on Phase 2 of the study. It is entitled

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Didn't we have a wonderful Annual Conference this year!!! Lots of great ideas, networking and meeting new people.  In order to keep our organization strong and to be able to provide the services we do we really need your help.  Is there and area you are especially interested in working on?  Please complete our SCASL Volunteer form and GET INVOLVED.  It is really very rewarding.


Be sure and complete the 2014 Conference Evaluation to help make future conferences even better.

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There is still time to register for conference.
  • 6 Pre-Conference sessions
  • Thursday Keynote with Gail Dickinson and Ann Martin from AASL and Business meeting with SCASL elections, unveiling of our new website and recognition of AASL lesson plan contributors
  • Friday Keynote with Toni Buzzeo
  • Luncheons - an IPad mini will be given at each luncheon as a door prize (must register by Friday, February 28th)         
  • Districts with 100% SCASL membership will have reserved seating at the Friday Book Awards Luncheon
  • 57 Concurrent sessions
  • Authors in the Round sessions for elementary and secondary (author speed dating)
  • Author autographing
  • 40+ exhibitors
  • SLIS Alumni Tea
  • Door prizes, door prizes, door prizes, including baskets from many of our districts
We also still need volunteers!  Sign up here

Have you considered submitting a lesson plan to the AASL Lesson Plan Database?  Now is the time!  If you have a lesson plan accepted to the AASL Database before the SCASL Conference, you will be recognized at the General Meeting at the SCASL Conference. Check out the AASL Lesson Plan Database, where you can locate over 100 lesson plans on a variety of grade levels and subject areas.
To contribute a lesson plan, go to
Create an account, click on Create Content.

The link will take you to a template that contains all of the required fields with pop-up windows to help you with the process.
The SCASL Standards and Guidelines Committee hopes that you will consider adding one of your lessons to the AASL Lesson Plan Database today!
Karen Gavigan, Chair SCASL Standards and Guidelines Committee

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There is still time to sign up for our SCASL Conference [email protected] library
Consider these pre-conference sessions:
The Story of Old Folks with Morgan Lee, SCDOE
How to best lead the adults in our school
Digital Resources and Tools - Follett Library Solutions
How to maximize the use of our Destiny and Follett digital resources
Also we have some great tours still available:
SC State House tour with a conversation about how to reach out to our legislators about our concerns
Tour of the new Teen Center at Richland Library
and the River Walk tour with Rudy Mancke.
We will have some great door prizes at our Keynote sessions and our luncheons.  We have had 20 districts sign up to donate baskets and an IPad mini will be given out at each luncheon.  You won't want to miss them!
Be sure and order your Conference T-Shirt. You know you will wish you had when you get to conference!
It's a Hanes Tagless, "Top of the Line" T shirt, in light blue with the conference logo for only $10.
We need all hands on deck!   #scasl14 is going to be amazing and YOU can help to make it even better! Please consider signing up to volunteer at conference:
We need all hands on deck!  #scasl14 is going to be amazing and YOU can help to make it even better!  Please consider signing up to volunteer at conference:

The winners of Luncheon tickets drawn from our early registrations are:

Shannon Biggar – paraprofessional – Cane Bay Middle School – Berkeley County
Keri Reaney – Northwest Middle School – Greenville County
Melanie Watson – Clinton High School – Laurens County

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You can still register for our SCASL Annual Conference, March 12th - 14th in Columbia, SC.

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During our Affiliate Assembly Discussion session we got in groups and discussed these 2 questions:

1.  How can AASL more effectively support Affiliates?

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Anne and Diana attended Super Human or Super Stressed.  Digital resource curation, STEM support, makerspaces, professional development leadership, transliteracy, 21st century collection development, pedagogical pioneer, learning support, information literacy, and oh, by the way, advocacy so we can keep our jobs.   Does the survival of school librarianship demand that we are all things to all people? What is the role of a librarian in an increasingly-digital environment? Very engaging session; lots of ideas for being relevant in today's media center. Items discussed:

  • when or if to say NO
  • Customer services is paramont
  • call patrons members instead; making them part of the program
  • putting things at the bottom of your piority list that do not impact the members, such as inventory, reading shelves, perfecting cataloging, etc
  • building relationships with people is key
  • collaboration with not only your staff but community partners such as the public library
  • have a powerpoint running at the beginning of faculty meetings to hightlight programs and services
  • call your online resources - Virtual Library
  • some other resources are Joyce Valenza's blog, Neverending search, Virtual Dave,, Jennifer LeGarde's infographics, and Daniel Pink's book, To Sell is Human