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SCASL President Jennifer Tazerouti and SCASL President elect share from Columbus, Ohio where they are attending AASL's annual conference! They will be representing us at the AASL Affiliate Assembly as well. 

Tonight this district recognition was shared with SCASL, and we wish to congratulate the librarians mentioned. Here is the acknowledgement in full, along with a picture:

Blythewood High School
Contact: Crystal B. Smith
(803) 691-4090 x28046
FAX (803) 714-6035
Email: crsmith@richland2.org
Website: www.richland2.org/bh




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There has been a discussion/thread recently regarding how to limit YA books found in a library with mixed levels. The desire is to make sure elementary students are not checking out mature content.  Many suggestions have been shared:

  • Create a YA shelf that is designated as a certain grade level only (example: 8th grade only)
  • Create a form letter and get lower grade students to return a form that lets parents specifically give permission for access to mature fiction content like YA books
  • Create a form and require parents to opt out at the beginning of the school year.

All of these are suitable response and effective ways to deal with the topic at hand. But did you know that most circulation systems allow a librarian to set up these kinds of restrictions?  How is this done.  

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Michelle Bates, SCASL member and School Librarian at Northside Middle (Greenwood 50) shares this Prezi as a way to introduce the 2014-2015 SC Junior Book Award Nominees.  Enjoy!  

 

The 2013-2014 SC Young Adult Book Award Committee used this video to introduce and highlight the 2014-2015 SC Young Adult Award Nominees. Enjoy!! This video was created by SCYABA 2013-14 Chair Melanie Dillard, School Librarian from Dorman High School in spartanburg District 6. This video can be downloaded from Flickr or Edmodo.  Edmodo codes are available in the Forums area set up for the 2014 SCASL Conference.

The 2013-2014 SC Children's Book Award Committee used this video to introduce and highlight the 2014-2015 SC Children's Book Award Nominees. Enjoy!! This video can be downloaded from Flickr or Edmodo.  Edmodo codes are available in the Forums area set up for the 2014 SCASL Conference.

 

Have you seen this video making rounds?  

"Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School" was crowdsourced by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett using funds provided by the Texas Library Association, Demco, and the Dean's Research Funds (College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University).If you are a principal or school administrator and you want to share why your school librarian is the heart of your school, contact Dr. Judi Moreillon (jmoreillon@twu.edu).

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Congratulations to the following district where 100% of working school librarians are current members of SCASL. These members enjoyed recognition at conference and preferential seating at the Book Awards Day Luncheon at Conference. 

Distinguished Service Award Winner-Connie Dopierala

During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. SCASL’s highest award is the Distinguished Service Award. This award is intentionally kept secret from the recipient. It recognizes an individual or an organization for contributions to SCASL and school media programs throughout the state of South Carolina. She is a 25+ year teaching veteran.Camellia Harris, who nominated our recipient, says she has served the faculty, staff, and students of the Charleston County School District and the state of South Carolina over her seven years tenure with her whole heart and with an extraordinary vision. She has urged the Charleston County teacher librarians, who she refers to as her Library Ninjas, to be more and do more in each of their schools.Throughout the years she has sustained her one true goal to meet the needs of all students so that they will become good citizens who think for themselves, are media literate, love to read, and are life-long learners.” Having served in Charleston County School District as their Media Services administrator, she is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement as of January of this year.  Our Distinguished Service Award for 2014-2015 is presented to Connie Dopierala.  

The Margaret Ehrhardt Student Scholarship provides a scholarship to a graduating media center volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to South Carolina school librarianship, school library services, and/or SCASL.

He is the son of a renaissance man and an English teacher who answered the call to be a library media specialist, both of whom taught their only son self-sufficiency and a love of education. His thirst for knowledge was fed by volunteering in the library from elementary school through high school and was ultimately his springboard to numerous high school activities. His Colleton County High School media specialist, Lynne Douglas Simmons, calls him a “dream library assistant.”  Leon Williams is SCASL’s Margaret Ehrhardt Student Scholarship Award recipient for 2014-2015.

During the 39th Annual SCASLConference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners. Congratulations to Melissa Keefer the 2014 recipient of the SCASL sponsored Nancy Day Scholarship. Melissa Keefer is a current  MLIS candidate at the University of South Carolina, pursuing a career in school librarianship. She is a former Exceptional Children’s teacher and 2009 alumna of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Special Education program. Melissa lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina with her husband and children

During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners.  

2014 SCASL Paraprofessional of the Year - Angela Hendricks

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During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners.  

2014 SCASL Media Specialist of the Year - Kitt Lisenby

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During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners.  

2014 SCASL Administrator of the Year - Keith Price

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"Well hello there 'default-male-lg'!  Yes, I'm talking to you! You're looking rather plain and simple there, ya know?"

If you've logged into SCASL.net in its most recent updated format, you know there are a lot of members who have the same head shot as 'default-male-lg.'  Why? It's simple really. If your head shot looks like this one, then you haven't updated your profile in SCASL.net. 

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As I look through our new SCASL site each day, I realize the potential and get even more excited. Earlier today SCASL Information Technology Chair Jennifer Tazerouti shared about the site's social features that rival well known networking sites like Facebook and Linked In.  I worry though that some are missing out, simply because they don't understand.  Many of the best features are wrapped under a login, and members must first get logged in. Some have expressed an inability to log in. Some, for whatever reason, have not logged in because they don't remember their login credentials, but don't know how to get them. 

The Login Process 

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The ALA Midwinter Monday meeting is the annual announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards.  Just to clarify for those who don't know, this is when the Newbery and Caldecott Awards are announced, among the other youth media awards.

From SLJ:

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Congratulations to Cathy Jo Nelson and Tamara Cox, two SCASL members both who have landed a spot in a recent list of the Top 50 School Librarian Blogs 

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Some of our favorite SCASL members sponsored a Humor book themed Twitter Chat tonight, and it was grabbing a lot of attention.  

Have a look at the conversations here:

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Mark your calendars for a fun TL Cafe Night December 2 at 8PM!! Be sure to sign into the chat room as SCASL_your name. Who will "step up" to the mic for this virtual smackdown? http://tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com/

Bring your headset with a mic so you can REPRESENT SCASL. See you there peeps!