SCASL News | Conferences

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!

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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!

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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 -
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:

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assets/2016 - 2017 final nominee lists - pdf.pdf

The book awards nominee lists were released by Committee Chair Julie Hornick on January 11th. 

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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. 

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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SCASL held its first Twitter Chat on Tuesday August 18th. Check out some of the awesome conversation shared by searching the tag #scaslchat. Topics included, new books, green screen, lego stations, book clubs and summer professional development. 

Another chat is planned for mid September. We hope you will participate. Leave a comment if you have suggestions for future chat topics or special guests. 

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     There will be a press conference to officially release and promote our SC Impact Study at the SC Department of Education, 1429 Senate Street

Columbia, SC 29201, May 12, 2015 at 10:00 am.  We would love to have as many of you there as possible.  Let’s come out and promote our programs and services.

2015 Conference Evaluation


If you attended our conference in Columbia this year, please take a few moments to offer us some feedback. We will use this information as we reflect on our conference and make plans for next year's. The evaluation can be found at

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Please use this form to get your free t-shirt for brining your administrator at Project Connect.

And don't forget to tweet a selfie with you and your administrator with hashtag #scasl2015!

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Author Alan Gratz, whose book, Prisoner B-3087 appears on our 2015 SC Book Awards List, will be joining us at our SCASL Conference. He just announced that he will be bringing advanced reader copies of two of his books! One of them, Code of Honor, will be unboxed for the first time at SCASL. 

The Dragon Lantern is the second book in the middle grade League of Seven trilogy, about seven super-powered kids who use rayguns and airships and clockwork machine men to battle giant electrical monsters in an alternate 1870s America. The Dragon Lantern debuts in June of this year.
Code of Honor is a contemporary YA thriller about a high school senior who goes on the run from the US government to prove his older brother, a Ranger in the US army, hasn't gone over to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and become a terrorist. Code of Honor debuts in August of this year.
Meet Alan Gratz and learn about his books on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at our SCASL Conference in Columbia, SC.