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News & Announcements

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. 

 

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If you could recommend a book to K-12 teachers to use to teach civil rights topics to your students what would it be? What book or digital resource would you recommend to help students make sense of the Confederate Flag takedown this summer? Is there a book or resource that you know of that might help students process events such as the Charleston church massacre? 

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This week your superintendents, principals and legislators received a letter informing them of the results of our SC Impact Study as well as one of our info graphic bookmarks.  Ask them about it!!!!

We had a wonderful SCASL Summer Institute  on MakerSpaces@YourLibrary yesterday with Ida Mae Craddock from Virginia and the Richland Library staff.  We also had presentations from Kris Joannes at SCDOE about the new teacher evaluation tool and Pam Fields about our State Reading plan.  We were please to find out that immediately after our SC Impact Study press conference in May she was told that school librarians needed to be added to the state Reading Plan (until that time there was no mention of school libraries in the plan).  We continue to be a powerful organization.  

SCASL members have access to all the materials shared in the SCASL Summer Institute 2015 Forum.

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On May 12, 2015 SCASL along with the SC State Department of Education held a press conference to announce the release of the results of The Impact of School Librarians and Library Programs on Academic Achievement of Students: The South Carolina StudyIn late 2013, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) commissioned a study of the impact of school libraries and librarians in South Carolina.  The South Carolina study was completed by a nationally recognized research team, RSL Research Group, under the leadership of Dr. Keith Curry Lance. The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which school libraries transform schools by contributing to student success.  The study was released at the annual SCASL Conference March 11 - 13, 2015 and it confirmed the fact that certified school librarians and well-funded school libraries positively affect student achievement.  This study illustrates how our school libraries EMPOWER students, INCREASE reading scores, IMPROVE standardized test results and LEAD student to develop 21st Century Learning skills. You can go to scasl.net for the complete results and to view a promotional video. You can also go to the Library Media page on the State Department’s website and the SCASL site to view the Library Media program standards documents, Achieving Exemplary Libraries and Standards for School Library Resource Collections.  School librarians across the state use these important documents to achieve quality programs. 

WLTX
http://www.wltx.com/story/news/education/2015/05/12/study-finds-the-quality-of-school-libraries-have-a-positive-impact-on-achievement-test-scores/27202395/

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May Issue of Media Center Messenger Released!


The newest issue of Media Center Messenger has been released to all current SCASL members.
Go to our Media Center Messenger webpage to view it.
This issue includes award winners, a review of conference, and much more.

Read it to stay in the loop!

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of South Carolina invites SLIS school library program alumni to participate in an online survey to describe your experiences while you were a student at SLIS. This is your opportunity to help the SLIS school library faculty gain information and insight about the school library program, and for you to make recommendations based on your experiences.

This survey is for the SLIS alumni who did not already participate in the SLIS alumni face-to-face focus group at the SCASL Conference.

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Dear SC School Librarians – 

This year, the Library Media Specialist Survey is shorter and more powerful than ever!  The 20 question survey  will be completed through the SC State Department of Education, and key data will be included in the State’s School Report Cards this fall!  For this reason, it is crucial that you complete the survey!

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YouTube Channel

 

SCASL has a new YouTube channel where you can access various videos.
Right now you can see our promo video that premiered at conference, the winning Book Award trailers, and a couple of Library Week videos from Byrnes High School.

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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.

 

SCASL Summer Institute - June 16, 2015  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

MakerSpaces@ your library® 

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Impact Video

 
Take 2 minutes to watch our new School Libraries Impact Study video, then share it with everyone you know!
A very special thank you to our Public Awareness Committee for creating this video.
The video is also located on our South Carolina Impact Study page along with the accompanying reports.

Read-In

Join students, teachers, librarians, and other stakeholders in Columbia at the annual Read-In on April 14th. Go to the official website for more information and to register: http://read-in-sc.org/

January Issue of Media Center Messenger Released!


The newest issue of Media Center Messenger has been released to all current SCASL members.
Go to our Media Center Messenger webpage to view it.
This issue is full of great information about many things, including the 2015 slate of officers and the 2015 conference schedule!
Read it to stay in the loop!

The latest issue of the Media Center Messenger has now been published! See it for yourself here (login required).

REMINDER - APPLY FOR A MINI-GRANT TO PRESENT!!
BE AN ADVOCATE!

2014-2015 SCASL Conference Presentation Mini-Grant
from the SCASL Advocacy Committee

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What!? Did she just say, "free insurance for members?"

Yes! SCASL has teamed up with American Income Life insurance company to offer some insurance coverage for all active members.

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The SCASL Elections committee is seeking nominations for the 2015– 2016 Slate of Officers (President Elect and Secretary) and three Election Committee Member-at-Large positions. Elections will be held during the March 2015 SCASL Annual Business Meeting at the conference in Columbia. Nominees must reside and/or work in South Carolina and be members of SCASL.


President Elect:
The President Elect is a three-year commitment and requires previous Board of Directors service. Personal membership in ALA and AASL for the duration of your service as an officer is also required.
Year One Duties (President Elect):
•Plans the SCASL 2016 Annual Conference and selects the major speakers for the 2017 conference.
•SCASL sends you to ALA Annual (June 25-June 30, 2015) in San Francisco, CA to observe the AASL Affiliate Assembly and scout for conference speakers, authors, and vendors.
•SCASL sends you to AASL Conference (October 15-18, 2015) in Columbus, OH to scout for speakers, authors, and vendors.
•SCASL sends you to ALA Midwinter Meeting (January 8-12, 2016) in Boston, MA to represent SCASL at the AASL Affiliate Assembly.
•SCASL sends you to ALA Annual (June 23-June 28, 2016) in Orlando, FL to observe the AASL Affiliate Assembly and scout for conference speakers, authors, and vendors.








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