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Ann Morgester of Anchorage, Alaska shared these resources in a Weeding Session at the AASL 2017 National Conference. The link to her posters that were crowdsourced at the beginning of the session are entertaining and enlightening, and many will see their own mindset in the shared comments.

 

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We are honored to learn that our very own SCASL Member and resident Media Literacy Guru is up for a community voted award!  Voting is open through Dec 15. 

Vote here.

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Heather Thore, SCASL President-Elect and Kristie Haltiwanger, SCASL Standards and Guidelines Committee Chairperson represented SCASL at the  AASL National Conference, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. They attended the 1.5 day pre-conference in which they examined the newly released National School Library Standards for School Librarians, Learners and School Libraries. The standards were presented using a double track agenda. While delving into the standards participants practiced strategies that may be used with their students. At the 2018 Regional Workshops for Library Media Specialists in January and February these strategies will be implemented as the standards are introduced to librarians across South Carolina. If you have not already registered for the workshop in your region do not hesitate. This is professional development that you do not want to miss!

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Posted with permission:

Authored by Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang

I recently found out that not everyone was aware of the free materials online for the new AASL Standards. I thought I would reach out and share some links and resources that have recently been released for the standards. 
 
 
The National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries lists the standards in print but also combines the Standards in Action and Empowering Learners, two books which always had a cost. In other words three books in one! Here is the link: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=12199%20
We hope this clears up some confusion regarding free vs costs associated with the New AASL National Library Standards.
 

Have you seen this??

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. 

 

pic from sweetclipart.com

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. 

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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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