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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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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!

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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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.

Seeking Prize Donations

We are seeking donations of door prizes for conference. We would love to have at least one prize donated from each district so many people will have the joy of winning at conference. Please complete the form at this link to help us prepare and recognize everyone's donations.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Geddings at [email protected]

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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!

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: [email protected]

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

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 Information Technology Committee is sponsoring a contest for all members who use our website! Each month (September through February) the names of the 5 most active users of the SCASL website will be entered into a drawing. At conference, we will draw 1 winner who will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! The more you log in and use the website, the better your chances are of winning. And, of course, the more you use the website, the more useful information and ideas you'll find!

Fine print:
The top 5 active users will be determined by actual use of forums, circles, etc and not just by number of logins. By the time of the drawing, there will be 30 names entered. Names may be entered into the drawing multiple times for different months if the member is consistently active on the website; therefore the more active you are for a long period of time, the better your chance of winning! Contact Heather Thore at [email protected] if you have questions about the contest or website.

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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As we head into another school year, it is time to review the SCASL-LS Discussion List Guidelines. If you are a new or returning member of this list-serv, please take a few minutes to remind yourself of the guidelines. Remember to NEVER share passwords on the list-serv (including DISCUS).


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A historic day for SCASL is upon us! 

The Executive Board presents for your approval this slate of candidates for 2014-2015.  You will be able to vote on this slate at the business meeting to be held Thursday, March 13, 2014, during the SCASL Annual Conference.  We have TWO candidates for SCASL President Elect!  This means members will be using a ballot vote to select a President Elect!  Ballots will be available for pick up beginning 8:30 am on Thursday morning.  You will have until the end of the General Business Meeting to cast your ballot.  Results will be announced on Friday, March 14th at the Author Luncheon.

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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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SCASL is providing funding for media specialist presentations at SC educational conferences during the 2013-1014 school year to advocate for teacher/librarian collaboration, reading programs, and other benefits of school library programs. The funds available may be used to pay for expenses including registration and one night hotel stay (maximum $250). Media Specialists may apply for one SC Conference Presentation Mini Grant per SCASL membership year.

We have awarded two mini grants this year (June 2013- July 2014), and have three more grants to give out! 

Requirements of SC Conference Presentation Mini-Grant:
Must be a current member of SCASL
Submit an application for SC Conference Presentation Mini-Grant
Submit confirmation of presentation proposal acceptance from educational conference presentation
Submit photo evidence of educational conference presentation
Submit a proposal for SCASL conference upon receipt of mini-grant

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School Library Media Month

Governor Nikki Haley has declared April 2015 as School Library Media Month.


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