Come on South Carolina School Librarians! Let your voices be heard. Participate in the Curry Lance South Carolina Study.

The first step is to nominate yourself and some teachers and administrators as  participants at

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There is still time to sign up for our SCASL Conference Leadership@your library
Consider these pre-conference sessions:
The Story of Old Folks with Morgan Lee, SCDOE
How to best lead the adults in our school
Digital Resources and Tools - Follett Library Solutions
How to maximize the use of our Destiny and Follett digital resources
Also we have some great tours still available:
SC State House tour with a conversation about how to reach out to our legislators about our concerns
Tour of the new Teen Center at Richland Library
and the River Walk tour with Rudy Mancke.
We will have some great door prizes at our Keynote sessions and our luncheons.  We have had 20 districts sign up to donate baskets and an IPad mini will be given out at each luncheon.  You won't want to miss them!
Be sure and order your Conference T-Shirt. You know you will wish you had when you get to conference!
It's a Hanes Tagless, "Top of the Line" T shirt, in light blue with the conference logo for only $10.
We need all hands on deck!   #scasl14 is going to be amazing and YOU can help to make it even better! Please consider signing up to volunteer at conference:

"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 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 

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The Impact of School Librarians and Library Programs on Academic Achievement of Students: 
The South Carolina Study
South Carolina Association of School Librarians

This is a request for your help as a library professional in answering these important questions:

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Our Online Social Community Is Here!

Your member profile is now a gateway to connect and engage with other members of our community. Some of the new features of our website include:

  • Similar to Facebook™ friends or LinkedIn™ connections, you can now form connections with your friends and colleagues.
  • Create albums and upload photos to your profile to share with other members.
  • Status messages give you a way to share what you're working on with other members.
  • Profiles have a "wall" where connections can leave messages for each other.
  • Join circles for special interest and discussion groups. You can create photo albums within Circles too!
To get started:
  1. Log into your profile
  2. Upload a profile picture or edit your existing one.
  3. Make connections with friends and colleagues.
  4. Create or join a Circle to engage in special interest groups.
  5. Send private messages to one or more members at a time.
  6. New privacy settings allow you to control who has access to each area of your profile.
Learn more about these new features by watching this short video:

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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We need all hands on deck!  #scasl14 is going to be amazing and YOU can help to make it even better!  Please consider signing up to volunteer at conference:

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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The winners of Luncheon tickets drawn from our early registrations are:

Shannon Biggar – paraprofessional – Cane Bay Middle School – Berkeley County
Keri Reaney – Northwest Middle School – Greenville County
Melanie Watson – Clinton High School – Laurens County

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You can still register for our SCASL Annual Conference, March 12th - 14th in Columbia, SC.

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The 2014-15 SC Book Award Nominees have been posted to the Book Award Committee main page.  

A copy can also be found here

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Diana and I attended the AASL Affiliate  Assembly Meeting today and heard from several candidates running for ALA and AASL offices.  Our own Karen Gavigan is running for Chair of ESLS, yeah Karen!!

Libraries Unlimited is a great sponsor for AASL they provided a breakfast and shared information about upcoming webinars  at

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During our Affiliate Assembly Discussion session we got in groups and discussed these 2 questions:

1.  How can AASL more effectively support Affiliates?

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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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Anne and Diana attended Super Human or Super Stressed.  Digital resource curation, STEM support, makerspaces, professional development leadership, transliteracy, 21st century collection development, pedagogical pioneer, learning support, information literacy, and oh, by the way, advocacy so we can keep our jobs.   Does the survival of school librarianship demand that we are all things to all people? What is the role of a librarian in an increasingly-digital environment? Very engaging session; lots of ideas for being relevant in today's media center. Items discussed:

  • when or if to say NO
  • Customer services is paramont
  • call patrons members instead; making them part of the program
  • putting things at the bottom of your piority list that do not impact the members, such as inventory, reading shelves, perfecting cataloging, etc
  • building relationships with people is key
  • collaboration with not only your staff but community partners such as the public library
  • have a powerpoint running at the beginning of faculty meetings to hightlight programs and services
  • call your online resources - Virtual Library
  • some other resources are Joyce Valenza's blog, Neverending search, Virtual Dave,, Jennifer LeGarde's infographics, and Daniel Pink's book, To Sell is Human


Anne Lemieux, President and Diana Carr, President-Elect are attending ALA Midwinter in Philadephia and will be keeping you up to date on all Affiliate Assembly business and award winners on Monday.  Winners will be posted as announced.

Book Award Deadlines

Voting – Feb. 28th

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Get Ready, Because Here it Comes! The Read-In is coming. Thursday, April 10, 2014 will be here before you know it.
Help us fill the steps at the State House with South Carolina's young readers.
Check out for the latest information. Follow the Read-In on Facebook!

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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