During the 39th Annual SCASLConference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners. Congratulations to Melissa Keefer the 2014 recipient of the SCASL sponsored Nancy Day Scholarship. Melissa Keefer is a current  MLIS candidate at the University of South Carolina, pursuing a career in school librarianship. She is a former Exceptional Children’s teacher and 2009 alumna of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Special Education program. Melissa lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina with her husband and children

During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners.  

2014 SCASL Paraprofessional of the Year - Angela Hendricks

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During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners.  

2014 SCASL Media Specialist of the Year - Kitt Lisenby

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During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. Over the next week or so we will highlight our award winners.  

2014 SCASL Administrator of the Year - Keith Price

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SCASL is pleased to announce the winners of the South Carolina Book Awards:


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Be sure and complete the 2014 Conference Evaluation to help make future conferences even better.

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by Susan Myers SCASL Member

Make the time to visit Raleigh and experience the NCTIES Conference.  I stumbled upon NCTIES years ago when browsing around to see what other technology and educations conferences were near my area.  After reading the description, I decided to give it a try.  The energy level and camaraderie coming from so many principals, instructional technology personnel, librarians, and teachers was infectious, and I decided to visit again this year. 

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Guidebook isn't a real book, but we love it anyway!  There are several new features in this year's guide that can take your conference experience to a whole new level of awesome! There's picture posting, attendee check in and more! Learn more about the features here.  

As always, we love Guidebook because it is EASY to use. Simply download the app and search for the "SCASL 2014" guide. A QR code reader is integrated into the app, so if you want to scan our code, you can do that easily. 

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Check out our guidebook landing page!


Download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at SCASL 2014. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. 

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site at 

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  • Visit from your phone's browser
  • Scan the following image with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g. 'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')

The guide will be listed under the "Download Guides" section of the application. 

See you at the event! 
Carolyn Masek and Jennifer Tazerouti
- SCASL 2014 Guidebook Team 
There is still time to register for conference.
  • 6 Pre-Conference sessions
  • Thursday Keynote with Gail Dickinson and Ann Martin from AASL and Business meeting with SCASL elections, unveiling of our new website and recognition of AASL lesson plan contributors
  • Friday Keynote with Toni Buzzeo
  • Luncheons - an IPad mini will be given at each luncheon as a door prize (must register by Friday, February 28th)         
  • Districts with 100% SCASL membership will have reserved seating at the Friday Book Awards Luncheon
  • 57 Concurrent sessions
  • Authors in the Round sessions for elementary and secondary (author speed dating)
  • Author autographing
  • 40+ exhibitors
  • SLIS Alumni Tea
  • Door prizes, door prizes, door prizes, including baskets from many of our districts
We also still need volunteers!  Sign up here

Have you considered submitting a lesson plan to the AASL Lesson Plan Database?  Now is the time!  If you have a lesson plan accepted to the AASL Database before the SCASL Conference, you will be recognized at the General Meeting at the SCASL Conference. Check out the AASL Lesson Plan Database, where you can locate over 100 lesson plans on a variety of grade levels and subject areas.
To contribute a lesson plan, go to
Create an account, click on Create Content.

The link will take you to a template that contains all of the required fields with pop-up windows to help you with the process.
The SCASL Standards and Guidelines Committee hopes that you will consider adding one of your lessons to the AASL Lesson Plan Database today!
Karen Gavigan, Chair SCASL Standards and Guidelines Committee

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In this issue:

  • President's letter - The Keith Curry Lance SC Study 
  • I am a Zoobrarian by Kim Livingston
  • SCASL Election News
  • Leadership and the School Librarian by Donna M. Shannon, Ph.D
  • Conference News
  • Roar for Your Library Program by Cathy Jo Nelson
  • Catching Up With DISCUS
  • State Library News
  • All is Well by Leigh Jordan
  • Regional News 

Members click here to access this issue.   To View Kriss Kirkindoll's advocacy article please click here.

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 [email protected] 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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