Have you seen this video making rounds?  

"Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School" was crowdsourced by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett using funds provided by the Texas Library Association, Demco, and the Dean's Research Funds (College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University).If you are a principal or school administrator and you want to share why your school librarian is the heart of your school, contact Dr. Judi Moreillon (

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Congratulations to the following district where 100% of working school librarians are current members of SCASL. These members enjoyed recognition at conference and preferential seating at the Book Awards Day Luncheon at Conference. 

Distinguished Service Award Winner-Connie Dopierala

During the 39th Annual SCASL Conference, Award recipients were honored at the Thursday, March 13, 2014 Awards Banquet. SCASL’s highest award is the Distinguished Service Award. This award is intentionally kept secret from the recipient. It recognizes an individual or an organization for contributions to SCASL and school media programs throughout the state of South Carolina. She is a 25+ year teaching veteran.Camellia Harris, who nominated our recipient, says she has served the faculty, staff, and students of the Charleston County School District and the state of South Carolina over her seven years tenure with her whole heart and with an extraordinary vision. She has urged the Charleston County teacher librarians, who she refers to as her Library Ninjas, to be more and do more in each of their schools.Throughout the years she has sustained her one true goal to meet the needs of all students so that they will become good citizens who think for themselves, are media literate, love to read, and are life-long learners.” Having served in Charleston County School District as their Media Services administrator, she is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement as of January of this year.  Our Distinguished Service Award for 2014-2015 is presented to Connie Dopierala.  

The Margaret Ehrhardt Student Scholarship provides a scholarship to a graduating media center volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to South Carolina school librarianship, school library services, and/or SCASL.

He is the son of a renaissance man and an English teacher who answered the call to be a library media specialist, both of whom taught their only son self-sufficiency and a love of education. His thirst for knowledge was fed by volunteering in the library from elementary school through high school and was ultimately his springboard to numerous high school activities. His Colleton County High School media specialist, Lynne Douglas Simmons, calls him a “dream library assistant.”  Leon Williams is SCASL’s Margaret Ehrhardt Student Scholarship Award recipient for 2014-2015.

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 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:

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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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