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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Mark your calendars for a fun TL Cafe Night December 2 at 8PM!! Be sure to sign into the chat room as SCASL_your name. Who will "step up" to the mic for this virtual smackdown?

Bring your headset with a mic so you can REPRESENT SCASL. See you there peeps!

The September and November Media Center Messenger Publications are available online now!

SCASL Members, click here to view the November MCM.       

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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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