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Didn't we have a wonderful Annual Conference this year!!! Lots of great ideas, networking and meeting new people.  In order to keep our organization strong and to be able to provide the services we do we really need your help.  Is there and area you are especially interested in working on?  Please complete our SCASL Volunteer form and GET INVOLVED.  It is really very rewarding.

 

SCASL Summer Institute - June 16, 2015  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

MakerSpaces@ your library® 

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2015 Conference Evaluation

 

If you attended our conference in Columbia this year, please take a few moments to offer us some feedback. We will use this information as we reflect on our conference and make plans for next year's. The evaluation can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6P2GDTQ.

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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.

Read-In

Join students, teachers, librarians, and other stakeholders in Columbia at the annual Read-In on April 14th. Go to the official website for more information and to register: http://read-in-sc.org/

Please use this form to get your free t-shirt for brining your administrator at Project Connect.

And don't forget to tweet a selfie with you and your administrator with hashtag #scasl2015!

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Author Alan Gratz, whose book, Prisoner B-3087 appears on our 2015 SC Book Awards List, will be joining us at our SCASL Conference. He just announced that he will be bringing advanced reader copies of two of his books! One of them, Code of Honor, will be unboxed for the first time at SCASL. 

The Dragon Lantern is the second book in the middle grade League of Seven trilogy, about seven super-powered kids who use rayguns and airships and clockwork machine men to battle giant electrical monsters in an alternate 1870s America. The Dragon Lantern debuts in June of this year.
Code of Honor is a contemporary YA thriller about a high school senior who goes on the run from the US government to prove his older brother, a Ranger in the US army, hasn't gone over to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and become a terrorist. Code of Honor debuts in August of this year.
Meet Alan Gratz and learn about his books on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at our SCASL Conference in Columbia, SC.  

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 dianegeddings@gmail.com.

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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!

Is it worth it to come to conference on Wednesday? We think so! The Conference Planning Committees have worked
hard to make sure there is something for everyone throughout the day on Wednesday. Whether you plan to 
spend the entire day, leave work early, or come after school, the party starts Wednesday! 

Our 2015 SCASL Conference Schedule for Wednesday had been changed. Take a look at some of the exciting new changes that we have made for our first day of conference. The first concurrent session will begin earlier and be followed by an exciting panel discussion - Project Connect SC, sponsored by Follett. Find out more about Project Connect by visiting http://www2.follettlearning.com/projectconnect/  .  You won't want to miss it!

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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: crsmith@richland2.org
Website: www.richland2.org/bh




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

REMINDER - APPLY FOR A MINI-GRANT TO PRESENT!!
BE AN ADVOCATE!

2014-2015 SCASL Conference Presentation Mini-Grant
from the SCASL Advocacy Committee

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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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Please visit the pages below for information on our 2015 SCASL Conference Pre-Con sessions, tours and meals:

Pre-Con Sessions:  https://scasl.memberclicks.net/pre-con-sessions

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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 heatherthore@anderson5.net 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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There has been a discussion/thread recently regarding how to limit YA books found in a library with mixed levels. The desire is to make sure elementary students are not checking out mature content.  Many suggestions have been shared:

  • Create a YA shelf that is designated as a certain grade level only (example: 8th grade only)
  • Create a form letter and get lower grade students to return a form that lets parents specifically give permission for access to mature fiction content like YA books
  • Create a form and require parents to opt out at the beginning of the school year.

All of these are suitable response and effective ways to deal with the topic at hand. But did you know that most circulation systems allow a librarian to set up these kinds of restrictions?  How is this done.  

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