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On May 12, 2015 SCASL along with the SC State Department of Education held a press conference to announce the release of the results of The Impact of School Librarians and Library Programs on Academic Achievement of Students: The South Carolina StudyIn late 2013, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) commissioned a study of the impact of school libraries and librarians in South Carolina.  The South Carolina study was completed by a nationally recognized research team, RSL Research Group, under the leadership of Dr. Keith Curry Lance. The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which school libraries transform schools by contributing to student success.  The study was released at the annual SCASL Conference March 11 - 13, 2015 and it confirmed the fact that certified school librarians and well-funded school libraries positively affect student achievement.  This study illustrates how our school libraries EMPOWER students, INCREASE reading scores, IMPROVE standardized test results and LEAD student to develop 21st Century Learning skills. You can go to scasl.net for the complete results and to view a promotional video. You can also go to the Library Media page on the State Department’s website and the SCASL site to view the Library Media program standards documents, Achieving Exemplary Libraries and Standards for School Library Resource Collections.  School librarians across the state use these important documents to achieve quality programs. 

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May 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 includes award winners, a review of conference, and much more.

Read it to stay in the loop!

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of South Carolina invites SLIS school library program alumni to participate in an online survey to describe your experiences while you were a student at SLIS. This is your opportunity to help the SLIS school library faculty gain information and insight about the school library program, and for you to make recommendations based on your experiences.

This survey is for the SLIS alumni who did not already participate in the SLIS alumni face-to-face focus group at the SCASL Conference.

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Dear SC School Librarians – 

This year, the Library Media Specialist Survey is shorter and more powerful than ever!  The 20 question survey  will be completed through the SC State Department of Education, and key data will be included in the State’s School Report Cards this fall!  For this reason, it is crucial that you complete the survey!

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     There will be a press conference to officially release and promote our SC Impact Study at the SC Department of Education, 1429 Senate Street

Columbia, SC 29201, May 12, 2015 at 10:00 am.  We would love to have as many of you there as possible.  Let’s come out and promote our programs and services.

YouTube Channel

 

SCASL has a new YouTube channel where you can access various videos.
Right now you can see our promo video that premiered at conference, the winning Book Award trailers, and a couple of Library Week videos from Byrnes High School.

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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).