SCASL News | January 2018

SCHED is Open!

You can get a preliminary look at our SCASL 2018 schedule now at Go to the website on your mobile device and add it to your homescreen to have easy access to the schedule during conference. See event descriptions and add sessions to your personal schedule. During conference, use it to check in to the sessions to create your transcript that can be used for your recertification credit!

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At ALA Midwinter, Heather Thore and I learned of some resources made by other affiliates who graciously said all could share. Here is a Powerpoint for the Pennsylvania Affiliate we thought was really good. If you'd like to dig deeper, feel free to download it, as there are notes on several slides. 

 Make a copy of this Google Slide set for your Google Drive. 

This was something shared form ALA Midwinter too--it is designed to be printed out on 11x17 paper, but one can also print on two standard pages ideally front and back. At the Regional Meetings theLinda Heimburger from the DISCUS/State Library had these on hand.  

If you are looking to inform yourself or share with other stakeholders, this is a nice item to print or share.

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Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with your new AASL Standards book? Here 's a helpful tip sheet for reading the standards.  

Link to view

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The SCASL--USC-SLIS--SC SDE Librarians Regional Meetings concluded today. There was much sharing going on at these meetings. I attended the one helped in Greenville at wade Hampton.  There was a lot of discussion during Heather Thore's Presentation on the newly released AASL Standards, and where we all need to go from here. We tried to assure the attendees that as materials were released that were trainings and information about implementation, we would share.  

After our wonderful lunch provided by SCASL Sponsor Follett (who brought in Jason's Deli goodness in Greenville) we broke into smaller session. I myself attended the STEM DISCUS session, the Town hall like session "Let's Talk" led by Dr. Gerry Solomon, and The Ebook session led by Dr. Karen Gavigan, I was on information overload. I will request handouts and resources shared over the regional meetings and return here to share those so be on the lookout. 

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Greetings librarians from SCASL-land. Heather Thore and I are busy representing you at the AASL Affiliate Assembly at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver.  It has been super cold and even snowy (all day yesterday), but we have been learning and gathering information to share with you very soon. Hot topics here are the new standards, an ESSA update, and the upcoming ALA elections.  
Don't forget tomorrow morning at 10AM east coast time, the ALA Youth Media Awards will be broadcast live from Denver. If you didn't know, this is the annual announcement of the big book award winners including the highly coveted Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King Awards. Her is the link  Wouldn't this make an awesome viewing party at school--of course with only books and authors to entertain your guests.  You can also follow the hashtag #alayma on social media.  This is a big day for us, as the highly anticipated SC Book Award 2018-2019 nominees will be released shortly after by the SCASL Book Award Committee. 
We'll report in again later, as on the slate for today, we'll be attending the ALA President's Program, where our very own SCASL Member and USC-SLIS Director of SLIS, Dr. Lankes is on a panel discussing Libraries and Neutrality.  Heather and I are eating lunch with Dr. Lucy Green from SLIS and hanging out with the SCLA peeps and USC SLIS peeps at a get together this evening. 

The Book Award Committees are still accepting applications for the 2018-19
Picture, Children’s, Junior, and Young Adult Committees. Looking at the committee
memberships right now, we still need….

PBA Committee

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Why is being a SCASL member important to me?

  1. It's the principle of the thing.  I am a librarian in this state, librarianship is my profession, and like other professions who have are member of their organization I  am a member of mine.

  2. It is important that we maintain a voice in the government so that our profession does not become devalued then replaced by unqualified people as we are seeing in other states.

  3. Together we are powerful. I know SCASL has my back, which is why we need to continue to grow and become stronger.   Imagine if all of the over 1000 librarian were SCASL members, our influence would be incredible.

  4. The conferences are top notch.  I get to learn from my fellow colleagues, establish connections, meet authors, and have some to time refresh to make it through the rest of the year. I wouldn't miss my conference.

  5. I need this organization.  I need to be associated with my professional organization so that others will take my profession seriously.  It helps when I share all of the Book Award information to the teachers.  They are always impressed with the selections that the committee puts out and I know the hard work that is involved in making book selections.  Thank you.

  6. SCASL makes my job easier and saves me time.  Can you imagine having to come up with your own book recommendations? All of the research that would have to go into making sure every book meets the qualifications.  I shudder to think about it.  Thanks SCASL book committee members.

So that's why I am a member of SCASL.  My $50 goes a long way, and for me it's money well spent.  Thanks SCASL.

One last note: I attend the conference each year by putting aside a little money from my paycheck  each month to cover my expenses just in case my district decides not want to foot the bill; because not going to conference for me, ISN'T AN OPTION.

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