I hope you have marked your calendars for our annual fall conference, September 24-26, 2020, at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
I am excited to share with you the link for the Call to Present for our 2020 Annual Conference. We are currently accepting applications for concurrent sessions (50 minutes) and concurrent workshops (3 hours). The Call for Proposals will close on March 31, 2020.
The conference website is now live and will be added to and updated periodically until conference.
I can't wait to connect and learn with you! Have a great week!
Cindy Sturdivant, 2020 Conference Chair
The State Board of Education (SBE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) are committed to providing personalized digital-age education that K-12 students need to be successful in college, careers, and as globally engaged productive citizens. Revising the NC Information and Technology Essential Standards (ITES) for students is an important part of this work. These standards are critical building blocks for the education of our students. ITES represent the "must have" information and technology skills and knowledge that each student must have in order to achieve success at the next level. The standards are designed to be delivered by classroom teachers in all curricular areas and grade levels.
As part of the NC Standards Review, Revision and Implementation process, the NC Department of Public Instruction is seeking your input on adopting the International Society for Technology in Education - Student Standards (ISTE-S). We recommend spending some time reviewing the ISTE-S prior to completing the survey. We anticipate the survey to take approximately 5 minutes. The survey may be accessed via: https://ncvps.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6gs8hkURr6o8j6R
Please share this with staff in your district. Thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to this process.
NCSLMA is hosting a webinar next week, "Little Known Way to Increase Reading Engagement and Reading Skills with Students of ALL Reading Levels." There will be two dates, March 26 for elementary school librarians and March 27 for secondary school librarians. Join us to learn how large print books can help your students and earn one CEU!
Literacy is a key factor in student success. It impacts self-esteem, social emotional wellness and academic achievement. Thorndike Press supports literacy in and outside of the classroom by publishing books in large print, which can improve children’s reading skills and reading confidence. With greater comprehension comes greater reading satisfaction; learning to read can then transition to reading to learn. Come learn how large print makes a different for your students.
Tasha Squires is the School Librarian at O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL. She is the author of Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries published by Information Today, INC. She the creator and main contributor of the blog www.booksinthemiddle.wordpress.com and you can contact her on Twitter @tasquires or through email firstname.lastname@example.org She welcomes comments and conversations.
Bonnie Simcock is Manager of Acquisitions at Thorndike Press. Thorndike works with all the major publishing houses to put bestselling and well-loved titles into an accessible and comfortable format for all ages. Bonnie’s pleased to say she’s finally making great use of her Literature degree. She was raised in a family of educators, has a background in teaching literacy through the Title I (One) program, served a four-year term on a Maine schoolboard, and survived putting one kid through middle school with one still to go.
When: Mar 26, 2019 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EASTERN TIME
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When: Mar 27, 2019 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EASTERN TIME
I just got back from NCTIES19 and can't begin to tell you how much I learned! I tweeted out some of those like the digital interactive notebooks. I can't wait to try those. Gina Webster told me about SmashBoard. Another thing I can't wait to try. I've already been to their site and ordered a deck of cards. And I met dozens of new people in the Playground demonstrating how Padcaster might be used in schools.
Even better for me was the networking. I saw so many NCSLMA members and had multiple meetings about items we should pursue. I even had a great phone conversation with one of our county superintendents about the value of school librarians. I don't know about you, but conferences allow me a chance to reconnect, rethink, revise, and regroup. While it may be hectic, it is truly a precious time.
Now, I've got to shift my focus and think about our Executive Board meeting in May. We've got to think about the future of school librarians in a thoughtful and significant ways. We need a specific plan for shedding light on the value of our profession. There is a frightening trend in NC right now to ditch the school librarian. I haven't heard of one (yet) that's ditching the library - just the librarian. So why is this happening?
I'm happy to talk with county officials, but I don't know who to pinpoint. And if I did, do I have the time to call them all?
Here are my short answers to the above:
I have to admit the last one is the hardest sell. If a school or county has made up their minds that technology is the answer to all their wows, they may well be resistant to shedding the image of a little old librarian with a tight bun, big glasses, and a cat cardigan.
In our May Executive Board meeting, we will be working on a strategic plan to move forward. We need new vision and mission statements. We need to figure out a way to help with the problems mentioned above. Keith Curry Lance is applying for grant money to look at the changing roles of new librarians and NC will be part of that study if he gets the grant. I've been talking with Teresa Gibson from the Friday Institute about recruiting greater numbers of librarians for NCSLCN, a program that easily adds value to our roles.
Go to the new website! It's much easier to maneuver than the old one. Special thanks to Cindy Sturdivant and Laura Long for the untold hours they have put into making it a reality.
Check out the new forum! It's set to replace the old google group later this month, so go ahead and start posting there! We also have Round Tables so you can join a smaller group of people in similar positions.
The Awards, Grants, and Scholarships Section has opened applications on this page. Check out the AASL Travel Grant for first time attendees! Deadlines for all awards are 5/31.
Registration for Spring Regional PD is also open. Visit the Events page to register. PDs will be held across NC April 2nd - 8th.
Crystal Joyce and Lila Morel are planning a NC Legislative Day in May! Stay tuned for info on that.
Would you like to become more involved with NCSLMA? It's election season and we are looking for a few good librarians to run for President Elect, Coastal Director, and Piedmont West Director. if this is a role you want to pursue, please fill out the nomination form.
School librarians = school leaders! How will you lead today?
#NCSLMA19 . Connect . Create . Curate.
Happy winter to NCSLMA members!
One of my goals as president was to start a monthly newsletter for 2019. Well, I started out behind, but finally! Here is edition 1 for 2019. If you know of something or someone you'd like for me to highlight, please let me know.
NCSLMA Elections: NCSLMA election time is right around the corner. Each year, we elect two regional directors. This year we will elect Piedmont West and Coastal directors. President Elect is voted on each year. Election information will be coming out this spring for May elections.
Want to volunteer for NCSLMA? We also have many committee opportunities for those of you who would like to become involved at the state level. Just fill out this form.
#NCSLMA19 .Connect . Create . Curate. Shout out to Laura Long, our 2019 President Elect/Conference Chair! She is working hard behind the scenes to make sure we have the best conference EVER! You will want to make sure that you are at the Benton Convention Center October 2-4 to network, meet Peter Reynolds, and see all the creative ways that school librarians meet stakeholder needs! If you'd like to help with this year's conference, contact Laura at email@example.com .
Brene Duggins, Laura Long, and I just got back from ALA Midwinter in Seattle where we represented NCSLMA at AASL’s Affiliate Assembly. Brene Duggins is currently serving as the AASL Affiliate Assembly's President which gives her a seat on the AASL Board. We are very proud of her service at the national level. I'm serving as the Region 4 Representative.
It was exciting to see other NCSLMA members Chelsea Brantley, Kevin Washburn, and Alan Bailey at conference.
Chelsea Brantley is NCSLMA’s Social Media Committee Chair and serves on the EBSCO Conference Sponsorship Awards Committee. She’s currently looking for committee members, so if you are interested, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Washburn is our Division Director for Education. His section includes library and technology standards (state & national), mentoring development, and webinars. Kevin has served on the Rainbow Project Book List, ALSC Grant Committee, and Frederick G. Kilgour Award (LITA/OCLC). Kevin will be on the next ballot for the Newbery Committee.
Alan Bailey is NCSLMA’s liaison with our sister organization NC Library Association (NCLA). Alan serves nationally as the Chair-Elect for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Executive Board.
If you are a member of NCSLMA and serve on an ALA or AASL committee, please let me know. I'd love to highlight your work.
Strategic Planning: Brene and I spent Friday working with a team of AASL staff, board members, and volunteers laying the groundwork for an updated strategic plan to guide AASL for the next few years. This fantastic team also included April Dawkins (NCSLMA's Intellectual Freedom Chair) and Heather Moorefield-Lang (our Grants Chair). Brene continued that work with the AASL Board on Saturday. The strategic plan should be completed by the next affiliate assembly meeting which is at Annual.
Commendations and concerns: Do you know of a group that is doing extraordinary things to promote libraries or reading? Please email me the details so we can include them in our commendation recommendations. Likewise, if you have a suggestion that would help to improve the way that AASL supports us as school librarians, email me that too. We have short turn around on concerns, so send that email ASAP.
ALA/AASL elections: Elections run from March 11 to April 3. Please vote! AASL had a small percentage of its membership vote in the last election.
In addition, we have several AASL members running for ALA council. Thirty-four councilors will be elected in 2019, which means you get to vote for 34 people!
AASL members running:
Please consider voting for all these people to make sure that school libraries are well represented in ALA's Council.
AASL in Louisville, KY - 2019 You can register now and pay later. What a great deal! Not only can you register now and pay later, register before February 11, and receive $100 off with AASL100.
Need another incentive? A complimentary registration is included for every administrator that attends with their registered school librarian! If you are hesitant to approach your administrator for
Never been to AASL before? There's an extra incentive for you! Bound To Stay Bound and NCSLMA both have grants for first time attendees. BTSB's grant can be found on the convention website. Stay tuned for more information on NCSLMA's grant.
Have questions? Our board directory is a great place to start to know who to contact for your particular questions. Please note that the old email addresses that began with NCSLMA and ended with @gmail.com are not longer in use.
#NCSLMA19 .Connect . Create . Curate.
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