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Behind the Scenes: Local and State Advocacy Committee

“Behind the Scenes” the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Board approved a special committee: Local and State Advocacy Committee for a duration of two years (January 2019 – December 2020). The co-chairs, Deb Kachel, Legislative Liaison, and Cathi Fuhrman, President-Elect, will be seeking members for this committee.

Proposed by Cathi Fuhrman, President-Elect and Allison Mackley, President

Background: According to the PSLA Bylaws, special committees can be established by the president and approved by the board. The president acts as an ex-officio member, and the chair(s) are appointed by the president with board approval. The chair(s) are voting members of the PSLA Advisory Council.

Rationale: Although PSLA has approved the role of Legislative Liaison to work as a member of the Communications Committee, legislative efforts must extend beyond the work of one person.

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Welcome Laura Ward as PSLA Executive Secretary

Please welcome Laura Ward as the PSLA Executive Secretary.  She has been appointed to serve as Executive Secretary for a term ending June 30, 2019.

Laura, a librarian in Fox Chapel Area School District, most recently served as the Communications Committee Co-chair.  Laura was a participant and graduate of the 2015 - 2016 Emerging Leaders Academy. She has served PSLA in a variety of way including being a member of various committees and presenting at the annual conference.

What is a PSLA Executive Secretary? The PSLA Constitution and Bylaws allow the president to appoint an executive secretary with the approval of the board for the duration of the president's term of office. The person in this position attends Board meetings and takes part in association business, including being an ex-officio member of all committees.

Please find the relevant portions of the PSLA Constitution and Bylaws below:

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New PSLA Local Affiliate: ECPSLA

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association has local affiliates that advocate for strong library programs, advance information literacy, and provide professional learning.  Regional local affiliates serve in the following ways:

  • Provide a network for continuous communication
  • Serve as a conduit for the flow of information
  • Broaden the base of the profession through the increase of personal and professional memberships

We would like to congratulate our newest PSLA local affiliate!

The East Central Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (ECPSLA), led by Robin Burns of Salisbury School District, grew out of a PSLA Mini Regional Leaders Academy project.

The East Central Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is a regional group of the East Central area including Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties. The purpose of the group is to strengthen the relationships of local active, student, retired/non-employed school librarians, and library advocates. ECPSLA strives to provide an extension of PSLA membership by offering local networking, professional development, and social activities.

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Behind the Scenes: Our History, Our Future & Embracing the Bumpy Road

“Behind the Scenes” the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Board of Directors and Committee Co-chairs embrace the bumpy road to make a meaningful and (hopefully) visionary difference for the members of our association. The bumpy road is not easy, but we believe in the future of PSLA and realize we can only be successful if we all work together.

Looking Back 

The PSLA officers and directors value our history, so the Board initiated a small history project. Cathi Fuhrman, President-Elect, worked with Marge Tassia Outstanding Contributor (1995)/Past President; Sharon Nardelli, Past President; and Celeste Nalwasky, Outstanding Contributor (1991)/Past Board Director, to put together a PSLA History Timeline and Narrative to share how the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association began.  Thanks for revealing our roots!

You can also find a few other historical documents on this page:

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Behind the Scenes: PSLA Annual Conference

"Behind the Scenes" the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Conference Committee has been working over the past year to bring a quality professional learning and networking experience to you at the 46th PSLA Annual Conference.

This post will not come close to doing justice to the work the entire conference committee completes over the course of the year, so I will share some highlights. Please visit the conference website for more information.

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association annual conference is entirely planned, organized and implemented by volunteers. The president appoints an Executive Director of the Conference for a term of two years with the approval by the board. (Conference Policy) For the past four years, Caitlin Linsenmann has filled this role and worked with Jennifer Bates (2016), Allison Mackley (2017), Cathi Fuhrman (2018) and Robin Burns (2019) as conference co-chairs. Before Caitlin took on the enormous task of planning the conference, Connie Burlingame served as the previous Executive Director of the Conference.

Requests for Proposals and Contracts

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Update: July 12, 2018 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the July 12, 2018, Board Meeting.

Update from the July 12, 2018 Board Meeting

Corey Hall - ALA Emerging Leader

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is pleased to announce that Corey Hall, PSLA Communications Co-chair has been selected as one of the 2019 ALA Emerging Leader participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. 

We are proud of Corey and all she does for PSLA, the Manheim Central School District, and school librarians across the Commonwealth.

ALAnews Press Release (November 19, 2018): http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2018/11/corey-hall-selected-2019-aasl-emerging-leader

For more information and a full list of participants visit http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2018/11/ala-announces-emerging-leader-participants-class-2019 

AASL Best Websites & Apps: Kapwing

Each week the Teaching and Learning Committee plans to highlight one app or website from either the 2018 AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning or the 2018 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. Share with any stakeholders who may benefit! 

This week we will focus on Kapwing. This is a great way to produce and edit video for instruction or for students to create projects. A member of the Teaching and Learning Committee used Kapwing to promote the current top three circulating books in the library.  See the Wendover Middle School Library Twitter post.

Kapwing provides a multi-tool solution for teachers and students to create everything from video montages and memes, to stop action videos and sound effects. Its simple yet robust platform makes it useful for students of all ages. Teachers can use the various tools to engage students in any subject, and students will use these same tools to showcase their learning and improve presentations. Grades 4 and up. (AASL)

Submitted by: Beth McGuire
PSLA Teaching & Learning Committee

PSLA Position Statement - Certification Staffing Policy Guideline 48 – Library Science

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association board of directors approved a PSLA Position Statement - Certification Staffing Policy Guideline 48 – Library Science

 

Update: January 20, 2018 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the January 20, 2018, Board Meeting.

Update from the January 20, 2018 Board Meeting

Update: October 14, 2017 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the October 14, 2017, Board Meeting.

Update from the October 14, 2017 Board Meeting

Libraries: The Hub of the School

Libraries: The Hub of the School (PSEA Voice)

 College-level research assignments for AP classes, resources for terms papers, learning credible sources on the internet, access to laptops and iPads for students who don’t have their own.

That is a short list of the key roles libraries play for high school students.

The libraries of their grandparents – card catalogs, shelves of encyclopedias – are long gone in the digital age of the early 21st century. “Shhh’’ is another relic. Collaboration and socialization are fine.

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Update: May 20, 2017 Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the May 20, 2017, Board Meeting.

Update from the May 20, 2017 Meeting

Update: March 30, 2017 Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the March 30, 2017, Board Meeting.

Update from the March 30, 2017 Meeting

21st Century Librarians: Servant Leaders

Academic Reference and Instruction Librarian at Bloomsburg University Linda Neyer discusses how PSLA President Allison Burrell, President-Elect Jennifer Bates and Vice President Allison Mackley exemplify and embody the role of servant leaders in the PSLA organization and in their own school districts. As an academic librarian working with freshmen, Linda sees first-hand how the role and value of the school librarian influences a student’s research and literary skills in higher education.

Read more on how school librarians are leaders in many areas and are vital to their students’ success beyond high school.

Philadelphia School District Librarians: A Species Nearly Extinct?

The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the dwindling number of librarians in one of the nation’s largest school systems. The number of full-time, certified librarians in the Philadelphia School District is now in the single digits.

Read more on how shrunken Philadelphia school budgets are almost pushing librarians to the point of extinction.

Libraries Remain a Cornerstone of Schools: Rep. Thomas Murt

Published by The Intelligencer, PA State Representative Thomas Murt says a shortage of librarians and libraries in the School District of Philadelphia is negatively impacting students because “the library is the heart and soul of the learning process.” As an educator, a parent and a state representative, Rep. Murt has begun work on a bill that dedicates a portion of state budget funding for schools specifically for school libraries and library staff.

Read more on Rep. Murt’s belief that professional librarians are essential in utilizing what the shelves have to offer.

Update: January 14, 2017 Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the January 14, 2017, Board Meeting.

Update from the January 14, 2017 Meeting

Who Should Teach Our Kids the Difference Between Real and Fake News? Our Librarians

In a world where information is accessible with a click of a few buttons or the touch of a screen, Deb Kachel says emotional appeals and unsubstantiated claims sway popular opinions in our current post-truth era. Published by PennLive, Deb argues that, in order to be successful, students must be able to distinguish false claims, fraudulent sales pitches and dubious websites from trustworthy information and sources.

Read more on how librarians can lead students to trustworthy information.

Librarians Are Critical to Communities: John Kurelja, Ed. D.

When hired as the middle school principal in the Central Columbia School District, John Kurelja was introduced to one of the most influential educators he has ever met, a middle school librarian. In an op-ed published by The Standard-Journal, John recalls how Janice Dysart found a way not only to engage students with literature, but to embed their reading into their overall curriculum.

Read John’s story here.