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Librarian Influencer - Jennifer Roth

Reading Is a Part of Everything: with Jennifer Roth

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Pennsylvania elementary librarian, Jennifer Roth. She is actively involved in the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. Her ongoing goal is to advocate that the library is more than just storytime and book checkout.

Click here to listen to her interview now.

Transforming library into school hub helped Selinsgrove's Barrick into Teacher of the Year finals

Congratulations to PSLA member Debbie Barrick for being named one of the 12 finalists for Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year 2021.

Read about her accomplishments here:  Transforming library into school hub helped Selinsgrove's Barrick into Teacher of the Year finals (May 18, 2020)

 Photo Credit: Robert Inglis/The Daily Item 

 

School Librarians at the Center of School Renewal and Transformation

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association’s Board of Directors has approved a one page document titled “School Librarians at the Center of School Renewal and Transformation” to be used by the association and school librarians in their advocacy efforts. Created by Allison Mackley (@amackley), PSLA Immediate Past-President and endorsed by the PSLA Board, this can be shared widely with stakeholders as we educate them about the value and expertise of school librarians.

Librarian Influencer - Karey Killian

Have Fun Learning: with Karey Killian

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Karey Killiana library media specialist in rural Pennsylvania. She supports 900 students at two elementary schools. She loves seeing the joy on their faces when they make new discoveries!

Click here to read the overview and listen to the interview.

2020 Annual Business Meeting

2020 PSLA Business Meeting - Virtual


 

Meeting Documents 

Click to view the documents: 2020 Google Folder


Advisory Council Meeting

Advisory Council Agenda

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Membership Renewal Update: Grace Period Extended

To help our members through this challenging time, there is an accommodation for membership renewal that the PSLA Board of Directors would like to share with you.

All members have an extended 5-month grace period on their dues to give you additional time to renew.

This does not include members who were within the 2-month "Grace" or 'Lapsed" period as of May 31, 2020. 

We wish you continued health and safety during this extraordinary time.

Board of Directors
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

Librarian Influencer - Allison Mackley

Present Your Authentic, Imperfect Self: with Allison Mackley

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Allison Mackley, a school librarian in Pennsylvania who is currently the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association's immediate past president and an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) board director. She serves in numerous positions in her state and national library associations. Allison was named the 2019 AASL Social Media Superstar Leadership Luminary.

Click here to read the overview and listen to the interview.

 

Limitless Learning with the AASL Standards - Earn 6 PD Hours!

How do you tell the story of your school library?  Whether it’s through your instruction, professional interactions, or community engagement, the AASL National School Library Standards Framework offers the indispensable resources to unlock limitless learning opportunities for all.

Join this self-paced, asynchronous, 3-module course, Limitless Learning with the AASL Standards, to earn a certificate for six (6) professional development hours.  

Self-enroll in the course with this link: https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/79ED49

This course provides training in the implementation of AASL National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. 

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Beyond the Standards Webinar - Earn a Certificate

Did you get a chance to view the Beyond the Standards: Creating Partnerships Guided by the AASL National School Library Standards webinar presented by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association?

Whether you watched it live or watch the recording, you can receive a certificate for one (1) professional development hour (if accepted by your employer).


This webinar is designed to support you as you put the AASL National School Library Standards into action in your local school community. Through community engagement, school librarians can gain administrator, faculty, parent, community and student support as they embed the AASL National School Library Standards into instruction and infuse the school community with opportunities to think, create, share and grow.

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Board of Directors and Teaching and Learning Committee are proud to offer this free webinar made possible through the AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards sponsored by Roger and Susan D. Ballard in honor of E. Blanche Woolls who is not only a past president of the American Association of School Librarians but also a Distinguished Service member of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

Beyond the Standards


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Webinar: Beyond the Standards: Creating Partnerships Guided by the AASL National School Library Standards

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Board of Directors and Teaching and Learning Committee is proud to offer a free webinar made possible through the AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards sponsored by Roger and Susan D. Ballard in honor of E. Blanche Woolls who is not only a past president of the American Association of School Librarians but also a Distinguished Service member of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

Beyond the Standards: Creating Partnerships Guided by the AASL National School Library Standards - Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7 PM EST

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/BeyondtheStandards

This webinar is designed to support you as you put the AASL National School Library Standards into action in your local school community. Through community engagement, school librarians can gain administrator, faculty, parent, community and student support as they embed the AASL National School Library Standards into instruction and infuse the school community with opportunities to think, create, share and grow.

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Applications Open for the 2020 School Librarians Leadership Academy

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) & the University of Pittsburgh Announce Applications Open for the School Librarians Leadership Academy (SLLA) for PA School Librarians

The University of Pittsburgh and PSLA will offer its ninth Leaders Academy—the School Librarians
Leadership Academy (SLLA)to 18 PA school librarians funded through a Library Services and
Technology Act grant awarded by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, PA Department of Education.

The Academy will be held from February through September 2020. The application deadline is Friday,
February 7, 2020, and applications will be notified of their status no later than Friday, February 14,
2020.

If you’re a school librarian working in Pennsylvania with at least one year of experience (including the
2019-2020 school year), PSLA and the University of Pittsburgh have a “once-in-a-professional-lifetime”
professional development opportunity for you. Please consider applying for the ninth Academy, which
will be offered in a combination of face-to-face meetings and video conferencing, so that you can:






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Librarian Influencer - Ellen Stolarski

You Are There to Make Their Life Easier: with Ellen Stolarski

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Ellen Stolarski, a middle school librarian from Pennsylvania with 8 years of library experience.

Click here to read the overview and listen to the interview.

Registration Open - Leading At Any Level (LAAL) Regional Leadership Training

Registration Open! - Leading At Any Level Workshop

Join us for the 2019-2020 Leading At Any Level: Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians.  

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Announcing the 2019-2020 Leadership Development for PA School Librarians

 We are proud to announce the 2019-2020 Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians. The Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians experience is a collaborative initiative of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program.

Leadership Development for PA School Librarians2 

We will kick off this year’s activities with a foundational leadership workshop, Leading At Any Level (LAAL). The leadership workshop, available to ALL PSLA active and associate members, will be at no cost to the attendees. Each workshop will have open registration for up to thirty (30) participants.

ACT 48 hours will be provided.

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Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs (2019)

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Glenn R. Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs

I am pleased to announce that the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) reviewed and approved a new set of Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs (PDF) at its most recent meeting in Carlisle on May 30, 2019. 

Designed to complement the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (American Association of School Librarians, 2018), the Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs (PDF) identifies and builds upon eight indicators for an effective school library program by providing goals, guidelines, and resources that will promote excellence in Pennsylvania school libraries and will result in highly positive learning outcomes. 

The guidelines are intended for use by school librarians, school administrators, classroom educators, families, community members, public library staff and board members, and university library science programs.


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Behind the Scenes: Contentment and True Belonging

Behind the Scenes: Contentment and True Belonging

True BelongingAs I sit on my porch with my husband (and cats) and reflect upon the past year as the PSLA president, I am filled with emotions. The one I feel most is contentment. I am a goal-oriented and improvement-focused person, so contentment doesn't come easy for me. Right now, at this moment, I am content in my situation - with what I have and who I am. 

This year, I learned about true vulnerability and belonging by presenting my "authentic, imperfect self" to you

As much as I would love Brene Brown's quotation to be the center of my last "Behind the Scenes," one of Seth Godin's posts from a few weeks ago has been swirling around in my head.

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Build a Collaboration Action Plan with the AASL National School Library Standards: Stage 2 Training

Build a Collaboration Action Plan with the AASL National School Library Standards: Stage 2 Training

Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program

Build and strengthen your collaboration with teachers through aligning the American Association of School Librarians National School Library Standards with the PA Core Standards as well as with the ISTE Standards for Students. You’ll create an action plan for collaborating with teachers to promote information and digital literacy across the curriculum for all learners, both students and teachers. These aligned Standards provide a solid foundation for developing learner competencies in information fluency and have credibility with administrators and educators. Whatever your situation – one school or multiple schools, solo in your district, fresh from the classroom, or assuming new teaching responsibilities – you’ll take away an action plan to tackle how to collaborate effectively with teachers to help your learners.

Bring your most successful information literacy lesson plan and learn how to align it with these standards and transform the way you collaborate with your teachers. (This training incorporates Stage 1 training) Act 48 hours are available for participants.

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Everyone is Welcome to Join the #PALibChat

Everyone is Welcome to Join the #PALibChat

If you are on Twitter, you may have seen the monthly #PALibChat Twitter Chats.  (Please note that #PALibChat is not formally sponsored by PSLA but is a great way for members and nonmembers to discuss issues.)

If you are not familiar with a Twitter Chat, a moderator asks a few questions about a predetermined topic and followers answer. As you answer, use the #PaLibChat hashtag, and feel free to connect with people who are also chatting. If you aren’t able to make the live chat, you can search the hashtag, read what others shared and add their thoughts.

This year, we’ve discussed the following:

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Behind the Scenes: PSLA Awarded AASL Affiliate of the Year

“Behind the Scenes” Allison Mackley, Cathi Fuhrman, Operations (Aimee Emerson, Vickie Saltzer, Bob McConnell) and Communications (Mary Schwander, Laura Ward, Corey Hall) wrote and submitted an application for the AASL Affiliate of the Year Award.  On Wednesday, March 27th, I was notified that PSLA is receiving this recognition.
 
The AASL Affiliate of the Year Award recognizes the AASL Affiliate most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of AASL at the state and local level. AASL established this award to acknowledge the important contributions made by AASL Affiliates and encourage affiliates to take pride in their accomplishments. Through this recognition, AASL encourages educational growth, increased involvement at the national level and community, and legislative involvement.

 It is exciting to see such an engaged, active and exemplary affiliate. - Kathryn Roots Lewis, AASL President

The award will be presented at the American Library Association’s 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. during the AASL Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  If you are attending the ALA, please be sure to attend the ceremony to help us celebrate!


Ever Curious,
Allison Mackley
President, PSLA (PA School Librarians Association)
National Board Certified Teacher Librarian
Hershey High School
550 Homestead Road
Hershey, PA  17033
[email protected]
@amackley
 

Behind the Scenes: PSLA Awarded the AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant

“Behind the Scenes” Allison Mackley, Cathi Fuhrman, Deb Kachel, and the PSLA Teaching and Learning Committee Co-chairs, Dustin Brackbill and Leah Lindemann, wrote and submitted an application for one of three AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. Last week I was notified that we were awarded the grant in honor of E. Blanche Woolls (sponsored by Roger and Susan D. Ballard). E. Blanche Woolls, a Distinguished Service Award winning member of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, was the Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair (1977-1978) and the Communications Committee Chair (1986-1988). See her bio below.

The AASL Past-President Planning Grant for National School Library Standards will provide the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) with the funding necessary to develop, market and carry out professional learning initiatives that support school librarians as they implement best practices that impact academic achievement for learners. PSLA is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning not only through quality school library programs but also by leveraging the AASL National School Library Standards for local advocacy efforts.

“This prestigious award showcases the impact of strong school library programs in schools and highlights the importance of the school library program in the educational community.”  - Kathryn Roots Lewis, AASL President, and Susan Yutzey, 2018-2019 AASL Awards Chair

The award will be presented at the American Library Association’s 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. during the AASL Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  If you are attending the ALA, please be sure to attend the ceremony to help us celebrate!

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