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Schoology Discontinued

Dear PSLA membership,
The PSLA board has voted to discontinue using Schoology as a means of communication. Access to Schoology will cease on 12/31/19. We will be continuing to use our social media channels, the Pulse, and the Website to share resources and pass along communications. Additionally, please consider using the discussion forums at https://psla.memberclicks.net/community-forumhttps://psla.memberclicks.net/community-forum to connect with other librarians. You will need to login to the site to use this feature.
Thanks,
PSLA Communications for the PSLA Board of Directors 

"Me? A School Librarian?" Submissions Due 12/1!

Calling all high school librarians! A reminder that PSLA's "Me? A School Librarian?" Contest is open for submissions!

Do you have teen patrons who are frequent visitors to or volunteers in the library? Do you have fantastic students who may be interested in becoming school librarians? 

If so, PSLA's "Me? A School Librarian?" Contest is a great opportunity for them to come to the 2019 PSLA Conference and learn more about our wonderful profession. You can find more information about the contest, including guidelines, entry forms, and the scoring rubric, at https://www.psla.org/me-a-school-librarian

The deadline for entries is December 1, 2019. Please contact the PSLA Awards Committee with any questions at [email protected].

PA Schools Highlighted on FutureReady.org!

Check out the blog post from Future Ready Schools about Makerspaces and 1:1 Initiatives in Allegheny County!

 

Angela Tarr - Annual Friend of Education Award

The Fort LeBoeuf Foundation gave its Third Annual Friend of Education Award on Saturday, November 2nd at their annual Harvest Gala at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. Nominees included Ed Burkhart, Kelly Clark, Ashley Chapman, Ali Coletta, Dennis Fortin, Casey Jack, Renee Kovacs, Nancy Maloney, Shannan McLallen, Nadine Merry, Angela Tarr, and Kaila Therasse.

Foundation President Dennis Fortin presented the award to PSLA member, Angela Tarr, middle and high school librarian.

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"Me? A School Librarian?" Contest OPEN for HS students!

Calling all high school librarians! A reminder that PSLA's "Me? A School Librarian?" Contest is open for submissions!

Do you have teen patrons who are frequent visitors to or volunteers in the library? Do you have fantastic students who may be interested in becoming school librarians? 

If so, PSLA's "Me? A School Librarian?" Contest is a great opportunity for them to come to the 2019 PSLA Conference and learn more about our wonderful profession. You can find more information about the contest, including guidelines, entry forms, and the scoring rubric, at https://www.psla.org/me-a-school-librarian

The deadline for entries is December 1, 2019. Please contact the PSLA Awards Committee with any questions at [email protected].

Last Call for Conference Proposals!


Don’t forget to submit your proposal to share your library superpower at the 2020 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Conference! Time is running out!  


Submit soon! The deadline is October 25th at midnight. 

Click here for ideas on concurrent session workshop topics and to submit a proposal.  Submissions are only accepted through the Online Proposal Form

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PSLA Leadership Positions: Applicants Needed!

Have you ever considered running for a two-year PSLA Director position, for PSLA Treasurer, or even for an Officer position? The PSLA Leadership Development Task Group is responsible for creating a slate of nominees for the 2020-22 PSLA Board of Directors.


If you say “Yes,” as a prospective nominee, you would need to fill out a Leadership Development survey in order to be considered for a position as a candidate. The survey questions are meant to provide information about each candidate, so the membership can make an informed decision when voting. The newly established Leadership Development Task Group, made up of six (6) PSLA members from across the state, will review the prospective nominees before names can be considered for the official slate. This procedure is new for the 2020 PSLA election.  Once the slate of nominees is approved by the PSLA Board, the election will take place in the spring. Successful candidates will begin their terms on July 1, 2020.


Prospective nominees   must complete this survey to be considered a candidate. 


Link to Leadership Development Survey


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Pulse: PSLA Annual Conference Proposals

Have you submitted a proposal to share your library superpower at the 2020 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Conference? 

You could highlight your awesome curriculum, share a cool tech tool, demonstrate your amazing book knowledge, or lead a hands-on Makerspace session. The sky's the limit! 


Submit soon! The deadline is October 25th at midnight. 

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YALSA September 2019 News

September YALSA News 

TeenTober Marketing Materials For TeenTober’s inaugural soft launch, YALSA has released its official logo, along with social media graphics. View and download them here. Celebrating? Share your photos and programs with us on Twitter by tweeting @yalsa and using #TeenTober

New E-Course ConnectedLib: Creating Learning Connections for Youth Oct. 20 - Nov. 23 $100/everyone Back by popular demand (again)! In this five-week e-course, participants will learn how to create engaging teen programs and services using the Connected Learning framework developed by the Connected Learning Alliance. Connected learning connects teens’ personal interests, their relationships with peers and mentors, and real-life opportunities to help prepare youth for life after high school with 21st century skills and new literacies, creating highly motivating learning experiences for teens. Learn more and register

Get in the Game and Vote Poster & Bookmark In collaboration with ALA Graphics, YALSA has released a poster aimed to encourage teens to become more civically engaged. The poster highlights the who, what, where, when, how, and why of voting and will help youth and new voters navigate their way to the polls. Check out and order the new poster and digital bookmark. A customizable, digital version of the poster and bookmark is also available. Check out the mini-poster, bookmark, or the set

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Pulse: Awards Nomination Deadline Extended!

We understand that the recent email regarding nominations for the Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Administrator Award, and Outstanding PA Author/Illustrator Award arrived within days of the deadline. Although we have been communicating these deadlines via social media and our website, we understand that many of our members rely on announcements via email. Therefore, we are extending the nomination deadline to October 30, 2019.
 
We apologize for any confusion, and hope that you will consider making a nomination or applying for one of the following PSLA awards!
Outstanding Administrator - This award honors a school or district administrator outside the library profession whose leadership has made a significant contribution to school library services and programs. Nomination deadline: October 30, 2019.
Outstanding PA Author/Illustrator - This award recognizes an author and/or illustrator who has made a notable contribution to the field of literature for youth. Nomination deadline: October 30, 2019.
Distinguished Service - This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of school library programs in Pennsylvania. Nomination deadline: October 30, 2019.
 
You can find more information about each of these awards, including nomination materials and scoring rubrics, at https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. Please contact committee co-chair Lauren Strohecker at [email protected] with any additional questions.
Thank you for helping us recognize the efforts of those who support school libraries across Pennsylvania!

Nominations for Outstanding Administrator, Outstanding Author/Illustrator, & Distinguished Service Awards!

Nominations for Outstanding Administrator, Outstanding Author/Illustrator, & Distinguished Service Awards!

*Is your library supported by an outstanding school or district administrator?* 
*Are you aware of the efforts of someone of distinguished service to PA school libraries?*
*Do you know of an outstanding author or illustrator with ties to Pennsylvania who deserves to be recognized?*
If so, please consider making a nomination or applying for one of the following PSLA awards!
Outstanding Administrator - This award honors a school or district administrator outside the library profession whose leadership has made a significant contribution to school library services and programs. Nomination deadline: September 30th.
Distinguished Service - This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of school library programs in Pennsylvania. Nomination deadline: September 30th.
Outstanding PA Author/Illustrator - This award recognizes an author and/or illustrator who has made a notable contribution to the field of literature for youth. Nomination deadline: September 30th.
You can find more information about each of these awards, including nomination materials and scoring rubrics, at https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. Please contact committee co-chair Lauren Strohecker at [email protected] with any additional questions.
Thank you for helping us recognize the efforts of those who support school libraries across Pennsylvania!

Registration Open! - Leading At Any Level Workshop in Hershey, PA

Join us for the 2019-2020 Leading At Any Level: 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.

Leading At Any Level, created and presented by lead instructor David Bendekovic of the B. A. David Company, is a one-day workshop designed to develop leaders at every level: school librarians, administrators, paraprofessionals, educators of school librarians, and students in school library programs. The workshop will focus on taking ownership of thinking, feeling, and actions for personal and career development.


September 21, 2019

9:00 am - 9:30 am - On-site Registration

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2020 Concurrent Session Proposals are now open!

Share your superpower at the 
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
 2020 Annual Conference! 

What is your library superpower? Curation? Media Literacy? Collection? Programing? Makerspace? 

Share your projects, ideas, and knowledge through a  session!


Presenting is a great way to grow as a professional, share new ideas, and celebrate your accomplishments. Sign up today to present at the 2020 PSLA Conference and inspire others. Session ideas and the proposal submission form can be found here.  

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PSLA Member Earns Spot on AASL School Leader Collaborative

Congratulations to our very own PSLA member Kelly Gustafson for being selected to serve on the AASL School Leader Collaborative. The “AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning” is a two-year initiative that aims to strengthen AASL’s collaboration with school administrators. This initiative champions the school librarian’s integral role in teaching and learning. Support for the initiative is provided by OverDrive Education (from the ALA Website, see below for more information).

Kelly is the principal at Pine-Richland School District in Wexford, Pennsylvania. She was nominated by M. E. Shenefiel.

We are so proud of her and her dedication to supporting school libraries!

http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2019/08/aasl-selects-seven-school-administrators-serve-its-school-leader-collaborative

July: Spotlight Librarian

July Librarians' Spotlight: Matthew Good, Librarian, Donegal Junior High School

Congratulations Matthew, and thank you for all that you do for your students and community!

Would you like to be our next Spotlight Librarian? Nominate yourself or a colleague using this form.

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PSLA Awards Nominations Due June 30th!

Hello from the PSLA Awards Committee! We hope that your summer is off to a wonderful start, and wanted to remind you that nominations for two of PSLA’s awards are due June 30th! Are you or your colleagues part of an innovative or exceptional Pennsylvania school library? If so, please consider applying or nominating a colleague for one of our 2020 Awards!
 
Outstanding Pennsylvania School Library - Recognizing Outstanding school library programming, instruction, and services which are integral to students’ education. The award is open to individual schools and/or school districts of any kind or size! Applicants may self nominate. Nomination deadline: June 30th.
 
PA School Library Innovators - Recognizing Pennsylvania school librarians who demonstrate innovation in school librarianship in one of four target areas: Teaching & Learning, Celebrating Reading, Transformative Environment, or Digital Outreach. 
Find more information, including nomination materials and scoring rubrics, at https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. While you're there you can learn more about our Outstanding Author/Illustrator, Outstanding Administrator, and Distinguished Service awards too! Please contact committee co-chair Lauren Strohecker at [email protected] with any additional questions.
 
Thank you for helping us recognize the efforts of Pennsylvania school librarians!
 

PSLA Pulse: Summer Reading

Hello!!
Please consider exploring these three links over your summer:
1) Need to read something great this summer?? Ready to start your book orders for next year? Want to see what PA librarians are writing about?! Please check out (and save the link!) to our Teaching & Learning Literature Review blog for titles, reviews, and lots of great ideas to get you reading and sharing!!
2) Have you shared your thoughts in our 2019 Professional Development Survey yet?? If not, we would love to have you take a few minutes and let us know what training you want and expertise you have for the coming year. Complete it by June 15th PLEASE!!
3) Throughout the school year we shared quite a few highlighted AASL Best Apps and Best Websites for 2018. The new list should be coming out soon, so take a few more minutes to explore and play with these great tech tools.
Thanks for reading and learning!
The PSLA Teaching & Learning Committee

PSLA Pulse: Outstanding PA School Library Award

Are you or your colleagues part of an innovative or exceptional Pennsylvania school library? Do you know of an outstanding school library in Pennsylvania? If so, please consider making a nomination or applying for PSLA's Outstanding Pennsylvania School Library Award!
This award recognizes outstanding school library programming, instruction, and services which are integral to students' education, and is open to individual schools and/or school districts of any kind or size! Applicants are welcome to self-nominate. Nomination deadline: June 30th.
To learn more about the requirements, process, and scoring rubric, please visit https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. The awards committee is happy to answer any questions you may have; please contact committee co-chairs Lauren Strohecker and Melissa Janes at [email protected].
Thank you for the important work you do for the Pennsylvania students, and for helping us recognize the efforts of Pennsylvania school librarians!

PSLA Pulse: Are you a PA School Library Innovator? Apply today!


*Are you proud of an innovative lesson, unit, program, or community outreach effort?*
*Are you working to celebrate reading in your school or district through the school library?*
*Have you transformed learning in your library by using your space in a new and innovative way?*
*Do you excel at using social media for family and community outreach, or to advance your own learning?*
If so, please consider applying for PA School Library Innovators! We are looking to recognize Pennsylvania school librarians who demonstrate innovation in school librarianship in one of four target areas: Teaching & Learning, Celebrating Reading, Transformative Environment, or Digital Outreach. The nomination process is short and simple, and the applicants are encouraged to self-nominate! Nomination deadline: June 30th
To learn more about the requirements, process, and scoring rubric, please visit https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. The awards committee is happy to answer any questions you may have; please contact committee co-chairs Lauren Strohecker and Melissa Janes at [email protected].
Thank you for the important work you do for the Pennsylvania students, and for helping us recognize the efforts of Pennsylvania school librarians!

PSLA Pulse: Awards

The PSLA Awards Committee is thrilled to announce that nominations for PSLA's 2020 Awards are now open! Are you or your colleagues part of an innovative or exceptional Pennsylvania school library? If so, please consider making a nomination or applying for one of PSLA's 2019 awards! We are currently seeking nominees for the following awards:

 

Outstanding Pennsylvania School Library - This award recognizes outstanding school library programming, instruction, and services which are integral to students' education, and is open to individual schools and/or school districts of any kind or size! Applicants may self nominate. Nomination deadline: June 30th.

 

PA School Library Innovators - Are you proud of an innovative lesson, program, campaign, or community outreach effort? Please consider applying for PA School Library Innovators! We are looking to recognize Pennsylvania school librarians who demonstrate innovation in school librarianship in one of four target areas: Teaching & Learning, Celebrating Reading, Transformative Environment, or Digital Outreach. Nomination deadline: June 30th.

 

Find more information about both of these awards, including nomination materials and scoring rubrics, at https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. While you're there you can learn more about our Outstanding Author/Illustrator, Outstanding Administrator, and Distinguished Service awards too! Please contact committee co-chairs Lauren Strohecker and Melissa Janes at [email protected] with any additional questions.

 

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