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SLJ Day of Dialog

Join us for the most anticipated day-long gathering of librarians and educators—now fully virtual and free to attend!

Come hear from more than 40 authors and publishers about the latest and most exciting forthcoming titles for children, tweens, and teens, ranging from picture books and nonfiction to graphic novels and YA, and engage in Q&A sessions with authors and illustrators.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with leading publishers, enjoy additional author chats, and download digital galleys as well as other free resources and giveaways. Certificates of completion will be provided to submit for CE credits.

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Join In! PSLA Community Forums

During uncertain times, it is more important than ever for school library professionals to share resources and information as a community. The PSLA Member Community Forums on the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association website is your opportunity to join your peers and collaborate through discussions and document sharing.

The PSLA Community Forum is a centralized space for members to communicate online, share questions and ideas with other library professionals, and seek or offer support

As a member of PSLA, you are automatically part of PSLA Member Forums and have full access. Your login credentials are the same username and password that you use to log in to the PSLA website.

Once you log in, your Member Landing Page is your place to manage your personal details and email notifications:

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Article: Linking Librarians, Inquiry Learning, and Information Literacy

"To thrive, schoolwide inquiry learning programs need support from librarians". Check out this article on Phi Delta Kappan about the role of librarians in inquiry learning programs.

 

Steven Yates for ALA President

If you are an ALA member, please consider voting for Steven Yates for ALA President. Voting is open March 9, 2020 - April 1, 2020. Steven is a former AASL President (2017-18) and former school and public librarian. Steven currently serves as Assistant Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. Steven regularly teaches courses in school librarianship, library management theory and practice, philanthropy and fundraising, among others. He will be a great voice at ALA for school librarians! He is hosting a Town Hall Meet and Greet via Zoom on March 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET. For more information about Steven and to join the conversation at http://voteyatesala.com.

 

Proposed Changes to Bylaws (2/23/20)



Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

Greetings: Active and Distinguished Service Members:

The following Proposed Bylaw amendments have been approved by the PSLA Board.  The Operations Committee is announcing these proposed amendments before the 2020 spring election so the members can review these changes before voting.  The rationale for these changes is included with each proposed amendment. Inserts are bold-faced and italicized and deletions are strikethrough.   If you have any questions, please contact, Vickie Saltzer or Bob McConnell at [email protected]

Proposed Changes to Bylaws of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association



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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

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Early Bird Registration Closing Soon!

Don't forget to register for the 2020 PSLA Conference by February 28th for the Early Bird Discount! 

  • Join hundreds of Librarians and Library advocates from around the state and beyond. 

  • Meet the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award winner, A.S. King, called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review.

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PA Requires Libraries in Prison. But Not in Schools. Why?

(Image via pxHere.com)

By Debra E. Kachel

All students are assessed on the same scale for standardized tests. If this were truly fair, shouldn’t they also have access to the same educational resources with which to learn? 

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Conference Sessions Survey

Are you ready to Discover Your Superpower? Please let the conference committee know what sessions you are most interested in attending at this year's annual conference. We want to make sure we have plenty of room for everyone!

https://tinyurl.com/psla-conferenceinterest

AASL Open Forum: EDI

Join AASL for an open forum to answer questions about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Whether you work at a private or public school, elementary, middle or high school, no question is off limits. President Mary Keeling will be fielding questions. You do NOT have to be an AASL member to participate in this forum. Do you have questions about how to grow a diverse collection? How to engage all learners? How to offer library programming that meets the needs of all students? February 6, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST 

Find more information here http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/officehours

PSLA Annual Conference Registration is Now Open!

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Annual Conference registration is now open!


Early Bird Registration Prices until Feb 28, 2020!
Register Here: https://pslaconference.weebly.com
Learn more about Conference Packages

 

PSLA School Library Survey

PSLA members,

Each year, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association conducts a survey of the school districts and independent schools in the state in regards to library staffing for the current school year. This data has been extremely valuable in our legislative and advocacy efforts over the past number of years, so we would greatly appreciate your help in gathering accurate information for the 2019-20 school year.

A few reminders:
We ask that ONLY ONE survey be completed for each school district or independent school entity, so please coordinate with your fellow librarians to decide who will fill it out.


Please be sure to use the appropriate link below for your school situation.

Before completing the survey, please gather the following information:

  • how many library staff (professional and paraprofessional) you currently have,
  • how many library staff (professional and paraprofessional) you had last year
  • what changes were made in staffing between last year and this year
  • which levels in your school entity purchase electronic resources beyond POWER Library.


We ask that all surveys be completed by January 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Burrell and Jennifer Bates, Staffing Survey Coordinators, at [email protected]

Thank you for your assistance in collecting this vital data!

To complete the survey for a school district, please use this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1920sdlibstaffing

To complete the survey for an independent school entity, please use this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1920indlibstaffing

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]m.

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.

Read more at: 

"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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