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2020 Annual Business Meeting

2020 PSLA Business Meeting - Virtual


Meeting Documents 

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Advisory Council Meeting

Advisory Council Agenda

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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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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:

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

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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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Behind the Scenes: Braver, Stronger, Smarter

As I write this Behind the Scenes in the times we’re living in, it’s easy to think about what could have been. We all are mourning tasks or events we thought we’d be doing at this time in the school year –  
Braver Quote

  • Preparing for the PSLA Annual Conference
  • Advertising a spring book fair
  • Writing an award speech or award acceptance speech for annual conference
  • Volunteering for spring musicals and school concerts
  • Preparing for an author visit in your school
  • Developing lessons for that awesome project you planned with a teacher
  • Reading reviews and selecting titles for one last book order this year
  • Developing your first or your tenth annual conference presentation
  • Finishing or planning inventory in your library
  • Working with students face to face and helping them choose the best books or find the most important information
  • Trying out new Makerspace ideas or sharing a new app with students
  • Promoting summer reading programs or your own summer library program
  • Getting ready to collect books and overdue materials (maybe you’re not missing this)

Or more personal events – a special birthday, a wedding, a celebration, visits with family – maybe even retirement parties for yourself or your colleagues.

We never could have imagined we’d be here. Myself, I was not prepared to walk my presidential journey in this format. However, I went back to my first Behind the Scenes from July 24 and I found that I wrote this:

“We are a profession of doers – educators who work hard to BE the answer.

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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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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


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:

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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?

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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!

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

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,

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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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:
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:

To complete the survey for an independent school entity, please use this link:

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians Recap

The Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians was a huge success with approx 150 people attending.  PA legislators Rep. Tom Murt, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Sen. Vincent Huges and Sen. Larry Farnese spoke.  President of the Philadelphia Federations of Teachers Jerry Jordan, City Coucilwoman and parent Kendra Brooks, and teacher representative of WE the Caucus of working Educators Jessica Way made moving and compelling speeches.  Debbie Grill former School District of Philadephia school librarian and leader in the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (APPS) relayed the history of cuts in SDP library programs and losses to students.  PSLA's President Cathi Fuhrman presented the loss of librarians statewide.  Senior student Kayla Johnson told her story of "privilege" as she attended kindergarten through 12th grade at SDP schools that still have librarians and what that has meant to her.  Four Philadelphia television stations covered the event.  View the video here:

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians

Friday, January 24, in front of the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) Administration Building, 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, from 12:30 to 1:00pm (students have a half-day of school) The event is being organized by PSLA and EveryLibrary, a non-profit, national political action committee for libraries. APPS, the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, is also supporting the rally, assisting with local arrangements. The Administration Building is four blocks from the Convention Center where the ALA Midwinter Conference is being held.

  • Although there are over 200,000 students in SDP with 341 schools, there are fewer than 8 school librarians in the district, making it the worst librarian to student ratio in the nation.
  • PSLA’s message: Every student deserves a certified school librarian and a quality school library.
  • Lauren Comito, founder of Urban Librarians Unite and recent recipient of Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award will be the MC.
  • Speakers include PA State Rep. Thomas Murt, a primary co-sponsor of HB 1355 and Senator Larry Farnese, a sponsor of SB 752. Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Jessica Way, Caucus of Working Educators, Helen Gym, and Kendra Brooks, Philadelphia City Councilwomen, and a parent and student. There will be a photographer and media to cover the event.
  • Please RSVP at .