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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: https://pslaconference.weebly.com
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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

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: https://vimeo.com/387046910

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 https://www.saveschoollibrarians.org/rally_psla_20 .

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.

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 (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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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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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.

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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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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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