AISLE News

February 5, 2018

There are so many important deadlines & events this month that I decided to use a newsletter format rather than flood your email box with multiple posts! I apologize for the length of this, but hope there will be something of use to you.

ILF Call for Programs

This year the same form can be used to apply at any of the ILF conferences, including regional, Youth Services (formerly CYPD), or ILF annual. You can even apply to present the same session at more than one conference.


The initial deadline is Friday, February 16, especially for the regional conferences. It is more cost effective to hold fewer, larger spring conferences than to expect each district to hold one. You are of course free to attend any of the conferences.


In addition, we want your recommendations for the best speakers! There is also a form for you to suggest others in various categories. Even if you only have 1 or 2 to list, that is fine.

School Library Census: We Need Your Help!

Please consider helping with a school district, county, or even a few schools as we gather important data about the state of school librarianship in Indiana. The links to the survey can be found here. You can double check with the office to see if a district has been covered.


Did you know? You can check someone's Indiana license via DOE's site. The site is fairly current. You might even want to double check your own.

Library Leadership Academy: Deadline extended until February 19

Applications for this year's Indiana Library Leadership Academy are now due on February 19. As with many application processes, it's a good idea to contact the people you are using as a reference ASAP to be sure the letters are received on time.

The State Library PD committee surveyed school librarians via our listserv to ask what dates you felt were best; the committee then selected June 12-15 because that was the #1 choice. Charity Karcz and I both serve on the ISL PD committee as AISLE reps. Please let us know if you have any questions. More information about InLLA available here.

Legislative Updates

Library Day at the Legislature is planned for Tuesday, February 20. The plan is to have some interactive stations to give legislators and staffers a reason to stop and hear about the important things libraries are doing. If you are able to attend, you can RSVP here.

I have been impressed by my meetings and communications with the ILF Legislative Committee. Lucinda Nord, our Bose representative Matt Long, and others have been meeting with legislators and keeping us in the loop as much as possible. Remember, you can read legislative updates via the ILF website once you log in. Chad Heck & Leslie Sutherlin are the AISLE reps on the committee.

You can also stay abreast of issues at the national level through ALA's Engage platform. Did you know that you can easily contact congresspeople easily through Engage? A list of bills that ALA is tracking is also available on the opening page. ILF is no longer participating in ALA's Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. in May, because it falls on Indiana's primary day every other year, and few legislators are there.

AASL Twitter Chat on the New Standards This Wednesday

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More Resources on the AASL Standards

Peggy George, Jane Lofton, and I curated this #NOTatAASL Livebinder from last November. We have a tab specifically for sessions that dealt with the standards. I believe this was shared before on the listserv, but we do have some new members.

DOE Winter Virtual Book Club Using a Book Written by a Librarian

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Social Leadia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership was written by a friend of mine, Jennifer Casa-Todd, who is a librarian in Ontario. Her book is filled with examples of ways students are using the web and social media for good. I've had the pleasure of introducing her in a webinar about the book, which can be found here. One of the highlighted students is 10-year-old Olivia Van Ledtje, @thelivbits, who will be presenting at Lafayette's Summer of eLearning event June 6-7, 2018. This book is easily one that could be shared among staff members. You can learn more and participate through this link. You can join later if you are not ready today.
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I am on the advisory board for Classroom 2.0 Live, a live weekly PD webinar that has been ongoing for nine years. In January we had an anniversary show that celebrated all of our 2017 presenters; this Symbaloo is a great visualization of them, complete with links. The programs can be viewed in their entirety through the webpage, through iTunes, or youtube. Extensive Livebinders of all resources shared are also available. Then there is this phenomenal document with all of the presentation information and contacts.


The list of presenters through the years is a venerable Who's Who of EdTech. This has been some of the best PD I've experienced; please let me know if you have any questions, or would like to suggest a presenter (or even be a presenter!)

Children's Book Week 2018, April 30-May 6

You can sign up to host an official event (it can be as simple as a story time) during Children's Book Week and receive promotional materials, including posters and bookmarks. Children's Book Week is connected with the Every Child a Reader campaign and the Children's/Teen Choice Book Awards. I did this last year and also entered their contest to use social media to promote it. They were going to have a winner in each state, and awarded 15 complete sets of the nominated books. (Apparently I was the only one in Indiana, and they must have had only 15 entrants!) Deadline to register for the free materials is February 9. Voting for the book awards runs from March 1 to May 6, and a link to the finalists can be found on this page.

Resources for the Pyeonychang 2018 Winter Olympics

Does your school hold any classroom or school-wide events to celebrate the Olympics? I have updated several resources in three different formats to give people a choice. I try to curate only free materials. We had a wonderful opening ceremony one year at Creston, complete with the Parade of Nations (homerooms), the "Olympic Theme" as they marched in, orchestra numbers, and a welcome from an exchange teacher from Japan (yes, it was 20 years ago).
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Spotlight on History/Social Studies

In recent months I've seen some great social studies resources shared. I used these in a newsletter for IMLEA, and thought I would re-share here.


These include

Eric Curts' Social Studies EdTech Links of the Month It is well worth exploring much of the other content on his site as well.


Stanford History Education Group.(SHEG) They received a lot of publicity last year for their study of students & media literacy. While some of these resources are used more in high school, there are still some suitable for the middle level. Media specialists use some of their material as well.


Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars Schools can register to receive free American history materials from Gilder Lehrman, and their website is extensive. In addition, they support in-depth, on location summer research opportunities for K-12 teachers, with stipends that cover much of the cost.


Social Studies Digital Content List Teacher Tom Mullaney curated this list of OER (Open Educational Resources) for his own classroom use. I have several friends who participate in #sschat, where I first saw this. (Mondays, 7 pm ET)

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AISLE Membership Newsletter

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Susie Highley @shighley

AISLE Membership Chair

ILF Vice President


AISLE PD Calendar

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