From the SCASL Regional Network

Regional Network News, Notes, and Reminders; Please Share!

Keep the Conference Conversations Going--even if you didn't go!

Edmodo is still very active even after conference If you haven't taken the chance to try it out, this is a very authentic way to learn, understand, or get a feel for how it works. You can find many interactions around the topics presented at conference just by joining those groups. Also available through the various session you will find helpful links, resources, and even actual presentations presenters provided through Edmodo. Edmodo is this year's vehicle for online handouts, so tap into that resource for a wealth of PD targeting school librarians, common core, pedagogy, tech integration, collection development, and much, much more. The link below goes to a downloadable spreadsheet containing Edmodo codes used at conference.

SCASL13 Conference Edmodo Codes

There is an EDMODO group for SCASL, and the code to join that group is dc0qjk

The next two years' dates of SCASL Conferences are available.

Go ahead and put them on your calendar!!
  • March 12-14, 2014 - Columbia Metro Convention Center
  • March 11-13, 2015 - Columbia Metro Convention Center

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School Library Month Video Contest

What does community look like in your school?

Is it learning together? Working toward a common goal? Building school spirit? How does your school library program promote community?

Students are encouraged to submit videos to the American Association of School Librarians detailing examples of how their school library connects to this year’s School Library Month theme “Communities matter @ your library.” Videos should visually illustrate how the school library program fosters a sense of community in their school.

Contestants are urged to unleash their creativity and just have fun! Use humor, drama, music, or special effects to showcase your amazing school library. Entries must be submitted to between Feb. 1 and March 19, 2013 by 11:59 P.M. CST to be eligible to win. For a full list of contest rules and eligibility

The 2013 SC Book Award Winners!

Book Award News: SCASL published official press release

Here is a link to an official press release from SCASL naming the 2013 book award winners. The following is a breakdown of the number of participating schools and number of student votes for each category, followed by the title/author winner.

PBA: 208 schools with 50,629 students voting; winner - Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni
CBA: 151 schools with 8,742 students voting; winner - The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
JBA: 88 schools with 4,234 students voting; winner - Hero by Mike Lupica
YABA: 65 schools with 1,230 students voting; winner - Matched by Ally Condie

Total of 512 schools and 60,835 students voting across SC!! Way to go!

SCASL did the Harlem Shake!!

SCASL - Harlem Shake

Conference Evaluations - Please complete one!

If you attended the SCASL13 Conference, the Conference Evaluation is online at Survey Monkey. Please take time to thoughtfully complete the evaluation. These results are analyzed by the conference planing committee and SCASL Board of Directors, and future conference are impacted by your evaluations, comments, and suggestions. Here are the links (one is the long one, and the other is a google shortened one.

Recertification Cards NEEDED BACK!!

A reminder from SCASL President Heather Loy

For those of you who attended SCASL13 in Columbia and forgot to turn in your scan cards for the SCASL Conference Recertification credit, please mail them to:

Kevin Merritt
311 Zion Church Road
Easley, SC 29642

Failure to return these means SCASL has to purchase new ones. One way to keep our confernece costs down is to return them so SCASL does not have to buy new ones each year. Much appreciation to those who did return them at conference, and even more apreciation to those who mail them back in becasue they accidentally took them home.

For those of you who DID turn in your cards, he says he hopes to have your transcripts emailed out to the email you provided on your conference registration this coming week. We will send an email out to the listserv and regional network once he does email them out.


Award Winners from SCASL 2013

2013 SCASL Distinguished Service Award Winner

Elizabeth Gregory

Elizabeth Gregory (pictured above, left) was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award that recognizes an individual, group, or business that has made an outstanding contribution to South Carolina school librarianship, school library media services, and/or SCASL. She has presented conference sessions on decorating on a budget, the “We the People” bookshelf, and National Geographic Resources. She currently works at John P. Thomas Elementary in Richland School District One. (Elizabeth is pictured here with longtime friend Frances Lee O'Neal.)

Other SCASL Recognitions:

  • Jane Harrison was recognized as a part of SCASL’s Honor Roll of Administrators. As Director of Elementary Education, Jane Harrison represents all Anderson District One school librarians. She speaks on their behalf at district-level meetings, emails articles of importance, organizes professional development tailored to the needs of school librarians, and advocates for increased school library book budgets, access to electronic information and web 2.0 tools that are sometimes blocked by the district’s filter.
  • Kathy Wills was honored as Media Paraprofessional of the Year, an award that recognizes the exemplary performance of a paraprofessional who directly supports the media profession either at the building or district level. Mrs. Wills has been a school library paraprofessional at Woodmont High School in Greenville County for thirteen years and often downplays her importance by saying that anyone could do her job. During her thirteen years, she has helped train three new media specialists who believe she is so much more than a library clerk; she is a “Library Manager” and friend.

Possible Statewide Library Study on the Horizon

The South Carolina Association of School Librarians provides an advocacy voice for the school library profession, working tirelessly to equip librarians with tools useful in convincing decisions makers to recognize the school librarian and school library program as a significant factor in daily impacting learning and increased student achievement. The association is currently in the initial stage of contracting for a statewide research study documenting the impact of school libraries on student achievement. Stay Tuned!

Cathy Jo Nelson, SCASL Regional Network Director

Cathy is a 27 year veteran educator in the state of South Carolina. She currently serves the students, faculty and staff of Dorman High School in Spartanburg District Six as a teacher librarian.