May 2015

Our Vision: Support and grow the Prince William County school library community.

President's Message from Kathy Wick

It has been a busy and exciting School Library Month! Many schools just completed voting for the Virginia Readers' Choice Winners (to be announced by the VSRA in May), research is happening left and right, you are collaborating with teachers, and so much more! Many of you struggle with adversity in one form or fashion: decreasing budgets, increasing class sizes, and more "other duties as assigned." And yet, you continue to persevere so that your students succeed.

I presented on behalf of our school libraries to the PWCS School Board on April 22nd. My message to them emphasized the vital role the library and qualified librarians play in a school. I also emphasized that while libraries across the country are struggling, ours remain strong because of the commitment of the staff and the continuing support of the school board and county administration. Each School Board member and Dr. Waltz were presented with one of the VRC nominee titles for next year to be donated back to a school in their district of the county. Also included in their package was literature about the power of school libraries from AASL. The best moment of the presentation came when I turned the mic over to one of my students who read aloud her original poem, about her library experiences. I'll leave you with her words.
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Vote now for PWSLA Officers

Below is the slate of officers and committee appointments to the PWSLA Board next year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help grow our school library community! Please vote "yay" or "nay" in the election.

President - Beth Bowen
President Elect - Lisa Manikas
Past President - Kathy Wick
Treasurer - Susan Batlouni
Secretary - Janelle Jampole
VAASL Rep - Christine Ware
Communications - Linda Mitchell
Membership - Angie Hunt
Directory - Lisa Story/Shelley Levinson

April News is Still Fresh!

The April PWSLA Newsletter includes a lot of information that is still relevant this month. Please refer to it for information about:

Global Read Aloud Picks Announced!!

Are you ready to participate in The Global Read Aloud? If you're not aware yet, head over to the website to read about this initiative that began five years ago by Pernille Ripp.

Watch this video for an introduction to the author study and the four novels involved in the project. It all begins October 5th!

Global Read Aloud Choices for 2015 #GRA15
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Cataloging in Publication Revisions

The Library of Congress has been working for some time to make revisions to the CIP information in texts. Extensive input was given from librarians in many different fields. The committee recognizes that school librarians often use the CIP information more often than other catalogers. The committee is waiting for final comments and then approval before the changes will go in effect, no sooner than July 1, 2015.

Below is an example of the changes that are being made. You can read more online.

Highlights of New Layout

  • Includes labels for data elements
  • Names, Titles, Description, Identifiers, Subjects, Classifications
  • Combines print and electronic data elements into one CIP Data Block
  • Includes a URL Permalink that when searched takes the user to the Library of Congress catalog where a bibliographic record for the title can be selected and e-mailed to the user. A permalink is a URL that remains unchanged and that when selected goes to a specific item on a web page.

Examples of New CIP Data Block Layout (to be implemented no earlier than 7/1/15)

Names: Wahl, Jan. | Sheban, Chris, illustrator.

Title: I met a dinosaur / by Jan Wahl ; illustrated by Chris Sheban.

Description: Mankato, MN : Creative Editions, 2015. | "Previously published in 1997." | Summary: After a visit to a museum of natural history, a young girl begins to see dinosaurs everywhere.

Identifiers: LCCN 2014022590 (print) | LCCN 2014026315 (ebook) | ISBN 978-1-56846-233-2 (hardcover : alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-56660-508-3 (epub)

Subjects: CYAC: Stories in rhyme. | Dinosaurs--Fiction. | Imagination--Fiction.

Classification: LCC PZ8.3.W133 Iae 2015 (print) | LCC PZ8.3.W133 (ebook) | DDC [E]--dc22

LC record available at

Prince William School Library Association Banquet

Don't miss PWSLA's exciting and informative celebration of 2014-2015 event. Dinner, drinks, author talk, recognition, farewells begin at 5:00 with a cash bar followed by dinner at 5:30.

Location: Manassas City Tavern (new location 9405 Main Street. Manassas 20110)

All librarians, LMA's, friends and interested colleagues are welcome and invited to join us.

RSVP: By May 5th to Wanda Higgins ( Woodbridge High School. Please make checks payable to PWSLA

Our guest author is Laura Lee Gulledge, PWCS alum and Virginia-based author, artist, and educator. Her debut YA graphic novel Page by Paige was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, including Most Promising New Talent. Her latest book Will & Whit was selected for YALSA Top Ten Book for Teens and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books 2013. She is currently developing a musical adaptation of her book Will & Whit that's designed for high schoolers, as well as her new book (called How to Train Your Genius).

Laura's Presentation

So how do you go from doodling on your homework to breaking into graphic novels? YA author and trained art educator Laura Lee Gulledge walks you through her process in this inspiring & informative presentation. Laura Lee takes you behind-the-scenes of how to make a book from initial script to final inking, using original art and video shorts to illustrate the process. She dishes out her favorite practical tips to help demystify the visual storytelling process and touches on helpful topics from character design to the publishing process.

Fun Facts about Laura

--I'm a PWCS alum K-12! My comics were first printed in Osbourn Park's school newspaper "The Yellow Jacket" back in the 90's. (I also earned my Girl Scout Gold Award here by painting murals and working with kids at Coles Elementary)

--I started my career teaching middle school art down in Louisa County, VA before I moved to New York to chase my own artistic career. Now I get to teach THRU my art and stories, which is quite a thrill.

--When I first left Virginia, I lived in Ghana as a volunteer art teacher! I taught art to primary and secondary level students in after-school programs across 3 villages.

--My primary freelance work in New York while I was breaking into books was as a scenic artist making Christmas windows for Macy's, Saks, and Lord + Taylor. There was a lot of glitter.

--Other creative endeavors of mine include street art, live art performance, mural painting, and cross-disciplinary Artnerships.