KASL September Newsletter


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Celebrate Banned Book Week September 26-October 6, 2021 by Donna Morris

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Thank you, Donna Morris!

District Spotlight - JCASL

Hello! My name is Lindsy Serrano and I am the president of the Jefferson County Association of School Librarians (JCASL). I am so lucky to be able to represent this group of talented and passionate librarians on the KASL board! I was first introduced to KASL through a non-public librarians meeting and was so excited to meet with and learn from other librarians. Coming from the public libraries, the biggest thing I missed moving into schools was a community of librarians. With KASL, I found that community I was missing! Soon I became the Non-Public representative on the KASL board and got involved in my district group, JCASL.

JCASL represents the librarians in Jefferson county in both public and independent/parochial schools. We meet many times during the school year either online, though social media or in person to network, support each other, learn together and collaborate. Our next event is a virtual PD that focuses on the KDE Library Media Standards and using KYVL resources to reach your teaching goals! This is a virtual event on September 9th, click here to register!

We also care passionately about diversity and belonging in the library field, working to be more inclusive in the resources that we share, our curriculum and materials in our libraries and cultivating a diverse group of librarians in our community. This is ongoing work that is essential as we are the heart of every school we are in.

If you are in Jefferson County and would like to join, please do so here! We would love to see you at our events!

Member Spotlight - Rhonda Bell (KASL Membership Chair)

I joined KASL in 2013 when I accepted the Library Media Specialist position at Western Hills High School in Frankfort. I live in Georgetown and both of these towns are located in the Central Kentucky Association of School Librarians (CKASL) region so it seemed obvious to me to join this professional organization. Most school librarians are the only librarian at his/her/their school. I'm blessed to have worked in Grant County and now work in Franklin County where the district librarians truly work together. We were having monthly PLC meetings before PLCs were even a thing. An extension of working with other librarians in my school district was to work with those in my region (CKASL) and in the state (KASL). I have learned so much from librarians all across the Commonwealth. I don't know why anyone would want to be a librarian in isolation when we truly are better together supporting, helping, and encouraging one another.

In my position as Membership Chair, I recruit people to join our amazing professional organization. I have lots of help from our Public Relations Chair, Leslee Stewart, promoting our membership drives. She makes and schedules the tweets while I do the weekly or monthly prize drawings. I love making videos of myself spinning the wheel of names and giving away KASL swag to members. My job is a lot of fun.

This past spring my library was mostly closed to students except for when I had to cover classes due to a lack of subs. During this time I decided to genrefy my Fiction collection. If you have ever considered doing this, let me tell you that you will NOT regret it. I was completely opposed to genrefying until I spoke to my Follett representative, Brock Rubsam. He laid the process out step by step for me and made it so easy. This fall books are flying off of my library's shelves. Students seem to LOVE the genrefication of the Fiction collection.

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Submit a Proposal to Present at KLA's Annual Conference!

Help the 2021 Kentucky Library Association Annual Conference be a raging success and submit your proposal NOW at this link https://forms.gle/tCeh6sqj721Ft99w8

The 2021 Kentucky Library Association annual fall conference will be held October 14 & 15 in Lexington, Kentucky in a hybrid format.


Join KASL!!!

To join KASL, complete the application for membership on the KLA website by clicking the button above and choose Kentucky Association of School Librarians as your section.

About us

KASL is the professional organization of all Kentucky School Librarians, a state affiliate of the Kentucky Library Association, and a national affiliate of the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association.