CSLA Newsletter

January 2016

In this issue:

  • President - Annual Conference in February
  • Past-President - Newly Elected Officers & CSLF Scholarship Winners
  • VP Membership - Video Contest
  • New Members
  • Southern Region - Newly Elected Officers

Report from the CSLA President

Beth Olshewsky, CSLA President


I hope you are all as excited as I am that our 2016 Annual Conference: Doorways to Diversity is right around the corner. We look forward to record setting attendance in San Diego. We have already grown beyond the conference hotel lodging, but never fear, we have arranged for additional lodging nearby at the Dana on Mission Bay.


For those of you able to join us on Thursday, we have an array of exciting workshops for you:


The first 4 hours of the IMRA certification course, will be available for our paraprofessionals seeking an in-depth learning experience to better prepare them to assist teachers and students with diverse aspects of 21st Century learning in accordance with the Model School Library Standards and Common Core Standards. Participants will continue this course of study and have continuing access to the associated content portal following this initial workshop (included in the workshop price). Paraprofessionals who participated in 2014 and 2015 spoke highly about the valuable skills they gained.


The ever popular Michael Cart returns and in response to our theme around diversity will offer a new workshop on the “Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens,” as well as his ever popular “The Best of the Best Young Adult Books.”


Another perennial favorite, Deborah Ford returns to her old stomping grounds, to provide workshops on “Award Winning Books and What to Do with Them” and “Ensuring Diversity in the Library.”


A wealth of other pre-conference topics include: maker crafts, grant writing, 1:1 deployment, graphic novels and nonfiction, “killer” web-based images tools, Google Apps For Education, information and communication technology literacy and more. Everyone is sure to find something essential for them amongst this diversity of offerings, but you need to move fast as many of the pre-conference workshops are reaching capacity.


Can’t make it on Thursday again this year, and sad to miss out on workshops? Never fear, this year for the first time even if you can’t come early, you can still enjoy workshops. We’re offering workshops Sunday afternoon after the official conference ends. Stay late on SSSTEAM (Social Studies Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) Sunday to enjoy workshops focused on: STEAM integration, Google Cultural Institute, Google Tools and other online organizational and research tools, and Japanese story Theatre, Kamishibai.


There’s so many special extras to enjoy and learn on both ends of the conference as well as the wealth of concurrent sessions, special guests, authors and speakers, we expect every day will be professional learning, fellowship and school library fun at its best! See you there!!
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Participate in our One Book/One Conference by reading Closing Keynote Speaker Bernie Trilling’s 21st Century Skills and explore our conference guiding question:

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CSLA Past-President

Liz Dodds

Congratulations to these newly elected, or re-elected CSLA State, Northern Region, and Southern Region Board Members taking office in February 2016.


CSLA State Board:

President-Elect - Terry Lai, A. P. Giannini Middle School

VP Membership - Clare McGarvin, Kings Canyon Middle School

VP Government Relations - Glen Warren, Encinitas Union School District

VP Professional Development - Kimberlee Thorson, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Secretary - Nina Jackson, Franklin Classical Middle School

CSLA Northern Region Board:

President-Elect - Nancy Lucero (appointed by board)

Treasurer - Renee Ousley-Swank, California Department of Education

Section One Representative - Christina Villarreal, Newark Memorial High School

Section Two Representative - VACANCY

Section Three Representative - VACANCY

Section Four Representative - Callen Taylor, Visitacion Valley Middle School

CSLA Southern Region Board:

President-Elect - Erin Southam, Hilltop Middle School

Treasurer - Mindy Wilmot, Bakersfield College

Section One Representatives - Marsha Barr, Santa Barbara High School and Katie McNamara, North High School

Section Two Representative - Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School

Section Three Representative - Susan McRoberts, Hamilton Middle School

Section Four Representative - Marie Slim, Bolsa Grande High School

Section Five Representative - Rebecca Gullans, Albert Einstein Academies

Section Six Representative - Mark Williams, Retired

California School Library Foundation Scholarships

The California School Library Foundation offers two scholarships annually, the Leadership for Diversity Scholarship for $1500 and the Earlene Billing First Timer Scholarship for $350. Recognizing the need for teacher librarians who reflect the diversity of California’s multicultural, multilingual population, the California School Library Association (CSLA) has established a Leadership for Diversity Scholarship and awards it to students enrolled in a library media services credential program. This year we had two winners, Katherine Chee Leonard and Suzanne Akemi Sannwald. They will receive recognition at the CSLA Annual Conference in San Diego in February. Katherine Chee Leonard works as a classroom teacher and Title VII Program Coordinator and is currently enrolled in the California State University, Long Beach School Library Credential program. Suzanne Akemi Sannwald works as an Emergency Credentialed Teacher Librarian in Grossmont Union High School District at West Hills High School. She is enrolled in the San Jose State University School of Information’s Masters in Library and Information Science program. They will receive recognition at the CSLA Annual Conference in San Diego in February. Congratulations to these two deserving individuals!


The Earlene Billing First Timer’s Scholarship was established in 2014 for an individual who had never had the pleasure of attending a CSLA Annual Conference. Friends, family members, and others donated to the California School Library Foundation in memory of Earlene Billing, a former CSLA president who had recently died. This year’s winner is Cynthia Melara and will be honored at our annual CSLA Conference in San Diego in February. This scholarship is funded entirely by donations. Donations can be made at the Foundation webpage at: http://csla.net/foundation/foundation-donor-levels/

Donations for all of the scholarships and other work of the foundation can be made at this link: http://csla.net/foundation/foundation-donor-levels/ . The Foundation is the official non-profit fundraising arm of the California School Library Association.

CSLA VP Membership

Teresa Heieck Lai


REMINDER MEMBERS ONLY CONTEST: Members are invited to submit an instructional video that addresses competencies within the ​California Model School Library Standards​. Finalists from the contest will be asked to present their videos, and share how they created their work at the ​CSLA State Conference in San Diego on Feb 6, 2016 during a session from 7:30-9:15 a.m. Presenters will receive a coupon code for full conference registration or conference registration reimbursement. ​A reimbursement form will be sent to finalists who have already registered for conference.

For more information, rules and guidelines, go to the CSLA webpage (​http://csla.net/csla-video-contest/​) or the CSLA blog (http://cslablog.blogspot.com/).


A video might explain how to:

  • develop a search strategy,

  • locate a magazine article from a database,

  • evaluate websites,

  • use the library online catalog,

  • create formulas on a spreadsheet,

  • make animated flashcards,

  • produce a podcast,

  • practice netiquette,

  • develop a design process, or

  • another competency.

We also invite you to consider a video that incorporates the theme of school libraries as Doorways to Diversity, but you don't need to be limited to the conference theme.

Welcome NEW Members to CSLA!

Northern Region:

Carolyn Accatino, Section 1, Professional

Sherry Mattern, Section 1, Paraprofessional

Sarah Rosenkrantz, Section 1, Professional


Southern Region:

Mary Ann Conley, Section 4, Friend

Heather Munoz, Section 6, Paraprofessional

Debra Roppelt, Section 6, Paraprofessional

CSLA SR

Past-President Sondra Keckley

As Southern Region Past-President, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the incoming 2016-2017 Southern Region Board. I would like to recognize and congratulate the following members who were either elected or re-elected to their position.

President-Elect—Erin Southam lives in Southern Region Section 5, and is a Teacher-Librarian at Hiltop Middle School in Chula Vista. She has also served as a Section 5 Representative.

Treasurer—Mindy Wilmot lives in Southern Region Section 1, and is a Reference Librarian at Bakersfield College. She has also served as a Section 1 Representative.

Section 1 Representative—Katie McNamara lives in Southern Region Section 1, and is a Teacher-Librarian at North High School in Bakersfield. This is her first term on the Southern Region Board.

Section 1 Representative—Marsha Barr lives in Southern Region Section 1, and is a Teacher-Librarian at Santa Barbara High School. She was re-elected for a second term as Section 1 Representative.

Section 2 Representative—Dana Cobern-Kullman lives in Southern Region Section 2, and is a Library Coordinator at Luther Burbank Middle School. She stepped in to complete a term as Section 2 Representative this year, and has been re-elected to a second term.

Section 3 Representative—Susan McRoberts lives in Southern Region Section 3, and is a Teacher-Librarian at Hamilton Middle School in Long Beach. She stepped in to complete a term as Section 3 Representative this year, and has been re-elected to a second term.

Section 4 Representative—Marie Slim lives in Southern Region Section 4, and is a Teacher-Librarian at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove. She has previously served as a Southern Region Section 4 Representative, then President-Elect and President of Southern Region.

Section 5 Representative—Rebecca Gullans lives in Southern Region Section 5, and is a Library Media Teacher at Albert Einstein Elementary School in San Diego. This is her first term on the Southern Region Board.

Section 6 Representative—Mark Williams lives in Southern Region Section 6, and is a retired Teacher-Librarian currently volunteering as a docent at the San Bernardino County Museum. He has served as a Section 6 Representative for over 6 years, and has been re-elected to continue serving another term.


We also have the following members on the Southern Region Board who will be continuing their 2-year term. President, Kathleen Sheppard, Past-President, Sharlene Paxton, Secretary, Regina Powers, Section 2 Representative, Blair Carroll, Section 3 Representative, Heather Gruenthal, Section 4 Representative, Kathy Short, Section 5 Representative, Corie Julius, and Section 6 Representative, Victoria Waddle.

Please be sure to attend the Section Meet and Greet at the CSLA State Conference in San Diego on February 6, from 5-6pm, to personally meet and talk to your representation on the Southern Region Board. Learn about upcoming Section Events and how you can get more involved in CSLA!


It has been a pleasure serving CSLA,

Sondra Keckley

Southern Region Past-President, 2015-2016

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Newsletter Editors: Janet HasBrouck & Rosan Cable