KASL May Newsletter



Purchase Orders & Checks ACCEPTED!

May the Force of Kentucky Library Media Standards Be With You!

Kentucky Academic Standards for Library Media soon to be adopted!

View the latest draft of the standards using this link.


Share your expertise and experience with others!

Our School Libraries, Our Voice

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking input from a diverse group of stakeholders as it develops plans for the use of its portion of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.

KDE is gathering the input via an 8-question survey.

This is a great opportunity to express the value and potential of school libraries.

Free Grant Writing Workshop for KASL Members~May 5th

All KASL members are invited to a free grant writing workshop with UK's Proposal Development Office. The 1-hour event (4:15-5:15 ET on May 5th) is a great opportunity to learn how you can write grants for your school and library. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.***A recording of the event will be shared with members who register in advance. The recording will be made available for one month.***

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Member Spotlight: Kelli McDaniel

Kelli McDaniel grew up near Bardstown, KY, and has been working at Union County Middle School in Morganfield for the past 7 years. She lives with her husband and two beautiful dogs. She loves to cook, read, and travel. Prior to becoming the Library Media Specialist at UCMS, Kelli taught Social Studies for four years. She was recently elected as the president of the Green River Association of School Librarians (GRASL) for the next school year, and currently serves as the Spring PD chair. She is also the Vice-President of the Union County Education Association, a teacher representative on her school's SBDM council, and was a writing team leader for the State Library Standards' Writing Committee. Something exciting that happened this school year for Kelli was being able to visit students and classes by creating a library cart that traveled around the school. Students were able to listen to book talks, have conversations with Kelli about books, and check out books, all from within their classrooms and the hallways! Next school year, Kelli is looking forward to having more students in the library, but also continuing her outreach to classrooms and bringing the library to the kids throughout the school.

District News

GRASL held its last meeting of the year at our annual Spring PD. New officers were voted on, GRASL Awards were given out, and KBA Grants opened. Congratulations to our new GRASL officers for the 2021-2022 school year. These individuals will serve on our Executive Board.

President- Kelli McDaniel (Union County Public Schools)

Treasurer- Theresa Sauer (Owensboro Catholic Schools)

Secretary- Heather Buley-Coomes (Henderson County Public Schools)

Awards Chair- Jennifer Holmes (Webster County Public Schools)

Communications Chair- Kristy Lovett (Owensboro Public Schools)

Professional Development Chair- Kelli McDaniel (Union County Public Schools)

In addition to officers, GRASL elected district contacts who will relay information from the Executive Board to members in each school district.

Christian County

Daviess County- Gina Dailey

Dawson Springs Independent-

Diocese of Owensboro- Marilyn Pace

Hancock County

Henderson County- Heather Buley-Coomes

Hopkins County- Dana Martin

McLean County- Amanda Upchurch

Union County- Kelli McDaniel

Webster County- Jennifer Holmes

We still need contacts for Christian County, Dawson Springs Independent, and Hancock County. If interested, please contact Kelli McDaniel at kelli.mcdaniel@union.kyschools.us.

GRASL gave 3 awards to its members this year. Marilyn Pace from Owensboro Catholic High School received the GRASL Lifetime Achievement award for her 40+ years of service to OCHS, GRASL, and KASL. Kelli McDaniel and Carrie Wilkerson received the Jeanne Cleveland Memorial Grant. Kelli and Carrie received $250 to pursue NBCT and GRREC ED Academy.

GRASL KBA Grants opened on April 21 and closed May 21. Applicants must be paid members of GRASL for the 2020-2021 school year. Winners chosen will get to choose from 1 of 4 bundles: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Winners will be expected to create a KBA product to share with listserv and to publish on the KBA resource page. In addition, winners will also be expected to thank Mike Poynter and Rainbow Books by handwritten thank-you note, social media shout-out, etc. Winners will be announced on or before May 31 via email and on GRASL social media. To apply for a GRASL KBA Grant, visit our GRASL Awards webpage. If you have any questions regarding the awards, please contact Carrie Wilkerson at carrie.wilkerson@daviess.kyschools.

KBA Book Grants

Complete an application!

Thank you KASL, Bound 2 Stay Bound, Mackin & PermaBound for sponsoring 2021-2022 book grants!

Book Grant Details:
  • The KBA Book Grant application will stay open until June 4, 2021.
  • If awarded, you must attend the KASL Summer Refresher either in-person or virtually.
  • Winners will be announced at Summer Refresher!
  • If awarded, winners will pick up their books AT Summer Refresher. If you are attending virtually, please "find a friend" to bring your books to you.
  • If awarded, winners should create a product to share (suggested options listed below). Products will be shared on the KYLMS Listserve & posted on the KBA Resources webpage.
  • If awarded, winners will thank specific sponsors who assisted with the grant by either a handwritten thank you note, social media shout-out, etc.
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School Library Connection

Free Professional Learning Resource w/PD Certificates

KET is providing Ky librarians free access to School Library Connection. The professional development platform has articles, webinars, and self-paced workshops.

To access this awesome professional learning resource, visit School Library Connection, use username “Kentucky” and password “libraries.” You will then need to select your school district from the list. Thank you, KET!

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Register for AASL’s final town hall of the 2020-2021 school year on May 18. Join your school library colleagues as they reflect on the lessons learned over the past year and their plans for the 2021-2022 school year. The town hall will be held at 6 p.m. Central on Tuesday, May 18.

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.