SLRI Update

November/December 2017

Message from the President

Particpating in the national American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference in Phoenix was a thrill. Sarah Hunicke and I teamed up with librarians from all over the country to learn about the new standards,and heard amazing speakers like Google Evangelist Jaime Casap and remarkable author Jason Reynolds. We even saw AASL president Steven Yates ride on horseback for the first time at an authentic rodeo! Look out for upcoming information on bringing the new AASL standards to RI!

Lisa Girard
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Advocacy Video Update

The Advocacy Video project is moving along. After researching and interviewing about a dozen school librarians, the filmmakers selected five librarians to focus on that represent a range of contexts. They are: Kristin Almeida, Westerly Middle School; Esther Wolk, Tiogue Elementary School, Coventry; Tasha White, D’Abate Elementary School, Providence; Heidi Blais, Cranston High School East; and Kristin Polseno, Mount St. Charles.

The filmmakers completed some on-location filming during August before students arrived. The next step is to get release forms from parents for on location shoots of the librarian working with children in the library. Mary Moen and Alex DeCiccio (one of the filmmakers), have been busy securing appropriate permissions.

In October, they met with the superintendents or assistant superintendents of the districts and the principals of the schools. They described the project, showed a short clip, and came up with a plan to obtain parent/guardian permissions. This step is taking longer than anticipated, but the good news is that the meetings turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to advocate for school librarians.

All districts are happy to support the project. They actually knew quite a bit about what their librarian does. We had great conversations about how they value a high-quality library program and how much their librarians have evolved into a critical role in their schools. On-site film shoots are tentatively planned for end of November though January. Release date of the film will be in the spring of 2018.

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Join the #RIReads Campaign

As mentioned in the last newletter, RIDE is supporting Governor Raimondo's challenge for Rhode Island to double the number of children who are reading proficiently by third grade by 2025. During the week of November 27, they will will be kicking off a #RIReads social media campaign with the theme of "Share Your Favorites."

You can help in the following ways:

  • Create a book display of librarian and teacher favorites

  • Ask students to add favorites they recommend to a book display

  • If taking pictures of students is allowed, set up a “shelfie” station and encourage students to take pictures with their favorites to post to social media with the #RIReads hashtag

  • Get staff on board! Each day of the campaign, post a picture of staff with their favs to your library’s/school’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #RIReads hashtag

Many SLRI members already post updates showing the great stuff they're doing with students. We all need to be out there sharing our passion and our unique position to connect kids with books. Setting up a Twitter account takes a matter of minutes. Follow @SchLibRI and we'll follow you back and repost your tweets. Thanks to Patti McChrystal for managing our account!

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December Watering Hole - Join Us!

Join other school librarians for conversation and snacks (and drinks) at Cafe Itri in Cranston on Dec. 11. SLRI members will gather at 4:30 p.m. The address is 1686 Cranston Street. RSVP here by December 4th.