Kentucky Association of School Librarians

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OPGES- What's it all about?

OPGES (Other Professionals Growth and Effectiveness System) is the new buzz in the library world. This is the pilot year for our new evaluation system. Now is the time to find out about this system before it goes into full effect next school year.

Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant from the Kentucky Department of Education has been very helpful by sending emails with information. Many district meetings are discussing the OPGES process for librarians. Try to attend a district meeting or email Kathy if you have any questions or concerns about this new evaluation process. kathy.masfield@education.ky.gov

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Joan Wood, Ben Revere, Sharon Calhoun

Joan Wood, library media specialist for Lebanon Elementary in Marion County, was honored this summer by the Philadelphia Phillies as a “Phillies Favorite Teacher.” Congratulations, Joan!

Read what Phillies’ Centerfield Ben Revere has to say about Joan at the link below in the “Phillies Favorite Teacher” section: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/community/teacher_allstars.jsp

Save The Date

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KLA/KASL Fall Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 KLA/KASL Annual Conference. See the following link for access to the conference program, conference registration, and the link for hotel reservations. (Early Registration Rates by September 1st)


The Conference Planning Committee, sections, and round tables have worked hard to put together a great program. I am excited about our keynote speakers and authors, and the wide variety of interesting programs offered by our own members.

Besides the program sessions, we have 2 preconference sessions, special luncheons, business meetings, exhibits, and of course time to visit and network.

Our Thursday night social is a conference wide book discussion with the author at Sidebar. We’ll be reading Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris. It’s FREE but you still need to register for it.

Check out the program for all the details about the conference.

2014 Summer Reading Conference

The 2014 Summer Reading Conference will be November 3 & 4, 2014 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY. The Summer Reading Conference is a 2 day conference for librarians serving children, teens, and adults in libraries throughout Kentucky. Over the past couple of years the conference has expanded to topics beyond Summer Reading. Past presentations have included sessions on Common Core, reader’s advisory, preschool programming, drama programs, etc. This year we would like to open the conference to school librarians, as well as public librarians. We will have a special one-day registration option for school librarians on November 4.

The general theme for this Summer Reading Program is “Heroes and Villains” and the slogans are:

Children’s: Every Hero Has a Story

Teen: Unmask

Adult: Escape the Ordinary

If you wish to stay at the Marriott, we have a small block of rooms that will be held for us. They are $169.00 per night. To reserve one of these rooms you can book online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SUMMERREADINGPROGRAM or call 1-877-901-6632 and ask for the Summer Reading Program or Department of Libraries room block.

Please direct any questions to Heather Dieffenbach (heather.dieffenbach@ky.gov) at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Heather Dieffenbach

Children’s and Youth Services Consultant

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

300 Coffee Tree Road

Frankfort, KY 40602

502-564-8300 ext 287


edCamp Kentucky

Fellow Librarians,

Good evening. I hope you all are enjoying the summer. I wanted to let you know that the very first Edcamp Kentucky will be on October 25, 2014, at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown.

Below is a short video that gives a brief overview of what edcamps are all about. It is still a relatively new concept and aligns closely with the sharing and collaboration that happens 24/7 through social media services like Twitter. This page of the Edcamp Kentucky website also provides some key features.

This is a FREE and commercial/vendor-free event and I think it would be awesome if we had a strong representation of school librarians there. I know we have tons of dedicated educators out there who could both benefit and share their knowledge at an event like this one. The location and date will not work for everyone, but there are plans for Edcamp Kentucky to tour around the state in the future.

You can register at this link. You can also follow Edcamp Kentucky on Twitter, and on Google+.


James Allen

Oldham County High School

Newspapers in Education Herald-Leader

Welcome back. I know you're super busy but don't forget to sign up for your Newspaper in Education Herald-Leader e-edition grant. www.nieconnects.com Grant=Unlimited access to kentucky.com and access 7-days-a-week to the online Herald-Leader. (sponsored so there is no cost to you or your school)

Please share this information with new and returning teachers at your school


Kriss Johnson ~ Digital Engagement Coordinator, kjohnson@herald-leader.com, 859-231-3353 NEW! www.nieconnects.com has a fresh new look!

Where's Waldo At the Library?

Where's Waldo downloadable pdf
Great to use for library orientations.

Info from the KASL Summer Refresher

Please select the "Conferences & PD" tab at the top of page when you visit www.kasl.us and then select the 2014 Materials and Resources link in the middle of the page.


Wow! Check out this infographic by the amazing Helen Morrison, KET Consultant!

KY Book Fair Grant

The Kentucky Book Fair, Inc. invites you to apply for a library travel grant provided by Graviss’ McDonald’s and proceeds from the 2013 Kentucky Book Fair. The grant is established to help finance travel for school and public library groups to Children’s Day on Friday, November 14, 2014. Minimum grants will be $250 and maximum grants will be $1,000 per application approved. The application deadline is SEPTEMBER 19, 2014.

Judith Gibbons
Kentucky Book Fair Grants Chair

Consider trying a BLOG

I have decided to try blogging this year. I have encouraged my students to use blogging in my Intro to Teacher Education class to journal about their observations. I am trying to blog once a month and eventually build up to twice a month.
We use edublogs.org at our school. It is the one blog web site not blocked in our district.
Feel free to check out my blog. http://darlahzweifel.edublogs.org/ I am not a "Library Girl" or "The Daring Librarian", but I am working on letting people know how important books, libraries, and students are to me. I know I am way behind in the BLOG world, but I figure you have to start somewhere. Happy blogging!
Darlah Zweifel
Meade County High School
Teacher Librarian
KASL Publications
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Some top Librarian Blogs to Check out

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#KyLChat Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm EST

Make sure you join us for Ky Librarians Twitter Chats on Tuesday nights.