KASL January Newsletter

YOUR STATE-LEVEL ​SCHOOL LIBRARY ORGANIZATION

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At the end of this month, 10 NEW KASL members will win a KASL sticker. One of those 10 will also win a swag bag that includes a KASL t-shirt, KASL pencils, bookmarks, and KBA seals and stickers.


10 RENEWING KASL members will win a KASL sticker. One of those 10 will also win a swag bag that includes a KASL t-shirt, KASL pencils, bookmarks, and KBA seals and stickers.


Join KLA and KASL for only $65!!!

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Our KBA reader committees are busy reading and evaluating books for the upcoming 2021-2022 Master Lists!

Do you have a book you'd like considered for the upcoming master list? Be sure to nominate it HERE! Several KBA Resources have recently been added to the resource page! Be sure to check out the interactive activities submitted by Kentucky School Librarians. Have a resource to share? Please email a link to maria.atkins@hart.kyschools.us or kbacoordinator@gmail.com.

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DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT! GRASL

The Green River Association of School Librarians (GRASL) is the local association for public and private school librarians in Christian, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Union, and Webster counties. GRASL has gone through some transformations this past year, including changing our name from Second District and adding new offices. However, one thing has remained constant, GRASL members have represented our organization well this year! Elizabeth Muster and Carrie Wilkerson sat on a discussion panel regarding Covid 19 and library guidelines and policies at KPLA's annual conference. The panel consisted of academic, public, and school librarians across Kentucky. Carrie also co-presented "You Get a Card, You Get a Card, You Get a Card: Placing Public Library Cards in Students' Hands" with Sarah Jacobs, teen librarian at Daviess County Public Library, at KLA. This presentation discussed how Carrie and Sarah collaborated to put a DCPL card in every DCHS student's hands. Carrie also presented at the last GRREC LMS Network meeting on Covid 19 and library guidelines and policies for high schools. In addition to presenting, Carrie, Rhonda Bell, and Emily Northcutt wrote and submitted the feature article Reimagining A Conference During a Pandemic for Kentucky Libraries.


GRASL's board has grown from 3 to 6 with the addition of three new positions: awards chair, communications chair, and professional development chair. Elizabeth Muster, Kristy Lovett, and Kelli McDaniel were elected to each respectively.


News from our Awards Chair

This year GRASL will offer awards and grants to our members. The Lifetime Achievement Award will honor an individual who has given continuous, sustained support to the school library profession throughout his/her lifetime. The Outstanding School Media Librarian Award will recognize someone who has made outstanding contributions to the profession on local, district, and state levels. $50 will be presented to an Outstanding Student Technology Project. Also, members may apply for a $250 Jeanne Cleveland Memorial Grant to instill continued professional learning or to start a new library program. All nominations are due March 12, 2021. Nominees must be a paid member of GRASL to be considered for an award. Attend our February virtual meeting to learn how to nominate yourself or a colleague. Please contact Award Chair Elizabeth Muster for more information at elizabeth.muster@daviess.kyschools.us


News from our Communications Chair

GRASL is amping up our presence on social media to strengthen the connections among the librarians within this district by providing an outlet for motivating, encouraging and informing one another of happenings within our district, our state, and beyond. The organization has rolled out a Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. All can be found by searching our handle @GRASLKY. You can also connect with us on our website, where we hope to add headshots of our members. Please send your headshot to Kristy at kristy.lovett@daviess.kyschools.us.


News from our Professional Development Chair

Currently, we are planning our GRASL Spring PD to be held virtually on the afternoon of April 20, after GRREC's LMS Network Meeting. We plan to offer a variety of sessions and topics. If you are a GRASL member or are a school librarian in any of the GRASL counties, you can complete this survey to provide input on our Spring PD sessions. For questions about the survey or our Spring PD, contact Kelli at kelli.mcdaniel@union.kyschools.us.


Upcoming GRASL Virtual Meeting- February 10 at 3:30 PM CST. Contact Carrie Wilkerson for the Google Meet link.

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Did you know that KET is giving school librarians FREE access to School Library Connection?

School Library Connection can help you improve your school library program whether you’re in your first year on the job or a seasoned pro. Inside, you’ll find a continually growing library of high-quality webinars and self-paced courses, cutting-edge ideas and inspiration from peers, and thousands of new book and digital resource reviews each year—by school librarians, for school librarians.

https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

Username: Kentucky

Password: libraries

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AASL 2021 National Conference call for proposals

AASL has launched a comprehensive call for proposals for its 2021 national conference. AASL invites proposals for concurrent sessions, research into practice sessions, and the IdeaLab best practice showcase to be presented Oct. 21-23, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Complete proposals must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Central on Mon., February 1, 2021. More information is available at national.aasl.org/proposals.

Ky Academic Standards for Library Media!

The standards were recently given approval in the September 29 meeting of the Local Superintendents Advisory Council. View the latest draft of the standards using this link.

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.