KASL December Newsletter


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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.

Spring is a busy season for KBA! Be sure to mark these dates on your calendars!

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KASL Membership Drive!

At the end of the month, we are going to draw names of 10 brand new KASL members and 10 renewing KASL members. They will all receive a KASL sticker. (20 total) One person from each group will also win a KASL t-shirt!

SPOTLIGHT! Jefferson County

Following a successful “Meme-bership Drive” in August, the Jefferson County district has launched a new promotion this December. Their fun, festive “12 Days of JCASL” drive was created to highlight many of the awesome benefits of joining, while bringing tidings of comfort and joy to its members.

You can check out the first of their “12 Days of JCASL” spots here:

If you enjoyed that video, you can follow JCASL on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as they release their final eleven daily spots. Who knows, maybe you’ll see something in the spots or their social media to inspire your own library or KASL district. At the very least, the spots will be sure to bring you some much needed holiday cheer during this final month of 2020.

Lastly, this year’s JCASL newsletters have been among the most viewed in its history. With blurbs on everything from NTI tips to fostering inclusivity, you might find something relevant to your situation. Their August/September and October/November editions can be found at the hyperlinks. During the last newsletter, JCASL President Tim Jones encouraged members with a video message and homage to this year’s Bitmoji classroom craze. You can check that out below.

Message from the JCASL President
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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.

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KET Education brings you a free sceening of, "A Trusted Space!"

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 7-8pm

This is an online event.

What: Documentary titled, A Trusted Space.

Summary: As the nation navigates an unprecedented school year, this film offers tools to mitigate the effects of grief, trauma, and anxiety, and other emotional stressors affecting both students and teachers.

Where: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/85gaw

Presented by: KET

Duration: 60 minutes

KET is offering a special online communal viewing event to watch this touching documentary and discuss our experiences during this unprecedented time.

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Library-Specific Framework for Professional Growth

Each framework consists of research-based sets of components of practice that are consistent with the Kentucky Framework for Teaching.

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.

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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.