AASL Region 1 Community
AASL knows you may have missed some important deadlines while taking your well deserved summer break. Be sure to mark these deadlines on your calendar, and feel free to post to your state membership. We don't want anyone to miss a thing!
September 12, 2012 - Deadline for AASL 2012 Fall Forum advance registration rates.
September 14, 2012 - Deadline to secure the reduced rate for AASL 2012 Fall Forum hotels.
November 9, 2012 - Concurrent session proposals due for AASL's 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut.
January 1, 2013 - Application deadline for the National School Library Program of the Year Award.
February 1, 2013 - AASL Award & Grant applications due.
CASL Report to NESLA April 2010
Submitted by Chris Barlow
CASL Representative to NESLA
CASL Officers Nominations
Ballot for next year’s officers will go out to members May 1. Elections will take place the first two weeks of May via a Zoho survey. Nominees are: President Jackie Galante, Official Candidate; Mary Lou Cassotto, Petitioning Candidate; Vice President Diane Strumello; Vice President Intern Sara Kelley-Mudie; Treasurer Martha Djang; Recording Secretary Christopher Barlow
What 501(c) 3’s can do
There has been a recent discussion as to what 501(c) 3’s can do. This comes from debate which actually started last year over a proposal that CASL lobby the Connecticut State Legislature to request that they pass an unfunded state mandate to have a certified LMS in every school.
This will be taken up at our next Board meeting with the proposal that CASL Board members refrain from lobbying the legislature with this request, the reasoning: unfunded mandates are funded by the towns. The dire economic straits of many towns indicate that this is not an appropriate time to ask towns to fund such a mandate.
This discussion will also examine recent proposals to lobby, and whether or not our organization wishes to examine the possibility of changing our state status to increase lobbying allowances.
Advocating for the School Library Media Specialist
There are many concerns over the economic status of state and local governments, almost all of which are experiencing unprecedented budget deficits. To avoid even larger deficits many towns are reducing their education personnel. The first to be laid off is often the teachers of the “specials”: physical education, art, music, special education and library media specialists. While CASL as a non-profit organization cannot lobby, it can advocate for school library media specialists. Among the things we are doing is:
1. Professional Development: CASL provides professional development activities so library media specialists can excel at their job and remain up-to-date on 21st century skills.
2. State level advocacy: CASL seeks ways to collaborate with the State Department of Education. Currently we do not have a representative for School Library Media Specialists in the State Department of Education. CASL is seeking other people to present our needs to the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
3. National advocacy: The President and Vice-President of CASL attend AASL Affiliate
Assembly at the American Library Association (ALA) midwinter and annual meetings. They present both commendations and concerns to AASL for national action.
4. Recognizing best practice: CASL’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding programs and library media specialists. Award winners receive a letter that is usually shared with their building and district administrators publicizing how library media specialists impact student learning.
5. Toolkits: CASL is preparing toolkits and AASL already has several toolkits that library media specialists can use to promote their programs and show teachers, administrators and parents the impact of their program on student learning.
CASL is developing a website for its members at https://sites.google.com/site/casladvocacytoolkit/home .
Discussion of producing advocacy brochure for parents to hand out highlighting what we do. Members of our organization are advocating in a variety of ways, including the creation of a Facebook group.
CASL sponsored an appearance by Tasha Squires at the CLA Conference on April 19 which was a major success. Tasha has written a book about the collaboration between public libraries and school libraries--Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries. She presented a workshop on the same topic in addition to selling and signing books. This was the first of what we hope to be many collaborations between CASL and CLA.
Spring Fling/Awards Presentations:
Awards presentations will be made at Spring Fling April 28. Approximately 60 people have registered to date. All winners have been notified and the list of winners posted on the web site
CASL is evaluating how it communicates with members and wants to meet the needs of its members so it is surveying them for their opinion about our communications.
CASL wants to:
Communicate ideas, policies, and practices in the school library profession.
Publicize programs like Mentoring Matters. Encourage participation in professional growth activities such as the annual conference and workshops. Provide ways for Connecticut’s school librarians to share ideas and best practices. Recognize outstanding members, administrators, collaborating teachers and programs with awards encourage membership in CASL
CASL has many tools to communicate with school librarians in Connecticut:
CASL web site; CASL Ning (about 100 members); CASLGram, the CASL newsletter accessed through the web site; CASL list serv managed by the immediate past president(about 200 members)
Members-only bulk email managed by Administrative Secretary (about 395 members)
Liaisons are CASL members who volunteered to email to librarians in public libraries, public and private schools in their town. The liaisons send e-mails to people who may not be members of CASL.
Consolidating communication tools
CASL will continue the members-only bulk email and the liaison bulk email programs. CASL is considering maintaining a web page and a Ning and eliminating CASLgram and CASL-L. The Minnesota Educational Media Organization has consolidated their communication tools into a comprehensive Ning that MEMO uses as their web site, newsletter, blog, listserv and discussion forum. This Ning contains information about the organization, a calendar, membership, publications, conferences, SIDs (Special Interest Divisions such as technology discussions), a forum and a blog. We are examining the possibility of moving toward a similar model, but may need to look at other options since NING has recently announced the elimination of their free service.
Survey of members:
Are you a subscriber to CASL-L? Yes No
Should CASL eliminate CASL-L? Yes No Comments
Do you read CASLGram? Yes No
Should CASL eliminate CASLGram? Yes No Comments
Will you join or have you already joined CASL Ning? Yes No Comments
Do you view the CASL web site regularly? Yes No Comments
Do you want to be notified when the CASL web site is updated? Yes No Comments
The survey currently has over 100 responses. Most were positive regarding how CASL communicates, and some great suggestions were made to streamline communication tools.
Members of CASL’s executive board have been working as part of a Connecticut consortium to secure a Library of Congress grant to become a member of the Teaching with Primary Sources Program. This consortium was organized by Dr. Marsha Alibrandi of Fairfield University, and includes library, social studies, and museum organizations.
If awarded the grant, members of the consortium will work together over a two year period to create professional development opportunities for our members and then lessons and resources for our students, CASL would provide some of these professional development opportunities. The consortium would collaborate on the development of an interactive webpage to disseminate the information and share the lessons.
Leadership and the School Library Media Specialist Workshop @ Fairfield University held on February 20.
Thirty one people attended to listen to three experts talk about leadership. They included Sara Kelly Johns, ALA President-elect candidate; Dr. Paul Maloney a professor from Fairfield University who shared his vast amount of experience in business around the world and who now shares his knowledge of Situational Leadership at Fairfield. The final speaker was Dr. Maureen Hinkley, Visiting Assistant Professor in Educational Technology and School Library Media at Fairfield, discussed creating a leadership plan and referred to CT's 2009 Common Core of Leading.
Fall Conference: November 7 & 8, Cromwell, Conn.
Theme: Transliteracy in a Mobile World
Keynote Presenter: Buffy Hamilton
Luncheon/General Session Speaker: Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Author Jake Halpern will present two sessions.
Buffy Hamilton will present a hands-on workshop at the Pre-conference on Sunday.
Twenty-five presenter proposals were submitted. There is space at Crowne Plaza for 13-15, so the Professional Development committee is reviewing the proposals. Doing one book, one conference breakfast instead of administrator’s breakfast (Several book titles have been suggested, the PD committee is reviewing them). Pre-conference would be more hands on Web 2.0 type of program.
CASL Report to NESLA
Submitted by Chris Barlow
CASL Representative to NESLA
Consensus from the Board that CASL will be sending representatives to the meeting in June with other NESLA state boards.
Our joint conference with CECA was a success; everyone seemed pleased with it. We had about 750 attendees and 100 vendors. Newly added this year was a poster session, organized by CECA, which focused on technology applications.
Coming out of the conference, it was discussed how we can grow our membership. While those attending the conference get a year’s membership in both CASL and CECA as part of the registration, it was noted that there still are quite a few LMS in the state who are not members of CASL.
Ongoing discussion for Fall 2010 CASL Conference on November 7th and 8th. Theme: Transliteracy in a Mobile World, Keynote Presenter: Buffy Hamilton. (Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.) Our feeling is that we need to be as up to date as reading teachers on reading strategies. Looking for ideas for speakers. We also met informally with the Connecticut Association of Publishers and Authors. Instead of paying huge sums for library visits of national authors, the same programs might be available locally for a lot less. We could be the middle man with other school librarians with no agent fees. Have also put out feelers with the Reading Teachers' Association. They are interested in collaborating with us on one or two presentations on the latest reading strategies for the next conference. One idea that has been proposed is One Book, One Conference. Also working on panel with keynote on social networking in teaching.
Our Spring Fling will be held Wednesday, April 28, when our annual awards will be presented. This is in place of the Fall Festival, which was held last October. We had over 60 people attend that. From now on the awards presentations will take place in the spring so as to avoid conflicts with our conference. Almost all of the award winners for the spring have been chosen and will be announced once the final categories have been decided. One thing that will be changed next year is the combining of two awards-- the Creative Program and Collaboration Grant to one award to recognize one outstanding library. The award winner will receive $1,000 ($500 from Follett and $500 from CASL) The new award will be named the award the Irene Kwidzinski Learning for Life award.
Our Advocacy Committee will be focusing on the awards in the short term, but still will be addressing how we can better promote what we do as Library Media Specialists in our own schools as well as statewide. This would include creating and publishing different versions of a brochure for parents and administrators.
CASL and Fairfield University will host a Professional Development workshop: "Leadership for the School Library Media Specialist" on Saturday February 20th, 8:30-12 noon at Fairfield University. Sara Kelly Johns will be the keynote speaker. Two Fairfield faculty members Dr. Maureen Hinckley and Dr. Paul Maloney will also present. Our December Board meeting was held at Fairfield University. The university hosted the Board meeting last year. We have established an ongoing relationship with Fairfield and this is part of that. At the meeting last year, we set up a joint workshop for the spring of 2009. With the one again this year, we hope to make this an ongoing collaboration.
Tasha Squires will be the presenter sponsored by CASL at this year's CLA conference, April 19 & 20 at Mohegan Sun. She will present at 10:15 on Monday, April 19. Tasha has written a book about the collaboration between public libraries and school libraries, Library Partnerships: making Connections Between School and Public Libraries.
Next month we will formally announce the new slate of officers for next year.
Our state has been asked to read the above strategic plan draft from ALA and submit comments and general feedback. Besides the general feedback already compiled, there was commentary to support Sara Kelly Johns as ALA President. ALA has become more focused on School Libraries recently but will have even more focus if Sara Kelly Johns is elected president. AASL has become more visible and active in ALA. Also noted was the need for more response to federal government initiatives and revision of NCLB. In addition that ALA needs to keep an eye of membership fees.