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Discussion Welcome Back-2-School!

by Joshua Capp on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 02:38 pm

Welcome Back-2-School!

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.

Welcome Back-2-School!

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.

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Discussion End of the Year Report from the MEMO - Minnesota Educational Media Organization July 2012

by Sally Mays on Sat, Jul 7, 2012 at 07:17 pm
  1. What regional or state activities have occurred to advance AASL initiatives?
  • Very successful hosting of the AASL 15 in October 2011!  Wonderful partnership and friendships were formed!
  • Our MEMO web page was updated to include all the AASL and ALA resources:  http://memotech.ning.com/page/resources.

2.  What are the major issues or concerns in your region?

  1. What regional or state activities have occurred to advance AASL initiatives?
  • Very successful hosting of the AASL 15 in October 2011!  Wonderful partnership and friendships were formed!
  • Our MEMO web page was updated to include all the AASL and ALA resources:  http://memotech.ning.com/page/resources.

2.  What are the major issues or concerns in your region?

  • The most pressing issue in Minnesota is the erosion of the Library Media Programs and personnel in schools, both in the metro area and in greater Minnesota.  As retirements occur, LMS’s are not replaced or remaining librarians are required to take on another library—forcing them to be spread thin.  Some metro district are moving to a half time LMS’s while other districts are bringing LMS’s back .  Sadly, the net is a loss!  This has created a burdened membership with little extra time.  We feel this is feeds our other big state issue:
  • The loss of membership and participation in our organization.  This situation has created a tight financial situation.  Unique strategies are being employed to tap into our membership in new ways, e.g.  Be the Change Leadership Development conference July 2012.   Information gleaned from members at this conference will help create a shared vision and action plan for the 2012 – 2013.

Our action plan includes a blockbuster Fall conference, with unique programming –and an extra conference day-for an audience of other than MEMO members and marketing to classroom teachers for our author only day.

  • Minnesota colleges and universities report a reduction in the number of students that our entering into library science programs. We have only one university, in the state, with ALA accreditation.  This program while robust, is not graduating a majority of school libraries.
  • Minnesota has not adopted the Common Core.  Currently, we are in a state of flex.   This may be an opportunity for LMS/MEMO members to become experts and offer expertise to meet these standards.

3.  What are major accomplishments in your region?

  • Very successful hosting of the AASL 15 in October 2011!  Wonderful partnership and friendships were formed!
  • Our MEMO web page was updated for easier access and to provide more information to our members.
  • Highly successful one day conference Portable U  in January 2012 with digital conference connections with three (3) remote sites in greater Minnesota.
  • Pioneered a unique summer leadership “un-conference”  Be the Change
  • New partnerships with Children’s Literature  Network and Minnesota Youth Reading Association for increased presence with education and reading professionals.

Respectfully submitted for Minnesota Educational Media Organization MEMO

Sally Keeler Mays, President

P.S.  Please watch for and welcome our new MEMO Presidents-Elect:  Donna Ohlgren and Karen J. Qualey

 

 

 

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Discussion I love my school library because. . .

by Sally Mays on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Share your school library story!

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Discussion WI WEMTA AASL Annual Report 2012

by Vicki Santacroce on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

1.   What regional or state activities have occurred to advance AASL initiatives?

AASL initiatives, political advocacy efforts, news and contests are posted on our WEMTA listserv on an ongoing basis throughout the year and in our quarterly newsletter, The WEMTA Dispatch. Examples of Postings:

1.   What regional or state activities have occurred to advance AASL initiatives?

AASL initiatives, political advocacy efforts, news and contests are posted on our WEMTA listserv on an ongoing basis throughout the year and in our quarterly newsletter, The WEMTA Dispatch. Examples of Postings:

  • Posted information announcement of AASL/ALA Award Winners—Included Kristine Klopp, School Librarian at Lindbergh Elementary School in Madison, WI who won the 2012 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant for her project, Squaring Off for Reading
  • Posted ALA Annual Conference news and encouragement to attend.
  • Posted information and requests for Commendations and Concerns from membership.
  • Promoted Professional development opportunities for AASL Spring and Summer e-Academies. We had 8 or 9 people complete the eBook Academy this spring.
  • Promoted participation in School Libraries Count! Survey
  • Presented information on opportunities to present at next AASL Conference.
  • Promoted National Library Month and Week.

Presented a hands-on session for 32 attendees at our annual conference in March 2012 which highlighted AASL resources and initiatives, as well as the school library profession in general. Topics covered included L4L tools such as: the Standards and Program Guidelines publications, Empowering Learners online Planning Guide, The online Lesson Plan Database, School Libraries Count! Survey, 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, Advocacy tools, AASL Toolkits including Common Core, etc.  Presentation available at http://www.slideserve.com/vsantacroce/school-libraries-count-wemta-2012

Also, presented AASL information at our membership meeting at our annual conference in March 2012

2.  What are the major issues or concerns in your region?

The biggest concern in Wisconsin is the continuing reduction of certified Library Media Specialists in school districts as school budgets continue to be cut.  Many Library Media Specialists are being forced to oversee multiple libraries and the instructional component of the program is being lost. In turn, our universities are seeing a reduction in the number of students that our entering into library science programs. Another issue we are seeing is that school districts are beginning to hire technology integrators/coaches in lieu of library media specialist positions.  In addition, members have complained that our requirements for existing educators to become a certified school librarian is too cumbersome and expensive which is hindering quality candidates from entering the profession. Our requirements are more than a principal or administrator must go through.

 Another continuing issue we face is the fight to keep our Common School Funds intact. The Common School Fund is a state wide trust that ultimately provides the money in our state for school library resources. There have been various bills in the state that have recently been passed that will reduce our overall funding in the future and will allow for more technology items to be bought out of the library funds, as well.

 A new development is that the evaluation process for educators is being changed in Wisconsin and pay may be based on student achievement. School Librarians are concerned of where we will fit in and how it will affect us.

3.  What are major accomplishments in your region?

Our WEMTA organization continues to provide representatives and have a strong voice on state wide initiative councils such as the Digital Learning Advisory Council, eBook Summit, Technology Planning Council, etc.

Co-sponsored AWSA SLATE Technology Conference in December 2011 and EdCamp Milwaukee in May 2012.

We had almost 700 attendees at our Annual Conference in March 2012 despite all the budget cuts and job loss we had in the state over the past year.

 

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Discussion Region III Spring Meeting Commendation Form

by Sally Mays on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Dear Region 3ers,

Commendation#2 from MEMO

MEMO Is proud to bring forth a Commendation for the program, Books for Breakfast, Bookology and Chapter and verse for your consideration, prior to our discussion.

Looking forward to our discussion.

-Sally Mays and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf

Discussion Commedation for your consideration from MEMO

by Sally Mays on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 02:36 pm

Dear Region 3ers,

MEMO Is proud to bring forth a Commendation for the Leap into Reading program for your consideration, prior to our discussion.

We will have a second suggestion for Commendation by noon tomorrow!

Looking forward to our discussion.

-Sally Mays and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf

 

Discussion AASL Affiliates meetings schedule at ALA.

by Sally Mays on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 08:56 pm

Hello all,

Do we have a schedule for the AASL Affiliates meetings schedule at ALA in Ananheim.  Thank you

-Sally Mays

Discussion Region III Spring Meeting

by Sally Mays on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 09:40 am

Greetings and Happy New New Year!   I love the idea of a Skype meeting.  Good use of technology to save time and $

A group of 10 can be managed pretty well.  Skype video max's out at 10.  Skype is a little less definitive with the maximum callers for voice only.

 MEMO has used Skype for our Exe board meetings. And I echo Kathy HB  when it works, it is easy. Sarah H is spot on.  We could even break into groups.

And as 21st Century Tech leaders we should be making use of these technologies.  Could we do a dry run discussion in Jan.?

Greetings and Happy New New Year!   I love the idea of a Skype meeting.  Good use of technology to save time and $

A group of 10 can be managed pretty well.  Skype video max's out at 10.  Skype is a little less definitive with the maximum callers for voice only.

 MEMO has used Skype for our Exe board meetings. And I echo Kathy HB  when it works, it is easy. Sarah H is spot on.  We could even break into groups.

And as 21st Century Tech leaders we should be making use of these technologies.  Could we do a dry run discussion in Jan.?

Say  Wed.  Jan. 11th at 6pm?  Central time.   If you send me your Skype name I would be happy to make the group and initiate the call.  I think it is much easier to make a group call then to add others after the call.  This is when we drop people--even so they just re-dial and re-join.   Let's try it this month.    It's free!  My skype name is  bookslinger!

RSVP to sally_mays@rdale.org

Cheers!

 

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