The 2017 NLA/NSLA Conference entitled, “Providing Access to the Good Life for All” was held in Kearney and was an extremely successful event! I want to thank the conference planning committee and the many, many volunteers who spent countless hours preparing an outstanding conference experience. A very special thank you to all of the session presenters for not only taking the time to prepare a quality presentation but for sharing their incredible thoughts and ideas with others in our profession. Thank you, also, to the gracious partners, donors, and exhibitors who made the NLA/NSLA Conference possible. And finally, thank you for YOUR passion! I know that there were many, many professional and personal sacrifices that were made to attend conference.
Mark your calendars… the 2018 NLA/NSLA Conference will be held in Lincoln Thursday, October 4th through Saturday, October 6th. Yes… you read that correctly... one of the days will be a SATURDAY! Golden Sower sessions and the NSLA Keynote will be on Saturday. NSLA’s keynote will be Michelle Luhtala. Michelle is the library department chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, which won AASL's National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Michelle was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2015, and won the New York Times I Love My School Librarian award in 2012. Michelle also facilitates monthly webinars at edWeb.net.
It is so important that we continue to grow as learners, as well as network with each other, in order to provide access to the good life… for all! As we witness continued budget cuts and other workplace challenges, I am reminded of a quote by Doug Wilhelm, “A library is a house of hope. It’s a place where we all, whatever our situation, can feed our ideas and develop our dreams.” Let us ALL continue to keep the door of hope wide hope for everyone.
Angie Richeson, NSLA President
The beginning of the school year is a great time to think about collaborating with others to enhance the educational experience of your students and the resources offered through your school library. Below are just a few ideas on how to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders both in and outside of your building. Who do you collaborate with? Help us add to our list of ideas by sending your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this post on The Elementary Librarian Community
on The Power of Collaboration!
We hear a lot about collaboration in the school library. Collaboration really is the key to creating a dynamic library program at your school. You may be asking yourself: how can I find time to collaborate with teachers when I have a fixed schedule? I'll let you in on a little secret. It's not as hard as it seems.
Full article: https://elementarylibrarian.com/the-power-of-collaboration/
Why Teachers and School Librarians Should Unite by Rachel Grover, a secondary librarian, on MiddleWeb
The skills librarians teach can enhance students’ understanding of topics already covered in the classroom. Librarians can also teach students critical skills important in every content area, such as asking good research questions, determining credible sources, searching the internet more effectively, and avoiding plagiarism when creating a project, presentation, or research paper.
In addition to teaching, there are so many additional ways librarians can enhance instruction in all content areas. For example, librarians can provide books and other resources for a unit, so if students finish their work early, they can choose one of these resources to continue learning about the topic.
Full article: https://www.middleweb.com/34240/why-teachers-school-librarians-should-unite/
A new school year is upon us! In this issue of NSLA News you'll find some helpful information for the new school year.
Five Ways to Make This School Year Your Best Yet
BY STEVEN YATES, 2017-2018 AASL PRESIDENT on 08/08/2017
As our school libraries come back to life for another year of personalized learning for each and every one of our students, I wanted to share five ways that you can transform your professional life this school year. You will see that a few of these have deadlines creeping up soon, but I assure you that there is something for EVERY educator in this list.
Author: Steven Yates, 2017-2018 AASL President
This blog is a joint effort by members of the NSLA Executive Board. We hope to provide relevant information, tips and tools to help you in your journey.