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Friday, October 6, 2017

Here are the last 6 workshops for the CSLA Conference in Yosemite that are super relevant. Now you can view all 18 workshops. I challenge you to find ONLY one that you want to attend.  NOTE: #17 is new.

13: The Best of the Best Young Adult Books (7-12) A repeat of the 10:00 AM session by Michael Cart
14: The Instructional Leadership Role of the Teacher Librarian (K-12) Melanie Lewis, Fresno Pacific, Program Director of Teacher Librarian Services. Explore how teacher librarians are expected to serve as instructional leaders in K-12 schools. Learn how teacher librarians serve the school’s administration, faculty, and staff by supporting the school’s mission, managing the instructional program, and promoting a positive school learning climate – primarily through the provision of professional learning.
15: Digging for Gold: Evaluating Official Sources (K-12)
Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Teacher Librarian, Debbie Abilock, Consultant, Noodletools, Inc., & Connie Williams, Retired Teacher Librarian. Using government information as a base for discovery, participants investigate how to question a source to determine its intent, purpose, creator, and other elements that teach source literacy. Reflect on antique prejudices and vintage perspectives on the wonderful world of government documents. Mine many Agency websites to uncover the educational gems-and pyrite-within.
16: Connected Student Driven Inquiry: Coaching Inquiry (K-12) Mary Ann Harlan and Shelly Buchanan, SJSU Professors. Participants will be introduced to Connected Learning Frameworks and the principles of Student Driven Inquiry. Be prepared to develop an inquiry framework for their school community that incorporates student choice of 1) topic, 2) product and 3) timeline. Focus will be on coaching students through developing inquiry projects, information communities, and plans for creating an information product. Presenters will coach participants through this process, suggest strategies, and connect elements of the inquiry process to a variety of standards.
17: MAKE Your SPACE! Design Learning Experiences that Support Curriculum and a Maker Mindset (K-8)
Rene Hohls, Learning Resource Specialist/Library Services, Ventura County Office of Education
Are you a “maker” or want to learn how to bring a maker mindset into your library? Looking for ways to let students develop problem solving skills and connect real-world problems with hands-on learning? This workshop will provide participants with ideas and hands-on experiences useful in any Makerspace to  engage and motivate ALL students while expanding problem-solving & critical thinking skills school-wide. Learn some logistics for creating a Makerspace and ways to support curriculum and CA State Standards, including NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), integrated ELA/ELD and History/Social Science Standards.
18: Help! and Where to Get It, a Library Survival Guide (K-12) Heather Gruenthal, Teacher Librarian, Middle School.
Working in a library can be overwhelming, especially if you are working alone or split between multiple sites. Get organized and stop feeling like you spend every day performing triage or putting out the fire that is in front of you. Take advantage of the great brain of library professionals and build your Personal Learning Network. Unlock a treasure trove of lesson plans, best practices and procedures. Harness the power of the internet to build your own library survival guide using tools such as Symbaloo, Wikispaces, Livebinders, Twitter, Blogger, Pinterest and more.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Here are 6 more workshops for the CSLA Conference in Yosemite that are super relevant. I challenge you to find ONLY one that you want to attend. The last 6 will be posted soon.

7: Great LGBTQ Books for Youth (7-12)
Michael Cart, Booklist Columnist, identifies titles that address the sensitive and important topics of coming out, being out, and the search for community. This workshop will spotlight the best lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and questioning books written for teens.
8: Why Don’t They Know What I DO? (K-12)
Deborah Ford, Director of Library Outreach Junior Library Guild. How can you get your stakeholders to see the value of your work? Hands-on, make-a-plan workshop that arms you with the tools you need to promote the value of the library program. Learn how to use relationships, engagement, statistics, and the power of story.
9: Break Out!: Breakout Boxes for Crosscurricular Critical Thinking in the Library (K-12)
Amy Linden & Jennifer Zimmy, Teacher Librarians, High School. Learn ways that this concept can be applied so you can have ANY class come to use your library, even math and CTE! Learn about the basic structure, necessary supplies, and steps to take to create your own games.
10: Check It Out: Strategies for Understanding How to Fact-check the Information in Front of You (K-12)
Connie Williams, Retired Teacher Librarian, High School.
How do we help students dig deeper to find the source and validity of their information? Explore how TLs can equip students and teachers with the tools and easy to understand, simple-to-use strategies for evaluating online [and print] information.
11: School Librarians as Learning Leaders: Advocacy Begins with Each of Us! (K-12)Audrey Church, Professor of School Librarianship. How do we convey the message that school librarians transform student learning to our teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and legislators. Explore strategies, techniques, and tools to use in advocacy efforts and develop an advocacy plan.

12: Powerful Skills for Successful Learning: Teaching Research in a Digital World (K-12) Deb Stanley, Retired Teacher Librarian, Middle School.This session will describe a six-step research process, each step moving students from print to digital skills that maximize student information management while minimizing — or eliminating! — plagiarism. Research instruction, technology integration, and digital citizenship will be woven together into an effective research process for a digital world. Practical lessons and materials are included. Workshop content is based on the website: The Research Process in a Digital World.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The workshops for the CSLA Conference in Yosemite are fantastic. I challenge you to find ONLY one that you want to attend. Here are the first 6. I will do 2 more posts that will show you 12 more workshops for a total of 18.

1: The Best of the Best Young Adult Books (7-12). Michael Cart, Booklist Columnist, will present his 100 “best of the best” young adult books for 2017- 2018. Workshop 2: What’s New in Children’s Literature (K-6)
2. What are the hottest titles from 2017? 
 Deborah Ford, Director of Library Outreach Junior Library Guild.Who are the debut authors and illustrators  ? Which titles were the biggest winners of gold and silver for 2017? Sneak peek at 2018?
3: Save Reading: Kill the Reading Log (K-12). Katie McNamara, high school Teacher Librarian will explore fun alternatives to a reading log that increase engagement and facilitate critical thinking, communication, and creativity.
4: Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School (K-12). Leslie Maniotes, Curriculum Specialist/Education Consultant. Learn about the components of Guided Inquiry Design and how to implement it to impact student learning and success.
5: Social Media: A Must Have for You AND Your Library… and How to Get Started or Up Your Game (K-12). Jane Lofton, Retired Teacher Librarian, High School, will discuss why you need to be using social media for your personal professional learning as part of being a connected librarian, building an effective personal learning network, and keeping up. Why you need to be using social media to promote your library program, document what it does, and advocate to get others to support it. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, blogging, websites, Linkedin, Pinterest, Snapchat, and YouTube, and how to be efficient with your postings.
6: When Dewey and Genrefication Collide (6-12)
Lisa Bridgen, Teacher Librarian, high school. Ditching Dewey is all the rage now, but what would it look like to blend the age-old Dewey Classification and trendy-new Book Store vibe? Receive tools, tips, and solutions for “genrefying” your library without eliminating the opportunity for students to navigate through the world of academic libraries.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Keynote Speaker at Yosemite CSLA Conference

On Friday, February 2, Leslie K Maniotes will be the conference Keynote Speaker.

Leslie K Maniotes, co-creator of Guided Inquiry Design, is the curriculum specialist on that collaborative team. Leslie is a lifetime educator with National Board Certification, 11 years of classroom experience, five years as a Teacher Effectiveness Coach, a K–12 literacy specialist, all in urban and rural Title I schools. As senior consultant with BLV Consulting, Leslie leads professional development that builds capacity in collaborative teams of librarians and teachers for inquiry learning using Guided Inquiry Design. She loves learning and is an engaged, connected educator within her open PLN.
KEYNOTE – Guided Inquiry – Why Now?
Global interconnectedness enabled by information technology calls for new skills, new knowledge, and new ways of learning to prepare students with abilities and competencies that rise to meet the challenges of an uncertain, changing environment. Some people thought an internet connection in the classroom was all that was needed to transform a 20th-century school into a 21st-century learning space. If it were only that simple. In her keynote, Leslie will inspire you to think about what we need to prepare our students today for living and working in a complex learning environment. One critical thing we need, are librarians!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Letter Writing

Look at your email Tuesday morning for news about a letter writing campaign. Your help is needed. Your voice is needed. #4csla #TLs Please share with any library supporters.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Attend CUE 2017



Attend CUE for $75!!
No joke. CSLA is seeking six members to attend the March CUE conference in Palm Springs at very little cost – only $75. Yes, there is a catch. In exchange for your admittance ticket, valued at $280, you will volunteer to staff the CSLA booth for a six hours during the conference March 16 – 18. You do not need to be a CUE member to take advantage of this offer but you are required to be a CSLA member.
You will be responsible for your own transportation, meals and accommodations.
CSLA will NOT create purchase orders or invoices.
Visit the CUE website for further information about the conference. http://www.cue.org/conference
Contact Silvia Gutierrez at joeeg@earthlink.net if you are interested in this offer!


CSLF: Library Advocacy Store




By CSLF President, Tom Kaun

About ten years ago, at the height of the (then) crisis in California school library staffing, the CSLA Board decided that it might be a good idea to solicit some well-known children’s illustrators to design materials that could be used in the new “Save California School Libraries” campaign. Pat Nelson, of Mrs. Nelson’s Bookstore offered to invite author/illustrators that he knew. One of the first designs given to CSLA was by the amazing Brian Selznik: The image of a young boy carrying a banner with the words “Save California School Libraries” on it. CSLA member Jackie Siminitus, with encouragement from the Board, offered to upload the images to a new online service, CafePress. This allowed CSLA to get a small revenue stream while offering library advocates mugs, note cards, t-shirts and other products that promoted libraries and reading through the Library Advocacy Store.

Soon other illustrators including David Shannon, Gene Yuen, Naomi Howland, Aliki, Nancy Hayashi, Marianne Wallace, and Mary Anne Frazer contributed designs as well. All of them promoted school libraries or books and reading. The best part was that all the designs were donated to CSLA and could be made available in a number of different ways.

When Jackie retired from AT&T, she took classes in graphic design and began putting her own designs on the site as well. Her “Big-Eye Readers” were an instant hit and and a great way to engage middle school students (where she volunteered each morning) while practicing her new Adobe Illustrator design skills.

Recently the California School Library Foundation assumed responsibility for the Library Advocacy Store. Although Jackie no longer maintains the site, it still brings in about $200 annually for the Foundation. The store needs a new manager to promote and revitalize it. In the past few years, social media has blossomed, so promoting the Library Advocacy Store is much easier.  Could it be you?

Some have suggested that one of the reasons they don’t sell more items from CafePress is that it’s more expensive than some other sites. Since the designs belong to CSLA/CSLF, they can be moved anyplace. CSLA/CSLF doesn’t need to continue the CafePress relationship since there is no obligation to them. Suggestions for a different digital location are welcome!

CSLA still needs to “Save California School Libraries.” We still need funding for scholarships and professional and para-professional development opportunities for our members. One way we can get the best outcome for all the work Jackie, Pat, and all those artists put into this project is to promote the library advocacy items for sale to the entire world. We know it’s possible. We just need that one special person to step up and help us out. Could it be you?

If you are at all interested, know someone who might be interested, or have suggestions, please contact me at foundation@csla.net. I’d love to hear from you. Could it be you?

Check out the Library Advocacy Store at <http://www.cafepress.com/csla>.

Note: If you have additional questions, members are encouraged
to contact Jackie@JackieDesigns.net