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The Alabama School Librarian is a combined association newsletter and peer-reviewed (refereed) journal published by the Alabama School Library Association (ASLA). It is devoted solely to the field of school libraries and technology as related to school libraries. Contact Information: Carolyn Jo Starkey, Editor alabamaschoollibrariansubmission@yahoo.com

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Greetings from the President Take-a-Tour Featured Library: Alabama’s Tornado-Damaged and Destroyed Libraries Have You Made Plans for the Summer Conference? Alabama School Libraries — Check Them Out! Voting Guide: Slate of Officers AASL Survey: School Libraries Count Feeling Alone? Need to Connect? Start Building Your PLN with ASLA as Your Guide Celebrate Alabama School Libraries Week ASLA NBPTS Mentor Workshop

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Michelle Wilson ASLA President Librarian, North Highland Elementary School

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Greetings from the President “We Are Alabama” is a phrase that has resonated throughout our great state in recent weeks. Though the April 27th tornadoes that ripped Alabama apart have left us in a state of sorrow over who and what we lost, in the aftermath we have also come together in a very unique and truly unprecedented way. Alabamians are strong, resourceful, resilient people who are as generous as we are hard-working. That has never been more evident than at this moment in our state’s history. ASLA is still hearing from school librarians whose schools, libraries, public libraries, and communities who have been deeply impacted by the storms. Concord Elementary in Jefferson County lost two students and their mother. Cordova Elementary School in Walker County also lost two students. Pleasant Grove Elementary School was fortunate to

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have received no damage, but 70% of the community has been decimated. South Hampton Elementary also went unharmed, but their local Pratt City public library has been destroyed. Moulton Elementary had a large tree fall on the library, and much of the collection was destroyed. Hackleburg Elementary and High Schools were destroyed. University Place Elementary was badly damaged. Alberta Elementary was badly damaged. Holt Elementary suffered damage. Phil Campbell Elementary and High schools suffered major damage. Plainview School was destroyed. And the list goes on. It’s overwhelming to consider the level of loss and devastation we have experienced. These are dark days for Alabama’s students, teachers, and families. Yet, through the darkness we do see rays of hope. Librarians are resourceful, helpful people, and

Alabama’s school librarians (and those from many other states) are making numerous offers to assist these hurting schools. ASLA has fielded countless offers for book drives, monetary donations, storyteller presentations, etc. and they continue to roll in. We are honored to serve as the coordinators for these donations of materials and services on behalf of Alabama schools but would like to emphasize that monetary donations should be sent directly to the affected school. ASLA has also designed a t-shirt with the “We Are Alabama School Librarians” theme, of which 100% of the sales will benefit the school libraries of the schools affected. Look for these at our summer conference (they will be available at $20 each). ASLA has also begun work on a compilation of tornado stories from April 27, 2011. We are collecting stories from librarians,

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Take-a-Tour Featured Library Alabama’s Tornado-Damaged and Destroyed School Libraries

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students, and teachers to go in our book of tornado stories, and will make that available for sale as well (with all proceeds to benefit our Alabama schools which were affected) as soon as the work has been completed. ASLA has even received permission from the wife of Alabama’s very own James Spann (one of our state’s most renowned meteorologists) to include her personal blog post about touring the tornadoravaged areas. ASLA is committed to helping Alabama schools recover from this disaster, and we hope that you will let us know if your school needs assistance from us! We are Alabama School Librarians!

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In lieu of our previously scheduled photo essay of an Alabama school library, ASLA has chosen to provide links to images of some of the schools and communities which suffered damage on April 27, 2011. We have attempted to make sure that the links are to sources that should not be blocked in various school systems around the state. These are by no means the best images available, but they will give you a picture of what these communities are experiencing. Hackleburg Elementary and High School  http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Loss-of-schools-tears-at-communities-acrossAla-1361353.php  http://www.kansas.com/2011/05/02/1832011_a1832013/loss-of-schools-tears-atcommunities.html Pleasant Grove  http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/pleasant_grove_residents_confu.html Concord Elementary  http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/alabama_tornadoes_little_left.html Alberta Elementary  http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/alberta-elementary-school-demolished-studentsrelocate/1206675/May-04-2011_11-51-am/  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-05-01-tornado-south-alabama_n.htm University Place Elementary  http://www.spokesman.com/then-and-now/tornadoes-south-and-after/ Phil Campbell Elementary and High  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-05-01-tornado-south-alabama_n.htm http:// www.kansas.com/2011/05/02/1832011_a1832013/loss-of-schools-tears-at-communities.html  http://www.kansas.com/2011/05/02/1832011_a1832013/loss-of-schools-tears-atcommunities.html Cordova Elementary  http://blog.al.com/wire/2011/05/alabama_tornado_aftermath_in_p.html Holt Elementary  http://blog.al.com/wire/2011/05/alabama_tornado_aftermath_in_p.html Various cities and schools  http://www.spokesman.com/then-and-now/tornadoes-south-and-after/

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LeeAnna Mills ASLA President-Elect Librarian, Northside Middle School

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Have You Made Plans for the Summer Conference? ASLA Summer Conference theme this year is Check it Out! @Your School Library and you don’t want to be left out! I have actually begun this article at least three times and still don’t know exactly how to express my thoughts and feelings so soon after the horrific tornadoes. My heart breaks for all those who have lost loved ones and their homes, businesses and schools. I know that our state will be forever changed and I am so thankful of the outpouring of generosity, help, the genuine love and spirit of cooperation that will enable us to come back and be stronger than ever. I am also proud that our organization ASLA as it serves as a source of communication and support for all our school librarians and libraries. Our conference theme this year was chosen because we felt the need to express and publicize

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how we are so different than the school libraries of yester year. We are no longer just “keepers of the books” in a physical space and a hushed environment to pour over old materials. Our libraries are or should be the hubs of our learning communities, providing access to both current print materials but also as the gateway to technologies and skills that will enable our students to learn, grow and achieve now and prepare them for the future and careers that may not even exist right now! That is why we want to highlight what is really happening in our school libraries now and there are many incredible things going on around our state! Our keynote speaker, Wendy Stephens is a perfect choice to help lead us in this direction, especially as her library is a great example of what could and should be happening in school libraries. She is a dynamic

speaker and a true leader in the school library profession. She is currently the library media specialist at Buckhorn High School, a National Board Certified Teacher, the current Blog manager for AASL, was named a 21st Century Fellow by the Alabama Best Practices Center and is a doctorial candidate in Information. Ms. Stephens is prepared to share with us on a topic that is relevant to all of us; her keynote “Future Proofing the School Library” is certainly both timely and intriguing. The conference will be packed with sessions that are targeted to your needs no matter what level you teach. Offerings will include lots of technology and collaboration ideas as well as a chance to preview the new Common Core Standards and how to mesh them with our library standards. The new EducateAlabama for School

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Alabama School Libraries— Check Them Out! Mountain Brook High School June 13th , 2011

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Alabama School Libraries-Check Them Out Librarians will also be featured and many, many more. The hardest part will be choosing which sessions out of the 22 to attend for your professional development needs. Another major benefit of Annual Conference is the time to meet up with friends and colleagues from all over the state and share your ideas among others who truly know what your job is like. This year we are implementing a new way to attempt to connect with your colleagues in your geographical areas and create networks that you can use as support and to share information relevant to your area. This has and is being done somewhat informally as we have noticed and responded to a need from the tornado disasters. I feel so strongly that we are each other’s best professional resources and we need to make an effort to reach out and connect with each

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other. Of course most of all I feel it is imperative that we step up and join ASLA, our professional organization. Every field or profession has a recognized group that supports and advocates on behalf of its members and ASLA is that organization for you! The organization can only be as good or as strong as its members so take a minute to add joining ASLA to your busy to do list or better yet just do it as you register for the great conference that is coming soon! To register please go to www.alasla.org and register for the conference you may pay online or download the form and mail it in today! Do it now to take advantage of the Early Bird benefits. You do NOT want to miss this great day of professional development targeted directly to your needs. I ask that you call, text, tweet or email your colleagues

and encourage them to do the same! We want to see every school librarian in the state there, besides the great sessions, the awesome speaker you don’t want to miss getting to meet and share with each other. I cannot explain the energy and excitement that comes from being together with people who truly understand your job, the struggle, the issues and the joys of your profession; you need to be there to experience it. This gathering produces an energy and excitement that is inspiring and rejuvenating. You will leave with ideas, new contacts and tools that you will be ready to put into place for the next school year! Please find me at the conference, I am eager to meet you and learn from you,

LeeAnna To register for the conference, visit the ASLA website at

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ASLA Nominating Committee Michelle Wilson, Jennifer Anders, and Phyllis McClure Librarian, North Highland Elementary School

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Reminder: Conference Voting Guide Voting for ASLA officers and board members will take place at the Summer Conference. The results of the election are announced immediately. The slate of officers proposed by the Nominations Committee is as follows:

Secretary Kassie Millwood

Board Member (2 years) Molly Bates

Big Spring Lake Kindergarten Albertville, AL kmillwood@albertk12.org

Russellville Middle School molly.bates@rcs.k12.al.us

President LeeAnna Mills, NBCT

University of West Alabama scordell@uwa.edu

Northside Middle School Tuscaloosa, AL LeeAnna takes the position of President from her current position as President-Elect. lmills@tcss.net

Board Member (2 years) Nicole McMickens

President-Elect Elizabeth Hester, NBCT

Board Member (2 years) Holly Shepherd, NBCT

Irondale Middle SchoolBirmingham, AL ehester@jefcoed.com

Treasurer Dr. Susan Cordell, NBCT

Bottenfield Middle School rnmcmickens1880@bellsouth.net

Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School hshepherd@tcss.net

Returning Board Member (completing 3rd year) Jennifer Anders West Jefferson Elementary School janders@jefcoed.com

Returning Board Member (completing 3rd year) June Chandler Fairview High School jchandler@ccboe.org

Returning Board Member (completing 3rd year) Phyllis McClure Aliceville Elementary School mcclurep@aes.pickens.k12.al.us

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Michelle Wilson ASLA President Librarian, North Highland Elementary School

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AASL Survey: School Libraries Count One of the many strengths of our organization is that we are an affiliate of the American Association of School Librarians. Our relationship with this prestigious organization has proven very beneficial to school librarians in Alabama, and thanks to their communication efforts ASLA frequently receives important information about our profession that we in turn share with our members. Recently, AASL conducted a survey regarding the School Libraries Count research document. School Libraries Count is one of the most important evidences school librarians can offer to

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state and district supervisors, administrators, parents, and other key decision-makers in support of school librarian positions. The data collected in the survey is used to by AASL for national, state, and local

advocacy efforts. Over 100 Alabama school librarians participated in the survey this year. If you were one of those who participated, thank you very much! Keep in

mind that you can go to www.ala.org/aasl/slcsurvey/ to access an individualized report for your school, which will even compare your school to similar (population, grade level, etc.) schools around Alabama, and even to like schools around the nation. (Note: There is a login required to access your individualized information, and a link is provided in case you need to contact AASL for retrieval of your user name/password combo.) Currently, there is data available on the ALA site for the 2009 and 2010 surveys. Check back often for the 2011 results! This should prove to be very powerful information in support of school librarians.

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Nikki Robertson Publicity Committee Librarian, Auburn High School

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Feeling Alone? Need to Connect? Start Building Your PLN with ASLA as Your Guide Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around forever. Originally, they were your family and friends, maybe other educators you worked with, but as the internet and web 2.0 tools have become nearly ubiquitous, PLNs can include tons of different communities – social networking sites like Facebook, blogs, Twitter, wikis, social bookmarking tools, LinkedIn, and so many more. Here are some ways that educators are using their PLNs: - Professional development – learn from content-area specialists - Locate resources for your classroom, such as free websites and software - Get lesson plan ideas from master teachers - Learn about new technology and how to integrate it into your

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teaching - Find collaborative solutions - Find interesting links to education news The Alabama School Library Association is excited to help you build your PLN : ASLA Facebook Page ( http://on.fb.me/lXzv7W ) and our new Twitter site (http:// twitter.com/aslatweets ). Just “like” or “follow” us on these sites to stay informed of the latest library news, conference and webinar offerings, valuable websites and much, much more!

Our Twitter site (@aslatweets) will be used to launch Alabama School Librarians into the world of TwitChats using the hashtag: #aslachat. Not sure what Twitter, TwitChats or hashtags are? Don’t worry. You are not alone and ASLA is here to help. Attend the ASLA Summer Conference in Birmingham on June 13, 2011 to learn how to participate, learn, and grow in your profession as a school librarian through #aslachat

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June Chandler ASLA Board Member Librarian, Fairview High School

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Celebrate Alabama School Libraries Week November 14-18, 2011 Save this date, November 14-18, 2011, to mark the celebration of our 3rd Annual Alabama School Libraries Week. On the ASLA website (www.alalsa.org) under the member resources section, you will find files and resources to help you promote your school library program during this week. These resources are available to all Alabama school librarians, not

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just ASLA members. You will find pdf files for bookmarks, posters, fliers, as well as a booklet of suggested activities for promoting Alabama School Libraries Week. Our theme continues to be “Learning4LifeStarts @ your library”. All of us need to proactively advocate for our programs and let others know how we impact students

and teachers every day. School librarians need to advertise our library programs as well as our library’s web presence by encouraging patrons to use library services and by providing insight into what our programs are doing to support 21st Century Learning. Join us in this state-wide celebration of all that we are accomplishing for our students, teachers, and school communities. Please let ASLA know if you plan to participate and share your ideas, pictures, and stories with us by joining our wiki site at http:// alasla.wikispaces.com/. You can upload pictures and contribute information by joining the wiki. Our 2011 Summer Conference at Mountain Brook High School will have information available about Alabama School Library Week at the Advocacy & Publicity table. Look for us at the Conference!

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Tywanna Burton ASLA Award Committee Chairman ASLA NBPTS Mentor Chairman Librarian, Vestavia Hills Elementary School West

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ASLA Sponsors NBPTS Mentor Workshop for Members The Alabama School Librarians Association will sponsor a series of monthly meetings for those school librarians who are interested in applying for National Board Certification in the 2011-2012 school year. This study group supports librarians who are interested in becoming a National Board Certified (Library Media / Early Childhood through Young Adulthood) teacher. The first meeting of the 2011-2012 National Board Mentor Group for Alabama Librarians /Media Specialist will meet on August 21, 2011 (1:30pm) at the Vestavia Hills Elementary West School (1965 Merryvale Road Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35216). For more information, please contact Tywanna Burton (burtontb@vestavia.k12.al.us).

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There will also be Question/ Answer sessions at the Alabama School Librarians Conference (June 13 at the Moun-

tain Brook High School) and the Library Symposium (AETC at the BJC on June 14).

Important NBPTS Dates and Deadlines for 2011-2012 www.nbpts.org 1-800-22Teach When you apply $65 Non-refundable application fee December 31, 2011 $500 materials fee due (applied to assess ment) January 31, 2012 $2,500 Full fee and all eligibility forms due March 15, 2012 Deadline for extended payment plan March 31, 2012 Last day for first time candidates to submit Portfolio April 15, 2012 Last day for retake candidates to submit Portfolio Jan 3- June 15, 2012 Assessment Window (Remember to schedule a test date) Dec 31, 2012 Results TAKEONE! Candidates Calendar (Entry Two Only) December 31, 2011 Submit application and pay fee $395

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Interested in applying for National Board Certification during the 2011-2012 school year?

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Candidate Support Provider: Tywanna Burton Meeting dates - Sundays Time:

1:30 pm-4:30 pm

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Vestavia Elementary West 1965 Merryvale Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Contact:

burtontb@vestavia.k12.al.us

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General Information and Q&A session at ASLA Summer Conference at Mountain Brook High School June 14, 2011 General Information and Q&A session Library Symposium AETC August 21, 2011 General Information and Q&A session September 25, 2011 Entry 4 DEA October 23, 2011 Portfolio #2 November 13, 2011 Portfolio #3 December 11, 2011 Portfolio #1 January 22, 2012 Portfolio #2 February 26, 2012 Portfolio #3 March 11, 2012 Portfolio #1 March 21, 2012 Packing Day April 21, 2012 Assessment Study Session May, 2012 TBA Additional Session (if desired)

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Topics for Discussion June/August Getting Started Support Mentoring Organization Take One September Glossary, Standards Description, Analysis, and Reflection Video October Student Work Samples Written Commentary November Test Taking Rubric Language Scoring December Make assessment Appointment

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Michelle Wilson ASLA President Librarian, North Highland Elementary School

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Kassie Millwood is a typical librarian in that, when asked what she is most eager to do this summer, she responded “Relaxing and reading as much as possible.” That sounds lovely to us all right about now! What is completely atypical about Kassie, however, is her very unique school setting. Serving at Big Spring Lake Kindergarten School in Albertville, AL, Kassie is the school librari12

an for over four hundred 5-year -olds! No wonder she needs to relax! One challenge she has faced this year is cleaning up her catalog records after a volunteer accidentally deleted hundreds of titles from the circulation system! She and an intern have used a good, old-fashioned accession list to comb back through the library holdings and physically touch every item in the system. Yikes! At

least Kassie has a positive outlook, though. Her reaction to this has been, “I hope this means I will have the best inventory ever this year!” Kassie is a seasoned school librarian, and a good source of wisdom for new library school graduates. Her word of advice for those of you getting started as a school librarian is to make sure you ask questions, and to

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constantly communicate to your faculty and community what you are doing in the library. In Kassie’s words: “You are your own advocate!” In these difficult financial times, every school librarian in Alabama should be scurrying to fulfill essential roles within our schools. Kassie does that by constantly supply-

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ing teachers with materials they need for lessons and activities. She knows her students’ curriculum well, and she anticipates teacher needs by pulling materials they will need to ease their access to those resources. She also serves as the go-to person for technology and constantly seeks information regarding the newest technology tools so that she can share that

with her faculty. When asked what she is currently reading, Kassie says, “I am almost finished with Don’t Stop the Carnival. When I finish that book, I have a shelf full to read! Most of the books I choose happen to be by Southern authors and many are based in places I have lived, visited, or can relate to.”

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Instructions for Authors Carolyn J. Starkey Secretary, ASLA and Editor, The Alabama School Librarian

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The Alabama School Librarian: ABOUT THE ALABAMA SCHOOL LIBRARIAN The Alabama School Librarian is a combined association newsletter and peer-reviewed (refereed) journal published by the Alabama School Library Association (ASLA). It is devoted solely to the field of school libraries and technology as related to school libraries. Although all submissions are welcome, those that clearly focus on issues and topics related to Alabama school libraries have publication priority. The Alabama School Librarian is published digitally four times per academic year and is sent electronically to all members of the Alabama School Library Association and supporters of Alabama school libraries. AUDIENCE Readers of the Alabama School Librarian are primarily school li-

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brarians and/or technology specialists. Other readers include university faculty members, vendors, and supporters of Alabama school library programs. CONTENTS OF THE ALABAMA SCHOOL LIBRARIAN The contents of the Alabama School Librarian falls into three categories: (1) Association News Includes articles, newsbriefs, program descriptions, activity suggestions, and reviews of ASLA events and Alabama school library program activities. Articles for this section will undergo General Editorial Staff review only. (2) Libraries and Librarianship Articles Includes general articles on library and technology topics. Articles for this section will undergo

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