HVLA Newsletter Volume 23, Number 1
LOOKING FORWARD Erin Heaton, HVLA President On behalf of the HVLA board, I would like to wish all of you a wonderful new year and to welcome all new members. Each year, more people join HVLA to be part of a dedi cated group of professionals who share a passion for school librarianship. Through our listserv, newsletter, annual meetings and divisional groups, we encourage and support one another by shar ing our stories and successes.
you’d like us to address? If entertaining us! you’re a longstanding mem ber, how have things changed Our upcoming winter meeting, or is there anything you miss? “Enticing Ideas: Bringing Stu dents Into the Library,” will In order to best answer these begin at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, questions, naturally, we look January 31st at the Allen Ste to you. The listserv is cer venson School. Sarah Kres tainly one indicator of how berg and Winnie Barnes have much we have to offer one graciously offered to host and another. I am always pleased are eager to show us their to see how quickly we re newly renovated space and spond to each other’s queries program. We’ll socialize from and the richness and diversity 4:30 to 5 PM and have a of our collective knowledge. panel discussion from 5 to 6 The fall, winter and spring PM. I’d like to encourage as The board this year consists meetings are another means many of you as possible to of myself, Erin Heaton, Presi by which we exchange ideas. attend, meet new members dent; Ann van Buren, 1st Vice and catch up with old friends. This year’s fall meeting, President; Sharon Sparrow, 2nd Vice President; Lorrie Mill “Research and Writers: HVLA The board and I often post to Librarians as Published the list when we are looking man, Treasurer; Caroline Authors” on Monday, Septem for volunteers to host a meet Bartels, Recording Secretary; th ber 26 was a resounding ing, present their work, or sub Lori Matthews, Membership success. Thanks to Thea Os mit a newsletter article. I’d Coordinator and Maureen like to invite each of you to Irwin, Communications Coor borne, at the St. David’s School, for making our first also email me directly at dinator. HVLAlibrariansaswriters firstname.lastname@example.org with any As we look forward to 2006, event such a beautiful and suggestions or requests you the board and I have been memorable evening. And may have for the future. asking ourselves how HVLA thanks to our authors, Robin Happy new year and I hope to can further meet your needs Berson, Sharon Elswit, HVLA Listserv: this year and for the years to Patricia Markert (Patricia follow. What do you expect of Aakre) and Cynthia Millman, email@example.com HVLA? Is there anything for truly inspiring as well as
FALL MEETING FEATURES HVLA’S “OWN” AUTHORS Members were welcomed to St. David’s School by librarian Thea Osborne on September 26th. Our opening meeting for the year fea tured a panel of authors drawn from our own membership. Patty Aakre (pen name Patricia Mark ert), Robin Berson, Sharon Elswit, and Cynthia Millman shared their unique insights into the process of becoming and au thor and getting published.
Collins, and Garrison Keillor.
tage. She describes it as a very personal and therefore subjective Robin Berson has authored sev listing, highlighting the value of eral books on historical figures connections between people. published by Greenwood Press. Sharon began her intensive work She tells of being inspired by an with the help of a faculty grant article in School Library Journal from her school, but her labors about biographies, and the con continued long after the term of ventional idea of greatness. A the grant. She warned us that this letter to the journal’s editor was led to some disagreement over answered with an invitation from whose “property” the final publi Greenwood Press and the even cation was, hers or the school’s, tual publication of Marching to a and offered advice on getting Each author had her own story Different Drummer, Young such details in writing if you and offered valuable insights for Heroes in World History, and should receive such a grant. us, who are frequently the ones Jane Addams: A Biography. She who open the doors to authors as stressed that it is really impossi Cynthia Millman also mentioned “real people” for our students. ble to really know anybody even her work as flowing from her pas Several mentioned the need to after digging through their letters sion. A dancer herself, she had reject the “authorities” on writing and papers and what little docu the opportunity to follow the story style. mentation exists. This is impor of Frankie Manning, whom she tant to point out to students who described as major force behind Patty Aakre, is coauthor of To may think that biographical mate the development of the Lindy Hop Genesis, a book of midrashic po rial may be definitive—who’s as an American art form. She etry published by Five Spice version of a person’s story is it described her work as a writer as Press. Patty recalled valuable anyhow? a puzzle, and her position as a experience earned as an editor. research detective, claiming that She highly recommended that Sharon Elswit’s annotated in a writer reads differently. In her budding authors follow their pas dex, The Jewish Story Finder : A experience, both she and her Guide to 363 tales, Listing Sub sion, and rely heavily on The school both benefitted from the Writer’s Almanac for learning the jects and Sources grew out of her connections made in relation to nitty gritty aspects of getting pub own passion and her need to her work as author. lished. She is inspired by Billy readily locate stories of her heri
DON’T MISS OUR WINTER MEETING HELD AT ALLEN STEVENSON SCHOOL ENTICING IDEAS: BRINGING STUDENTS INTO THE LIBRARY TUESDAY, JANUARY 31,, 2006 WE WILL BEGIN AT 4:30 PM 2
Biographies of Featured Panelists Patricia Aakre,
Biography (2004), and I’m in the Riverdale Country School early research stages for a fourth (and fifth). Historical research is As long as I can remember, I one of the joys of my life—in Brearley School have championed underdogs this addition to quilting, knitting, Patricia M. Aakre, who publishes may have something to do with chamber music, and baking. under the name Patricia Markert, being a younger sister. When I was born and grew up in Syrause, was a tomboy playing cowboys Sharon Elswit, New York. She has written po and Indians in the coalmining Rodeph Sholom etry since she was 18 years old, town where I grew up, I was the studied creative writing as an un only one who ever wanted to be Stories have always been the cen dergraduate at the University of an Indian. I wrote my first novel ter of my life and the lives of Iowa, and earned her MLS at when I was eleven, about a race those I love. My mother read Pratt in Brooklyn. With Mary horse who is attacked by a moun aloud to us every night. My fa Swanson, she edited Me Too, a tain lion in the Black Forest—my ther drove us to the public library every week to stock up on books. literary magazine which received father gently pointed out that a grant from the New York State there are no mountain lions in the I majored in literature at Bard College and received two mas Council on the Arts. When she Black Forest, and he suggested first moved to New York, she that I write about things I knew. ter’s degrees – one in English worked at McGrawHill as an It struck me how much I didn’t from SUNY, Stony Brook and editor of professional and refer know about, and I think my pas one in Library Science from ence books, then marketing sion for research was born then. SUNY, Albany. My husband, a secret storyteller, can fill a room online databases to librarians. Combine that passion with a left with freshly created characters. After she had a baby, she earned her MLS and began working in ish social justice perspective and My daughter invites narrative you get research for the ACLU, back into modern dance. private school libraries. She thought, how cool is that, to read Urban Policy Center, and the I have answered questions and Coalition for the Homeless as for a living, which is why she told stories as a children’s librar loves working as a librarian. Her well as into family relationships ian for 30 years in public librar work has appeared in American during the English Civil War. ies, my own school, Rodeph Poetry Review, Manhattan Poetry My first book, Marching to a Dif Sholom, and others, with a two ferent Drummer: Unrecognized Review and Heliotrope among year stint in library promotion for other literary journals. Most re Heroes in American History (then) Harper & Row Children’s (1994), was written as a direct cently she has coauthored To Books. Like many of you, I have Genesis, a book of midrashic po result of reading SLJ. I’ve writ written reviews and articles for ten two other books since then, etry published by Five Spice Young Heroes in World History SLJ, as well as Jewish Book Press. (Continued on page 7) (1999) and Jane Addams: A Robin Berson,
LOOKING FOR AN AUTHOR TO VISIT? Carrie Schindele, and Cynthia Millman maintain a database of storytellers recommended by HVLA members. The database includes contact and booking information. If you would like to add a storyteller that you've seen, or get a copy of the list, please contact one of them: firstname.lastname@example.org or Carrie at email@example.com 3
NEW MEMBER PROFILE SUSAN LEVINE Susan Levine is the new Assistant Librarian at Browning. I started my professional life (way back when) in school librarianship, then turned the dial, took post graduate courses in health sciences librarianship and worked at the Levy Library at Mount Sinai Medi cal Center. The birth of twin boys and then a third son paved the way for the "stay at home years",”broken up by parttime work at the Reference desk of our busy local public library in New City, NY. As my youngest son is a senior it was the perfect time to get back to my first love—that of being involved in education and the school library. Having raised three sons, I feel very much at home at a boys’ school. I am lucky to have a very dynamic mentor in Carol Kushner. Outside of school I would say my family, reading and travel (probably in that order) are my special interests. I look forward to meeting colleagues and members of HVLA. I would like to start a boys' reading group at Browning and wonder if anyone out there is involved in one. My school email address is SLevine@Browning.edu
UNITEDSTREAMING RESOURCES TOO GOOD TO IGNORE! Last spring there was a lot of buzz about unitedstreaming’s making its resources available to all New York schools, and, although I knew of it, I had not yet activated an account. But when my tech director asked about it, I decided I’d better move. And when I was asked to present a workshop for our faculty, I decided I’d better move fast! Happily, unitedstreaming has a num ber of training options available, from 23 minute tutorials from Atomic Learning to free, sched uled, hour long “webinars” that you register for and participate in using your computer and a phone line. Unitedstreaming’s local representative for independent schools, Dan Walter, sent this informa tion (see last paragraph for contact information): “All New York K12 schools now have free access to the largest and most current online digital video library available today, united streaming. This service is paid for and administered by your local NY Public TV station (WNET Channel 13) as EdVideo Online. This no cost, exciting resource offers New York state educa tors over 3,000 educational videos, 30,000 video clips and thousands of digital images and en cyclopedia articles for classroom use. “ Building a collection of unitedstreaming videos is a bit more labor intensive than running into the library and grabbing a DVD or VHS tape, but it can also be personalized and shared more easily. Once a school account is opened, teachers and students can open their own password enabled accounts. Teachers can access the materials at any time, on or off campus. The teachers’ resources include thorough lesson plans and lengthy resource guides for many of the videos, as well as blackline masters and even quizzes based on the visual materials. In many cases the videos have a designation indicating how they correlate to state standards. Appropriate grade levels are indicated. Closed captioning is available for some. Students can access materials directly from unitedstreaming from school, but not from home. Student ac cess includes all the visual materials and, in some cases, related articles from Funk and (Continued on page 5)
On a technical note, you should know that unitedstreaming behaves best in a Windows environment using Internet Explorer and Win dows Media player. There is a version of Win Wagnall’s encyclopedia. dows Media player that can be downloaded for Video materials come from Discovery Channel Macs. School, United Learning and other wellknown publishers. The advanced search now allows At this time, the search engine is fairly primi tive. A single term is preferable to multiple you to search by publisher. A group called Standard Deviants enacts some of the lessons words because the default operator is “or.” in foreign languages, math, English and litera For example, “desegregation” brought up much more satisfying results than “Brown vs. ture. At Rye Country Day School, we have used ones for Spanish depicting grammatical Board of Education.” One can search by sub ject and grade level. concepts that are very well done and enjoy able to watch. To get started with bringing the latest digital media to your school, contact the New York The best way we’ve found for using this re State implementation representative, Dan source is for teachers to browse through vid Walter, 3012722759 or eos or clips alone or with the librarian, choos firstname.lastname@example.org, for your building's ing the ones they would like to use. They can “bookmark” them on unitedstreaming’s site in unique login code. Also, please ask about the no a private or shareable folder. Streaming longer pieces can be an unpredictably lengthy cost (Continued from page 4)
process, so we’ve found it is best to download the desired portions after hours. The desired videos can then be burned onto a CD to show in class without worrying about Internet access or the speed of streaming. The CD can also be passed to students to put on their own computers. Because we are a laptop school in grades 712, this option has many advan tages. Teachers have distributed and as signed the viewing of a particular video or clip prior to class for discussion as a group. Once the resource is on the student’s own com puter, of course, it can be viewed at any time. This is particularly nice for students who would like to go back and review the video. This op tion also makes it easy to help absent stu dents catch up. Clips can be embedded into Power Point presentations by students or teachers.
training and support information available to get your teachers familiar with using the ser vice to build interesting, effective lesson plans. Additional information about unitedstreaming can be viewed at www.unitedstreaming.com.
In addition to the videos (each of which is di vided into clips with the duration listed in the description), there are digital images available for copying, complete with full bibliographic citations. We’ve found this library of images much more manageable than Google images. There is also a small library of clipart avail able. 5
Maureen Irwin Rye Country Day School
HVLA Divisional Listservs
We have divisional listservs in an effort to facilitate discussion. The email addresses are: Lower School email@example.com Middle School firstname.lastname@example.org Upper School email@example.com If you aren’t on a list, contact Lori Matthews: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't Miss It! YALSA Brings You Teens and Technology Join YALSA on Friday, January 20th in San Antonio, Texas for the Teens and Technology Institute and Video Gaming Night. The fullday Institute will take a look at how teen literacies such as reading, writing, and communicating are expanding and changing via technologies like chat, IM, blogs, text messaging, podcasting, and wikis. By participating in the workshop you will have the chance to explore: * How teen gamers are reading, writing, and seeking out information with technol ogy. * The link between graphic novel readers and gamers and how technology brings them together. * Ethical issues related to teen use of a variety of technologies in the library and on their own. * How library workers can integrate a variety of technologies into their programs and services in order to serve teens successfully. You can followup on the Institute experience at YALSA's video gaming night where you'll have a chance to play, and learn about, a variety of video and role playing games. The video gaming night is sponsored in part by Game Crazy.com and Dia mond Comics/Alliance Games. For more information visit http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/Teens&TechFlyer_MW06.pdf. To register for both or either event visit http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/midwinter/2006/registration.htm. Hope to see you there! Angela Carstensen Library Chair 6
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World, Book Links, and Writer’s Digest. My first book, Animal Homes (1984), was published by Golden Press to launch a new beginning reference series. Cynthia Millman Town School Long before I became a librarian, I moved to NYC to dance after graduating from high school in Provi dence, RI. Before, during, and after receiving a BA and MA in dance from NYU, I performed quite a bit with several modern dance choreographers as well as a troupe that recreated the dances of Isadora Dun can. I also taught creative movement to children for many years. While working on my MLS, I got in terested in swing dancing (AKA the lindy hop or jitterbug), which soon became my favorite dance. I performed, taught, and wrote about the lindy hop which inevitably led me to Frankie Manning, one of the original creators of the dance at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in the 1930s. Frankie and I began work ing on a book about his life in 1993. Last month, Temple University Press told us they would like to publish the book, now in autobiographical format. With luck, it will be out next September, 2006. Sue Hipkens Trinity School (Sue was heartbroken that she had a conflict that night and could not join the panel.) Sue Burchard Hip kens was born on November 23, 1937. Upon graduating from Vassar College, she moved to New York City, where she now lives. She has been the lower school librarian at Trinity School since 1966. She has written 35 easytoread sports biographies. Ten were published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. Twenty five were published by Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich and one by Gerrard Publishers. She also wrote The Statue of Liberty: Birth to Rebirth which was included on the list published by ALA entitled "Best Books for Young Adults 1985". She feels very proud to be included on a list which included Roald Dahl (BOY) and David Halberstam.
WHAT ARE WE READING? Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. 256 p. Simon and Schuster. 2005 Vowell's book is organized into chapters that contain essays on the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley (not Kennedy). She follows in the footsteps of the victims, their assassins, and the tour guides to the museums that resulted. Even though there is no index, there is plenty of humor which compensates for what might have been a great histori cal research book. In other words, you read this book for fun, not for its utility. Indecision by Benjamin Kunkel. 240 p. Random House. 2005. Humorous contemporary novel of a twenty something who tries out a new drug to help him make up his mind. In the course of his newly discovered boldness of action, he travels to La Paz, Bolivia in search of the girl of his dreams. This book is full of philosophy and light satire. The March by E.L. Doctorow. 368 p. Random House. 2005. Historical novel of General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea that broke the Confederacy's back and helped end the American Civil War. The march sweeps up a cast of characters from all levels of society, and Doctorow is able to get into all of their minds and sweep the reader along with him. Good Poems for Hard Times edited, and with an introduction, by Garrison Keillor. 366 p. Viking. 2005. Dedicated "To the English teachers of America, doing good work every day", Keillor has once again, as in Good Poems (copyright 2002) found a great mix of poems to include here, under categories ranging from "Kindness to Snails" to "I Feel Your Kinship" to "Simpler Than I Could Find Words For." — Patty Areakre, Brearly 7
DIDN’T GET TO PITTSBURGH FOR AASL’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE? You can still share in the wonderful knowledge and experience offered by many of the speakers and participants! Visit the first ever AASL conference blog at http://www.noodletools.com/aasl/ to read entries by volunteer bloggers who were conference attendees. AASL members can also get copies of many of the conference handouts at http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/conferencesandevents/confarchive/
Why is the American Library Association (ALA) going to New Orleans for its 2006 Annual Conference?
New Orleans was scheduled as the host site for the 2006 Annual Conference June 2229, 2006, almost 10 years ago. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, ALA board members and staff reexamined the viability of the city to host the anticipated 20,000+ attendees. After almost two months of investigation, the ALA announced on October 21 it would keep the con ference in New Orleans. Recovery efforts are well underway, and the ALA Annual Conference will help to provide the jobs and tax revenues needed to reestablish the city.
PreRegistration for the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans is now available. PreRegistration will run from December 1, 2005 January 3, 2006. For the lowest rates, register by January 3! Early Bird Registration will begin January 4 and run to March 3, 2006. Advance Registra tion will continue from March 4 May 19, 2006. Registrations received after May 19 will be processed at the onsite rates. For more registration information and an overview of the June conference, visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/events/alaregistration/registration.htm