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In November, I had the amazing opportunity to fly to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the American Association of School Libraries annual conference and Affiliate Assembly. The Affiliate Assembly was a ”train the trainer” event that was held so that two representatives from each state could have an immersive experience in unpacking the newly released standards for School Librarians, Library Learners, and School Library Programs. It was truly an experience of “drinking out of a firehose” for 1.5 days. The group was very fortunate to have the expertise of the librarians who worked in all areas of the new standards, from the creation of the task force to the structure of the strategic plan, to the drafting and evaluation of the standards, to the creation of the implementation plan.
We were broken into small groups and worked on different pieces of the Shared Foundations and analyzed how we currently apply them in our schools or classrooms as well as how we could advance and expand our implementation. There was a lot of moving around and members of the task force who were not leading the activity acted as participants in order to assist us “newbies” in making the connections between the abstract to the concrete. I left with a very strong understanding of the Inquire foundation, since that was the one I worked on with my group. The other foundations are Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage. The acronym ICE, ICE Baby was used in order to assist us in remembering the six Shared Foundations.
As board members of NHSLMA, Justine Thain and I will be working as a team in order to train our membership on these standards. We are currently in year one of AASL’s three-year implementation plan, which will provide us with more resources to share with you. I have included some links below for your reference.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Watch for announcements about upcoming virtual and in person trainings.
"Library Camp 2017 was an amazing experience. As a brand new LMS, I was able to network with librarians in my area and across the state. I quickly learned that librarians are a supportive, enthusiastic, and dynamic group of people. I was flooded with ideas, suggestions, inspirations and take-aways from the presenters at Library Camp, including key-note speaker, Laura Gardner. I came home with an address book full of contacts for librarians that I can look to for support as I embark on my journey as a LMS. Library Camp was a worthwhile experience and I look forward to going back next year." - Kerstin Rossel, Epping Elementary School
Thanks to ORHS librarian Kathy Pearce for sharing a recent student post reflecting on the impact that the Hack Shack has had over his high school career.
"The Hack Shack and all the Little Bits that have improved over my time with it" by Coleman Moore
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So many great reasons to attend CMTC this year! On Monday and Tuesday there will be sessions by David Loertscher, the "Learning Commons Guru" - these sessions will fill up quickly so register soon. The Keynote Speakers are Steve Dembo is a pioneer in the field of Educational Social Networking and Adam Bellow of Breakout EDU fame - they will both have a Keynote address and several sessions to attend. Thursday will be OUR day! We will start out recognizing our 2017 NHSLMA award winners and have a fabulous Lunch Session with Anita Cellucci presenting: THE EMPATHETIC LIBRARIAN: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE LIBRARY. There will be many great sessions to attend on Thursday, many presented by our wonderful New Hampshire librarians.
If you are looking to attend CMTC and need some assistance funding, please go to the NHSLMA website for more info or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See you all in November!
1. It’s my professional community. Are you the only school librarian in your school? In your district? When you are in need of peers to discuss library ideas, issues, challenges, problems and solutions, the NHSLMA community is here for you, with a wealth of knowledge to share.
2. Members are the experts! Each and every member of NHSLMA has something to offer, whether it is a successful program they implemented, a new way of looking at the library environment, or maybe just a great lesson. NHSLMA provides multiple opportunities to share your own expertise as well as learn from other experts.
3. It’s my go to resource.The NHSLMA website has information about everything from learning opportunities, to advocacy, to connecting with librarians throughout the state. If I have a question about librarianship, this is where I start my research.
4. The AASL connection - NHSLMA is an affiliate of AASL, and we have representation at both AASL and ALA national conferences. Our representatives share the latest and greatest from AASL with our entire membership.
5. I love getting together with our membership. Our conference, Library Camp, and regional PD groups are alway fun gatherings where we learn from experts in our field and each other. These events are constantly evolving to meet the needs and desires of our current members.
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NHSLMA Membership Chairperson
Salem School District Librarian
I hope your school year has gotten off to a great start! I’m excited to begin another year, not only as a school librarian, but as the president of NHSLMA. We have a terrific group of dedicated board members are looking forward to continuing to build upon the mission of our organization:
The board alone can not carry forward this charge; our objective is to create a framework to provide members with opportunities to share and grow professionally. As your opening days settle into a daily routine, I hope you will consider participating in one or more ways: