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Project Look Sharp at Tech Camp!

Registration is open for the Summer Librarian Tech Camp. It has gone back from a two day camp,  to just one day out of the summer. This year it will be held on August 21st. The keynote will be Chris Sperry from Project Look Sharp who will focus on News and Media Literacy.

Project LookSharp is an outreach project at Ithaca College that provides training and materials for educators to integrate media literacy and critical thinking into their existing curriculum. As the media atmosphere is getting more and more misunderstood, it is imperative that our students are given the skills and resources to navigate the vast amounts of false information, as well as the vast amounts of real information, and the ability to discern which is which.

Project Look Sharp always does a fantastic job and we encourage you to attend.

There is a call for proposals for 45-minute workshop sessions, so if you feel inclined to share with your colleagues a topic that might fit here, we encourage you to do this as well.

Happy National Library Week!

2019 Carol A. Kearney Ed. Leadership Institute

Transform Learning with the Reimagined ESIFC

Registration is now open for the NYLA-SSL 2019 Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute: Transform Learning with the Reimagined ESIFC led by Dr. Barbara Stripling.

This revised ESIFC aligns with the AASL, ISTE, ELA, Social Studies, and NextGen Science Standards. It will provide a comprehensive continuum of information fluency skills PK-12 and clear guidance for school librarians to integrate the teaching of essential information fluency and inquiry skills across all grade levels and throughout the curriculum.

The Institute will take place August 7th and 8th at the Syracuse University Sheraton in Syracuse, NY.

Register now!

April 9-National Library Workers Day

Whether we’re talking about academic, public or school, librarians and library workers are the unsung heroes of society. Combating fake news, providing social services, and educating our communities, librarians provide valuable services to students, educators, and community members of every age. That’s why on April 9th, the ALA is celebrating the work that librarians and library staff members do each and every day. Library users are invited to “submit a star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee. If you have a colleague or a staff member that you respect and admire we encourage you to submit a star for them!

For more information on National Library Workers Day and access to a free publicity tool kit, visit the ALA NLWD web page.

National School Library Month

Hey guess what! April is not only Autism Awareness month, and National Poetry month. It’s also the best month ever… because it’s National School Library Month!

Created and hosted by the American Association of School Librarians, April is a celebration of school librarians and their programs. We encourage you to host activities to help your school and your local community understand the essential role that your library program plays in transforming learning for your students.

This year’s spokesperson is Dav Pilkey, and the theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library.

Every Wendesday of this month, AASL is hosting webinars at 7:00 pm Eastern time:

The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into Believers
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Comics Librarianship: Essential Tools for the School Librarian
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

TBA
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

For more information about School Library Month, and this years events, go to the AASL School Library Advocacy page.

National Poetry Month

April is (among other things) National Poetry Month! Started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets (poets.org), National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world. There are a myriad of ways to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of poetry in our culture:

  • The Academy of American Poets hosts the “Dear Poet Project“, which invites students in middle through high school to write letters in response to poems.
  • You can request a National Poetry Month poster and hang it in your library.
  • You could sign up to receive a poem-a-day in your email.
  • Build a creative book display (and if you do, please send us a photo to liesl_toates@boces.monroe.edu and tell us whether we are allowed to share it on our blog!)

Check out this list of 30 ways to celebrate national poetry month.

Autism Awareness Month

April is (among other things) Autism Awareness Month. PBS has a number of valuable programming for this purpose. Check out the following programs and use the request form for a recording.

POV #3011 “Swim Team” – Parents of teens on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, training them with high expectations. Follow the rise of three athletes as the film captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning.

Airs 4/3 at 7 p.m.;

Spectrum: A Story of the Mind – Take a journey into the rich sensory experience of autism. Imagine a world where words taste and thoughts feel, where sounds swell with color and leaves on trees change tones visible to the naked eye, and where eye contact with another can cause physical pain. Spectrum: A Story of the Mind explores autism through the lens of diverse characters on the spectrum.

Airs 4/6 at 1:30 p.m.

America Reframed #514 “Deej” – the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid on a fast track to nowhere, DJ is now a first-year college student who insists on standing up for his peers: people who are dismissed as incompetent because they are neurologically diverse. Will Deej be able to find freedom for himself and others like him?

Airs 4/13 at 10 p.m.

Autism: Coming of Age – In the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of the school system and transition into adulthood. Then, they will look to ill-prepared state and federal governments for the support services and resources to meet their many needs – a situation autism experts refer to as the “coming tsunami.” The one-hour documentary AUTISM: COMING OF AGE provides an inside look at the lives of three adults with autism and includes interviews with their families and support teams. Autism and disability experts from Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania also discuss the current system, impending challenges and possible outcomes for the future.

Airs 4/13 at 11 p.m.

Keep checking the Offair Listings portion our blog throughout the month as we post more information and links to request these.

3 Weeks Left for Submissions for the 13th Annual Digies Digital Media Arts Festival

We are very excited for another year of celebrating student achievements in digital media arts. Submissions are open until April 1st and are online at http://digies.org. If you need an account to submit on behalf of a student, please contact Brian Mayer at bmayer@gvboces.org.

As a reminder, the DIGIES is a FREE, digital arts festival that celebrates youth achievements in digital arts, media and production. Submissions are open to school age children and young adults, from Pre-Kindergarten until 12th grade and are accepted through schools, arts councils or public libraries.

If you are in a school district, please take a moment to share the attached materials with your arts and technology teachers as well as students who you know are doing work on their own.

Submissions are open to both school projects and personal work. If you have digital artists, photographers, musicians or content creators then this is a great way to recognize and celebrate the work they are doing.

Submissions do not need to have been created special for the Digies and anything made from April 2nd of last year until April 1st of this year are welcome. The Digies will be celebrated on the evening of May 16th.

2019 ALA Annual Conference Info

Registration is now open for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25. A preliminary schedule of conference programs will be available in April 2019.

ALA Annual Conference registration includes:

  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Pre-conferences for in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services—one-stop shopping for everything your library needs
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Meetings and events such as Opening and Closing General Sessions and ALA President’s Program
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • Access to the International Visitor’s Center and Internet Café and WIFI—online access so you can stay in touch
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception (for full conference registrants)
  • and more.

You can register online at: http://2019.alaannual.org/registration/register-now