2015 News and Events
Thanks to everyone who responded to this survey and to Susan Onion for creating it. Follow this link to check out the results :
Spring Fling 2015
April 11th at Cape Elizabeth Middle School
Amanda Kozaka discusses how she rearranged her library to become a Learning Center
Dr L. leading the "unconference" session
Support Staffers share issues during one of their sessions
2015 Walter J. Taranko Award
Administrator of the Year Award
Falmouth Middle School students were very excited last Friday, March 13, when three members of the faculty were given awards from the Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL). The gym was packed with middle school students as the awards were given by Joyce Lucas, President of MASL and Edna Comstock, MASL Business Manager.
Peggy Stevens-Becksvoort was given the Walter J. Taranko Award for School Library Media Specialist of the Year. The WJT Award is intended to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the library media profession on the local and/or state levels. Peggy is a shining example of what the award represents. Peggy has been the guiding force in re-imaging the library at Falmouth Middle School to reflect the needs of students and staff in the quest for 21st century skills. She plans and team teaches units with the classroom teachers frequently. She has extensive knowledge of the school curriculum and uses that knowledge to provide resources in support of that curriculum in the FMS library. She has been a mentor for new library staff in her district. Peggy has been an instructor in the Information and Library services program at the University of Maine at Augusta. Peggy has also been a very active member of MASL. She has been the, President, Legislative chair and the Maine representative to the New England Association of School Libraries.
Principal Janet Adams and Assistant Principal Rick Hogan were given the MASL Administrator of the Year award. The MASL School Administrator Award seeks to honor administrators who, through individual leadership and sustained effort, have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library media services within the educational program. The award is also intended to recognize the responsible and influential role of the school administrator in developing successful school library media programs, and to stimulate planning, implementation and support of school library media services.
Although new to the Falmouth Middle School this year, Janet Adams agrees with the long-held belief that the library is the heart of that school. Both Janet and Rick work well as a team for the good of the students. They recognize the importance of not only learning information and skills but also how important it is for school to be active and fun. Both leaders encourage the role of the librarian as a teaching partner and a technology resource. They both encourage any and all projects that will bring students into the library. They also encourage and support professional growth on the part of all staff especially in the areas of library information skills and the use of technology.
Congratulations to Falmouth Middle School and their outstanding awardees!
MASL at the MLA Conference
November 17 - 18th, 2015
SPEAK UP AMERICA
Speak Up is a free survey tool for schools and districts that annually polls K–12 students, parents and educators on digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools. Since 2003, more than 4 million have participated with over 118,000 surveys already taken this year. All participating schools and districts will receive free online access to their participant results with national comparisons in February 2016.
This year Speak Up will once again offer a special survey just for Librarians and Media Specialists! As a companion to our other Speak Up surveys, your input will help complete the picture of what’s required to effectively support the use of technology for learning. Last year 2,500 librarians participated in Speak Up and we would love to double that number this year. As part of our outreach efforts we work closely with educational technology associations on increasing participation at the state level.
As a librarian we would love for you to participate in the surveys to be included in our national dataset, to take the survey please visit: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/.
Thank you again,
MASL Annual Business Meeting
A big thank you to everyone in attendance at our Annual Business Meeting, held Saturday, November 14th at Falmouth Middle School.
Contact hours will be provided via email.
In lieu of formal voting, we discussed updates and improvements to our conference model and our website that will better represent the common goals of the Library staff throughout Maine.
Members and non-members alike are encouraged to complete the MASL Fall 2015 Annual Meeting Voting Form.
MASL is listening. MASL is responding.