The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) provides connections for creating and advancing effective school library programs through professional development, advocacy, and community-building.
The 2018 MASL Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, October 20th at the Camden Hills Regional High School. The full day conference will focus on Building Your Advocacy Toolkit.
Keynote Speaker: Debra Butterfield, MASL School Librarian of the Year 2018
General Session: Getting the Word Out!
Connect your school library to your community by creating meaningful media relationships that enhance community engagement. This session will feature ideas for how to get started with promotion and advocacy with your local media outlets, in a roundtable discussion hosted by professionals in media and public relations. Iris Eichenlaub will be moderating.
Panel Members include:
Get to Know Gale Resources from Maine’s Digital Library - Stacey Knibloe
Strengthen student success with Kids InfoBits, National Geographic Kids, Research In Context, and Student Resources In Context. Gale Trainer, Stacey Knibloe, will walk you through each product’s innovative product interface, key content areas, and research tools as well as provide ideas for getting these digital resources into your students and teachers hands.
Gale Resources from Maine’s Digital Library and Professional Development - Stacey Knibloe
Your school library is always ready to serve students and classroom needs; let’s see what it can do for your teachers! The new Gale resources from Maine’s Digital Library offer a wealth of professional development content for teachers and administrators. Educator's Reference Complete covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty--such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. It also provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy. Administrators and lead teachers can easily share content from ERC with their faculty and staff using Gale Bookmarks and tools like Google Drive, Google Classroom, and Microsoft OneDrive. Join us for this session to learn how you can help support and promote professional development in your school!
Invite Your Legislator To School! - Iris Eichenlaub
Our 2010 Maine Teacher of the Year, Kevin Grover, created this initiative to engage, enlighten, and inform policy makers from local or state government, with the goal of providing our school board members and legislators with a better understanding of how their decisions affect the learners and educators across the state of Maine. Though Kevin passed away in 2012, before this initiative really had a chance to take off, LD 822 established January as Invite Your Legislator to School Month.
As Maine School Librarians, we are uniquely positioned to serve as connectors between our schools and communities. Come to this session to learn more about how this might work in your school, with practical tips, as well as resources for planning and promoting this opportunity!
Library Reports: Your Secret Weapon - Cathy Potter
Come to this session to learn more about how you can use reports to inform stakeholders about your library program. Find out how you can use infographics, charts, photos and more to capture the attention of your administrators, colleagues, parents and students. We will also explore digital tools to help you create these eye catching reports. Do you already use annual reports and other reporting tools? Bring examples (or links) to share with the group, and we'll curate a collection of examples.
Telling the Story of Science - Mary Cerullo
Through interviews with researchers, data on new discoveries and theories, and my own adventures with dolphins, sharks, and octopuses, I try to capture the excitement of doing science. In describing my writing process from concept to completion, I pose the questions I ask ocean scientists and the questions I’d like to ask marine animals. We will share criteria for evaluating non-fiction science books for the classroom or library.
Using Maine Library Program Standards to Advocate for your Program - Jennifer Stanbro
This session will focus on how you can use the Maine Library Program Standards to build interest in your library program. She will share her methods, experience and outcomes from using Library Program Assessment as an advocacy tool in her school and district level work.
If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 15th to receive a refund. Cancellations after 10/15/18 will forfeit the registration fee.
NEW MASL Mailing Address:
Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL)
c/o Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0064