Welcome to MASL's new blog! Instead of quarterly newsletters, we plan to share timely updates on this site with you throughout the year.
It's already August, and you've probably heard this somewhere before, but for teachers, August is like a month-long Sunday night, where we anticipate that first day of school like it's the most stressful Monday morning ever. Here are a few resources and announcements to help you out as you get ready!
First things first: make sure you are set up for a year of success with support from your colleagues at MASL by renewing your membership here. Among the many benefits of membership, renewing and new members will get access to our regional professional development workshops planned for this fall at locations around the state, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. More details coming soon!
- Mark you Calendars for some upcoming Professional Development opportunities:
- Librarian K.C. Boyd is putting on a two day virtual workshop, FREE, for school librarians on August 13 and 14. Register at tinyurl.com/BossLibrarianPD
- August 15 is when registration opens for NerdcampNNE's September 24 unconference in Freeport.
- October 13 and 14 are the dates for ACTEM's Fall Conference. We love to see a strong presence of school librarians at ACTEM and encourage you to propose a session to present. We promise you will have a great audience of supportive school librarians for whatever you choose to share!
- Worried about Intellectual Freedom and book banning this fall? We plan to support you, as always, and encourage you to reach out to us directly if you experience a book or resource challenge. Email our IF Chair, Karen Silverman, and be sure to report your challenge to ALA. Check out this page on our website for more resources.
- Finally, here are some ideas from other school librarians to help you get started this year: Martha Bongiorno has some great tips for both new and veteran school librarians on her blog here and Kelsey Bogan has some ideas specifically for newbies (but there are great ideas for all of us, we especially like "stay connected with other librarians") on her blog here.