|May 1-31||Annual Election of Officers|
|June||Annual Membership Drive - Membership Renewal|
|Nov 14-17 '13||2013 AASL Conference, Hartford, CT | Conf Info
|Mar 8 '14||NESLA 2014 Leadership Conference | Flyer
-- Click here to Register
|Apr 28-29 '14||CLA: 123rd Annual Conference 2014
|Dec 31||The submission deadline for annual awards is December 31st|
|Click here for the 2013 Awards Winners|
Note - CASL Membership runs from Jul 1st to June 30th
It's not too late to volunteer for AASL's conference in Hartford! There are many opportunities still available.
Please click here to volunteer.
NESLA Leadership Conference 2014:
Sat, March 8, 2014 at the Hyannis Conference Center, Hyannis, MA
With Keynote speaker Paige Jaeger, Coordinator of School Library Services at WSWHE Board of Cooperative Educational Services; School Library Journal, Library Media Connection, School Library Monthly contributing columnist
Click here for full brochure with more information and application.
The CASL Award winners for 2013 have been chosen!
The 2013 Nutmeg Book Award winners have been selected:
- Intermediate Level: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
- Teen Level: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Check the Nutmeg Website for second place honors and all voting totals!
2014 Nominees Announced!
If you would like to order labels or bookmarks for the 2013 nominees, please print out the Order Form and send it in. Thanks for supporting us!
2014 labels and bookmarks are also now available. Please print the 2014 order form and send it in. We have intermediate, teen, and now HIGH SCHOOL!
The Nutmeg Book Award is growing!
Starting in 2015, there will be a fourth level to the award for students in grades 2-4. With these additions, The Nutmeg Book Award will be an important part of literacy from elementary school right through high school graduation!
Voting for the 2013 nominees took place during April 2013. (Voting opened April 1st and ended onApril 30th.) Results were announced on May 15, 2013.
2014 nominees were announced on May 1st, 2013.
For more info, please check the Nutmeg website.
ALA has launched resources to assist librarians with publicizing e-Book lending practicies in your libraries.
Materials include, FAQs, guidelines, templates, graphics, etc.
Visit the Toolkit for more information.
State and local governments are experiencing unprecedented budget deficits. The local board of education budget is often 70% or more of a town’s entire budget. In addition, the majority of the education budget is salary. To avoid even larger deficits many towns are reducing their education personnel. Teachers of the “specials” (physical education, art, music, special education and library media specialists) are often the first to be laid off. While CASL as a non-profit organization cannot lobby, it can advocate for school library media specialists.
- Professional Development: CASL provides professional development activities so library media specialists can excel at their job and remain up-to-date on 21st century skills. Consider attending the 2010 conference and look for information about Saturday workshops offered during the academic year.
- State level advocacy: CASL seeks ways to collaborate with the State Department of Education. The retirement of Art Skerker left school library media specialists without a representative in the State Department of Education. CASL is seeking other people to present our needs to the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
- National advocacy: The President and Vice-President of CASL attend AASL Affiliate Assembly at the American Library Association (ALA) midwinter and annual meetings. They present both commendations and concerns to AASL for national action.
- Recognizing best practice: CASL’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding programs and library media specialists. Award winners receive a letter that is usually shared with their building and district administrators publicizing how library media specialists impact student learning.
- Toolkits: CASL is preparing toolkits and AASL already has several toolkits that library media specialists can use to promote their programs and show teachers, administrators and parents the impact of their program on student learning. Visit the Toolkit page to access these useful tools
Congratulations to the TWO librarians from Connecticut that were honored this year!
One of whom, Rae Anne Locke, is an elementary school library media specialist from Westport.
Position statement on "The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technology" (PDF)