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UnConference 2015

Joint CLC conference!

Mar 28, 2015

Scholastic - Danbury, CT

Conference 2015


Oct 25-26, 2015

Mohegan Sun - CT

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Spring Fling 2015

April 30th


@ Aldario's in Milford

Other Workshops

Annual Calendar
Jan 31 The submission deadline for annual awards is January 31st
Mar 28 '15 CASL/CLC UnConference | CLC site
April 30 Spring Fling 2015 - at Aldario's Restaurant in Milford, CT
May 1-15 Annual Election of Officers
June Annual Membership Drive - Membership Renewal
Oct 25-26 '15

Conference 2015, Mohegan Sun - Joint CASL/CECA Conference

Note - CASL Membership runs from Jul 1st to June 30th

CASL/CLC UnConference 2015

Share 2 Learn

Sat, Mar 28, 2015 - Scholastic Library Publishing
90 Old Sherman Turnpike Road, Danbury, CT

Share 2 Learn

Come and spend a Saturday with your fellow CASL members and gain the knowledge, skills, and strategies you need, while sharing your expertise with others.

Please click here to register.


CASL Awards

The CASL Award winners for 2015 have been chosen!

-- 2015 Awards Winners List --

We thank everyone who applied. There were many outstanding applicants, and if you were not a winner this year we urge you to apply for an award next year.

Award winners will be honored at the Spring Fling on April 30th.

NESLA Survey:

NESLA is in the process of reassessing its role in the region. The board had a retreat in November and proposed a new mission statement. Now we need your input.

Please take the time to participate in this survey by March 30th. It will help us align your needs with those of the association and confirm our goals. Information will be shared with all six New England state school library associations represented on the NESLA board.

The board has established a NESLA Transition Special Committee. Co-chairs Mary Ellen Minichiello and Carol Gordon and their committee members Merlyn Miller, Susan Ballard, Fran Zilonis and Irene Kwidzinski are charged with reporting on the survey results and guiding the transition process. The committee will meet in the next few weeks and lead the discussion at our next board meeting on May 9th.

Thank you in advance.

CASL Annual Report

2013-2014 CASL Annual Report

Members - please read the Annual Report Newsletter to see what CASL has been doing this past year

Congratulations to CASL Officers 2014-2015:

President: Mary Ellen Minichiello

Vice President: Shelley Stedman

Vice President Intern: Jane Martellino

Recording Secretary: Chris Barlow

Treasurer: Joleen Pillar

Nutmeg Book Awards

The 2014 Nutmeg Book Award winners have been selected:

  • Intermediate Level: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • Teen Level: Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • High School Level: Paper Towns by John Green

Check the Nutmeg Website for second place honors and all voting totals!

2015 Nominees Announced!

The Nutmeg Website has full details for the 2015 Elementary Nominees / PDF (Grades 2-4, new level); Intermediate Nominees / PDF (Grades 4-6); the Teen Nominees / PDF (Grades 7-8); and the High School Nominees / PDF (Grades 9-12).

Promotional Materials

2014 Materials

If you would like to order labels or bookmarks for the 2014 nominees, please print out the Order Form and send it in. Thanks for supporting us!

2015 Materials

2015 labels and bookmarks are also now available. Please print the 2015 order form and send it in. We now have elementary, intermediate, teen, and high school!

Nutmeg News:

The Nutmeg Book Award is growing!

We currently have the Intermediate Award for students in grades 4-6, the Teen Award for students in grades 7-8, and the new 2014 High School Award for students in grades 9-12. Starting in 2015, there will be an Elementary level 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!

New Timeline

The timeline of the Nutmeg Book Award has shifted to match the school year instead of the calendar year.

For more info, please check the Nutmeg website.

ALA: e-Book Media & Communications Toolkit

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.

Turnitin - Discount from CLC

The CT Library Consortium (CLC) has negotiated a considerable savings for Turnitin. See their website for more details. Order deadline is May 1.

CASL/CECA Conference 2015

Break Down Walls: Empower Learners

Sun, Oct 25, 2015 - Pre-Conference

Mon, Oct 26, 2015 - Conference

Mohegan Sun Conference Center, Uncasville, CT

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Call for Presenters

The CASL 2015 CECA Conference is currently looking for dynamic, energetic people willing to share their knowledge about 21st Century Literacies with their colleagues for our annual conference. We also have a PDF available to assist applicants in preparing the application.

Please click here to submit a presentation application.

CASL Advocates for School Library Media Specialists

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
LMC News

Cassandra Barnett, president of AASL, put together this chart (PDF) comparing AASL Standards, P21 and ISTE Nets.