March 2011, Volume 3, Issue 3
Check Your Calendars!!
Read Across America Day
Teen Tech Week
PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
Public Library Survey, closes March 31
March 30-April 2
School Library Month
National Poetry Month
School Library Survey, April 1- May 18
Money Smart Week®
South Dakota Library Week, April 10-16
National Library Week
National Preservation Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Resources to help you celebrate the holidays
“Create Your Own Story” for School Library Month
April is School Library Month and the perfect opportunity to share the story of your school library with your community. Invite current and former students to tell their stories via video or audio clips, or even in person. What influence did the library program have on them? What did the library help them accomplish during their K-12 school years and beyond? What are they doing now that is the direct result of the library program?
Celebrations can be as simple as adding information to your library webpage, designing a bookmark or handout, making an all school announcement, sending a story to your local newspaper or radio station, or hosting a “Read Your Favorite Story” event. You may also want to tell your story using statistics from the School Library Data Digest, or make copies of the digest available and turn it into a contest or two. Instead of a book trailer have students create library trailers telling the story of the library from their perspective using a tool such as Animoto.
For more ideas take a look at the materials provided by the American Association of School Librarians.
School Library Survey opens April 1
The 2010-2011 School Library Survey opens April 1. Information for completing the survey will be e-mailed to every district superintendent by March 30. Data is again being collected in one survey per district. Talk to your superintendent about details or contact School Library Coordinators Lee Crary and Joan Upell (email) for more information.
All surveys are due on May 18. We encourage everyone to complete the survey before the last day of school. We are looking for the completion rate to go from last year’s excellent 95 percent to 100 percent this year.
What’s the buzz with Common Core Standards?
The American Association of School Librarians has recently posted an alignment of its Standards for the 21st-Century Learner with the Common Core Standards. Take a look at the Common Core Crosswalk at American Association of School Librarians. For specific information and supporting documents related to South Dakota school library standards and guidelines go to School Library Standards Guidelines.