Westborough High School
November 18, 2015
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The MSLA Executive Board met recently to discuss a variety of issues including the new website, professional learning opportunities, advocacy updates, and other business.
Ann Perham has been heading the effort to revise and update the MSLA website and it is scheduled to launch this week on December 2.
Congratulations to Rachel Small for her appointment as Co-chair of the Professional Learning Committee. She will join Laura D’Elia in planning PD opportunities for members. Upcoming opportunities include Digital Learning Day on January 8 and the Spring Bookfest, which will be held at UMass Amherst on April 30. Registration is expected to sell out for Digital Learning Day @WGBH, so members should register ASAP at http://www.cvent.com/d/qrqh8b. Also, there will be classes offered later in the school year that meet the DESE requirements for SEI certification: a SPED course in March and an ELL course in the summer.
If you are planning to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference of Exhibit Hall, checkout the joint MSLA/NESLA booth. Please contact Anita Cellucci (email) or Kathy Lowe (email) if you are interested in staffing the booth.
On April 8 the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) is holding its conference in Quincy with Doug Fisher as the keynote speaker. Kim Cochrane, MSLA representative to MRA, wanted to remind members that the Sylvia Brown Research Award is available through MRA. Recipients can get up to $1,000 grant for a librarian working with reading teacher or specialist, but at least one of the people applying must be a member of MRA. Applications for this award are due by February 10, 2016.
Advocacy Committee Chair Cathy Collins has spoken to a representative at NEASC and was told that the revision of high school standards will begin in January, and that at this time there are no plans to remove the requirement for librarians/media specialists from the standards. On Twitter this week, the chats will focus on advocacy. Amy Short will post a question in the morning, participants can respond to the prompt throughout the day, and one of the days will focus on the Bookmark Contest.
Other business the board discussed included a request for assistance with setting up a STEM library from Metrowest Big Brother Big Sister. If you are interested in this project, look for a followup email that contains more details from Judi Paradis soon. Finally, planning for the 2017 MSLA Conference will commence at next month’s meeting.