January 20, 2016
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Co-chairs Laura D’Elia and Rachel Small shared that Digital Learning Day, held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter on January 8, was a big success. Their committee is working on the next event, BookFest, which will be held on April 30 at the UMass Amherst Conference Center. Mark the date on your calendars and look for more information at a later date.
Additionally, the committee is planning the MassCUE-partnered conference Better Together, which is to be held in August, as well as coordinating SPED and ELL classes offered through EDCO for those librarians that need to renew their teaching certification.
Southeast Area Directors Carrie T. and Laura G. hosted a meeting in Carver on December 11 to discuss the evaluation rubric and how librarians have been using it to gather and present evidence of their practice. The rubric is something that DESE reached out to MSLA to create, and it was initially based on the school nurse rubric. Look for an article in the Forum to learn more about it.
MLS Strategic Plan
The Mass Library System is looking for input from school librarians as to how they can support our needs for professional development, as well as other services. They will be holding community meetings throughout the next few weeks to gather stakeholder input.
If you are able to attend, here are the meeting dates:
- February 22 at Northeastern University (10am-1pm)
- February 24 at Tewksbury Public Library (3-6pm)
- February 25 at Mashpee Public Library (2-5pm)
- February 29 at Goodnow Library (Sudbury) (3-6pm)
- March 1 at South Hadley Public Library (10am-1pm)
Teacher Prep Program
Carol Kelly and her committee have been working on identifying the criteria aspiring librarians must meet to become certified in Massachusetts. The committee is creating a chart that shows these paths and is intended to help people from a variety of backgrounds - i.e., already working in a library, from out of state, etc. - determine what path they need to follow in order to become certified. Look for more information after the February Executive Board meeting.
Consider attending one of the upcoming legislative breakfast locations throughout the state. Keri Johnson and Kendall Boninti have shared a talking points document for librarians to use if they are attending breakfasts. Check out the MSLA website for even more information.
Commission Survey Update
DESE plans to launch the school library survey at the start of February and close it by the end of February. They will send out reminders to school districts to complete the survey, as well as collect the data and share it with Robin C. and Carol G.
PDP’s for submitting Forum articles will be increased from 2.5 to 5 points each.
Executive Board positions are almost halfway through their terms, and there is a committee forming to nominate candidates for president. Finally, the planning is ongoing for the MSLA 2017 Conference, which will be held April 9-10 at the Cape Cod Conference Center.