Section of School Librarians (SSL) Update

Submitted by Penny Sweeney, SSL President

My name is Penny Sweeney and I will be the President of SSL for the 2017-2018 school year.  I look forward to serving on the NYLA Council and getting to know everyone.  I submit the following items for review:

Regional Advisory Council- we are proud to have three new members

  1. Sue Kowalski
  2. Susan Polos
  3. Juan Rivera

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference (Nov 7-11)

  1. Rollout of new AASL standards
  2. Michelle Miller, immediate Past President, Sara Kelly Johns and I will be working on the rollout in New York State.

NYLA/SSL Conference (Huntington Hilton, Long Island, May 3-5)

  1. Guest speakers include
  2. Pernille Ripp (author of Passionate Readers)
  3. Ellen Oh (We Need Diverse Books)
  4. Barbara Stripling (2017 Winner of the ALA Joseph W. Lippencott award)
  5. Steven Sheinkin (Knickerbocker recipient)
  6. Hope to see you there!


  1. Review of our SLMPE Rubric
  2. ESSA state plan has been submitted.  We had active participation on the NYSED ESSA Think Tank, with members of SSL and SLS on all 6 subcommittees
  3. NYSED has rolled out Next Generation ELA, Science, SS, and Math standards that school librarians are learning and supporting.