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Section News for SSL

April 2014


We are excited to announce our first online edition of the SiSSLer ! Michelle Miller, VP for Communication, has directed this as a first step in improving various communication methods for SSL.  Together with our Web Tech, Kate Bucki, and SiSSLer Editor, Mickey Schied, Michelle has a more interactive format planned for future issues of SiSSLer.  Our members will benefit as our communication methods begin to better meet their changing needs.  Join the conversation with SSL by following us - Twitter @nyla_ssl, via NYLA -SSL Facebook page and our SSL web page on NYLA’s site.

Plans are nearly complete for our annual Spring Conference.Please join us in Syracuse this April 24-26 as we EXPECT MORE: Exploring Excellence in Education. Conference co-chairs Lindsay Cesari and Leslie Cartier together with the entire conference planning team have worked to ensure that you will find a vibrant mix of workshops, authors and exhibitors.  New at this year’s conference is Nonfiction & Research Friday and Super Tech Saturday!

Our first Spring Conference was held forty-five years ago in 1969 when Laura Wedge was President. We now offer a Conference Scholarship named in her honor thanks to her bequest to SSL.  Seventy years ago, in 1944, Clara Curriss was the president of the school section when we became a section within NYLA.  

2014 is also the 40th anniversary of School Library Month this April.  Our thanks go to Dr. Lucille Thomas who was President of SSL, then SLMS, when she began this event to shine a spotlight on school libraries.  She then carried School Library Month to national prominence in 1985, when AASL began celebrating school libraries in April.

The ALA MidWinter Meeting was held in Philadelphia, January 23-28. Sue Bartle and Karen Sperrazza participated in the AASL Affiliate Assembly with Cathie Marriott and Fran Roscello joining the conversation. Susan Polos was part of the Newbery Award decision makers as the winners and notables were announced during the Youth Media Awards Program.  With the lights of the Philadelphia skyline as a backdrop, Sara Kelly Johns, Rocco Staino , and Jeremy Johannesen organized a gathering for many New Yorkers happy to be celebrating together at ALA’s Meeting.

Our February Board meeting was held in Utica on February 8-9.  More than 30 school librarians gathered on Saturday and Sunday to direct the future path for SSL and plan for our upcoming Leadership Institute.  One important issue for SSL is how to better serve and benefit our members especially through our newsletter, social media and web page.  We’ve taken the first step by publishing SiSSLer electronically.