Section of School Librarians (SSL) Update
Submitted by Susan Polos, SSL President
Many thanks to our outgoing president, Jill Leinung, and our outgoing conference chair, MaryAnn Karre, for an outstanding NYLA conference. The workshops were excellent. John Brock did an outstanding job sharing School Library Summit Partnerships & Action Steps. Karen Glass entertained those present at the SSL membership meeting with Tales of the Adirondacks as the gavel was passed. We have a solid leadership moving forward and we continue to work to expand and offer opportunities for school librarians to join committees as well as our board.
Jill Leinung, our immediate Past President, and Ellen Frank, Region II Coordinator, represented SSL with a booth at New York City School Library System’s annual library services fall conference on November 3. Many SSL members attended the biennial American Association of School Librarians conference in Columbus Ohio, held from November 5-8. Our AASL delegate, Sue Kowalski, represented us at the opening ceremony with her bullhorn, leading out loud. Sue Kowalski and Susan Polos, SSL President, attended the AASL Affiliate Breakfast.
We continue to work with the New York State Council for the Social Studies and SSL for their 78th Annual Convention in Albany on March 30 - April 1, “Social Studies: Creating Pathways to Success.” Jill Leinung is coordinating our “Information and Media Literacy” strand. Our annual conference will be hosted by ENYSLMA this year and will take place at The Desmond Hotel in Albany May 5-7, “Capitalizing on our Past, Revolutionizing our Future.” Keynoting is John Schumacher, now the Scholastic Book Fair’s Ambassador for School Librarians. Author Holly Black will also present; our Knickerbocker Award Winner is Patricia McCormick. AASL President, Leslie Preddy, will be attending this conference and presenting as well.