Section of School Librarians (SSL) Update
Submitted by Susan Polos, SSL President
The SSL/NYLA Board will be meeting the last weekend of January in Utica, NY.
As NYLA continues to work to advance a bill to require a certified school librarian in every school K-12, SSL members are actively promoting surveys and studies to help with this important initiative. The School Library System Association (SLSA) is conducting an independent census of school librarians in all of NYS’s public schools. Dr. Joette Stefl-Mabry, Associate Professor at the University of Albany, has gathered quantitative data linking school librarians with student academic achievement, and she has surveyed public school librarians to add to her continuing research. We are also trying to cull information from BEDs reports.
Barbara Stripling, Sue Kowalski and Susan Polos are in the process of working on a letter to state officials outlining the opportunities for districts to maintain or add school librarians based on the language in the ESSA bill. We are aware that other states are also doing this work, and we are gleaning information from the work of others as we put this together.
ENYSLMA is hosting our conference, which will be held in Albany at the Desmond Hotel May 5 - 7, “Capitalizing on Our Past, Revolutionizing Our Future". Maria Muhlbauer and Tina Pierce of SSL affiliate SLAWNY will attend our board winter meeting to update us on preparations for the 2017 conference.
Jill Leinung is heading our strand of participation in the NYS Council for the Social Studies’ conference, which will be held in Albany from March 31 - April 3. Our author panel will include Steven Sheinkin, Lois Minor Huey, and Jennifer Armstrong.
Sue Kowalski, Michelle Miller and Susan Polos attended ALA Midwinter. They will share what they learned at the winter board meeting. We are looking forward to having AASL President Leslie Preddy present at the SSL spring conference.
Monthly calls with NYSED arranged by John Brock and Monique Morgan have kept SSL leadership involved in state education work focusing on analysis and discussion of the SLMPE rubric. This will continue and expand during breakout sessions at our winter board meeting.
We are looking toward our summer Leadership Institute and planning programming focused on evidence-based practice through technology, programming to increase leadership and marketing to position building level practitioners for ESSA implementation.