Section of School Librarians (SSL) Update
Submitted by Susan Polos, SSL President
Another wonderful Summer Leadership Institute is in the books. In fact, this year it was about the books: “School Librarians: Getting Back to the Book” led by Olga Nesi at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The SSL/NYLA Board meeting was held on July 29 and 30 immediately following our Leadership Institute. This was a new format for us, designed to be more efficient and less expensive. We will debrief at our next board meeting, but it was clearly a success thanks especially to two board members who took care of the many details to make this work: Sara Kelly Johns and Lisa Perkowski. Our auction was a rousing success, too, thanks to auctioneer Jim Belair.
NY school librarians participated in the AASL Fall Forum in Rochester, "Gaming as Meaningful Education" held September 23-24. Michelle Miller represented SSL and reported back about the programs and learning opportunities.
NYLA/SSL members were busy this summer. Tara Thibault-Edmonds worked on the English Language Arts Standards Review in July. John Brock and Monique Morgan led SLMPE Rubric web page work in Albany in July; the group included Sara Kelly Johns, Lisa Perkowski, Beth Davis, Nina Levine, Jen Cannell, and Colleen Sadowski.
The 2017 conference in Buffalo, chaired by Maria Muhlbauer and Tina Pierce, will have Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang as keynote. There will soon be a call for proposed workshops. We look forward to this conference and to the Long Island conference the following year.
Many thanks for the opportunity to serve as NYLA/SSL president. I will be handing the gavel to Michelle Miller in only a month. I know we will be in excellent hands!