SSL 2018 Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute

"School Librarians Transrom Learning: Teaching With the New AASL Standards"

Is your head spinning right now with the new AASL National School Library Standards? What does it mean for your library, school, teachers and especially your students if you move from awareness toward expertise with the new Standards? Participants will be able to personalize and tailor their knowledge of the standards to local needs and their own strengths, connecting their learners with meaningful experiences. Personalize your professional practice and growth and tailor your teaching to your learners' needs.

When: August 2-3, 2018

Where: Syracuse University Sheraton in Syracuse, NY

Additional information: Leadership Insitute Website and more information regarding registration, CTLE credits and scholarships. 

 

Carol A. Kearney Leadership Institute 2018 Scholarships

This award recognizes School Librarians seeking professional benefits through the continuing education opportunities and collegiality provided by attending the SSL Conference in its entirety. The applicants should also be a leader or emerging leader in the area of school libraries. The recipients will receive $400 from the Knickerbocker Raffle profits to help cover conference expenses.

Jillian Ehlers is one of the 2018 SSL Knickerbocker Conference Scholarship Award recipients. Jillian is currently the school librarian at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School for grades 6-12 in Forest Hills, New York City. She is excited to attend her first SSL Conference and looks forward to bringing back ideas to her school and fellow NYC librarians. She wants to be exposed to new ideas, step outside her comfort zone, and challenge her thinking during these 2 days. Jillian is focusing on leading out loud locally and wants to educate other librarians on current trends and educate the community on the value of school librarians. She was an ALA Emerging Leader in 2013 and currently serves as the Chair of the AASL School Library Month Committee.

Leslie Pcolinsky is one of the 2018 SSL Knickerbocker Conference Scholarship Award recipients. Leslie is currently working on her Masters in Library and Information Science in the iSchool at Syracuse University. She involves herself in many professional aspects of librarianship by attending professional development workshops, has presented about equipment from a Mobile Maker Lab program, and is excited to combine her passions of science and literacy upon graduation. She wants to build strong relationships across her school with students, faculty, administration, and the community and is excited to gain knowledge about all of that and more by attending this conference.

Juan Rivera is one of the 2018 SSL Knickerbocker Conference Scholarship Award recipients. Juan is currently in his second year as the school librarian at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in West Harlem, New York City. After focusing on modernizing the physical collection and virtual presence in his first year, this year he is looking to focus on leading as an instructional partner through the library and looks forward to gaining knowledge for that through this conference. Juan was recently chosen to be on the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries for a five year term and was just accepted in the ALA Emerging Leader cohort for 2018.

Alice Robinson is one of the 2018 SSL Knickerbocker Conference Scholarship Award recipients. Alice is currently the school librarian at West Babylon Junior High School in the West Babylon Union Free School District. This year she travels daily to the High School Library to cover 3 periods a day. She is looking forward to expand her repertoire for both schools with the knowledge she gains from attending this conference. Alice is active in her school and community and serves on a variety of committees. 10 years ago she led the charge to implement an online circulation system at the district level. 

 

Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator's Award 2018

This award recognizes an Elementary or District Administrator who has been responsible for initiation, maintenance, and/or the improvement of an Elementary School Library Program in a New York State school district during the past 3-5 years. The recipient will receive a plaque acknowledging their support of the School Library Program.

Mrs. Heidi Bonacquist is the 2018 Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator Award recipient. She is the Principal at Slingerlands Elementary School in the Bethlehem Central School District and was nominated by Laura Naumovit. They have been working together for 3 years and have a wonderful partnership. Heidi has been a great supporter of Laura and her ideas and the library has benefited with an improved library design and furniture, a vibrant and current library collection, increased staffing, and new programs.

 

NYLA SSL Secondary Administrator's Award 2018

This award recognizes a Secondary or District Administrator who has been responsible for initiation, maintenance, and/or the improvement of a Secondary School Library Program in a New York State school district during the past 3-5 years. The recipient will receive a plaque acknowledging their support of the School Library Program.

Mrs. Kerrin Welch-Pollera is the 2018 Secondary Administrator Award recipient.  She is the Executive Director of Instructional Technology in the Three Village Central School District and was nominated Betsy Knox.  They have worked together for 8 years and their relationship is built on mutual trust, understanding, and respect for their individual positions.  Under Kerrin’s direction, the libraries focus on inquiry skills and collaborate with classroom teachers for planning appropriate lessons and research. 

 

Beatrice E. Griggs Conference Scholarship 2018

This award is given to an individual who is currently enrolled in a MLS program working towards the School Library Media Certification.  The recipient will receive $1000 from SSL to go towards their educational expenses, plus registration costs for the SSL Conference.

Becky Leathersich is the 2018 Beatrice E. Griggs Scholarship recipient.  Becky is currently working on her Masters in Library and Information Science in the iSchool at Syracuse University and is a librarian at Churchville-Chili Middle School.  She is dedicated to her students and her profession and strives to provide meaningful lessons, collaboration, and professional development based on information she gathers at conferences.  She would like to present at future conferences and share out information via a blog or newsletter.  Becky is the Membership Chair for RASL (Rochester Area School Librarians) and is the Online Student Liaison of LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Assembly at Syracuse University.)

 

Laura Wedge Conference Award 2018

This award recognizes a veteran school librarian who seeks professional benefits through the continuing education opportunities and collegiality provided by attending the SSL Conference in its entirety. The recipient will receive $500 from SSL to help cover conference expenses.

Maria Muhlbauer is the 2018 Laura Wedge Conference Award recipient. Maria is currently the librarian at Iroquois Middle School in the Iroquois Central School District in Elma, New York. She has been a librarian for 11 years and operates a dynamic, inviting, and participatory library program by staying on the forefront of technology, literature, and current trends by gaining knowledge at conferences. She will share her conferences experience via blog, Twitter, and in person with fellow librarians. Maria has had library board or committee positions at the local, state, and national level and also serves as an adjunct professor for the University at Buffalo.

 

NYLA/SSL Conference Award Sponsors by Follett, Gale, Knickerbocker Raffle Auction

  • The Awards recognize a School Librarian seeking professional benefits through the continuing education opportunities and collegiality provided by attending a SSL Conference in its entirety. The applicant also should be a leader or emerging leader in the area of school librarianship. The recipient will receive money towards conference expenses as indicated below.

    • Follett Conference Scholarship - $750 

    • Gale Conference Scholarship - $250 

    • Knickerbocker Raffle Scholarships - $400 Each 

  • Deadline: Check back soon for 2018 deadline.

  • Qualifications:           

  1. Applicant must be a current SSL/NYLA member

  2. Applicant must be a direct service School Librarian or a Library Student

  3. Applicant must be able to attend the entire SSL Conference

 

NYLA/SSL LITERARY AWARDS

The 3 Apples Book Award 

Launched in 2007, The 3 Apples Book Award is awarded annually in three different categories: Young Reader, Children, and Teen. The award was developed to encourage the joys of reading for pleasure. What makes the award unique is that titles are culled and nominated entirely by kids, for kids. School and Children’s Librarians from across the state oversee the process, but the titles chosen are generated entirely by participating youth.

Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature

In 1991, NYLA/SSL established the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature. It recognizes a New York State author who has demonstrated, through a body of work, a consistently superior quality which supports the curriculum and the educational goals of New York State Schools.The award is named for a group of 19th century New York State authors who wished to nurture a national literature. It is presented annually to a living author/illustrator currently residing in New York State.