News from SSL
By Sue Kowalski
President Stripling (ALA) and President Dickinson (AASL) were ushered in with well-deserved enthusiasm. Their passion and leadership kicked off with a “Declaration of Libraries” (found here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/declaration-right-libraries). SSL will work collaboratively with AASL and ALA and we spread the word of this declaration throughout our communities.
AUGUST 2013: At press time, plans are being finalized for our annual Carol Kearney Leadership Institute at Cornell University August 5-6. The institute, Lead with the Common Core will be lead by presenters Paige Jaeger, Mary Ratzer, and Sue Kowalski. The event sold out quickly and we are thrilled to have 130 library professionals joining us from across the State. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in research, discussion, and hands on application during the course of this dynamic training. The event will also include a fundraiser (auction) to support scholarships for attendance at this annual event. Last year’s auction funded 13 scholarships. Additionally a “tech smackdown” event will give participants a chance to share their favorite app or website in an interactive and fast-paced exchange. A board meeting will be held for 2 days prior to the institute. In addition to regular business, members will participate in organizational strategic planning as we move forward and transform with the times.
AUGUST 2013: Some of our members will be representing school libraries as they attend a two-day conference, Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core, on August 13 and 14, 2013, aimed at school librarians, public librarians, academic librarians, and representatives from museums, archives, public television, NYS historic sites, performing arts organizations, and public historians. This event is hosted by the NYS Office of Cultural Education.
NOVEMBER 2013: From Nov 14-17, Hartford Connecticut will be alive with the spirit and energy of school librarians for the National AASL Conference, “Rising to the Challenge”. Members will again be involved in a ranged of leadership roles as committee members, volunteers, presenters, and learners.
NOVEMBER 2013: Rochester will again host the NYSCATE (NYS Association for Computers and Technology in Education) and NYLA-SSL will have a booth for the 2nd year in row to make powerful connections between libraries and technology initiatives.
APRIL 2014: Syracuse will be the site for this year’s annual conference, “Expect More”. Request for presenters are available at http://cnysl.weebly.com/2014-ssl-conference.html. Keynote presenters include (to date): Dr. R. David Lankes, Dr. Marc Aronson, Richard Byrne, and Carol LeRow.