Category Archives: Professional Development

smore from Caitlin Jacobson

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Check out Caitlin’s information-rich smore posters.  There are several links embedded in the posters themselves. Click on any of the buttons below to begin your exploration. ~kr, ed.

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AKLA conference artifacts by Raandi Miller

Explosives and Experiments Amanda Kiely – Ketchikan Public Library Amanda led us through a handful of the hands-on experiments that she uses in her children’s program at the Ketchikan Public Library. The focus is on exploration, inquiry and “making a … Continue reading

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AKASL 2016 Articles By Donna Helmer

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You Have To Ask Yourself—Are You Ready?   Future Ready Librarians Project Highlights Critical Role Librarians Play in Supporting the Future Ready Goals of Schools and Districts Dona Helmer At the AASL Affiliate Assembly members were excited to learn about a … Continue reading

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Why Should You Go to AASL in 2017 by Lynn McNamara

It’s in Phoenix!  For many Alaskans, early November is good time to take a break from the onset of winter and fly to a place that is warmer such as, say, Phoenix, Arizona.  School librarians are generally working at their … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels: AkLA 2016, Fairbanks

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How to Tell if a Graphic Novel is Any Good. Presenter Greg Hill AkLA 2016, Fairbanks, AK, Friday, March 12th, 9:30 AM This was an informative and interesting session. It has given me inspiration to take a look closer at … Continue reading

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Just Weed It: AkLA 2016, Fairbanks

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AkLA 2016, Fairbanks, AK, Saturday, March 13th, 1:30 PM Session Presenter: Ann M. Morgester, Library Supervisor Curriculum and Instruction, Anchorage School District As someone who is a reluctant weeder, this class was a breath of fresh air.  Permission to weed!  … Continue reading

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From a Reluctant Reader to Author Mike De La Pena: AkLA 2016, Fairbanks

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AkLA 2016, Fairbanks, AK, Friday, March 11th, 2016 I attended the evening session, Dinner with Author Matt de la Pena, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to de la Pena speak.  I found his talk to be so inspirational.  He spoke about entry … Continue reading

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MAKE IT @ YOUR LIBRARY: AkLA 2016, Fairbanks

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AkLA 2016, Fairbanks, AK, Thursday, March 10th, 1-3 PM Session Presenter: Rebecca Webb and Amelia Swenby Rebecca Webb was a dynamic speaker who showed us her Make It Spaces she had created at her library with a STREAM focus (Science, … Continue reading

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ALAN ANNOUNCES the CART/CAMPBELL Grant for Librarians

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(Submitted by Suzanne Metcalfe, Librarian, Dimond High School, Anchorage) Do you LOVE YA Literature? Want to hear from and meet dozens of YA authors, bring home a big box of books, hang out for 2 days with others who share … Continue reading

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Melissa Stewart and “Getting Ready for Research: Building Skills in K-3”

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(Submitted by Lynn McNamara, Librarian, Scenic View Elementary School, Anchorage) Conference: AASL 2015, Columbus, Ohio Award-winning author of more than 150 books for children, Melissa Stewart spoke of how to get primary student ready to do research as they get … Continue reading

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