The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) provides connections for creating and advancing effective school library programs through professional development, advocacy, and community-building.
MASL is excited to offer a professional learning opportunity this fall to build your own Advocacy Portfolio. Our goal is to support and empower you as an advocate for a strong library program in your school. We know the economic forecast may be bleak in the coming years, and we want your decision-makers to know just how much value you add to your school’s instructional program. In an effort to help you spread the word about all the good work you do, MASL has developed a portfolio curriculum tied to the shared foundations of our AASL Standards.
“But wait! I don’t have time for one more thing!” We hear you. But this is important for the learners of Maine, and having a dedicated library staff is essential to providing those learners with a strong library program. Each month there will be prompts for items to collect, curate, and document -- most of which you may already have, such as newsletter submissions, documentation of ways you are providing services to remote learners, etc. We are not looking to add to what’s already on your plate, but rather to help you think about how to document and curate the amazing work you’re already doing.
WHO: MASL Members Only
WHAT: Access to the curriculum and prompts to build your own Advocacy Portfolio, with an option to attend monthly check-ins with a grade level cohort.
WHEN: Cohort meetings will occur from 6:30-7pm on the same night as MASL Board meetings. We will also add a December cohort meeting.
12/15 6:30pm (special cohort only meeting)
1/12 6:30pm (debrief meeting)
Register now for this opportunity -- our first cohort meeting is just around the corner! 5 contact hours will be available for participants.
Have questions? Please send inquiries to Iris Eichenlaub at email@example.com.
The MASL Advocacy Committee
Back by popular demand, we will be holding grade-level Office Hour webinars throughout the month of October! Join us on Thursday, October 29, at 7:00 pm, for MASL Members PD: High School Library Staff Affinity Session. Join other school library staff to discuss school librarianship in the era of COVID-19, share your problems and successes, and meet with colleagues from around the state of Maine.
Before attending the high school webinar, we strongly recommend that you read California School District Considers Ban on Classic Books from the National Coalition Against Censorship.
NEW MASL Mailing Address:
Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL)
c/o Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0064