The issues of the teacher librarians and para-professionals in California School Libraries. Please share your concerns, feedback and questions.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

California School Library News Back-to-School Issue

CSLA's VP of Communications, Sue Heraper, has added another tool to your librarian toolbox. It is a brief and colorful newsletter called "California School Library News." It is designed for parents, teachers, the public, anyone who is interested in what is going on in California School Libraries these days. You may want to share the news with your parents or staff. You may want to put a link to it on your library webpage, or embed it. It is a fun and easy way to educate others on all of the marvelous things that go on in a school library.  The latest issue has articles from "Picture books that will help students conquer first-day jitters" to "Voting on the Teens Top Ten." Check it out at

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fall Workshop in Bakersfield on October 18, 2014

The Southern Region of the California School Library Association (CSLA) invites school library staff and supporters from all segments of the profession, and all parts of the state, both Southern and Northern Regions, to come to our Fall Workshop in Bakersfield on October 18, 2014, from 8am-3:30pm.  This is a great opportunity for networking, social interaction, new ideas, and professional development.

CSLA will celebrate its 100th anniversary in February 2015, a monumental time, and with the Common Core State Standards, librarians are more important than ever…our time is now.  With the Common Core, all levels, K-16, and all members of CSLA, both professional and paraprofessional, have so much in common…working together to help students reach that common goal of being ready for college and career.
“Our Time is Now!  We Have So Much in Common.”

All of you have wonderful ideas, lessons, and successes to share, and we would love to learn from you!  The CSLA SR Fall Workshop is your opportunity to shine.  Please submit your proposals to present at our upcoming professional development event.

Procedure for submitting a presentation proposal:
1.     Please fill out this Google Form by 11:59pm, Saturday, September 20, 2014.

2.    All submitters will be notified of their proposal status by Saturday, September 27, 2014, in order to give plenty of time for them to prepare their presentation.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CSLA State Board, Northern Region Board, and Southern Region Board

A long time ago, the CSLA state board members met in person. That seems almost quaint now in our times of cost saving virtual meetings. But we still need that face time (e.g., you know how emails can sometimes be misconstrued) to communicate with one another about the direction of our great organization. We meet in person in August (recent past, present, and near future board members) and at our conference in February. The board continues to be a dedicated group of professionals working to create, support, and nurture an organization that represents you, the California school library person!
The other ten months we meet online for a couple of hours on a Saturday. And there is a Northern Region Board and Southern Region Board doing much the same thing.
I'm writing this rather pedestrian post to let all CSLA members know that we welcome all members to run for board positions, and that our work is not mysterious. Our work is invigorating and the people are fun! Contact any of us listed at http://csla.net/ in the "About" section if you're interested in exploring ways to pitch in.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

CSLA Southern Region is Offering Scholarships to Members

Are you a CSLA member or future CSLA member enrolled in courses to become a certificated Teacher Librarian or earn a Paraprofessional School Library Technician certificate? Do you know someone who is? Could you use some money to help pay for your courses?
The California School Library Association makes every effort to support all persons working in a school library or working toward earning a position in school library. We understand the importance of making sure that every school in California has a Teacher Librarian and a Paraprofessional, or at least one of those if not both. Therefore, CSLA wants to make it easier for people to gain the education needed to fill those positions.

The Southern Region of CSLA is offering three scholarships at this time. We are offering two  $1,000 scholarships to assist those persons working toward a degree or credential which will qualify them to work as a professional Teacher Librarian. We are also offering one $500 scholarship to assist a school library paraprofessional in completing a school library technician or paraprofessional certificate program, or obtaining a teaching credential with the ultimate goal of pursuing a Teacher Librarian credential.
There is an application process for these scholarships, and applicants must live in the Southern Region of California. 

The applications and information are available at http://cslass.wikispaces.com/Scholarships, our CSLA Southern Region website. The applications and letters of recommendation are due by September 19, 2014. 

Questions? Email Sharlene Paxton, CSLA Southern Region President-Elect, at sharlenerpaxton@gmail.com.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Textbooks and the time capsule of the CSLA 2015 Centennial Celebration

If you're a library person at a school site, you're probably dealing with textbooks right about now. And wondering, how soon will we get e-textbooks? Not soon enough! My district, Fresno Unified, is going to pilot a few e-textbooks this coming year. I hope it goes really well and they decide to jump in with both feet.

One of the features of our CSLA 2015 Centennial Celebration Conference, Feb. 5 - 8, 2015, at SFO Hyatt, is a time capsule. We're going to solicit written contributions as well as suggestions for realia. We're going to ask you to write about what changes you've seen in the school library over the years of your career. I hope one of those changes will be in textbooks. Maybe we can put a textbook in our time capsule, and in another hundred years when they open it up, they'll say, "How quaint. Paper textbooks."

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Tonight I attended an LCAP "Draft" meeting for Fresno Unified on LCFF. I am trying to figure out how/ if this relates to our library resource funding or teacher librarian and library technician position funding. I spoke about how the library is the great equalizer and that Fresno Unified is to be commended for keeping its libraries open, staffed, and resourced. There are some wonderful resources for learning about this funding and addressing it in your district at http://csla.net.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Two Upcoming Spring Webinars for CSLA Members

Cost: free

This is a CSLA member benefit.

Booktalk Webinars for Elementary and Secondary Libraries
presented by Junior Library Guild.  
The program includes time for comments from participants and will end with a brief explanation of JLG book services.

Date: April 29
5-6 PM for Elementary School
6-7 PM for Middle/High School

There is a limit of 25 people per session.
Registration information was sent to all CSLA members in an email on April 7.
This event is hosted by CSLA Southern Region Section 5

Google Calendar Webinar
Date: May 6 Time: 7 PM.
Google Calendar can help you stay organized and increase communication, collaboration, productivity, and efficiency.  
This webinar will cover:
·         creating calendars
·         creating events and Appointment Slots (repeating or recurring events)
·         sharing calendars
·         publishing and embedding calendars
·         customizing email, SMS, and pop-up notifications and reminders
·         share meeting materials/documents via Google Calendar
You will be sent an email with a  link to join the webinar.
This event is hosted by CSLA Southern Region Section 1