Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Election results

Thanks for all who voted and those who ran.  We are always looking for help on committees and people interested in getting involved so please consider running in the future!

Congratulations to the following:

Vice President/President Elect:   Christine Sturgeon

Secretary/Treasurer:   Sue Inhelder

At Large Board Member (Membership Chair):   Diane Brown

Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review: Ashfall

Imagine you are home alone, relaxing the way you only can when the whole family is out of the house for the weekend.  Suddenly, your room explodes with fire and noise, and your entire world is turned upside down.

In Ashfall, by Mike Mullin, Alex is home alone for the weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when a supervolcano erupts under Yellowstone National Park, covering a large portion of the United States with explosions and fire falling from the sky, followed by darkness and ash.  The world quickly also erupts with violence and fear.  Alex determines to travel through the ash to find his family, against all odds.

Cover image for AshfallAshfall is a great read, filled with adventure and courage in a world that seems familiar, but is completely changed.  If you are looking for end-of-the-world books like the Life as We Knew It trilogy, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Ashfall is a great choice (and look for the sequel, Ashen Winter,  released on Oct. 16, 2012). 

IASL Candidates

Included in this email are description for each of the candidates and the positions they are running for.  Once you have read through the candidates and determined who you would like to vote for please click on the link at the bottom of this email to be taken to the ballot where you can place your votes.  This will only take a minute so please make sure you vote.

Vice President/President-Elect

Dixie Forcht serves as the PK-12 Teacher Librarian for the East Marshall Community Schools. Dixie is a native Texan, and has been in Iowa since 2006. Dixie has a master's in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas, a master's in School Library Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently working toward the Advanced Studies Certificate in Educational Leadership and a TAG endorsement at UNI. Dixie has presented at the last two IASL Conferences.

Christine Sturgeon is a K-12 teacher librarian/technology integrationist, working at Manson Northwest Webster School District.  She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (BA, Elementary Education, 2009), and the University of Missouri (MA, Information Science and Learning Technology, with an Emphasis in Library Science, 2011).  Previously, she worked at the Sioux City Public Library in the Youth Services department, and volunteered for years in her children's school libraries.  She spoke at the IASL meeting in April ("Gosh!  You could have told me that!") and the TICL conference in June ("Limitless learning: Combining 21st century skills, digital citizenship, and student interests into an independent study high school class").  She is a member of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council for the North Central region.  She is a mother of five and lives with her husband and their school-aged children in rural Gowrie.  You can follow Christine on her blog at kidlibrarian.blogspot.com or on Twitter at@c_sturgeon.


Sue Inhelder serves as Teacher Librarian at Marshalltown High School and District Resource Specialist for Marshalltown Community School District Libraries.  Originally from Iowa, Sue returned to the state in 2003 after her husband retired from active duty with the Air Force.  She has a Master of Library Science and Information Services from the University of Central Missouri.  Sue is passionate about reader engagement: she co-founded and is coordinator of Iowa High School Battle of the Books and publishes a daily YA Book of the Day Quote.  Sue has hosted a table presentation at an IASL conference, has served as IASL Member-at-Large, and currently serves as IASL interim Secretary/Treasurer.

Judy Russell is currently the District Librarian for Saydel Schools in Des Moines. She has previously worked at Dallas Center-Grimes K - 8, Newton (Berg) K-6, Prairie City-Monroe K-12, Carlisle 7-12 and Murray K-12, for a total 30 years of experience as a school librarian. She has served on the Iowa Teen Award committee for several years and was selected to present at the 2010 and 2012 IASL Conferences.

At-Large Board Member (Membership Chair)

Chelsea Sims is the Teacher Librarian at Hills Elementary and South East Junior High in Iowa City. Chelsea earned her B.A. in Secondary English Education at Cornell College and her M.A. in School Library Studies at University of Northern Iowa. She is energetic, with skills and leadership qualities that will be an asset to the organization.  Chelsea is an enthusiastic advocate for school library programs and hopes to bring her creativity and passion to IASL.

Diane Brown--I am excited to be nominated for the position of IASL At-Large Executive Board Member representing membership.  Professionally, I have been a member of the IASL and a full-time Teacher-Librarian at Central Middle School in Muscatine, IA since 1999. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2000.   Since then, I have seen many changes in the terminology in our field.  What hasn’t changed is our need to work together on behalf of our profession.  I will be glad to do that as an IASL Board Member.  I am also a member of the Iowa State Education Association and a building representative for our local union.  Personally, I am the proud mother of two very busy high-school boys.  I love to read and sew.  I make cards, quilts, and other fun crafts in my free time.  I am honored to be considered for this IASL position.

VOTE HERE:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dGl2elNUeklkX1RBNzk1d0N2ZjF1ZVE6MQ

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ILA Member of the Year - Barb Corson

The Iowa Library Association member of the year was recently bestowed on Barb Corson, Program Director for Specialized Library Services in the Des Moines Iowa Library Services office.  The presentation was made at the fall ILA conference on October 12, 2012 in Dubuque IA. Ms. Corson was recognized for her work with libraries throughout the state of Iowa including academic, school, public and special libraries. She also is instrumental in the ILA newsletter, Catalyst. Her nominator described Barb as "the ideal professional colleague - creative, hard-working and focused on the broader goals of ILA and service to Iowa libraries." Congratulations to Barb for the hard work offered to Iowa school librarians and other ILA members.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

ILA Conference a success!

I know that it is difficult for teacher librarians to get away to go to professional conferences, and that we often have to make choices. The ILA last week was well worth the time away. The speakers were motivating, the opportunity to meet with librarians at all levels was great, and the learning was amazing.
Christopher Harris
Chris Harris

 IASL sponsored Christopher Harris' presence in Iowa.

 Harris, a mover and shaker among school libraries nationally, brought a strong message of the need for public, school, reference, academic, and special collections librarians to "work together" to bring about change in the digital content world.

This brought about some excellent chatter on Twitter as well. Check out the back channel at #ialib12.

For more on Harris' presentations, check out the Iowa Library Association link at about.me/cgharris.

For more about other sessions at ILA, check out the Conference links on the ILA www.iowalibraryassociation.org.

I encourage other ILA attendees to add their comments or blog about their experiences.

On a final note, as the conference title suggests, "We Are All In This Together!"

         -- Becky Johnson, 2012 IASL President

Friday, October 12, 2012

YA Book of the Day is moving....

The YA Book of the Day (daily quotes from YA titles) has moved to Beyond Biblio at http://beyondbiblio.blogspot.com/ (Sue Inhelder's link is also on the left sidebar of this blog).  You can also catch postings on Twitter @sinhelder or @bobcatslibrary, and #iowatl.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

YA Book of the Day

 "My parents drove me home from the police station without speaking. The silence was unnerving." The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"We are Lorien and Earth's only hope, and we are prepared to sacrifice everything. Power in numbers will save us all." The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"How could we have known that the workings of the universe had finally made appropriate the fire of my mother's words?"  The Age of Miracles: a novel by Karen Thompson Walker

Monday, October 8, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"I'd stop to hold her but there's no time for it now. I can hear their giggles coming up the tunnels. I can hear their rustling in the dark." Above by Leah Bobet

Friday, October 5, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Only one thing could make the last day of school even better; realizing that this is my one-hundredth blog post here at The Superflirt Chronicles!" Just Flirt by Laura Bowers

Thursday, October 4, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Three heavy metal gates were rolling down over the gaping hole at the front of the store. We were being locked in. And everyone else is locked out." Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"...at North Holmes they have this thing that can happen, from out of the blue, and there is even a code word for it - it's called getting stung." Four Secrets by Margaret Willey

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Mia's trusting eyes fix on mine and her number fills my head. I don't see numbers, but I know hers." Infinity (Conclusion to Numbers trilogy) by Rachel Ward

Monday, October 1, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"This morning every girl will learn if her name is on the list. The ones who aren't will wonder what the experience might have been like. The eight girls who are won't have a choice." The List by Siobhan Vivian