As we begin to open our school libraries what are your plans? If your district is missing please click here to submit your district information on the opening of your school libraries. This page is in theory to help each other with our ideas and/or district plans.
- North Sanpete
- North Summit
- Park City
- Salt Lake City
- San Juan
- South Sanpete
- South Summit
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Assuming schools open this August… what are your plans in YOUR school library. I’ve been thinking about some questions and am not sure how to share them so it will be whatever is below! I don’t think UELMA has a legal right to recommend or say what to do but many of us have the same questions – so let’s discuss them! The list is numbered so you can comment according to the number. (Not in any particular order!)
- Are you making the decisions or is your administration or district?
- If returned books need to be quarantined for 3-4 days, how are you doing that? Or do you have other plans?
- Can patrons do holds and/or “curbside” pick-up somewhere?
- Will you limit the number of students in the library?
- Limit number of students at a table?
- Yes, masks are required but will it be just another dress code item not followed?
- will you have the “power” to kick them out of your space?
- will anyone!?
- Do you have social distance signage?
- Do you manage your technology – are you going 1:1?
- Do you have plexi-shields around your checkout area?
- Is your library space going to be used as a classroom?
- What is missing?
- Future Ready Librarians®
Creating Return To Learn Plans For Your Library – Join Us On July 29
- Their padlet from the website above
Links to the best resources.
I could have listed many more – but all seem to originate from one of these 3 sources!
- American Library Association – Covid19
- School Library Journal (SLJ) section
- American Association of School Libraries
Please comment on your plans here on the website or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
UELMA is asking for your help today! Protect your library budget! Help save the School Library Books and Digital Resources line item!
Legislators are cutting budgets and the line item, “School Library Books and Electronic (Digital) Resources” could be eliminated. The Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee reduced the funding by 10%, from $850,000 to $765,000, but they did not eliminate it. We appreciate the retention of this line item by the Subcommittee.
Now the budget cutting will move to the Executive Appropriations Committee, whose members will most likely deal with final budget cuts next week. Although the line item has been saved temporarily, there are no guarantees that this funding will continue at all.
The funding level, $765,000, is not a great deal of money when you consider that Utah has over 1,000 schools. For some schools, it is all the funding they get to add new books, print and ebooks, and online database subscriptions. Both books and database subscriptions are needed for students to use along with internet sources. Unlike information on the internet, these purchased materials are of high quality in accuracy, currency, relevancy, and literary style; designed for the interest and reading levels of young people; and selected with Utah’s curriculum in mind. School library resources, both print and digital, are important for students who do not have them provided in their homes. In addition, digital resources are extremely important as we have seen our students compelled to participate in online and distance learning due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.”
In the past, this line item funding has been reduced and later increased. But if the line item is eliminated, it will be nearly impossible to re-establish.
Your help is needed now. Please email members of the Executive Appropriations Committee, telling them that the line item, “School Library Books and Electronic (Digital) Resources” is indispensable to Utah students and their success in school, in particular in learning to read and to read in depth and learning to analyze and apply information. This makes a difference in K-12, higher education, and the work place.
Your help will make a difference.
- Be sure to use your home computer, not a school computer, to contact legislators.
- Cut and paste these email addresses into the BBC address line, or, if you know any of these Legislators personally, contact them more directly, for example, by text, phone or in person.
- Write “Save Funding for School Library Collections” in the subject line.
Executive Appropriations Committee Members:
Sen. Jerry W. Stevenson, Senate Chair
Rep. Bradley G. Last, House Chair
Sen. Don L. Ipson, Senate Vice-Chair
Rep. Jefferson Moss, House Vice-Chair
Senators: Sen. J. Stuart Adams; Sen. Luz Escamilla; Sen. Daniel Hemmert; Sen. Jani Iwamoto; Sen. Derek L. Kitchen; Sen. Karen Mayne; Sen. Ann Millner; Sen. Evan J. Vickers
Representatives: Rep. Francis D. Gibson; Rep. Brian S. King; Rep. Karen Kwan; Rep. Carol Spackman Moss; Rep. Val L. Peterson; Rep. Angela Romero; Rep. Mike Schultz; Rep. Brad R. Wilson
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Thank you to School Library PALS for putting this possible cut on our radar!
The Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Division at JSC will be hosting an upcoming webinar entitled: Curiosity Rover Update & Preview to Mars 2020
Date: June 9, 2020
Time: 12-1pm Mountain
Join us for a FREE NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) interactive webinar. This live interactive presentation will be for educators (formal and informal educators). NASA scientist and Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team member Dr. Elizabeth Rampe, will share her career path to NASA as well as her passion, knowledge and expertise about Mars, the MSL (Curiosity) Mission and preview the upcoming Mars 2020 Mission. The presentation will last approximately 40 minutes followed by an optional ~15-20 minutes of Q&A. [Note: If you have family members at home that would like to join you as you participate in the event, they are welcome. Please provide details in your registration form.]
As this event is open to any interested formal or informal educators, when registering, participants are asked to identify their organization name (i.e. library name).