The deadline for award nominations has been extended to:
February 28, 2016
More information and application forms are available on the awards page.
Congratulations to CASL Officers 2015-2016:
President: Shelley Stedman
Vice President: Jane Martellino
Vice President Intern: Debra Benedict
Recording Secretary: Chris Barlow
Treasurer: Joleen Pillar
The 2015 Nutmeg Book Award winners have been selected:
- Elementary Level: The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Dawalt
- Intermediate Level: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
- Teen Level: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
- High School Level: Every Day by David Levithan
Check the Nutmeg Website for second place honors and all voting totals!
2016 Nominees Announced!
The Nutmeg Website has full details for the 2016 Elementary Nominees (PDF) (Grades 2-4, new level); Intermediate Nominees (PDF) (Grades 4-6); the Teen Nominees (PDF) (Grades 7-8); and the High School Nominees (PDF) (Grades 9-12).
If you would like to order labels or bookmarks for the 2014 nominees, please print out the Order Form and send it in.
2016 labels and bookmarks are also now available. Please print the 2016 order form and send it in. Thanks for supporting us!
ALA has launched resources to assist librarians with publicizing e-Book lending practicies in your libraries.
Materials include, FAQs, guidelines, templates, graphics, etc.
Visit the Toolkit for more information.
State and local governments are experiencing unprecedented budget deficits. The local board of education budget is often 70% or more of a town’s entire budget. In addition, the majority of the education budget is salary. To avoid even larger deficits many towns are reducing their education personnel. Teachers of the “specials” (physical education, art, music, special education and library media specialists) are often the first to be laid off. While CASL as a non-profit organization cannot lobby, it can advocate for school library media specialists.
- Professional Development: CASL provides professional development activities so library media specialists can excel at their job and remain up-to-date on 21st century skills. Consider attending the 2010 conference and look for information about Saturday workshops offered during the academic year.
- State level advocacy: CASL seeks ways to collaborate with the State Department of Education. The retirement of Art Skerker left school library media specialists without a representative in the State Department of Education. CASL is seeking other people to present our needs to the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
- National advocacy: The President and Vice-President of CASL attend AASL Affiliate Assembly at the American Library Association (ALA) midwinter and annual meetings. They present both commendations and concerns to AASL for national action.
- Recognizing best practice: CASL’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding programs and library media specialists. Award winners receive a letter that is usually shared with their building and district administrators publicizing how library media specialists impact student learning.
- Toolkits: CASL is preparing toolkits and AASL already has several toolkits that library media specialists can use to promote their programs and show teachers, administrators and parents the impact of their program on student learning. Visit the Toolkit page to access these useful tools
Cassandra Barnett, president of AASL, put together this chart (PDF) comparing AASL Standards, P21 and ISTE Nets.
Position statement on "The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technology" (PDF)