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CASL Year in Review 2006

Colorado Association of School Libraries
Annual Report 2006

Welcome to the inauguration of our CASL: Calling All School Librarians! blog. We hope that you will explore with us this tool for better communication and collaboration across Colorado’s library community!

CASL, the Colorado Association of School Libraries, represents the school library community and media specialists within the Colorado Association of Libraries.

CASL’s Spring Workshop, ‘Midwinter Mardi Gras’ featured CASL’s Nancy White guiding attendees in ‘21st Century Learning’ skills. This workshop was repeated at CAL’s September workshop in Durango, honoring a commitment to offer school programming throughout the state.

In the past year, CASL initiated a listserv for school librarians, initiated discussions regarding school-public library partnerships, and received a small bequest, enabling the organization to sponsor two conference programs in 2005 and 2006. The board completed rewrites to its bylaws and policies, updating to current practice and changing the board’s regional representation from its alignment with the former regional library systems.

2007 President Mary Katherine Johnson will be joined by a return of a former CEMA leader Su Eckhardt, who takes office as President-Elect in October; Gwen Giddens will assume the role of Past President as Kim Meyer completes her term. Secretary Nancy White, Higher Education Representative Jody Howard from the University of Denver, AASL Representative Sherry Crow, and State Library Representative Nance Nassar are also CASL board members. CASL Regional Directors in 2006 were Susan Gilbert, Dianna Fricke, Beth Filar Williams, and Jennifer Hubbard.

Gwen Giddens
CASL President

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2 Responses

  1. Excited about this upcoming year with CASL! Its been great to represent school librarians from the western slope as a board member. I hope you all feel comfortable contacting us (most of us will be at the CAL conference) in person or email about your needs and concerns. I also hope more of you take a leadership role with CASL – there are many big and small opportunities. School lilbrairans need to be advocates for themselves, their jobs, and thus for their students and CASL is here to support you. Cheers to you all for your daily hard work in schools!

  2. 2006 was a great year of CASL and we look forward to 2007 as another year of gain.

    It is time for our teacher librarians to once again take the lead in the state library organizations. If you know someone who is not a member, it is time to ask them “Why” and then fill them in on the advantages for being a vocal member of their state organization. If you do not promote CASL, who will? The organization is for all of us, ALL of us must participate to make it viable and worthwhile.

    I echo Beth in asking you to be an advocate for your students, CASL, and you as the information connection, the teacher librarian!

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