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October 21, 2014

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Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Privacy around what students read, along with other personal data, may be at risk due to software giant Adobe’s transmission of the data without encryption. Student rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the confidentiality of student records.

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The Trouble With Teen Programming

Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.

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October Starred Reviews

Travel to an English boarding school with wild tomboy Will in Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, learn how Roget determined The Right Word, and listen to The Girls in the Band with the October stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Opinion: State Legislation and Parent Advocates Must Bridge Skills Gap

With information literacy found to be in the top five skills that employers look for in potential hires, according to a 2014 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Sarah Darer Littman argues that it is not just state legislation, but the advocacy of parents needed to bridge the skills gap.





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Latest Posts

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Q & A: Hervé Tullet on How He Works, Why He Got into Children’s Books, and His ‘Mix It Up’ Tour

Masterful children’s author and illustrator Hervé Tullet talks to SLJ about taking his creative process to schools and libraries in his latest “Mix It Up” tour that hit Brooklyn Public Library on October 19.

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Privacy around what students read, along with other personal data, may be at risk due to software giant Adobe’s transmission of the data without encryption. Student rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the confidentiality of student records.

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Opinion: State Legislation and Parent Advocates Must Bridge Skills Gap

With information literacy found to be in the top five skills that employers look for in potential hires, according to a 2014 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Sarah Darer Littman argues that it is not just state legislation, but the advocacy of parents needed to bridge the skills gap.

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The Five Coolest Things at New York Comic Con 2014

The best stuff at New York Comic Con included Wonder Woman, manga, science, and more. Plus: an official anti-harassment statement gave women attendees and cosplayers reason to cheer.

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.

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2014 National Book Award Finalists in the Young People Literature’s Category

The five finalists in the Young People’s Literature category for the 2014 National Book Awards have been announced.

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When Racing to the Top Slows Us Down | On Common Core

In many states where the CCSS have been adopted and RttT funds accepted, educators are feeling beleagured.

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Throwback Thursday: The Freedom Libraries of Mississippi

In this 50th anniversary year of Freedom Summer, a look back at SLJ’s 1965 coverage of efforts to provide library services for black children in one of the most segregationist states in the South.

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Ebooks are here to stay, and the offerings geared toward young children expand every day. Still, the debate about their use among early learners rages on. What is the case for and against ebooks in supporting early literacy? And what about screen time? Two sides weigh in.


Webcasts

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21st Century Approach to Test Preparation – ACT/SAT/Advanced Placement

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT
Join this informative webinar to review trends and learn about how online study tools that adapt to a student’s study habits and schedules lead to success for not only the student – but also the school and community! Two featured services will include ePrep (ACT/SAT Prep) and BenchPrep (AP and advance course study.)
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Keeping Libraries Relevant: Using Technology • Understanding Informational Text • Improving Literacy

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Elementary and middle school libraries have always been a central location for learning and resources. With the changing educational standards and the growing use of technology, libraries are growing and changing as well. Join Rourke and our expert panelists as we discuss how technology, informational text, and literacy are the keys to keeping libraries relevant for students and teachers.
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Fiction & Nonfiction for Middle and High School Readers

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us a for an exclusive free preview of upcoming fiction and nonfiction titles that will appeal to your Middle and High School readers. With topics ranging from the former Soviet Union and medieval times to cell phones and video games, there will be plenty of new and existing series titles to get excited about. Register Now!

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Pictures of the Week

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Pictures of the Week: “Take Your Child to Work Day” at School Library Journal

While the official “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” isn’t for a few months, the kids of SLJ/LJ staffers visited our offices on Monday, October 13 for a day of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and creative tech fun. One of the many highlights of the day? They had their own SLJ cover shoot.

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