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May 22, 2015

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Kathy Ishizuka

About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com@kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

News Editor Wanted at SLJ

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School Library Journal is looking for a reporter/editor to write, assign, and edit news for our website, e-newsletters and award-winning magazine. If you have serious journalist chops, with an interest in covering libraries, education, and publishing, we’d like to hear from you.

Survey Seeks to Shed Light on Publisher Diversity

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Lee & Low Books has launched a “Diversity Baseline Survey” on the children’s book publishing industry. To date, 11 publishers and four review journals have committed to participate.

From the Vault | SLJ’s Poetry Podcast Series

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Recovered! After a transition to a new CMS a few years back, we lost some of our multimedia files. Here’s what remains from a trove of readings School Library Journal recorded in 2007 for National Poetry Month.

Survey Reveals Demographic of SLJ Reviewers

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The vast majority of reviewers for School Library Journal (SLJ) are white (88.8 percent) and female (95 percent), according to a recent survey by the magazine.

Proposals Wanted for “Libraries Connecting Communities”

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Proposals are being accepted for the LJ/SLJ virtual program “The Digital Shift” on October 14, 2015. If you have a compelling story to share about how libraries of all types are facilitating connection and supporting strong communities—we’d like to hear from you.

Lulzbot 3-D Printer Giveaway

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Some lucky classrooms and libraries will receive 3-D printers in a giveaway sponsored by Aleph Objects, in conjunction with the White House Science Fair.

Critics Sound off on “Clean Reader” App | Storify

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UPDATE: As of March 27, all books have been removed from the Clean Reader catalog, states its Facebook page. A survey of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore.

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”

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A preview of our March issue.

SLJ Debuts New Column: “College Ready”

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College readiness: what is the role of librarians? That was the impetus behind “College Ready,” a new School Library Journal column that will explore related issues and track key initiatives, from community college to online education.

“Selma”: Accurate Enough? Questions about the film’s historical accuracy present a teachable moment.

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Weighing in on the recent controversy over “Selma” and the ensuing Oscar fallout, author Elizabeth Partridge offers some ideas for engaging students in a discussion about historical accuracy, primary sources, and expert opinion.

Betsy Bird Returns to Host SLJ’s Youth Media Awards Pre-Game—and Post-Game—Show

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Grab some coffee and tune in Monday, February 2, for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about the most highly anticipated honors in children’s publishing, including the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott awards.

SLJ’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

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From early literacy and culturally diverse titles selected by our review editors to a model public library program, the top articles of the year at School Library Journal.

Teaching “Black Lives Matter” | SLJ Talks to Educator, Author Renée Watson

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In the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, educator Renée Watson offers advice on how teachers and students can broach recent events.

Games Make Inroads into the Classroom

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Digital games are establishing a strong presence in K–8 classrooms, according to a study by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Almost three quarters of 700 U.S. teachers surveyed use digital games for instruction.

SLJ Debuts ‘Fuse #8 TV’

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Betsy Bird has a TV show. Spinning off Bird’s blog “A Fuse #8 Production” on School Library Journal, “Fuse 8 TV” is a monthly webcast hosted by Bird—and the first episode is now available.

Throwback Thursday: The Freedom Libraries of Mississippi

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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.

Engaged in Maker Activities at Your Library? We’d Like to Know.

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Multimedia. Minecraft. Knitting. Bike repair. School Library Journal and Library Journal have launched a survey of non-book specific activities. Whether you’re a school or public library, we’d like to hear about this programming.

NSBA, New Regency, and Penguin Books to Distribute “12 Years a Slave” to U.S. High Schools

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The National School Boards Association has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the feature film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave available to public high schools.

Throwback Thursday: Their Professionalism Kicked In

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News editor Andrea Glick reported SLJ’s story on September 11, 2001, which was—for our staff who worked in and had children in affected schools—very close to home.