September 19, 2014

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Kathy Ishizuka

About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka ( on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of  School Library Journal.

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


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


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.

Throwback Thursday: Technology, Threatening Our Sanity Since 1991

Technology maze

Ah, technology, you vex us so. And it was all supposed to make life easier. Back in the day—in this case, 1991—librarians sought to stay current on the latest formats.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

USDA school meal

Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.

SLJ Launches ‘Up for Debate’

Up for Debate header

School Library Journal has introduced “Up for Debate,” a new online series featuring commentary by expert contributors on a particular topic or item in the news.

Top Stories of the Week

Two librarians lead high-energy sing-alongs at the Cambridge (MA) Public Library. From the July feature story "Why Your Library Needs Music."

The loss of a giant in the field, Walter Dean Myers, is juxtaposed against the ongoing tension around print/digital and our popular feature on music’s role in early learning in our top 10 stories of the past week.

Video: Unreliable YA Narrators, Love ‘em—Hate ‘em|SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Unreliable narrators panel

Unreliable narrators fascinate—but do they have to be likable to engage readers? Young Adult authors Jodi Lynn Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. Lockhart, Barry Lyga, and Meg Wolitzer shared their thoughts in an all-star panel.

Video: Jacqueline Woodson Keynote | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014


Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson described the path to her new book, brown girl dreaming, in the opening keynote of School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.

Video: Garth Nix keynote | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Garth Nix

In this 10-minute clip from his keynote address, award-winning author Garth Nix considers the question “Where do novels come from?”

Video: “Do You Write About Race?” | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014


Authors address the topic of the day in this 12-minute clip from the “Diversity in Middle Grade Fiction” panel at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, held in New York on May 28, 2014.

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”


If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

SLJ to Publish Dedicated Issue on Diversity

SLJ's April 2009 cover. Illustration by Gene Luen Yang.

This May, SLJ will dedicate an entire issue of the magazine to the topic of diversity in various forms.

SLJ Seeks News Editor

News editor

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 be interested in hearing from you.

Join SLJ’s Youth Media Awards Pre-Game—and Post-Game—Show

Elizabeth Bird and Lori Ess

You’ve been preparing all year for this moment: The announcement of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. Grab some coffee and join the fun by tuning into SLJ’s first-ever pre-game show (#sljpregame), streamed live via Google Hangout at 7:30 a.m. EST on January 27.

School Library Journal’s Top Posts of 2013


From the latest technology to examples of stellar programming and insight into the Common Core, our most popular posts of the year reflect the range of reader interests and concerns.

SLJ’s Best Books, Top 10s of 2013


SLJ’s best of 2013, from the book lists to tech trends. New this year and among our most popular posts: SLJ’s Top 10 Latino-themed Books of 2013.

Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders


Librarians are leading the way in technology use, according to School Library Journal’s annual technology survey. SLJ’s got the proof, and we encourage you to share it.

In Praise of Print Books | SLJ Summit 2013

Annie Murphy Paul (left) speaks with attendees at the 2013 SLJ Summit in Austin, TX.

The very limitations of the book are its strengths, according to journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul, speaking at School Library Journal’s 2013 Leadership Summit in Austin, TX.

STEAM, a Pinterest Board


Curious about STEAM? Check out School Library Journal’s Pinterest board, curated by children’s librarian Amy Koester, author of our October 2013 cover story, “Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM.”

Flocabulary Launches “We Heart Librarians” Contest

Flocabulary   Ode to Librarians600

Calling all performance-inclined library media specialists. Think you can pull off a song about what librarians do—as a rap? Flocabulary, creator of multimedia K–12 lessons to a hip-hop beat, wants you.