November 26, 2015

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Kathy Ishizuka

About Kathy Ishizuka

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

Nader Qaimari to Lead Follett School Solutions

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Nader Qaimari has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Follett Corporation, and General Manager, Follett School Solutions, the company announced today.

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015


CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

“TLT” Blog Seeks Contributors for YA Lit and Mental Health Project


A discussion of mental health and YA, #MHYALit, has launched on the Teen Librarian Toolbox blog. Contributors are wanted to pen guest posts and share resources.

“Osmo Numbers” Wants to Make Learning Math more Fun


If any subject could use a more dynamic, hands-on approach, it’s math. Enter Osmo Numbers. With this latest game for the Osmo platform, users position physical number tiles in front of an iPad to solve math problems.

Ten Titles Make Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature


The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.

Congressman Mark Takano to Keynote Maker Workshop


Can the Maker Movement reinvigorate American manufacturing? Congressman Mark Takano thinks so. Takano (D-CA41) will deliver the September 16 keynote “How the Maker Movement Can Drive the Economy” to begin the Fall Maker Workshop from School Library Journal and Library Journal.

Nurturing “Food Explorers” with Spoons Across America


When it comes to making, what could be more fun than playing, experimenting, and teaching with food? Ali McDowell of Spoons Across America talked to SLJ about the organization’s approach to culinary education, with advice and resources on helping kids and families eat well.

Travis Jonker, Colby Sharp Launch Book-themed Podcast, à la Serial: The Yarn

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A unique, episodic podcast about the making of a single book, the upcoming middle grade graphic novel by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, Sunny Side Up, launches today. Created by school librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp, “The Yarn” examines the highly anticipated book from multiple perspectives in Season 1 of a new podcast series

News Editor Wanted at SLJ


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


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


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


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”


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


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”


A preview of our March issue.

SLJ Debuts New Column: “College Ready”


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


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.