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April 24, 2014

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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.

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

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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

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

SLJ Seeks News Editor

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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 be interested in hearing from you.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Teacher librarian Joyce Valenza reflects on the 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning, the highly anticipated list chosen annually by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

David Wiesner on Visual Storytelling | video

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Simply put, “The pictures tell the story,” says David Wiesner. The three-time Caldecott Medal winner Wiesner shared his thoughts on visual storytelling,—along with fellow panelists, Lizi Boyd, Oliver Jeffers, Matt Phelan, and Chris Raschka—at SLJ’s 2013 Day of Dialog held May 29 at Columbia University.

School Library Journal 2013 Day of Dialog Lineup

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Here’s the complete schedule for the annual event held Wednesday, May 29 at Columbia University, Faculty House. The 2013 gathering of publishers, authors, and librarians held in conjunction with BookExpo America features keynoters Kevin Henkes and Holly Black.

Digital Public Library of America | screencast tour

Digital Public Library of America | screencast tour

A closer look at the recently launched DPLA, its features and “how it works, both good and bad.” Linda W. Braun, a library consultant and educator, offers this screencast on the highly anticipated project.

Hear Matt de la Peña’s Keynote | SLJ’s Public Library Think Tank

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As a self-described nonreader, Matt de la Peña could never have imagined as a kid that books would play an important role in his life. But key encounters with libraries and, more importantly, librarians, who actively sought to engage him, helped open a new world to de la Peña. The author of novels for young adults, including Ball Don’t Lie and Mexican Whiteboy, de la Peña recounted his “path to books” in the closing keynote of SLJ’s Public Library Leadership Think Tank, held April 5 at the New York Public Library.

How Do You Use Technology? School Library Journal Wants to Know

How Do You Use Technology? School Library Journal Wants to Know

SLJ wants you… to complete our technology survey. And who knows? You might make our cover.

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu

Skype, commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

Librarian Cites ‘Concerning’ Trends in Digital Collection Development

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Librarians are uniquely positioned to handle the acquisition and management of digital content. But Michelle Luhtala, department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library, sees some troubling trends, reflecting misconceptions about econtent among librarians and administrators alike.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube

Copyright law is arduous enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

Quiet: Speaking Out on Introversion | Links of the week

Quiet: Speaking Out on Introversion | Links of the week

An interesting convergence on the web has more than a few people talking about quiet contemplation.