October 27, 2016

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Lauren Barack

About Lauren Barack

School Library Journal contributing editor Lauren Barack writes about the connection between media and education, business, and technology. A recipient of the Loeb Award for online journalism, she can be found at www.laurenbarack.com.

Banning the Ban On LGBTQ Filters in Libraries


A California senator’s goal is to make sure LGBTQ sites aren’t blocked on computers at public schools and libraries—where students source information not just for classwork, but for themselves.

Chicago Public Schools Continue To Cut Deeply Into Educator, Librarian Positions


The latest layoffs follow a trend that has plagued CPS, and the state of Illinois, where school librarian positions continue to drop.

“When We Was Fierce” Pulled as Demand Grows for More #OwnVoices Stories


Amid increasing controversy around author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s use of a made-up dialect along with what some deem as stereotypical characters in her most recent book, Candlewick Press has postponed publication.

Schools Look To Talk Race, Violence, and Tolerance with Students


As the start of school approaches, educators around the country are grappling with the best way to support students who have questions about the shootings in the news.

“There Is a Tribe of Kids” Generates Controversy Among Librarians


Lane Smith’s picture book has sparked debate around connecting the word “tribe” with images of children in lush natural surroundings with feathers in their hair.

Montana School Librarians Fight to Keep Database Subscription


A cadre of school librarians has pushed back against the cancellation of EBSCO database subscriptions that have been used statewide for more than 20 years.

Protests Grow Against Proposed Mexican American Textbook in Texas


The public school text “Mexican American Heritage” is being called “the epitome of revisionist history.”

How Conferences Could Be Better


Attendees describe how they’d like ALA and other big conferences to evolve—and why smaller and virtual gatherings can be fine alternatives.

New York DOE Green Lights Amazon eBook Deal


That new book smell may soon be a thing of the past for New York City’s schoolchildren. A $30 million contract will reshape the way ebooks are used in the nation’s largest school system.

School Libraries Host Events to Welcome ELL Students and Families


Read-and-greet evening programs and home visits with culturally relevant books are some of the efforts librarians are making to bring families of English Language Learners into the school community.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Looking for Alaska” Stays in Curriculum in Lebanon, KY

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The controversial teen novel by John Green came under heavy fire in one high school—but in a victory for “freedom to read,” the merits of its use prevailed.

National Readathon Day 2016: Ice Cream, Grab Bags, and, of Course, Books

Readathon piece

The idea behind National Readathon Day, co-hosted by ALA and Penguin Random House, is to celebrate the delights of falling into a story. Any proceeds will support ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding


As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016


On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Teens Teach Computer Science at a CA Library


In Cupertino, young adults teach computer science to peers and run an all-night hackathon at the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Getting ELL Students College-Ready Challenges School Librarians


Educators want to help all students learn English quickly so they don’t fall behind. But at the high school level, when grades will be part of college applications, this process takes on new urgency.

Tech Tips to Encourage Reluctant Readers

From Inanimate Alice

From street lit resources to free, web-based libraries, digital tools to spark a love of reading and other tips from three experts.

Many Colleges Are Ignoring the SAT. Does Prep Still Matter?


As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 5, debates about the rationale for student testing continue—while librarians still want to help students prepare.

Microsoft Purchase of MinecraftEdu Leaves Educators Leery of Change


With Microsoft’s acquisition of MinecraftEdu, the software giant released details about its own educational version: Minecraft Education Edition. And the questions started flying.

Getting Schools Revved Up About Robotics


Expert panelists from our recent webcast share advice on how—and why—to dive into robotics with your students.