October 31, 2014

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January 2014 YALSA Report Serves As a Guide for Library Community’s Youth Services Best Practices


Published in January 2014, the YALSA report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” addresses the need for a national conversation around how young adults are served by libraries today—and how to better position library centers to foster and drive learning in the future. The report is also being seen as set of best practices, which YALSA will use to re-evaluate its own best practices guidelines, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s director.

San Diego Schools May Restore Some Library Services in Upcoming School Year


School library access in San Diego’s school district has been greatly reduced since a budget slash in 2008, and the outlying community having been vocal about restoring student access to its school libraries. The San Diego Unified School District has been listening, and may widen its severely curtailed school library access in 2014-15.

It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report


The majority of students 13 and under are picking up e-readers to enjoy their favorite reads—with 92 percent doing so at least once a week—reveals the report “Exploring the E-Reading Habits of Children.”

SLJ’s 2014 Spending Survey: Savvy Librarians Are Doing More with Less


SLJ‘s spending survey, sent to school and public libraries, found that libraries’ use of digital tools, ebooks, and other resources continues to grow—while budgets do not.

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Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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PBS KIDS Says School Readiness Is More Than Letters and Numbers


A new study from PBS KIDS reveals that parents value their children’s learning of social and emotional skills over academic performance in early learning.

Colorado School District Experiments with Digital Literacy Teachers

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Faced with a budget cut that turned their full-time teacher librarians into half-time positions, Adams 12 Five Star Schools District in Thornton, Colorado created a new job position to get media specialists into K-8 classrooms as much as possible.

St. Paul to Create 15 New School Library Positions

A  January 30 rally supporting the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers with parents and teachers.

In Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools has agreed to more than double the number of school librarians over the next two years, to 25 positions by the fall of 2015.

YA Romance Imprint Swoon Reads Selects NJ Librarian as its Next YA Novelist


YA librarian Sandy Hall had never finished writing a novel before. After reading about Macmillan’s new romance novel imprint’s process that uses its online community to chose its authors, she found herself selected as a YA novelist.

Cleveland Public Library Pushes Out 54 Early Literacy Stations


The Cleveland Public Library has opened 54 new Early Literacy Stations across its 27 branches in the hope of enticing young learners, ages 2-8, through gamification and other means.

Discovery Education Summit: We Don’t Just Need Tablets, We Need A Digital Game Plan

Discovery Education Summit: We Don’t Just Needs Tablets, We Need A Digital Game Plan

Educators at Discovery Education’s learning summit last month in Maryland talk of how digitization requires strategy and training—not just putting a device into student’s hands.

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.

“Sketchnotes” Invigorate Student Note-Taking and Bolster Visual Thinking


Brad Ovenell-Carter, an education innovator at a K-12 school in Vancouver, B.C., is teaching students the value of sketchnotes—illustrated records that distill a lecture, speech, or lesson into a visual synopsis. Others educators are catching on.

Advocates Progress on Restoring Funds to Utah School Libraries


Utah’s school libraries are one step closer to getting a $500,000 infusion for new books, materials and electronic resources for the 2014-2015 school year. Even so, advocates are still pushing for funds—and increased awareness of school libraries.

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

Maker spaces, robot construction, and computer tear-downs will figure prominently in librarians’ Teen Tech Week lineups this year, taking place from March 9 through 15.

26 Science Kits Available for Checkout at Texas Libraries


Students, parents, and teachers can now borrow science experiments along with other materials from the Denton (TX) Public Library and run their own chemical and mechanical observations in class—and at home.

Poetry Book by Teens Removed from Arizona School


“Things I Have to Tell You,” a compilation of more than 30 poems by teens from ages 15 to 18, was pulled from Arizona’s Stapley Junior High School due to references to drugs and boys’ bodies, among other issues.

Massachusetts Parents Fight For School Librarians—And Win


Parent and school library volunteer Melissa DeFilippi started a district-wide movement in Swampscott, MA, that’s leading to restored librarians in the middle and high school and a new cataloging system for three elementary schools.

Idaho School Libraries Open this Summer to Tackle ‘Summer Slide’


Idaho’s betting its younger students will choose school this summer—investing $30,000 to keep six school libraries open during June, July, and August. The Summer Slide Pilot Project aims to entice children to come to school during the summer heat, crack a book, and read.

Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement


The results of a pilot study of Missouri’s Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) suggest that summer reading programs actually raise student reading levels by their return to school in the fall—particularly among at-risk kids.