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April 23, 2014

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Sarah Bayliss

About Sarah Bayliss

Sarah Bayliss (sbayliss@mediasourceinc.com) is associate editor, news and features, at School Library Journal.

8,000 Schools to Join ‘Day of Silence’ on April 11, Protesting LGBTQ Student Harassment

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Hundreds of thousands of students will take a vow of silence on Friday, April 11, to raise awareness of the silencing impact of bullying, name calling, and harassment of LGBTQ youth in schools.

Puppet-Savvy Nashville Librarian Earns the Toyota Family Teaching Award

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A Nashville librarian who created family literacy workshops and carefully tracked her programs’ outcomes is the winner the 2014 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year award.

If Net Neutrality Disappears, How Will Services to Kids be Impacted?

If Net Neutrality Disappears, How Will Services to Kids be Impacted?

Without net neutrality, also known as the open Internet, kids’ access to online resources could be negatively impacted, with commercial sites and services eclipsing other content online, AASL president Gail Dickinson and others say.

CIPA at 10: Internet Filtering Excessive, Study Finds | ALA Midwinter Meeting

CIPA at 10: Internet Filtering Excessive, Study Finds | ALA Midwinter Meeting

A decade after the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) went into effect, its implementation in schools and public libraries is problematic and the scale of Internet filtering is excessive, panelists said during the ALA Midwinter session “Revisiting The Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later.”

$750 Million ConnectED Pledge Includes $100 Million From O’Reilly Media, Safari Books Online

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O’Reilly Media and Safari Books Online will donate over $100 Million in technology resources to US K-12 schools. The pledge is part of $750 million in new corporate support for President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, along with donations from Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Autodesk.

What’s Happening at the Core?

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Despite the vast array of publishing materials geared toward the Common Core State Standards, educators still seek support—and time to adapt

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Lemony Snicket Sponsors Prize for Librarians Facing Adversity

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ALA has approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity, proposed and funded by the “Series of Unfortunate Events” author himself, Daniel Handler.

How to Assess School Librarians | ALA Midwinter 2014

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Library managers described how they’re creating and implementing new evaluation forms now required for school librarians in districts across the country in a resource-filled session at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.

A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library

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A school library in St. Louis, Missouri, boasts something unique: It’s the only known library whose design is based on Multiple Intelligences theory—a groundbreaking concept of intellect conceived by psychologist Howard Gardner and widely embraced by educators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Creature Feature: Fanciful Characters Drove this Transmedia Story

Creature Feature: Fanciful Characters Drove this Transmedia Story

In an ambitious foray into transmedia, Razorbill has teamed with pecial effects company Framestore to produce The Creature Department (2013). The making of the new novel by Robert Paul Weston, starring a cast of fantastical characters, was a unique collaboration with Framestore (creators of the Geico Gecko), which played an active role in the book’s creation.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Lunch Lady” Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka Hosts Scholarship Auction for Art Education

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Items on offer in Krococzka’s online auction include autographed “Lunch Lady” Books, a school mascot designed by Krosoczka, and more. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund, started in honor of his grandparents, that provides tuition for kids to attend programs at the Worcester (MA) Art Museum.

Rowell, Daywalt Among 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

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Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.

Curriculet—Formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins on Enriched Ebooks for Schools

Curriculet—formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins to offer Enriched Ebooks to Schools

Curriculet (formerly Gobstopper), a digital reading platform designed for teachers and stocked with interactive educational and social media features, has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a flexible book buying program for schools.

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools

With OverDrive’s “Netflix-like” streaming video service to libraries and schools, borrowers can watch videos on any tablet, computer, or device with an Internet connection. Streaming content can be sent to any device via email, QR code, or text message.

Connecticut Students Sign ALA’s Declaration for Rights to Libraries | AASL 2013

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Fifty Connecticut schoolchildren joined ALA president Barbara Stripling, library officials, and other Connecticut residents for a signing of the Declaration for the Right to Libraries at the Hartford Public Library.

Stockholm’s Tio Tretton Library Gives Tweens a Space of Their Own

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At a tween-only library in Stockholm, the only patrons allowed are children between 10 and 13—a group that often feels too old for children’s sections but not yet ready for full-on YA experiences.

Federal Strong Start for America’s Children Act Supports New Early Learning Program

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The bipartisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act proposes broad investment in educational and development programs for very young children.

Schools Plan Group Readings of Gettysburg Address on Skype and Google

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Celebrating the 150th birthday of the Gettysburg Address, students around the national are connecting via social media for simultaneous readings of President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic, 172-word speech.

OverDrive Offers School Libraries New Options for Searching, Catalog Access, and Refined Metadata

OverDrive Offers School Libraries New Options for Searching, Catalog Access, and Refined Metadata

OverDrive is rolling out upgrades to its digital service for school libraries, with a choice of thematic visual screen settings, more deft searching tools, a new book recommendation system, and social media options, among other features.

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

 The Mozilla Foundation has launched a new  Web Literacy Standard intended to serve as a roadmap for competent Web use and comprising “the skills and competencies people need to read, write, and participate effectively on the Web,” according to Mozilla’s site. Launched during the nonprofit organization’s October 25–27 Mozilla Festival, the Standard features recommendations for [...]