November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Brian Selznick on Inspirations, a Personal Challenge, and His New Book | Day of Dialog 2015

In his opening Day of Dialog speech, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” author paid tribute to librarians and described his personal challenge to make each book better than the last, along with a theme in his books: a quest to create a family.

How Brooklyn Special Ed Students Built a Library | The Maker Issue

Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Picture/Video of the Week: Sixth Grader Osman Yaya Interviews President Obama

“I’m still a big Dr. Seuss fan—The Sneeches, Horton, and all that stuff,” the President told middle schoolers during his visit to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. Watch the full video.

How Denise Sumida Won the SLJ Buzz Award for Her Library

Inventive and quietly determined, Pearl Harbor Elementary School librarian Denise Sumida uses high tech to foster a culture of deep readers.

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

Why the Great Green Room is Green, Facing Censorship, and More from BookFest @ Bank Street

During the event at Manhattan’s Bank Street College of Education, Leonard S. Marcus, Brian Pinkney, Jason Chin, Coe Booth, Tim Federle, Matt de la Peña, and others talked about why they do what they do.

Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia on Connected Learning, Civic Engagement | TDS14

Civic engagement and a sense of shared purpose are key to connected learning, educators Mirra and Garcia emphasized in a tag-team presentation during the Digital Shift virtual event “Libraries @ the Center.”

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

In an intellectually provocative keynote speech focusing on the privatization of the Internet, Dash called upon librarians to raise their voices and demand a more transparent, public Web.

Rx Read: Perri Klass and Reach Out and Read at Bellevue Hospital

The Manhattan hospital’s far-reaching implementation of this early literacy initiative, in which pediatricians hand out books to babies and young children during checkups, is changing lives.

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

Educator Spotlight: Renee Hobbs, Director of URI’s Media Education Lab

Supporting digital literacy, lobbying for fair use, taking on media propaganda. It’s all in a day’s work for Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.

Why Your Library Needs Music

Library music programs are fun and support early learning. They’re also essential: A growing body of research is affirming the central role of music in building literacy.

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

ALA Report Confirms Negative Impact of Filtering on Student Learning

“Fencing out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later” concludes that institutions using filtering software in order to receive certain federal funds routinely block more content than required, depriving students of access to information and collaborative tools.

How Wordless Picture Books Empower Children | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Wordless picture books allow children to project their own imaginations upon a story and “own it,” as author/illustrator Bob Staake, along with Aaron Becker, Raul Colón, and Molly Idle discussed during a lively panel at School Library Journal’s 2014 Day of Dialog.

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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.