November 20, 2017

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Get $500 to Spend at the Scholastic Book Store. Here’s how.

Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, is giving away his prize money in a raffle. But be quick: you have only five days to enter.

Lilead Fellows, EveryLibrary Share Out ESSA Strategies | ALA Midwinter 2017

Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

Rebuilding Libraries at DC Public Schools| Take the Lead

Jennifer Boudrye, director of libraries at DC Public Schools, led the push to fill 100 percent of LMS positions in the system.

11 Lessons from a Maker Space­­, One Year In

A year after Karen Jensen and staff opened a teen maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), she assesses what worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

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

Three Strategies for When the Going Gets Tough | Take the Lead

When Lilead Fellow and former district library services supervisor Leslie Yoder faced staff cuts and low morale, she kept fighting. Here’s how.

Lilead Project Receives IMLS Support for New Round of Fellows

The Lilead Project, established in 2012 to support and build community among U. S. school library supervisors, has received an IMLS grant to continue its Lilead Fellows program and to create the Lilead Leaders initiative for advocacy and activism.

Peer, Pair, Perfection!

When students teach students in library-based peer-tutoring initiatives, everybody wins.

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

Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead

When you have the ear of an administrator, use your time well. Here’s how.

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

To the Table with ESSA | Editorial

The Every Student Succeeds Act is all about implementation now, and it’s critical that media specialists have a place at the table.

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

Gain Support When You Support District Goals | Take the Lead

The way to success for this district librarian has been to start small, build a network of library advocates, dream big, and never stop working for transformative change.

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.

Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting

A former First Lady’s love of books has transformed into far reaching support for our neediest students.

Wisconsin School Libraries To Get $37.7 Million This Year

The state’s Common School Fund, established in 1848, yields assets that are distributed to school libraries each year.

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.

The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources

Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

Make the Case To Attend ALA, ISTE—or Any Conference

It’s not too late to lobby for attending the ALA and ISTE conferences in June. Here’s a strategy, including ways to keep costs down.

More Thrifty School Library Design Tips

A lot of imagination, a little elbow grease, and the right tools can yield dramatic results like these.

Author Nora Baskin Rallies To Save School Librarian’s Job

Nora Raleigh Baskin wrote to a local board of education to try to save a friend’s position—and spread awareness about what is lost when a school librarian is laid off.

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.