After years of budget cuts that eliminated full-time school library media specialist positions, DC Public Schools (DCPS) fiscal year 2014 budget has allotted an increase in budget for full-time library media specialists; DCPS is currently in the process of hiring as many as 30 media specialists for 2014-2015.
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.
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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House Bill 2506 is a school finance bill that was narrowly passed by the Kansas state legislature late on April 6, allowing teachers to be terminated without due process. Whether Kansas Governor Brownback will sign the measure remains to be seen.
The Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund is disbursing grants to organizations to assist them stage “Read-Outs” or other events for this year’s Banned Books Week (September 21 – 27).
The eighth-grade students at a charter school in Berkeley, CA, designed and crowd-funded their own school library, complete with student-conceived geometric shelving, furniture, and more.
The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.
Library Journal editors are excited to be undertaking a broad national survey to gather current data on library-related salaries. If you are a librarian or paralibrarian in any type of library working in the U.S., LJ requests your assistance in gathering compensation trends.
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.
Have you ever opened your own wallet to buy books for your school library? We asked, and you told us. See the results here.
As part of ongoing effort to provide schools and libraries tools in assessing and improving connectivity, an education technology advocacy group releases e-rate guideline.
The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.
The water surrounding Queens Public Library (QPL) President and CEO Thomas W. Galante just keeps getting hotter. Since the New York Daily News published a story detailing his $392,000 annual salary and the pricey renovations done to his office while QPL branches were suffering staff cuts, Galante has consistently denied any wrongdoing, even while other city officials call on him to step down from the post he has held since 2005.
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.
New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.
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.
In an era when school districts are chopping funds to libraries, Missouri’s Union R-XI School District is looking to break the mold—and give more.
As Georgia pursues a major revamp of its public schools that could allow greater community control over school budgets, the state’s teacher librarians say it’s an ideal opportunity to strengthen the skills of their colleagues and build grassroots support for their changing role in student learning.
The American Association of School Librarians and the National Head Start Association are praising the early learning dollars included in this week’s federal budget. However, both say challenges to funding remain—and the budget comes too late to help the 57,000 children cut off from Head Start last year.
New data confirming a 1:7,000 ratio of media specialists to students has the California School Library Association rallying for big advocacy. Key to those efforts will be the support of universities, who can help publicize that students’ college readiness is suffering without information literacy experts at every school.