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December 19, 2014

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How to ‘Speak Administrator’ | Pivot Points

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District administrators want new collaborations between school districts, businesses, and higher education. Librarians can help by gaining a better understanding of local and global educational priorities and facilitating external relationships.

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

Superintendent of the Year Mark Edwards’s Top Leadership Book Picks | SLJ Summit 2014

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Keynoter Mark Edwards provided a booklist of titles that influenced his leadership—and could influence yours—at the SLJ Leadership Summit in St. Paul, MN, on October 25–26.

Think Like a Futurist | Project Advocacy

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When we envision a future for our libraries, we shape the present, writes Project Advocacy columnist Carolyn Foote.

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

Honoring Librarian Henrietta Smith, Long-Term Diversity Advocate

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Henrietta Mays Smith, 92, an inaugural member of the Coretta Scott King Awards Task Force, will be the first librarian to receive a Carle Mentor Honor on September 18.

The Right Stuff: SLJ’s School Librarian of the Year Award Sets a New Standard | Editorial

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It is with great excitement that we present Michelle Colte, the first SLJ School Librarian of the Year.

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

A Wealth of Leaders: The School Librarian of the Year Candidates | Pivot Points

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The superb School Librarian of the Year candidates are guides for our profession.

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

The Life of Book Editor and Author Charlotte Zolotow Celebrated

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The life of book editor, poet, and award-winning author, a force in children’s literature, Charlotte Zolotow, was celebrated during a memorial in New York City.

2014 Library Salary Survey Now Open

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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.

Chicago Schools Seek Library Tech Coordinator

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has just posted an opening for a library technology coordinator, according to Lisa E. Perez, library manager for CPS’s Department of Literacy. It’s encouraging to see the opening given that Chicago, like many US cities, has recently faced budget cuts.

A Partnership for Success: The Jacksonville Public Library and University of North Florida Summer Tutoring Program

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In an August issue of SLJTeen, we covered a program run by University at Buffalo’s Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction that matched graduate students with 180 elementary school students to advance their reading and writing schools over the summer. We asked readers to tell us about other programs like it, and the Southeast Regional Library (FL) stepped up with their collaboration with University of North Florida’s education undergrads.

IRA Calls for Arbuthnot and Jerry Johns Award Nominations

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Do you know of an an outstanding educator whom you’d like to send to the head of the class? The International Reading Association (IRA) is now accepting applications for both its Arbuthnot and Jerry Johns Award.

Innovation in Teen Services Deserves the Movers & Shakers Spotlight

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Do you know an innovative teen/youth services library professional making a real difference? Then Library Journal needs to hear from you to help identify emerging leaders in the library world.

An Action Plan for All Seasons | Project Advocacy

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The importance of advocacy is evident to us during a crisis. When our libraries are threatened or our staff faces cuts, then we leap into motion. But we should be mindful of advocacy every day. Mapping a yearlong effort keeps advocacy from getting lost in the daily shuffle.

Buzz, Brainstorming Mark KidLibCamp 2013

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Nearly 50 children’s and teen librarians met last week at Darien Library (CT) for the fifth annual KidLibCamp, a free “unconference” in which the discussion topics, panels, and workshops are voted on by the participants. Attendees explored best practices in 12 interactive breakout sessions with several common takeaways: that innovative programming can be achieved at little start-up cost; librarians need to better market existing programs to their patrons; and partnering with schools and communities is critical to the future of our libraries.

Abby M. O’Neill Gives $11 Million to Teachers College for Scholarships

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Teachers College, Columbia University, has received an $11 million commitment from longtime Trustee Abby M. O’Neill to establish a scholarship fund, beginning with an outright $1 million gift. The fund will be used to establish the Abby M. O’Neill Fellowship Program for outstanding individuals with a strong commitment to teaching.

SLJ’s 2013 Job Satisfaction Survey | What’s Not to Love?

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SLJ’s 2013 job satisfaction survey reveals widespread happiness among librarians, but challenges persist.

Architects of Dreams: Anythink’s Pam Sandlian Smith on the Power of Children’s Librarians

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Anythink’s dynamic director explores how children’s services librarians will shape the future of libraries, libraries as places of discovery and experience, and the shift toward participatory librarianship.

School Library Journal Promotes Ishizuka, Diaz

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Kathy Ishizuka has been named executive editor of School Library Journal. Previously assistant editor of book review, Shelley Diaz has been promoted to SLJ associate editor.

NYPL Panelists Explore Alternatives to Traditional Librarianship

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SLJ blogger and NYPL youth materials specialist Betsy Bird moderated a panel, “The Alternative Children’s Library,” in which several children’s librarians discussed their own nontraditional paths to the profession. Their places of employment include the Bankstreet School for Children, New York Society Library, Children’s Book Council, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Middle School Maverick: NYC Librarian Deven Black on Partnerships, Principals, and Progress

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New York City middle school librarian and social media devotee Deven Black caught the attention of many in the library community a few weeks ago with an unusual blog post in which he lamented being underutilized by his school. SLJ caught up with Black for a candid interview on his unusual path to librarianship, why partnering with one’s principal is key to a successful school library, and the challenges (and triumphs) of professional development.