April 15, 2014

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AASL Board Shakes Up Its Bylaws with Amendments Vote


AASL President Gail K. Dickinson urges the organization’s 7,000 members to vote to amend two bylaws geared to widen access to its members for participation and leadership roles. Voting starts March 19.

Hyperion Books Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Tomorrowland, mermaids, World War II, and a killer chicken figure among the themes in Spring 2014 releases from Disney Hyperion.

Highlighting Boyds Mills Press Spring 2014 | Preview Peek


Boyds Mill Press, a division of Highlights, showcased their Spring 2014 nonfiction offerings for young readers at a librarian preview event at the recent Midwinter Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA earlier this year.

Librarians React to the Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2014

Review of the Day: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Like any award show, there will always be a range of reactions to winners announced, and to those who didn’t make the cut. The American Library Association’s 2014 Youth Media Awards, revealed on January 27 during the organization’s Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, are no exception. Librarians shared with SLJ–on video–their thoughts about the award committees’ choices.

Diversity 101: Addressing the Need for Diversity in Materials for Kids | ALA Midwinter 2014

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In a lively ALA Midwinter panel moderated by Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein, three children’s book editors, one librarian and the Children’s Book Council’s Diversity Group discussed ways to promote diversity in the content of books for young people.

SLJ Reviews of Youth Media Award-winning and Honor Books


Before Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses and Brian Floca’s Locomotive won the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, respectively, they had won admiration from SLJ reviewers, as did many more Youth Media Award-winning and honor books. Read some of our reviews here.

Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014

Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014

From Google Glass to ALA’s new Code of Conduct, highlights of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting by sister publication Library Journal.

The ALA Youth Media Awards are announced: Predictions and Reactions

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“Well THAT was exciting!,” writes Elizabeth Bird in her recap to the day’s announcements. “Exciting and fun and not a single winner of today’s awards made me bang my head on a table at any point.”

Winners of the Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2014


A full list of American Library Association Youth Media Awards winners and honor selections.

Join SLJ’s Youth Media Awards Pre-Game—and Post-Game—Show

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You’ve been preparing all year for this moment: The announcement of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. Grab some coffee and join the fun by tuning into SLJ’s first-ever pre-game show (#sljpregame), streamed live via Google Hangout at 7:30 a.m. EST on January 27.

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.

Mock Lists – The Ultimate Round-Up

Mock Lists – The Ultimate Round-Up

Phew! She did it. Elizabeth Bird of Fuse #8, has “searched and strived and sought out every possible available Mock Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, you name it.” They’re all here, results listed.

Get Your 2014 ALA Midwinter Guide to ARCs & Signings


Before making your plans for 2014 ALA Midwinter, be sure to check out SLJ’s ARC’s & Signing Guide.

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen: 2014 Poster, ALA Midwinter Meet and Greet | Promo

Cue the confetti cannons and cheerleaders: it’s time for our annual list of teen fiction from St. Martin’s Griffin! And don’t forget to visit Macmillan Library at ALA Midwinter in booth #622. YA sensation Rainbow Rowell and Morris Award finalist Stephanie Kuehn will be there, signing complimentary copies of their latest titles. (#becauseweloveyou) NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Live Webcast Scheduled for ALA 2014 Youth Media Awards


Even if you won’t be attending the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia next month, you can still take part in the 2014 Youth Media Award announcements. ALA will be offering a live webcast of the 2014 announcements at 8 a.m. EST, on January 27, from the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Intellectual Freedom 101: Strategies for School Libraries | AASL 2013


Among the dozens of concurrent learning sessions at the American Association of School Librarians’ National Conference last month, a popular theme was that of intellectual freedom. “What Do I Do If? Intellectual Freedom Dilemmas in School Libraries” stood out for its scope and its round-robin style approach to problem-solving.

From Definition to Implementation, Librarians Embrace Common Core | AASL 2013


Finding new and innovative ways to implement the Common Core was one of the hottest programming themes during the recent American Association of School Librarians conference. During the event, the nations’ media specialists showed they have the will and the knowledge to lead the conversation on academic rigor.

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

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How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?

School Librarians Explore Their Role as Education Leaders | AASL 2013


School library professionals converged in Hartford, CT, November 14–17 for the 16th National Conference of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). During the event, media specialists explored their evolving role as education and technology leaders through concurrent sessions; an intense, late-night unconference; and an elearning commons of continuous how-to learning.

Broadening Cultural Literacy with LGBTQ Content for YA | AASL 2013


Of the numerous concurrent sessions at the American Association of School Librarians’ National Conference focusing on strategies for creating culturally diverse collections and serving the needs of all kids, “Queer Library Alliance Goes to School,” was a memorable one.