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July 22, 2014

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Library and Education Groups File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”

Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

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Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

Summer School for Educators; PEN Awards Shortlist; Follett’s 4,500 New EBooks | News Bites

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SLJ brings you a round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

Authors John Green and James Patterson Stuck in Midst of Ongoing Battle of Amazon vs. Hachette

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Hachette authors James Patterson and JK Rowling, and John Green of Penguin/Random House, are just some of the authors embroiled in the ongoing public battle between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over the renegotiation of their contract on profit share. Amazon has been cited with using bullying tactics, Hachette books sales have suffered, and authors, like John Green, are speaking out.

Listen Up! Music Vault Adds 13,000 Live Concert Videos to YouTube

The collection features 2,000 hours of exclusive video of artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen and The Who to Metallica and The Roots.

SLJ Launches ‘Up for Debate’

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School Library Journal has introduced “Up for Debate,” a new online series featuring commentary by expert contributors on a particular topic or item in the news.

Top Stories of the Week

Two librarians lead high-energy sing-alongs at the Cambridge (MA) Public Library. From the July feature story "Why Your Library Needs Music."

The loss of a giant in the field, Walter Dean Myers, is juxtaposed against the ongoing tension around print/digital and our popular feature on music’s role in early learning in our top 10 stories of the past week.

ISTE Winners To Be Honored in Atlanta; Ezra Keats Foundation Awards $820K; Qlovi Adds HarperCollins Titles | News Bites

A round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

McGraw-Hill Forges Partnership with Follett to Offer EBook Content to K-12 Schools

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On June 24, McGraw-Hill announced its partnership with Follett to offer ebook content to K-12 schools.

Reading Rainbow Reaches for $5 Million Mark on Kickstarter

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Levar Burton, known for hosting the popular PBS children’s show “Reading Rainbow” has earned over $3.5 million dollars on Kickstarter to expand his “Reading Rainbow” app for a cost. His goal is to reach $5 million, and his fundraising success hasn’t come without criticism.

Beginning Next Month an All-Star Lineup of Instructors Will Teach a “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” MOOC, Registration Now Open

If you’re interested in learning about copyright and library issues from three highly-respected professionals then this MOOC is or you. This is an all-star faculty lineup if there ever was one. The MOOC is titled, “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” and is free. Registration is now open. Kevin Smith, Duke University;  Anne Gilliland, University of North Carolina Chapel […]

Announcing the Kirkus Literary Prize: Three Big Awards, Lots of Loot

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Kirkus Reviews launches three new literary prizes worth lots of money.

Seen & Heard | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Check out scenes from SLJ’s exuberant “Day of Dialog” event (May 28) where librarians, authors, and publishers came together at McGraw-Hill headquarters in New York City.

Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews

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Selected interviews and appearances by Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28, 2014.

DC Public Schools Looking to Hire 30 Media Specialists

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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.

Oyster and Scribd Add 10,000+ Titles from Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster is making its entire ebook backlist—over 10,000 titles—available through Scribd and Oyster, reports Gigaom.

Illinois High School Scores the Follett Challenge Grand Prize

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Illiinois’ Belleville West High School has been named the grand prize winner of $65,000 total in Follett products and services in the third annual Follett Challenge, a competition to identify, reward, and promote the most innovative teaching and learning program, for its Community of Readers program.

Gale Databases Coming to Texas K-12 Public Schools, Statewide Licensing Deal Announced

More than five million Texas public school students in over 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library beginning June 15.

Chicago-Based Inventables to Donate 3D Carving Machines to Libraries and Public Maker Spaces in All 50 States

From the Chicago Tribune: Chicago-based Inventables says it plans to give away 3D carving machines to libraries and other public maker spaces in all 50 states. CEO Zach Kaplan says the inspiration comes from the success of the Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab, winner of the Social Innovator Award at the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. His […]

New Report Shows ‘Dramatic Drop in Reading Among Teens’

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Common Sense Media released the new reading report “Children, Teens, and Reading,” a research brief that offers a big picture perspective on children’s reading habits in the United States and how they may have changed during the technological revolution.