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January 20, 2015

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Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” App

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Created by the National Museum of Natural History, the new app employs advanced technology to render historic skeletons via 3-D augmented reality.

Junior Library Guild Announces New Book Categories for 2015

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Junior Library Guild announces seven new book categories available to its customers starting in January 6.

MGM Streaming Video Titles Available For Library Lending in U.S. and Canada via OverDrive

OverDrive has announced a new addition to its digital video catalog: streaming video titles from MGM are now available for library lending.

Coretta Scott King Book Grant; ALSC’s Graphic Novel Reading Lists | News Bites

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In this round of industry news, learn about the Association for Library Service to Children’s Day of Diversity for children’s literature in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council—plus several grants geared toward enhancing your library’s collection.

40 Dr. Seuss Titles Now Available For Public and School Libraries via OverDrive

The Dr. Seuss titles, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, are now available in EPUB3 fixed-layout format.

FCC Approves Another $1.5B for E-Rate Funding

The Federal Communications Commission voted December 11 to bump up funding for WiFi in schools and libraries by another $1.5 billion, increasing the budget to $3.9 billion a year.

Follett’s New Destiny Resource Manager Helps School Districts Track Assets

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K-12 school districts can track their assets, including barcoded textbooks, laptops, whiteboards, tablets, and other equipment, using Destiny Resource Manager from Follett.

No Library Card? No Problem, if You’re a Student in Tacoma, WA

Starting January 2015, the approximately 15,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Tacoma schools will be able to use their student identification cards to check out library materials.

Capstone Launches PebbleGo Next

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Capstone Publishing launched the PebbleGo Next database module on November 24. Find out how to sign up for your free trial.

FCC Chairman to Propose 62% Funding Increase to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler is expected to propose raising the annual fund for school Internet access from $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion, reports the New York Times. Part of the overhaul of E-Rate, the expected upgrades to service will come to libraries, too.

New York Times Offers In-School Access; ‘Goodnight Moon’ Goes Bilingual | News Bites

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This month’s industry news features the release of a bilingual edition of Goodnight Moon, a youth-oriented health and literacy campaign called “Hop to Health,” and a school-wide subscription service from the New York Times.

UNESCO, Nature Education, and Roche Launch World Library of Science

The newly launched World Library of Science is a resource library stocked with more than 300 articles, 25 ebooks, and over 70 videos from the publishers of scientific journal Nature. In his Infodocket post, editor Gary Price notes that a cosponsor of the project, Roche, is a private global healthcare company.

SLJ’s Best Books Cover Gallery

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A look back at SLJ’s December covers. In a tradition since 1998, the magazine has commissioned a top illustrator for the assignment, all on the theme of “stars.”

HarperCollins Releases Enhanced Ebook Version of To Kill a Mockingbird

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The enhanced ebook, released November 4 by HarperCollins, features a 1964 radio interview with author Harper Lee, who rarely speaks to the media. The regular ebook edition of To Kill a Mockingbird came out in July 2014.

Popular Blog ‘Teen Librarian Toolbox’ Joins SLJ

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School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.

Big Bang Press, a New Publisher for Fan Fiction Writers and Artists

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Big Bang Press selects fan fiction writers and artists and invites them to create and professionally publish original work. The publisher’s debut title, A Hero at the End of the World, releases on November 11.

Pictures of the Week: Librarians Get a Shout Out at MN Hockey Game | SLJ Summit 2014

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Last weekend, librarians flocked to St. Paul, MN, to attend the SLJ Leadership Summit (October 25–26), and while at a Minnesota Wild hockey game, they got a special shout out from ABDO Publishing.

Rosen Publishing Acquires Nonfiction Children’s Publisher Enslow

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Today, Rosen Publishing announced its acquisition of nonfiction children and young adult book publisher Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Aspen Institute Releases Report on ‘Re-Envisioning Public Libraries’

The new report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond to community needs in the digital age, with 15 “action steps.”

Pictures of the Week: “Take Your Child to Work Day” at School Library Journal

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While the official “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” isn’t for a few months, the kids of SLJ/LJ staffers visited our offices on Monday, October 13 for a day of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and creative tech fun. One of the many highlights of the day? They had their own SLJ cover shoot.