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July 22, 2014

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How Librarians Can Help Fight the Culture of Slut-Shaming

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YA authors are tackling “the s-word” head-on. As professionals serving young people, we can talk to teens about why slut-shaming can’t be tolerated—and help those who need it.

AASL Approves New Mission Statement of Empowerment

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At the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the AASL Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve a new mission statement for the association that more accurately reflects its goals and practices.

New ALA Report Examines Licensing Model for Ebooks in School Libraries

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For libraries, buying or licensing ebooks is a very different story than the average consumer simply clicking and purchasing off a book retailer website. A new report from the American Library Association takes a close look at the licensing models for ebooks, for school libraries in particular and how these policies affect access for students.

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.

A Teacher Librarian’s Path to Becoming a Google Educator | Tech Tidbits

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Inspired by the recent Innovative Education in Colorado Conference, teacher librarian Phil Goerner set out to become a certified Google Educator this summer. Here’s what he learned.

Nashville Public Library Partners with Local School Libraries to Boost Results for Students

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Librarian Tricia Bengel of Nashville Public Library shares her story about teaming up with local school librarians and offers practical tips for others in the industry.

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

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On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.

Mixing Colors? There’s a Book for That! | SLJ Spotlight

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A new interactive picture book teaches children about creativity, and color.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

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At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.

Reading Is Fundamental Study Says Summer Reading Is Not Priority

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How important is summer reading to parents? According to a study conducted by Reading Is Fundamental and Macy’s, only 17 percent of parents responded that reading should be a “top priority” for their kids during summer months.

The FCC To Vote on $5 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

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On July 11, a big e-rate vote is coming related to how to distribute the $5 billion at stake, and librarians are speaking up. With the FCC proposal suggesting that library funding be determined by square footage, librarians across the country have raised arms and posted letters to the FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, to protest.

Early Learning, Partnerships Top Trends at 2014 ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Prevailing topics for youth librarians included the influence of the Guerrilla Storytime movement, the increased collaboration and cooperation between schools and public libraries, and a nostalgia for some favorite authors.

Free Online Curriculum: ABCMouse.com for Libraries Launches at ALA | ALA 2014

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On June 26 at ALA, Age of Learning launched ABCmouse.com for Libraries, a fully featured, free-for-libraries version of ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, its award-winning online curriculum used by millions of children as part of their series of Education for Access Initiatives.

Breezy Beach Reads | SLJ Spotlight

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Three tales of sibling rivalry, sibling discovery, and mysteries on the moon to keep middle grade readers entertained during the summer.

ALSC President’s Program: Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, and Communities | ALA 2014

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At the ALA conference on June 30, over 200 youth librarians spent an hour and a half listening to three dynamic presentations during ALSC President’s Program, “The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities and Beyond.”

What’s Your Online Persona?

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Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

Nashville Public Library Reinvents Its Summer Reading Model, Sees Early Success

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Children’s librarian Lindsey Patrick recounts how Nashville Public Library redesigned its summer reading program into a flexible model that addressed the drop in participants and transformed the usual stress of summer into an exciting challenge for patrons and staff.

Junior Library Guild To Roll Out New EBook Service For Libraries| ALA 2014

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On June 26 at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, Junior Library Guild will release a new ebook product, JLG ebooks, for libraries across the country.

We Need More Diverse Audio and Video Content

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Today’s youth gravitate to YouTube, computers, and gadgets more than books. We need more diverse audio and visual material, so kids can listen and watch on their desktops and devices.

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.