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February 27, 2015

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Librarians and the Changing Job Market | Consider the Source

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A recent news article offered a fascinating graphic on American jobs that pay $40–80,000 a year, highlighting whether these jobs grown or declined between the years 1980–2012. Where does librarianship fit into the picture?

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care About the FCC Vote

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The Federal Communications Commission vote concerning the regulation of Internet broadband services and net neutrality is on February 26, and here’s why schools and libraries should care.

Talking Shop About Special Needs and Inclusive Services | 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At ALA Midwinter, Massachusetts librarian Ashley Waring held court at the Networking Uncommons to discuss special needs and inclusive services—from what to offer outside of sensory storytime to how to measure your program’s success.

SLJ Accepting Entries for 2015 Build Something Bold Award

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SLJ, in partnership with LEGO Education, has launched the Build Something Bold Award, this year honoring creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning in the library or classroom.

Guerrilla Storytime Is Growing Up | ALA Midwinter 2015

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Along with singing, rhyming, and clapping, the popular Guerrilla Storytime sessions at ALA addressed scenarios librarians might face: emotional children, an ambulance appearing outside the window, or a power outage.

Meet the Reviewer | Paula Willey

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SLJ interviews reviewer of the month Paula Willey.

Día Multicultural Book Grants; MyON Adds National Geographic Kids | News Bites

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In industry news, Egmont USA has closed, Capstone has added more than 700 new titles to its interactive ebooks collection, and the National Book Foundation is looking for applicants for its $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize.

YA Smackdown at 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, teen services librarians dipped into the “challenge bucket” and talked fandoms, profanity, and crying teens during the YA Smackdown sessions.

Awards Roundup: The Cook Prize, Edgar Nominees, Sydney Taylor Award, and More

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In the thick of awards season, many children’s and young adult books are being recognized with honors not related to the Youth Media Awards.

Promoting College Readiness via Pinterest |College Ready

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School and public librarians are leveraging social media—Pinterest, Twitter, and LibGuides—to get college information in front of high school seniors.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

USBBY Presents Its Annual Outstanding International Books List

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The committee selected 42 books that originated in another country and are now available in the U.S.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kathleen T. Horning Named 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

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Kathleen T. Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.

Alexander and Santat Win 2015 Newbery, Caldecott Medals

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Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover and Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend took home the medals for the Newbery and the Caldecott awards, respectively. Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun captured the Printz award.

Black Storytime, Flourishing at Multnomah (OR) County Library

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Should libraries offer programs geared to one culture? After I spoke with Kirby McCurtis, who started a thriving Black Storytime program at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, it was clear that the answer is “yes.”

OH Department of Education Will Vote to Purge School Librarian Requirement

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The Ohio Department of Education is trying to purge the “5 of 8” rule, which mandates that school districts hire five staff members in “education service personnel,” including librarians, for every 1,000 students.

Yoga in the Library

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Libraries are embracing the practice to ease stress and promote literacy among children.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Breaking the Hypnotism of the Now | Consider the Source

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The Italian media consultant Marcello Vena argues that we are in an “attention economy.” Our problem is not to locate media, but to find the time to read, watch, listen to, or play it. How does this relate to the role and function of the school librarian? Read on.

StarWalk Kids Media to Announce New Collaborative Writing Software

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Next week, at the FETC educational technology conference in Orlando, FL, StarWalk Kids Media will introduce a collaborative writing software that creates a single collaborative environment for reading, writing, and research for students in grades 3–8.

Fayetteville Free Library’s Geek Girl Camp: Creating a Community of Future STEM Leaders

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The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) ran its pilot Geek Girl Camp program this past summer, launching rockets, creating a giant human Makey Makey circuit, and unleashing a slew of future female STEM leaders.

Readers Sound Off on “Teaching Black Lives Matter” and “Ditch Holiday Programming”| Feedback

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Readers respond to an article about free lunch programs in libraries, “Teaching Black Lives Matter,” “Ditch Holiday Programming,” and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.