September 23, 2016

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Three Strategies for When the Going Gets Tough | Take the Lead

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When Lilead Fellow and former district library services supervisor Leslie Yoder faced staff cuts and low morale, she kept fighting. Here’s how.

Just the Facts: Reader-Ready Nonfiction for Secondary Students

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These thoroughly researched and visually appealing new nonfiction titles are sure to reel in older readers right from the get-go.

Mind the Opportunity Gap | Editorial

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Libraries function as neighborhood powerhouses and a national network, with the potential to fuel local initiatives and deliver widespread impact. They are key to creating an equitable society, but only if they are at the table.

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Conquering Middle School Miasma

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There’s no need for kids to muddle through middle school—books can guide the way.

Life (and Learning) After High School: Exploring the Options

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For every young adult with clear career goals, there are many more still seeking a niche that fits. These titles will help them navigate the path ahead.

Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead

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When you have the ear of an administrator, use your time well. Here’s how.

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When Book Sharing Backfires|Scales on Censorship

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A parent objects when a first grader shares “Captain Underpants”; contending with parents who say their children are gifted.

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Libraries Are Not Neutral | Opinion

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The Joint Chiefs of Storytime Underground have a clear position: Librarianship is not a neutral profession, and libraries are not neutral spaces.

AnswerGarden a powerful, minimalistic feedback/brainstorming tool

Gathering quick feedback and initiating a brainstorm have never been easier.  AnswerGarden looks like what would happen if Twitter, TodaysMeet, Padlet and Wordle and Tagxedo had a little baby app. Here’s a little introduction I pulled together. AnswerGarden rightly describes itself as a minimalistic feedback tool. It takes under 10 minutes to master. You can […]

To the Table with ESSA | Editorial

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The Every Student Succeeds Act is all about implementation now, and it’s critical that media specialists have a place at the table.

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Early Learning’s Pay Gap | Editorial

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We depend on and say we value the people who care for our kids in their earliest years—in day-care centers and in home-based child care. Yet we expect them to work for a pittance. It’s time to invest in our kids’ first teachers.

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When an Ebook is the Best Book

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Five reasons why ebooks can be a better choice than print in your school library.

Greetings! and Farewell | Consider the Source

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School Library Journal‘s longtime columnist discusses his current and future projects as he bids farewell to our readers.

When a Volunteer Oversteps | Scales on Censorship

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Training volunteer parents to hold opinions; requests to create a booklist about overweight adolescents and to remove books about suicide.

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Learning to Like Mother Goose Scripts | First Steps

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During early learning programs with patrons who speak Russian, Turkish, and other languages at home, handouts with the words to rhymes and songs become adult learning tools.

It Starts with “Hello” | Editorial

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As the dynamic children’s room at the Bozeman Public Library in Montana proves time and again, kindness is key to good library service. Good humor and a full understanding of block play help, too.

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New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets from LOC

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the first six Student Discovery Sets published by the Library of Congress. The collection, now at 15 titles, covers so many of the themes studied in our school programs. This week, three new sets launched: Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information Weather Forecasting The New Deal […]

I Could Tell You About the Newbery and Caldecott Committees. But I Can’t. | Up for Debate

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The Nobel Prize raises the veil of confidentiality after 50 years. Congress has unsealed the Warren Commission documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Do the Newbery/Caldecott records hide some sort of national security risk that’s not obvious to us?

Let Book Awards Committee Members Blab | Up for Debate

Ed Spicer

I would dearly love to talk about my experiences on children’s book awards committees. Ending the confidentiality requirement would also allow members to discuss those books and illustrators who truly did fabulous work but weren’t winners or honorees.

Why You Don’t Want To Know More About the Newbery and Caldecott | Up for Debate

Dan Santat

To a writer or artist like myself, hearing about committee proceedings would only create feelings of self-doubt and raise ‘what if?’ questions. It wouldn’t make non-winners think about what they did ‘right.’ Rather, they would ask what they did ‘wrong.’