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February 7, 2016

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A next chapter: Editions at Play

In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

Tiny Ozobot Gets Kids into Block-based Programming | Test Drive

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School Library Journal reviews Ozobot, the golf-ball size robot designed to draw kids into learning programming.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Blended Learning Model Essential for College Prep, Say Educators | College Ready

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K-12 schools are integrating digital tools and skills to better ready their students for the next phase of their education.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Is the Common Core Just a Scam to Sell Books? | Consider the Source

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“What, are you crazy? It’s all about the money.” According to a video secretly recorded by a group called Project Veritas, these are the exact words of a (since-fired) executive at a major publishing company. Is the Common Core all about the money? Marc Aronson responds.

A New Start: With School Libraries in ESSA, on to the Next Phase of Advocacy | Editorial

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The long-awaited rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes a major win, with school libraries now incorporated throughout federal law. Now we must map the road ahead to achieve effective real-world integration of libraries and librarians in our schools.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fresh Alternatives Build Engagement | Scales on Censorship

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Censorship expert Pat Scales offers guidance on helping competitive readers find their own thing, balancing the responsibility to protect privacy, and orienting new teachers to the role of the library.

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

Lead Brave: Buoyed by the Alliance of the Lilead Fellows | Editorial

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This powerful cohort of school district library heads is poised to bring innovation, bold leadership, and a new communal strength to the field.

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

The Good News from Millions of Years Ago | Consider the Source

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This has been an unprecedented year in the study of human evolution—made even more spectacular by the ways in which technology allows us to share the excitement of recent discoveries in our schools.

Penguin Random House Announces New Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries

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Penguin Random House today announced a new terms of sale policy for ebook licenses sold to public, school, and other libraries. Effective January 1, 2016, all Penguin and Random House adult and children’s frontlist and backlist ebook titles will be available under the one-ebook, one-user, no loan cap perpetual licensing model that has long been employed by Random House.

Opinion: Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit

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Editor, blogger, former librarian Kelly Jensen asks why girls’ stories in YA often take a backseat to boys’ narratives during book awards season.

The Global Is the Local | Consider the Source

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The recent events in France and Mali have told us that there are real threats to our security. It is in the best sense “true citizenship” to use this moment to help young people to resist easy blame and to reject scapegoating.

Teens at Heart: Making an Impact | Editorial

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SLJ’s Teen Issue highlights the field’s steadfast commitment to making a transformative difference in the lives of young adults. The editors share some thoughts on the innovative spirit and responsive programs that are taking teen services to a new level.

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

Tools to Engage Students When the Back-to-School Buzz Wanes | Cool Tools

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Cool Tools columnist Richard Byrne describes how Actively Learn, Verso, Buncee, and more new and improved educational tools can keep things lively.

Are Bedtime Stories Going the Way of the Dinosaurs? | First Steps

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The children will always be there for the stories. It is the parents that we need to turn into lifelong storytellers.

Facing Adversity: 72 Hours in the Life of a Librarian | Consider the Source

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In the library, adversity comes in many forms: a community persevering during unrest; a challenge to readers’ rights, and sometimes, in the form of bureaucracy.

Sphero Goes Crystal Clear with SPRK, a New Version of the Programmable Robot

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SLJ reviews the 2.0 version of Sphero, one of the maker movement’s “robotic darlings,” writes Wendy Stephens, who takes the new, clear skinned SPRK through its paces.

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

Open Door Policy for All Students | Scales on Censorship

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The importance of providing student access to the library.

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

Nader Qaimari on Ebook Integration, User Experience, and other aspects of the Digital Shift

Library Journal spoke to Nader Qaimari, Senior Vice President of Content Solutions and Services, Follett, about libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, services, that they need—and to one another.

The Challenge: Extending the Conversation About Censorship | Editorial

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With the arrival of Banned Books Week, it’s important to look for ways to dive deeper than “banning is bad” to prepare our kids to address intellectual freedom issues in an informed and principled way.

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

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Stephanie Retblatt (left) moderates the all-teen panel “Suburban Teens on Reading, the Young Adult Label and More” at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.