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April 26, 2015

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School and Academic Librarians Must Join Forces to Foster College Readiness

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Enough about budgets, says Leslie Farmer. College readiness is about relationships, and for the sake of the students, school and academic librarians must team up to determine what is information literacy and ensure they’re teaching the right skills.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why Reading Sucks: Talking honestly with kids might make them more passionate readers

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“I try to help my students be passionate readers,” writes teacher Pernille Ripp. “I try to be a role model for this in the classroom—but to do this I have recently realized that I must also discuss why, for many students, reading sucks.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Not as We Remember It: Public Education Is Being Gutted | Soapbox

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It’s called “school reform” with a focus on “student achievement,” but I shudder to think where we have come as a nation that many public schools don’t have a library, and won’t ever get one unless someone can beg a grant from a foundation or corporation.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Open Late: Libraries Must Be Available When Kids Do Schoolwork | Soapbox

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Emily Gover and Caity Selleck, information literacy librarians and content developers for EasyBib and its new platform, ResearchReady, posit that libraries should stay open later hours in order to serve students’ research needs.

Soapbox: Not Fast Enough

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SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that school librarians need to master a new game.

Hey, ‘Glee.’ Get Real: It’s time for the TV series to make room for a genuine librarian

The Golden Globe and Peabody Award–winning Fox series Glee, now in its third season, has revamped the tired reputations of both glee clubs and TV musicals. Can it do the same for school librarians? Certainly not if producers and writers maintain their current approach, scripting a shushing, out-of-touch librarian who has barely gotten a minute of screen time and hasn’t appeared since season two, despite the fact that scenes often take place in the school library.

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It’s Time for ‘Glee’ to Make Room for a Genuine Librarian | Soapbox

The Golden Globe and Peabody Award–winning Fox series Glee, now in its third season, has revamped the tired reputations of both glee clubs and TV musicals. Can it do the same for school librarians? Certainly not if producers and writers maintain their current approach, scripting a shushing, out-of-touch librarian who has barely gotten a minute of screen time and hasn’t appeared since season two, despite the fact that scenes often take place in the school library.

Killing Me Softly: No Child Left Behind | Soap Box

The President’s education plan is hurting students and teachers

I feel like the last marine who got out before the siege of Khe Sanh. I feel like the one Titanic band member who overslept, missed the voyage, and lived. In my darkest moments, I feel like a traitor.

I was an urban teacher for 14 years. I am still an urban teacher in my dreams, in my bones. For the last 14 months, I have been on a leave of absence from […]

MySpace Can Be Our Space | Soapbox

Let’s turn the infamous networking site into a teachable moment

I’m sure that the headlines and their dire warnings about cyberstalkers help sell papers and convince TV viewers to stay tuned to hear about the latest threat to their children, but this whole MySpace ban needs to stop.

After all, the social networking Web site that is all the rage among teens, is, as Kevin Poulsen explained in a February 2006 Wired magazine article, TheirSpace not OurSpace. Adults just don’t get it. […]

Another School of Thought | Soapbox

It’s time to educate media specialists in schools of education

As a doctoral student hoping to teach school library courses at a university, I may be shooting myself in the foot to say this: school library degree programs should operate within schools of education, not in schools of library and information science.

The focus of most school library degree programs is on the library as a source of information and on developing the skills of librarianship. No surprise there. To be sure, […]