The Young Adult Services Association (YALSA) has selected five books as finalists for its 2014 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.
Finding new and innovative ways to implement the Common Core was one of the hottest programming themes during the recent American Association of School Librarians conference. During the event, the nations’ media specialists showed they have the will and the knowledge to lead the conversation on academic rigor.
If you’ve been struggling to find the time and resources to start up a friends group for your school library, help has arrived. United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, has created a free toolkit geared toward school librarians for just this purpose, and it is now freely available at their website.
Each year SLJTeen rotates the responsibility for reviews by teens to one of the YA Galley Groups selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In 2014, the Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAAC) from Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will be taking over teen reviews.
School library professionals converged in Hartford, CT, November 14–17 for the 16th National Conference of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). During the event, media specialists explored their evolving role as education and technology leaders through concurrent sessions; an intense, late-night unconference; and an elearning commons of continuous how-to learning.
The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers committee is now accepting online applications for the 2014 Candlewick Light the Way grant, $3000 specifically earmarked to promote library outreach to underserved and special populations.
As school library professionals from around the country flock to Hartford, CT, this weekend for the AASL National Conference, Connecticut’s own media specialists are at a crossroads. They face one of the highest achievement and budget gaps in the US between the state’s poor and wealthy school districts. However, the potential for successful advocacy is very high.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is launching two national surveys—one for school librarians, one for stakeholders—in order to examine ways that the two groups view the profession and to, ultimately, “provide a refreshing and inspiring image” of school librarians and school library programs.
In just a few weeks, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will finalize the soft launch of its long-awaited badging program, which aims to provide a uniquely interactive opportunity for skill-building in its seven Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. YALSA hopes the program will be fully launched by January, Linda Braun, the project’s manager, tells SLJ.
Make It @ Your Library, in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, has finally launched its searchable website, makeitatyourlibrary.org, for librarians seeking maker space ideas and projects. Make It @ Your Library—an initiative developed through the ILEAD USA program over the past year—aims to help librarians realize maker projects in their own communities at low cost.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $246,806 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). ALSC and YALSA will use the funds to support El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Teen Read Week, and summer reading for teens.