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July 29, 2014

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AASL Approves New Mission Statement of Empowerment

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At the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the AASL Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve a new mission statement for the association that more accurately reflects its goals and practices.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

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On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

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At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.

Beyond Words Grant Winners Announced

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Two libraries devastated by fire can now begin the process of rebuilding their schools and communities thanks to the commitment of Dollar General and the AASL Beyond Words Catastrophic Grant awards.

Contests, Awards, and Giveaways for Librarians Serving Teens

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Opportunities abound for teen bloggers, underserved school libraries needing a buck or two, and those already playing in the makerspace; on top of all that, SLJTeen brings you a double dose of galley giveaways.

Eisner Foundation Builds Graphic Novel Collections and Programming

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Great news for Ypsilanti District Library and Lewis and Clack Library—both have received grants from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation for their graphic novel collections and programming.

The FCC To Vote on $2 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding

On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.

Diversity Movement Gains Visibility at ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Addressing the groundswell of support for more diverse children’s literature, Lee & Low publisher Jason Low spoke at the ALA Annual Conference about where the movement is now and what still needs to happen.

Early Learning, Partnerships Top Trends at 2014 ALA Annual | ALA 2014

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Prevailing topics for youth librarians included the influence of the Guerrilla Storytime movement, the increased collaboration and cooperation between schools and public libraries, and a nostalgia for some favorite authors.

ALSC President’s Program: Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, and Communities | ALA 2014

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At the ALA conference on June 30, over 200 youth librarians spent an hour and a half listening to three dynamic presentations during ALSC President’s Program, “The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities and Beyond.”

Kid Lit Authors Share the Love During ALA Speed Dating Event | ALA Annual 2014

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Ding! With the peal of a bell, 21 children’s and YA authors started chatting eagerly to tables of librarians during a ‘speed dating’ event at the ALA Annual Conference.

Call for 2015 YALSA Conference Programs

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YALSA is now accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 26-30, 2015. The deadline for submissions is July 1.

DC Public Schools Looking to Hire 30 Media Specialists

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After years of budget cuts that eliminated full-time school library media specialist positions, DC Public Schools (DCPS) fiscal year 2014 budget has allotted an increase in budget for full-time library media specialists; DCPS is currently in the process of hiring as many as 30 media specialists for 2014-2015.

2014 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced

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YALSA recently announced the 25 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees for 2014. Teens are encouraged to read the titles before the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which starts August 15 and goes through Teen Read Week, from October 12-18.

January 2014 YALSA Report Serves As a Guide for Library Community’s Youth Services Best Practices

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Published in January 2014, the YALSA report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” addresses the need for a national conversation around how young adults are served by libraries today—and how to better position library centers to foster and drive learning in the future. The report is also being seen as set of best practices, which YALSA will use to re-evaluate its own best practices guidelines, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s director.

Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants

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YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarding 10 grants of $1000 to libraries with innovative programming ideas for Teen Read Week 2014. Apply by June 1.

ALSC & YALSA’s Best Audio Picks of 2014

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At the recent Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia this January, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released their picks for the best audio books of 2014.

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‘Every Child Ready to Read’ Materials Available for Spanish-Speaking Communities

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The ‘Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities’ is available as a digital download from the ALA Store.

U.S. Department of Education Seeks Peer Reviewers for School Library Grant Competition

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The federal agency is seeking school librarians, educators, literacy specialists, administrators, digital media education specialists, college or university educators, and researchers and education consultants to fill the bill as peer reviewers.