October 13, 2015

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Teach More, Librarian Less, Say SLJ Leadership Summit Panelists


How can teacher librarians reimagine their positions to meet strategic student learning needs? That question was the main focus of the SLJ Leadership Summit panel “Become Essential.”

Chicago Public Library Wins Founder’s Award for Stemming Summer Slide

The 2015 Founder’s Award, bestowed by the National Summer Learning Association, recognized the Chicago Public Library for its high level of collaboration and coordination with other city groups on its summer learning program.

School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey


IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s 2015 Technology Survey.

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

Game Design-Based Lessons can Help Shrink the Digital Divide, Says Study

Ming Ming Chui

Daily technology-based lessons, specifically those around game design that are taken for school credit, can help bridge the digital divide among students—particularly that between boys and girls, according to a new study.

In Speeches, Melissa Sweet and Judy Cheatham Rally the Power of Nonfiction


Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet discussed her researching process, and literacy powerhouse Judy Cheatham described large-scale literacy interventions in schools during the standing-room-only ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.

Closing the 30 Million-Word Gap


Pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind has become an emerging leader in the science of language development and a partner with the Chicago Public Library in a venture to create new interactive learning spaces.

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

NEA Approves National School Library Study

The National Education Association (NEA) is set to launch a study to measure student access to school librarians and libraries. The project was approved by its Representative Assembly at the organization’s annual meeting that just ended in Orlando, FL.

An Ezra Jack Keats Grant Fosters Architectural Study Among Fourth Graders


A librarian in rural Illinois uses an Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant to connect local fourth-graders with the architecture and history of their town, while also studying the author’s works. Watch a video about the project.

Early “Sesame Street” Boosted Kids’ Learning—If They Had Good TV Reception


A new study on the historic impact of the series also shows that watching “Sesame Street” may still be one of the most cost-effective ways to help kids, particularly those who start out economically disadvantaged, succeed later in school.

Innovating on Impact: Good School Libraries Bring Stronger Learning | Editorial


A recent impact study from Washington State reinforces that good school libraries are a great investment, offers fresh insight, and provides a new way to dig into the reality at work in our school libraries. In turn, it creates a vision for what quality libraries should look like in every school.

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

Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success


A study released by the Washington Library Media Association joins a growing body of evidence showing that certified quality school library programs have a measurable impact on student performance and graduation rates.

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning


Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

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

Survey Reveals Demographic of SLJ Reviewers


The vast majority of reviewers for School Library Journal (SLJ) are white (88.8 percent) and female (95 percent), according to a recent survey by the magazine.

Washington Library Media Association Releases Op-Ed: “Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates”


Two Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) presidents, future and current, have written an op-ed article urging the public to take WLMA’s new impact study, connecting student achievement with teacher librarians, very seriously.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2015


Check out average book prices for children’s, young adult, and adult titles in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback format.

Ebooks Will Surge in Classrooms, Study Says


The January 28 report from LightSail Education, polling 475 educators, also revealed a strong preference for purchasing ebooks outright over subscription models.

Scholastic’s New Report Examines Kids’ Attitudes on Reading


The “Kids & Family Reading Report, 5th Edition” survey from Scholastic launched on January 8 with findings, including what kids are reading for fun, the makings of a frequent reader, and what kids want to read.

SLJ’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

Summer reading 590

From early literacy and culturally diverse titles selected by our review editors to a model public library program, the top articles of the year at School Library Journal.

Hostile School Environments the Norm for LGBTQ Youth, Says GLSEN Report


A recent report released by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network found that hostile school environments have adverse academic and social effects on LGBTQ youth.

New Pew Report Finds Young Women Targeted for Online Harassment

Pew Report Finds Millennials Are Readers, Library Users

According to Pew’s first-ever report on online harassment, young women, 18-24, are the most common targets.