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February 10, 2016

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Many Low-Income Families “Under-Connected” to Internet, Survey Finds

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According to research out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a third of low-income families have only mobile Internet access. Of the rest, many have outdated home computers and slow, spotty connections.

Update: AASL’s Infographic on Standards and Guidelines Research

Earlier this week, Marcia Mardis, Chair of AASL’s Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board shared an update on their work on our  Standards project. Our Standards for the 21st Century Learner debuted in 2007, followed in 2009 by Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, what Marcia calls a cornerstone of many school librarians’ practice. The […]

Meet CORA (the Community of Online Research Assignments)

Meet CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments.  My guess is, she’ll become a welcome new friend The open access, collaborative portal facilitates the sharing and adapting of research assignments for faculty and librarians.  While the primary audience is undergraduate and graduate educators, CORA offers a wealth of reliable and reproducible projects–instruction, handouts, scaffolds, rubrics […]

Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

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It can be surprisingly easy—and incredibly worthwhile—to arrange for middle schoolers to conduct a day of research at a college library. This academic librarian shares her insider know-how.

New Report from Scholastic Shows School Libraries Work

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Brand new research shines a light on the unique positive effects school librarians have on student learning outcomes.

Just released: A Common Sense Census

Common Sense Media just released a major study that will be of interest to any educator interested in understanding how kids actually use technology.  The results make fabulous fodder for faculty discussion.  It may help guide decision making in addressing instruction and issues of equity. The large scale study, Media Use by Teens and Tweens […]

A Model Internship Program

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An imaginative and rigorous teen internship experience at the La Vista (NE) Public Library requires commitment and offers valuable experience.

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

Almost Adult, With Autism

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From teaching social skills to offering internships, libraries provide support.

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

Teach More, Librarian Less, Say SLJ Leadership Summit Panelists

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.