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September 22, 2014

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Graphic Novels a ‘Gateway to Adult Literacy,’ Claims Study

Graphic novels and video games have become integral to library collections, and both media can have a large impact on circulation, according to a University of South Florida study. Moreover, readership stats “bolster the concept of graphic novels as a gateway to adult literacy.”

Where, What, How, and Why Teens Do and Don’t Read | Consider the Source

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In his last column, Marc Aronson raised a number of questions about the recently released Common Sense Media brief on “Children, Teens, and Reading.” Seeta Pai, Vice President of Research at Common Sense Media, responds.

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches 80 Percent for the First Time

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The high school graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 80 percent in the United States—the highest in the history of the country and a one percentage point gain over last year, the National Center for Education Statistics reports.

New Report Shows ‘Dramatic Drop in Reading Among Teens’

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Common Sense Media released the new reading report “Children, Teens, and Reading,” a research brief that offers a big picture perspective on children’s reading habits in the United States and how they may have changed during the technological revolution.

Gale Launches ‘Interlink’ Document-Level Hyperlink Technology

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Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced the launch of InterLink, a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals with contextual reference content found within ebooks on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).

2014 Ebook Survey | Calling All Public and School Librarians

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SLJ invites you to participate in the 2014 ebook survey for school and public libraries throughout the United States. This is our fifth year trending library ebook usage information, which benefits libraries, advocacy groups, and publishers in navigating and serving this essential market. Respondents will have the opportunity to receive a summary of the overall results AND be entered into a drawing to win a new Apple iPad mini.

SLJ’s 2014 Spending Survey: Savvy Librarians Are Doing More with Less

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SLJ‘s spending survey, sent to school and public libraries, found that libraries’ use of digital tools, ebooks, and other resources continues to grow—while budgets do not.

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SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

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The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

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The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

PBS KIDS Says School Readiness Is More Than Letters and Numbers

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A new study from PBS KIDS reveals that parents value their children’s learning of social and emotional skills over academic performance in early learning.

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.

Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement

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The results of a pilot study of Missouri’s Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) suggest that summer reading programs actually raise student reading levels by their return to school in the fall—particularly among at-risk kids.

US Students Still Struggle with Reading Proficiency, Report Shows

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A majority of fourth graders in the United States are still not reading proficiently, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data show that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading at grade level.

New Report: “Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America”

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More than half of parents (57 percent) believe their children have learned “a lot” from educational media, but that learning from mobile devices falls short compared to other platforms, according to a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Influenced by ’16 and Pregnant’ TV Show

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Think reality shows are nothing but a bad influence on viewers? Think again. A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research links a decline in teen pregnancy rates to the MTV show 16 and Pregnant.

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

Harvard Study Examines Youth View on Technology Use in Schools

A new Harvard study examines US students’ attitudes towards technology in schools. Although 78 percent own cell phones, activating them in schools is restricted, which frustrates students. Students also express frustration with school’s limited WiFi access, Internet filtering, monitoring, and the push to embrace tablet computers.

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.

SLJ Survey: Ebook Usage in School Libraries Expected to Rise Incrementally

SLJ Survey: Ebook Usage in School Libraries Expected to Rise Incrementally

School library media specialists, especially in high schools, expect ebook usage by their students to rise incrementally, according to the 2013 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries. The annual survey, the fourth of its kind, was produced by School Library Journal and sponsored by Follett.

US Student Achievement Stalls amid Funding, Equity Hurdles, Report Shows

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Despite notable progress in key states, overall US student achievement has stalled in the face of funding hurdles and equity gaps, according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center’s annual “Quality Counts” report.

No Fail Nonfiction for YA | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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So many books, so little time. It’s hard to sell something to readers which you haven’t had time to read yet, so SLJTeen is introducing JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen. This monthly column will provide you with ready to use booktalks on new releases for your teen readers.