December 7, 2016

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Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education

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The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Wiegand Researches the History of U.S. Public School Libraries

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School librarians will be important primary sources in historian Wayne Wiegand’s project, facilitated by a visiting scholar post at the Library of Congress.

Study on Maker Educators Outlines How Their Needs Can Be Met

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A new report examines this burgeoning group, their resources, and how they can better attain their goal of connecting with students and the community.

Therapy by the Book

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Help students find solace, insight, and inspiration while reading. Plus, trauma-response resources for educators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Surprising Impact of Brain Games on Learning

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Playing computer games designed to improve cognitive functions can increase students’ test performance more than traditional methods, such as one-on-one tutoring, according to a Yale study.

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Data and Findings

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Download SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey report, exploring self-censorship among school librarians.

Unnatural Selection: More Librarians Are Self-Censoring

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Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Report Marks Growing NEA Attention to School Libraries

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The study paints a detailed picture of the state of funding and staffing for school libraries across the country in the years following the Great Recession.

Tips in Time for International Literacy Day

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In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Scholastic is sharing tips culled from four countries that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers.

JournalTOCs and other “pushy” scholarly tools

Here’s a little current awareness tip. But first, a little library history.  In my first library jobs, in special libraries at the Newspaper Advertising Bureau and the Franklin Institute, one of my jobs was to copy and distribute tables of contents from new issues of journals and magazines to the professionals and scientists whose practice […]

Data Crunching Proved This School Library Program Was Crucial

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Two determined Nebraska librarians came up with a road map to making strategic decisions based on their school district’s data.

Welcome to Readialand

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A bold new movement embraces tech’s potential to support early literacy across income levels.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Tween Online Habits, Revealed

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A new study reveals surprising results: kids in late elementary and middle school don’t behave quite like the “digital natives” we call them.

I Could Tell You About the Newbery and Caldecott Committees. But I Can’t. | Up for Debate

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The Nobel Prize raises the veil of confidentiality after 50 years. Congress has unsealed the Warren Commission documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Do the Newbery/Caldecott records hide some sort of national security risk that’s not obvious to us?

How Fan Fiction Mentors Can Change Lives

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Researchers who interviewed fan fiction writers revealed how mentorship in the fanfic community can improve young people’s writing—and their outlook.

Mobile Device Addiction Explored in Report; Educators as “Mentors” Highlighted

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The survey, “Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance in the Digital Age,” reviews existing studies on adults’ and children’s internet use and provides recommendations for educators.

How to Teach Internet Research Skills

New from Pew: How Teens do Research in the Digital World

Here’s what librarians need to know to work with—not against—the online information-seeking behavior of youth and achieve the best results.

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

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On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

11 Questions for Best-Selling Teen Psychologist Lisa Damour

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The author of “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” offers insight into tween tribes, teen risk-taking, the growth mind-set, and more in this audio feature.

SC Study Shows Link Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores

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Trying to convince administrators of your value? This study, unique because it documents the contribution of school librarians through the use of test results for specific ELA and writing standards, provides ammunition.