October 22, 2016

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The Surprising Impact of Brain Games on Learning


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


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

Unnatural Selection: More Librarians Are Self-Censoring


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


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


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


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

Welcome to Readialand


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


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

Kathleen T. Horning

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


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


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


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

Lisa Damour head shot

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


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.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2016


The numbers you put to work every year are here—the list of average book prices for 2015 and 2016 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor. We know this data helps you make sound decisions.

The data, based on figures supplied by Baker & Taylor, shows average list prices for all books (including children’s books, young adult books, paperbacks and hardcover editions) that have been sold (not published) during the time frames listed. Separate calculations have […]

Ebooks Can be a Great Choice for Middle Schoolers


A middle-school librarian conducted his own research on ebooks. What he found out now guides his collection development—and may be the answer to the “middle school drop-off” in pleasure reading.

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


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 […]