November 27, 2015

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The Global Is the Local | Consider the Source


The recent events in France and Mali have told us that there are real threats to our security. It is in the best sense “true citizenship” to use this moment to help young people to resist easy blame and to reject scapegoating.

Found Objects Give Digital Learning a Fresh Face


Brussels entrepreneur incorporates everyday objects, such as buttons, bottle caps, and string, into digital-based learning with a new app.

Hartford Library Offers New Path to High School Diploma


Online college classes are all the rage. Yet many adults are trying to finish their high school education — years after their classmates graduated.
The Hartford (CT) Public Library (HPL) has decided to take a step towards changing the city’s grim high-school graduation statistics.

Hacking the Night Away at AASL

Angela Martinez, librarian at Washington, DC public schools, reveals her team's top hack.

Talk about Midnight Madness! Get an insider’s look at the playful problem solving that went down after dark at AASL.

Banned Books Week 2015: What Librarians Are Planning


From a costumed read-a-thon to a display with yellow “Caution!” tape, here’s what librarians are planning for Banned Books Week 2015 (September 29 to October 3) and Banned Websites Awareness Day (September 30).

Librarian Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Banned Books Pinterest Board


Looking for inspiration in advance of Banned Books Week (BBW), from September 27–October 3? Look no further than SLJ’s BBW Pinterest page, curated by blogger and collection development librarian Molly Wetta.

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits


Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

ALA and ISTE: How Best to Plan, Learn, Network, Party, and Follow Up


Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, here are six tips for you to get the most professional development bang for your buck.

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Craft Work: the value of making by hand | The Maker Issue


Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs

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

Picture/Video of the Week: Sixth Grader Osman Yaya Interviews President Obama


“I’m still a big Dr. Seuss fan—The Sneeches, Horton, and all that stuff,” the President told middle schoolers during his visit to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. Watch the full video.

From the Vault | SLJ’s Poetry Podcast Series


Recovered! After a transition to a new CMS a few years back, we lost some of our multimedia files. Here’s what remains from a trove of readings School Library Journal recorded in 2007 for National Poetry Month.

Folding Your Own: A Minicomics Primer for Librarians

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What are minicomics? “Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson sheds some light on the independently created format, shares tips on how librarians can acquire minicomics for the collection, and suggests ways they can encourage creativity in teens.

Q&A: YA Author with Autism Talks to SLJ About “Autism on the Page” Event


Corinne Duyvis, YA author with autism, We Need Diverse Books active member, and cofounder of the Disability in Kidlit website, is kicking off 30 days of autism-related book reviews, articles, and interviews for April’s National Autism Awareness Month.

Updated: The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open—So What Next?


Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.

YA Smackdown at 2015 ALA Midwinter


At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, teen services librarians dipped into the “challenge bucket” and talked fandoms, profanity, and crying teens during the YA Smackdown sessions.

Minding the Gap with Teen Services Underground


Teen services librarians longing for practical yet convivial professional dialogue have found it online in the blog “Teen Services Underground,” which debuted during the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists

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Awards season is well underway in the children’s and YA lit world, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) made its contribution last week when it revealed the shortlists for its nonfiction and debut YA awards. SLJ has compiled the full reviews and resources for each of the finalists. Web Resource Helps Parents of Kids with Learning and Attention Issues is a new “parent toolbox” on the Web that pools the expertise of 15 well-known learning and child nonprofits so that parents can find articles, advice, expertise, and empathy for their child’s learning and attention struggles.

Scenes and Resources from the Summit | SLJ Summit 2014


Inspirational and groundbreaking school librarians from all over the United States descended upon St. Paul, MN, on October 25─26 for SLJ’s 10th annual Leadership Summit. Here are some scenes and highlights from the event.

The International Association of School Librarianship Will Publish Book Series with Libraries Unlimited


A professional development book series for school librarians worldwide will be coming out in June 2015. “School librarians’ issues are very similar across all cultures,” shares one librarian from South Africa.