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July 31, 2015

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OITP Hacks the Culture of Learning in the Library | ALA Annual 2015

While the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is largely concerned with policy on the legislative level, an OITP-sponsored program at ALA’s 2015 annual conference, Hacking the Culture of Learning in the Library, focused on what libraries themselves need to know to function as outside-the-school-walls learning zones.

Delaware Bill Would Ensure a Librarian in Every School

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A Delaware politician hopes to see school librarian positions mandatory in every school—and has filed a bill that would require it.

ISTE Honors School Librarians as Tech Leaders

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Cathy Knutson, media specialist at Oak Hills Elementary School in Lakeville, MN, won the Librarians Network Primary Award, and Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL, taking the Librarians Network Secondary Award.

Portland (OR) Public Schools to School Librarians: “We Want You!”

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With a $3.1M budget increase, the Portland, Oregon public school system is planning to hire more than 30 librarians for the fall.

LGBTQ and College Bound | College Ready

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These seniors have particular concerns about safety and acceptance. Here’s how librarians are supporting them.

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

Build Something Bold Award Submissions Deadline Extended to May 11

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Holly Whitt, 2014 Build Something Bold Award-winning librarian, explains how the proceeds are improving her school library and encourages others to apply.

Turning the School Library into a Community Hub: Here’s How

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Massachusetts school librarian Liz Phipps-Soeiro opens her space for weekly “Coffee & Conversations.” Participants have included Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher.

Those Tired Summer Reading Lists. Here’s What to Do.

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Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.

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

Despite Citywide Cuts, West Philadelphia Alliance for Children Opens 18th School Library

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“In terms of school libraries, are we [Philadelphia] becoming a third world country?” asks Deb Kachel of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children says no. The nonprofit has been partnering with schools to reopen school libraries.

Applications Close April 30 for SLJ Build Something Bold Award

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The award honors creativity in school library programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning.

SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award Open for Entries

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Are you a K−12 librarian who has a story to share about your school library’s exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens and foster multiple literacies? Nominations are open for this year’s School Librarian of the Year Award, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing.

One-to-One: Let’s Have One Librarian for Every 1:1 School | Pivot Points

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Despite seasons of budget cutbacks, education leaders are spending again. One-to-one devices are a favorite. How might teacher librarians support the strategic work involved?

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

James Patterson Raises School Libraries Grant to $1.5M

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On March 23, best-selling author James Patterson announced that he is donating an additional $250,000 to the $1.25 million school libraries grant he and Scholastic Reading Club publicized earlier in March.

Update: ESEA: ALA and Advocacy Community Urging School Library Supporters to Act Now

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With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coming up, the American Library Association has been leading the campaign to get dedicated funding for school libraries into the bill.

Pictures of the Week: New Teacher Librarian Training at P.S. 192

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SLJ was on hand for a day of professional development for a group of new teacher librarians, some decked out in green, at P.S. 192 in New York City on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

Illinois Public Library Partners with Middle School on Eighth Grade Maker Program

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Due to the partnership between Thomas Middle School in Arlington, IL, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a group of 29 eighth graders participated in a maker class creating everyday objects, including jewelry and take-apart scissors.

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care About the FCC Vote

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The Federal Communications Commission vote concerning the regulation of Internet broadband services and net neutrality is on February 26, and here’s why schools and libraries should care.

Kansas May Criminalize Educators for Distributing “Harmful Material”

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A proposed bill in Kansas removes the protection of educators against prosecution for sharing so-called “harmful material” in schools. Senate Bill 56 has sparked strong partisanship, and the American Library Association is closely monitoring its progress.

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

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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.

Two Books Challenged Again in Highland Park Schools in Texas

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Renewed book challenges to The Working Poor: Invisible in America and The Art of Racing in the Rain stir up sides as the Highland Park (TX) Independent School District’s board gears up to vote on revisions to the district’s book policy.