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September 3, 2015

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Getting to E: The State of the School Ebook Market

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School libraries are moving toward ebook adoption; the question is how fast.

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

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Today, School Library Journal and Scholastic recognize Kristina Holzweiss, Lakisha Brinson, and Sally Smollar, three school librarians who display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Meet Kristina Holzweiss, SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year

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From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” to her maker space program called SLIME, Kristina Holzweiss, of Bay Shore Middle School in Long Island, NY, displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas.

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

Nashville’s Pride: Lakisha Brinson, 2015 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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At Robert E. Lilliard Elementary School in Nashville, TN, Lakisha Brinson used a wide array of books, electronic media, and apps to bring social studies to life, particularly during Black History Month lessons.

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

Cultivating Passions: Sally Smollar, 2015 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Sally Smollar engages students in activities from digital media classes to gardening at Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, FL.

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

Kansas Suffers a School Librarian Slide

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A proposed revision to a Kansas law may help protect school librarians’ jobs, but it will be hard to reverse the slow drain of certified school librarian positions in the state during the past decade.

Looking Back to Katrina

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From the archives, SLJ’s 2005 coverage of the return to school—and library services—in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Harris Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning, Ratings

A recent Harris poll on attitudes about book banning and school libraries revealed that out of the 2,244 U.S. adults surveyed in March 2015, the percentage who felt that certain books should be banned increased by more than half since the last similar study conducted in 2011.

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.