August 25, 2016

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SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Yes, He Can! Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year

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“Please keep robots out of the sawdust” is the kind of phrase heard around the library at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, where Todd Burleson can be found leading engineering challenges, inspiring student reporters, and constantly inventing.

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Creating a Safe Space: Anita Cellucci, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Thanks to Anita Cellucci, the Westborough (MA) High School library is a hub where teens come to read and relax, learn about mental wellness, hold poetry slams, and dream big.

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Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

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Laura Gardner brings out the best in students at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School with outstanding volunteer, tech, and reading programs.

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Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead

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When you have the ear of an administrator, use your time well. Here’s how.

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As School Begins, Louisiana Endures Record Floods

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First Katrina. Then Rita. Now, record rainfall has put Louisiana under water again. SLJ spoke with school librarians in the region, where the start of the school year has been suspended in many areas.

Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students

This time of the year means school is back in session, or nearly back in session, for many of us. It’s a good time for a reminder of how to support and respect LGBTQIA+ teens in classrooms and libraries, as well as be reminded of a few great resources. Obviously all of this goes for all […]

Schools Look To Talk Race, Violence, and Tolerance with Students

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As the start of school approaches, educators around the country are grappling with the best way to support students who have questions about the shootings in the news.

To the Table with ESSA | Editorial

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The Every Student Succeeds Act is all about implementation now, and it’s critical that media specialists have a place at the table.

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How To Crowdsource a Library

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The inspiring story of Just. One. Book. The effort rebuilt a school library for the benefit of some very deserving kids in Greenville, CA.

Gain Support When You Support District Goals | Take the Lead

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The way to success for this district librarian has been to start small, build a network of library advocates, dream big, and never stop working for transformative change.

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.

Wisconsin District Successfully Appeals for Maker Spaces in Every School Library

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In a time when library funding is in short supply, the availability of a $17,200 grant was something of a rare opportunity for the Wauwatosa, WI school district.

Montana School Librarians Fight to Keep Database Subscription

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A cadre of school librarians has pushed back against the cancellation of EBSCO database subscriptions that have been used statewide for more than 20 years.

Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

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Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Librarians as Instructional Leaders | Take the Lead

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In this first article in our series on library leadership, Lilead Fellow Priscille Dando suggests how librarians can connect with principals on instructional challenges.

Protests Grow Against Proposed Mexican American Textbook in Texas

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The public school text “Mexican American Heritage” is being called “the epitome of revisionist history.”

Old Library, New Library, New Library | Sandy Hook School

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A poem by a librarian at Sandy Hook (CT) Elementary School describes the comfort that books and the library have offered students since the mass shooting at the school in 2012.

An Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere

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School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

“Snappsy” Creator Tim Miller Is in the House!

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The author and illustrator is building a strong connection with a contingent of his young readers by taking up residency at their school.