May 24, 2016

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Six Things That Made my Patrick Ness Author Visit a Knockout Success

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How a Virginia high school librarian researched, budgeted, got community buy-in and read-in, and otherwise prepared for a visit to her high school by “A Monster Calls” author Patrick Ness.

Portrait Lost for Generations Could Be in a School

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A large, famous painting of George Washington with a mysterious history may have wound up hanging in a school.

Mississippi School Librarians, Despite Low Funding, Enjoying Higher Profiles

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School librarians in Mississippi are experiencing a renaissance thanks to a rubric that puts school libraries back into focus with details on how districts can—and should—improve their school libraries.

In Chicago, Bronzeville School Librarian Layoff Inspires Outrage—and Support

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The campus librarian at Daniel Hale Williams School has been laid off, which means the number of librarians on staff at Chicago high schools with a 90 percent or higher African American student now rests at two. It was 19 in 2012.

Lead Brave: Buoyed by the Alliance of the Lilead Fellows | Editorial

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This powerful cohort of school district library heads is poised to bring innovation, bold leadership, and a new communal strength to the field.

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

Swapping Library Fines for Lentils Inspires IA Teens

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Allowing students to pay off library fines with canned goods instead of cash proves to have a positive impact on them and the community.

Teens at Heart: Making an Impact | Editorial

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SLJ’s Teen Issue highlights the field’s steadfast commitment to making a transformative difference in the lives of young adults. The editors share some thoughts on the innovative spirit and responsive programs that are taking teen services to a new level.

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

Hartford Library Offers New Path to High School Diploma

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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.

Scholastic Rolling Out Special Diverse Books Flyer for Holidays

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Scholastic Reading Club flyers showcase diverse books in time for the holidays.

Tackk, Twitter, and Teenagers

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This Indiana Instructional Technology Specialist and a local high school history teacher teamed up to create a successful new approach to an old classroom project.

FL School District Lets Parents See What Kids Are Reading

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After book challenges by a local parents group this summer, a southern Florida school district gives parents online access to see what their children are checking out of the media center.

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

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Tips from Laura Fleming, author of “Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace at Your School.”

Graphic Novelists Reflect on School Visits

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Comics artist Jillian Tamaki, writer Mariko Tamaki, and author and illustrator George O’Connor share their thoughts on “taking about stories and stuff” and “how to host a successful author visit.”

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

In Tacoma Public Schools, Support for the “Whole Child” | 2015 SLJ Summit

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The 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle promised to “address dynamic, holistic approaches to supporting the success of kids in school and beyond.” In his remarks on the Tacoma (WA) Whole Child Initiative, Greg Benner delivered the goods.

“Libraries Are Essential to a City” | SLJ Talks to Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

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Karl Dean remembers his childhood public library as a place where “you could go to dream.” Recreating that experience resulted in Limitless Libraries, which brought public library resources into Nashville schools to enable every student to pursue their dreams.

Teach More, Librarian Less, Say SLJ Leadership Summit Panelists

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How can teacher librarians reimagine their positions to meet strategic student learning needs? That question was the main focus of the SLJ Leadership Summit panel “Become Essential.”

Nader Qaimari on Ebook Integration, User Experience, and other aspects of the Digital Shift

Library Journal spoke to Nader Qaimari, Senior Vice President of Content Solutions and Services, Follett, about libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, services, that they need—and to one another.

School Librarian Jobs At Risk In Ohio

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Ohio’s school librarians are losing Jobs after a state education mandate, colloquially referred to as “5 of 8,” was removed.

Getting “Phygital”: Embracing the Space Where Digital and Physical Intertwine | Editorial

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A compression of the words physical and digital indicates when those two worlds combine, intersect, or are integrated, and offers new direction in understanding the true complexity of the work today and ahead.

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

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.