November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

On student scrutiny: two strategies

We’re focusing a lot of attention these days of helping students determine credibility. For many of us, this is not a hot new topic. I dug around a bit and dusted off a couple of tools that, I think, stand the test of time.  You are welcome to make copies and retool them for you […]

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide

The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2017

The numbers you put to work every year are here—the list of average book prices for 2016 and 2017 to date.

Teaching News Literacy? Check Your Own Bias, Says Librarian

To stay at the top of your game, keep practicing, stay skeptical, and take a hard look in the mirror, experts advise.

School Library Journal’s Black History Month Pinterest Board

A wide-ranging selection of Black History Month teaching resources, curated by high school librarian and Library Journal Mover & Shaker K.C. Boyd.

SLJ’s News Literacy Pinterest Page

An up-to-date news literacy resource curated by school media and ed tech specialist Jen Thomas.

Teach Students Resilience, Empathy, and More with Social Emotional Learning Strategies

Bolstered by ESSA, social emotional learning is taking off in schools. Here’s how.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

ILA Report: Digital Literacy Is Hot; Access to Books and Content Is Not

The International Literacy Association’s What’s Hot in Literacy report shows that what’s trendy to talk about is not always the same as what’s most important to discuss.

Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education

The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Wiegand Researches the History of U.S. Public School Libraries

School librarians will be important primary sources in historian Wayne Wiegand’s project, facilitated by a visiting scholar post at the Library of Congress.

Study on Maker Educators Outlines How Their Needs Can Be Met

A new report examines this burgeoning group, their resources, and how they can better attain their goal of connecting with students and the community.

Therapy by the Book

Help students find solace, insight, and inspiration while reading. Plus, trauma-response resources for educators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Surprising Impact of Brain Games on Learning

Playing computer games designed to improve cognitive functions can increase students’ test performance more than traditional methods, such as one-on-one tutoring, according to a Yale study.

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Data and Findings

Download SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey report, exploring self-censorship among school librarians.

Unnatural Selection: More Librarians Are Self-Censoring

Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Report Marks Growing NEA Attention to School Libraries

The study paints a detailed picture of the state of funding and staffing for school libraries across the country in the years following the Great Recession.

Tips in Time for International Literacy Day

In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Scholastic is sharing tips culled from four countries that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers.

JournalTOCs and other “pushy” scholarly tools

Here’s a little current awareness tip. But first, a little library history.  In my first library jobs, in special libraries at the Newspaper Advertising Bureau and the Franklin Institute, one of my jobs was to copy and distribute tables of contents from new issues of journals and magazines to the professionals and scientists whose practice […]

Data Crunching Proved This School Library Program Was Crucial

Two determined Nebraska librarians came up with a road map to making strategic decisions based on their school district’s data.