December 7, 2016

Subscribe to SLJ

Book Review: Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Sadowski, Michael. Safe Is Not Enough: […]

How To Crowdsource a Library

thumb

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

Make the Case To Attend ALA, ISTE—or Any Conference

IdeasAttend-Conferences-TN

It’s not too late to lobby for attending the ALA and ISTE conferences in June. Here’s a strategy, including ways to keep costs down.

A letter of support

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In some areas, school districts recognize our value and are struggling to find the best qualified, well-prepared professionals to fill multiple positions. I get letters and see postings seeking excellent candidates nearly every day.  In other areas, library programs are being cut because […]

I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)

It’s just the beginning of School Library Month.  Tweet it out! If you happen to be struggling for a few new ways to celebrate, don’t worry.  AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library […]

ESSA learning more, doing more

I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. On the SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org website, Deb Kachel offers some clarity. Deb’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs, shares critical background on the ESSA […]

Proposed Federal Budget Could Cut State Library Funding by Nearly $1 Million

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget request to the U.S. Congress, released on February 9 by the U.S. Government Publishing Office and the Office of Management and Budget, included $230,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Of the total FY17 appropriations request for IMLS, $228,593,000 is allocated for programs and administrative costs authorized by the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), which comprises the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Museum Services Act (MSA). Some $182,429,000 would go toward programs authorized by LSTA: grants to state library agencies, Native American and Native Hawaiian library services, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and National Leadership Grants for libraries.

Full Steam Ahead for Sixth Grader Gathering Books with Black Girl Protagonists

Andrea Cipriani Mecchi

Tired of reading assigned books about “white boys and dogs,” 11-year-old Marley Dias decided to collect 1,000 books with protagonists who are black girls and send them to Jamaica. The hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks has spread the word and spurred donations.

NJASL takeaway #1 Do they skip into your library?

I made many new friends at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference this week and I will be sharing some highlights and featuring emerging leaders. One of those leaders is Jennifer Latimer of Clinton Elementary School Library in Maplewood, NJ, who blogs as Anywhere Librarian and tweets as @jenlatimer. I reconnected […]

School Libraries Work! 2016

  Among the many exciting events at AASL National in Columbus was Scholastic’s release of the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work!  You’ll want to keep this important advocacy tool on hand and share copies with administrators, board members, teachers, parents, students. The downloadable document, builds on the 2008 edition,  collecting and highlighting more than […]

Free school library advocacy packs from Bound to Stay Bound

ALA is offering free school library advocacy packs.Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), the packs contain tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning. They include 25 copies of a limited print edition of the digital magazine supplement AASL produced in collaboration with American Libraries, as […]

Texas Children’s ‘Read to Me!’ March Celebrates 24th Year

EH_150721_TXReadtoMe

Texas public librarian Sally Meyers has marched with more than 24,000 children during National Library Week to promote reading. “Read to Me!” is their message and demonstration cry as they march around the Tom Green County Courthouse.

Pam Moran on transformed school libraries

Once I believed that libraries were places where people went for books and reference materials. Now I believe that libraries are learning opportunities that promote pathways for people to “search, connect, communicate and make.” Please do not miss superintendent Pam Moran’s post today about the possibilities of 21st c school libraries. Please share her vision […]

Building Belief in Libraries | Pivot Points

Ray-Mark_PivotPoints300pix

Librarians can’t assume that district leaders are believers, writes Mark Ray. Some get it; others don’t. Those who don’t may be listening for different information. If librarians align their words and work with top educational issues, miracles might just happen.

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

Pictures of the Week: SLJ at Urban Libraries Unite’s 24-Hour Read-In at NYC City Hall

150610_Urban-Libraries-ReadInLib

Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal’s reviews editor, and Shelley Diaz, senior editor, volunteered on Wednesday, June 10, as part of the Urban Libraries Unite 24-hour Read-In.

Tweeting response to the NEA Opportunity Dashboard

Tweeting response to the NEA Opportunity Dashboard

Greetings from Hershey and #PSLA15 where AASL President Terri Grief shared a plan for responding to the omission of school libraries from the NEA Opportunity Dashboard literature. Terri urges NEA members to contact local and state officials.  She is composing an official letter to NEA and will meet with NEA leadership next week in Washington, […]

Step Up on ESEA: Act now to get school libraries built into this federal legislation | Editorial

SLJ15004-Editorial-TN

A decade of potential school library support hangs in the balance. Tell your U.S. senators and representatives how critical school libraries are in delivering quality education, helping schools and kids keep up with new technologies, and fueling engagement with learning as a lifelong necessity and pleasure.

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

Common Craft Releases Free Video to Boost Public Perception of Librarians

Common Craft has released a free video explaining the vital role of librarians and libraries in the Internet Age.

What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

ChristineRichieKidsOCPL

Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

Ferguson Library Director Wins Lemony Snicket Prize

Scott Bonner5481d73d63177.image_

Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson (MO) Municipal Public Library, has been awarded ALA’s second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler and Jacqueline Woodson will co-present Bonner with the prize in June during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco.