I’d really like to ban the term “self-censorship” from discourse, given that we already have a spectrum of words–from “prudence” to “cowardice”–that say more precisely what we mean, and because it causes us to be confused about what censorship actually is. As Megan Schliesman at Reading While White posted last week, the discussion about A Birthday […]
A new report out of ALA’s Washington, DC office clearly spells out post-ESSA goals for school library supporters.
The winners include a librarian who works with incarcerated youth at a school within a juvenile hall and another whose efforts helped raise student reading scores significantly at an underserved elementary school.
Is there a correlation between the Common Core recommended reading lists and challenges to diverse books? Emily Knox, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is planning a related study.
Calling Caldecott, Heavy Medal, and Someday My Printz Will Come are all up and running, so it’s time to start thinking your woulds and coulds and shoulds about this year’s field of potential prizewinners. (And SLJ has posted its reviews of the National Book Award longlist, although I have to say I think it’s tacky […]
Libraries are gearing up for the annual celebration of the power of library cards. The 2015 Arab American Book and RITA Award winners were recently announced. Just in time for back to school, readers can enter for a chance to win a copy of David Lubar’s Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, the companion novel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.
While most librarians are familiar with the issues around intellectual freedom and a student’s right to read, what about their colleagues? Enter the American Library Association, which is offering two digital lessons to help librarians broach the topic of censorship with colleagues.
Grants Available for Book Clubs Serving At-Risk Teens; 2015 Thriller Awards Announced | SLJTeen News
Up to 50 grants will be awarded to libraries working with at-risk teens to create a reading and discussion program called Great Stories Club. The winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards were revealed. These news tidbits and more in this week’s SLJTeen news roundup.
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.
ALA explains the process behind the Frequently Challenged Books list, following a pointed story on the site FiveThirtyEight.
ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco.
The new Banned Books Week poster has too many design elements to keep straight, uses a dumb and hard to parse neologism as its main message, and dog-whistles anti-Islamic sentiment with an image of what looks like a woman in a niqab. You had ONE JOB….
The American Library Association is joining a Twitter effort (#getESEAright) on April 9 from 7−8 p.m. ET to support dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
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.
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coming up, the American Library Association has been leading the campaign to get dedicated funding for school libraries into the bill.
The diversity in the 2015 Youth Media Awards selections was a critical step in the right direction, though barriers remain. Perhaps we will look back and recognize this as a turning point.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Interlude Press Launches LGBTQ Imprint; Marvel Comics Partners with Scribd; Follett Challenge | News Bites
In the latest News Bites: Interlude Press launches an LGBTQ imprint for young adult readers, Lerner Publishing acquires Egmont USA’s remaining titles, and Follett announces three semifinalists for the 2015 Follett Challenge.
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom wants to know about your state’s 2014 book challenges. The deadline for reporting is Friday, February 27—so find out how to do so here.
The Federal Communications Commission vote concerning the regulation of Internet broadband services and net neutrality is on February 26, and here’s why schools and libraries should care.