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September 22, 2014

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And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

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To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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Go West, New Librarian; Teens Making a Difference Giveaway; Pet Poetry Contest | SLJTeen News

Be a Changemaker

Opportunities abound for new librarians, teen change-seekers, and pet loving poets. Check out our latest roundup of teen services news bites.

“Gay Penguin” Book Allowed to Remain in Singapore Libraries

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It’s been two zigzag weeks for the National Library Board in Singapore that has been the focus of international media furor since it announced two weeks ago that all copies of the children’s books containing gay themes were not only been banned from the state’s collections, but would be pulped. The international community pushed back, and in a surprising reversal, the National Library Board changed its mind.

New ALA Report Examines Licensing Model for Ebooks in School Libraries

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For libraries, buying or licensing ebooks is a very different story than the average consumer simply clicking and purchasing off a book retailer website. A new report from the American Library Association takes a close look at the licensing models for ebooks, for school libraries in particular and how these policies affect access for students.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

Beyond Words Grant Winners Announced

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Two libraries devastated by fire can now begin the process of rebuilding their schools and communities thanks to the commitment of Dollar General and the AASL Beyond Words Catastrophic Grant awards.

The FCC To Vote on $2 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

Common Core Will Stress Already Inadequate E-rate Funding

On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.

My gun, my foot

My gun, my foot

Instant karma whacked me upside the head at the end of last month when the July-August issue of the Horn Book Magazine, wherein I take ALSC to task for demanding too much secrecy around its Newbery and Caldecott deliberations, was mailed a full week early, thus spoiling the entirely justifiable secret of just what Kate […]

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Banned Books Week Announces Comics Focus | ALA 2014

Banned Books Week Announces Comics Focus | ALA 2014

The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Las Vegas this week set the stage for Banned Books Week, scheduled for September 21-27, 2014. This year, Banned Books Week will shine light on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. On the show floor, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which provides legal support and expertise to readers, authors, and librarians, debuted a new handbook offering rundowns of commonly challenged comic titles, myths about banned books, and ideas for programming around Banned Books Week.

ALAs Vegas

ALAs Vegas

See some of you in Las Vegas, I hope. My friend Ruth is taking me to see Nature and the Hoover Dam on Friday but I’ll be bouncing around the exhibit hall on Saturday and Sunday, with periodic stops at the Horn Book booth, #829. Martha P. will be there too, so do say hello […]

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Happy 75th to the Library Bill of Rights!

Happy 75th to the Library Bill of Rights!

Something to celebrate for all who value intellectual freedom.  ALA’s OIF urges us to share!  (Sorry to be a day belated.) Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the [...]

Coming Soon: Association of American Publisher’s Author Speed Dating Event | ALA 2014

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For those attending the upcoming American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas this year (June 26 – July 1), the Association of American Publishers is holding a Children’s and Teen Author Speed Dating Event on June 28; RSVP to attend.

Evanced Solutions Offers Free Wandoo Reader Webinar for ALA Attendees

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Listen up, ALA conference attendees, register for the free “Gamify Your Summer Reading Programs: How to Increase Participation and Completion with Wandoo Reader” webinar on June 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

ALA Announces First Ever Winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize

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On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.

10 Tips for Adding STEM Concepts to Storytime

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The authors of Storytimes for Everyone: Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy (ALA, 2013) provide guidance for incorporating science and math concepts into traditional storytimes.

January 2014 YALSA Report Serves As a Guide for Library Community’s Youth Services Best Practices

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Published in January 2014, the YALSA report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” addresses the need for a national conversation around how young adults are served by libraries today—and how to better position library centers to foster and drive learning in the future. The report is also being seen as set of best practices, which YALSA will use to re-evaluate its own best practices guidelines, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s director.

Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014

Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014

From Google Glass to ALA’s new Code of Conduct, highlights of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting by sister publication Library Journal.

Off to Philly

Off to Philly

Galloping off to ALA this weekend and hope to see some of you there. Hard to say exactly when I’ll be around the booth (#518) but lunchtime Saturday and Sunday seem the likeliest times. Bring snacks! And if I’m not there, introduce yourself to the charming Katrina Elmer, who will have you signed up for […]

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Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Mandate

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In a ruling that could have serious implications for the way Internet access is regulated in the US, the Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the FCC does not have the authority to impose so-called net neutrality rules on Internet service providers.

Interview: Jacob Chabot

On Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, while attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there [...]