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Knowledge Quest refreshed!

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

I love SLJ ,of course. I am also a huge fan of AASL’s bimonthly journal, Knowledge Quest. It grows more relevant and inspirational with every issue. I keep a sticky-noted stack of them on my desk. Just yesterday, AASL announced the launch of Knowledge Quest‘s companion website, focused on integrating theory and practice. And it […]

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Celebrating 20 years of booktalk sharing with Nancy

Booktalks are an art form. They are low-key, personal commercials that encourage children (and other potential readers) to connect with books. They are teasers, designed to sell a book. After a powerful grabber, they might include simple summaries, dramatic readings, a presentation in the voice of a character, a sharing of a dramatic moment. They […]

12 Blogs of 2014: YA Highway

12 Blogs of 2014: YA Highway

Welcome to blog number 11 of our 12 Blogs of 2014! If you missed some of the series, make sure you go back and check them all out. Lots of great blogs to read and smart people to follow on Twitter. Be sure to check out the end of this post for a list of […]

12 Blogs of 2014: Rich in Color

12 Blogs of 2014: Rich in Color

Did I mention that choosing just three blogs to share has been agonizing? There are just so many awesome blogs out there and I want to tell you about all of them! I hope you’re adding all of the blogs we’re featuring to whatever blog reader you use and following the blogs and their creators […]

12 Blogs of 2014: DiversifYA

12 Blogs of 2014: DiversifYA

Choosing just three blogs to feature for our 12 Blogs of 2014 was hard. I may have sent Karen, Robin, and Heather about 15 emails constantly changing which blogs I was calling dibs on. I hope you’re adding all of the blogs we’re featuring to whatever blog reader you use and following the blogs and […]

12 Blogs of 2014: R. David Lankes

12 Blogs of 2014: R. David Lankes

Truth be told, I’m not an avid blog reader. Since the demise of Google Reader, I’ve not devoted much time to finding a new tool to help me organize and track my blog reading. The blogs I do read belong to those people who I can count on to get me thinking and give me […]

Edublogs (discovery) time!

Edublogs (discovery) time!

It’s Edublogs Award time. While we have an opportunity to vote for our faves on List.ly, I see this, more importantly, as an opportunity to make discoveries relating to important voices in the larger field. As you look at the nominees, be sure to look at and beyond the Librarian list. These nominees represent leadership. […]

12 Blogs of 2014: Mary Had a Little Book Blog

12 Blogs of 2014: Mary Had a Little Book Blog

Every once in a while you get the honor of meeting someone who is fabulous and shares a lot of your passions. This person is someone that you just seem to click with and forever get to consider yourself blessed. For me, that person is Mary Hinson from Mary Had a Little Book Blog. Today […]

12 Blogs of 2014: The Mary Sue

12 Blogs of 2014: The Mary Sue

As I mentioned yesterday, today we kick off the 12 Blogs of 2014, where we share some of the blogs that help us be better YA Librarians. Many of the blogs will be librarian blogs, though definitely not all of them. So behold: The Mary Sue. I have always been proud to embrace my Geekdom […]

Popular Blog ‘Teen Librarian Toolbox’ Joins SLJ

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School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.

New on SLJ: 100 Scope Notes

Travis Jonker penned SLJ's September 2012 cover story

SLJ.com sports a new feature: 100 Scope Notes. The popular blog by Travis Jonker on all things kid lit debuted today as part of SLJ’s blog network.