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September 2, 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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The Book Is Far Superior to the Ebook for Early Literacy | Up for Debate

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The adult-child relationship is the foundation of healthy, early child development, including early literacy skills, and print books—not ebooks—invite and sustain parent-child interaction and the personal and intimate experience of sharing and talking through reading.

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.

Constructing a Digital School Library Collection in the “Race to the Top” | Tech Tidbits

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Colorado school librarian Phil Goerner shares how his team will be initiating a Learning Technology Plan to create a digital district library using funds received from a Race to the Top grant.

California Town Librarian Leads Project for Students to Publish Poetry Ebook

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The #1 Apple iBookstore top seller ebook Windows to the Teenage Soul, a poetry anthology ebook created by high school freshmen in Los Gatos, California, started as the brainchild of Los Gatos town librarian, Henry Bankhead, and Smashwords CEO and founder Mark Coker.

New York High School Goes Entirely Digital

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This year, New York’s Archbishop Stepinac High School saw its entire textbook collection transition to a digital library.

We HEART Teen Ebooks in Libraries! | Sponsored

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Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK and many other award-winning titles are now available as ebooks in your libraries? Find out more in this Macmillan-sponsored post.

Mackin Educational Ups Its Game with an Additional 2,000 Ebooks

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Mackin Educational Resources announces the inclusion of DK Publishing ebooks—adding 2,000 ebooks to its offerings.

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

Attention primary and elementary librarians and teachers and parents! Exciting news from Colorado:  The Colorado Library Consortuim (CLiC), Douglas County Libraries and Unite for Literacy, a Colorado-based publisher funded by sponsorships, have partnered to provide access to more than 120 free ebooks for young children. The project site shares that these early literacy titles: are all [...]

The GPO expands free eBook access

The GPO expands free eBook access

Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text [...]

Follett Launches Collection of 17,000 Penguin Ebooks for Libraries and Schools

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Nearly 17,000 children’s books published by Penguin USA will be available in the ebook format for schools and libraries through a partnership with Follett. The Penguin collection is available through Titlewave and includes popular titles such as The Westing Game by Ellen Rasking, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Matchbook, matchbook make my format decisions easier

Matchbook, matchbook make my format decisions easier

Among my personal modern struggles are the tough decisions about which formats to buy which books in.  This is both a personal and professional struggle. Sometimes I want a print book.  When I travel, I want my book on my Kindle.  When I drive and cook or clean, I want professional audio. When I buy [...]

Michelle’s take on old conversations to bag for a new year

While many of my other friends and colleagues were thinking about what they plan to think about over the coming year, my friend, Michelle Luhtala, shared her thoughts on conversations and worries that we ought to be able to put away in 2014 in favor of fresh thinking. She graciously allowed me to share this [...]

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!

I begin today with news that is only tangentially children’s literature related.  My excuse is that it makes me so happy I can hardly breathe.  For Christmas I got the soundtrack of the musical Matilda, and I’ve been cooing over the brilliant lyrics and music ever since.  Tim Minchin was the man behind said lyrics [...]

Pokemon Catches eReaders

Pokemon Catches eReaders

Viz Media, through their kids imprint Perfect Square, has announced that their Pokemon titles will now be available on multiple eReaders and in eBook stores. Starting on December 17, 2013, four Pokemon titles, Pokemon Adventures, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!, Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum, and Pokemon Black and White are available in iBooks and [...]

In Praise of Print Books | SLJ Summit 2013

Annie Murphy Paul (left) speaks with attendees at the 2013 SLJ Summit in Austin, TX.

The very limitations of the book are its strengths, according to journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul, speaking at School Library Journal’s 2013 Leadership Summit in Austin, TX.

Penguin Ebooks Return to OverDrive, Go National on Axis 360

Penguin Ebooks Return to OverDrive, Go National on Axis 360

“Penguin will resume doing business with OverDrive as of this morning,” Penguin spokesperson Erica Glass told LJ on September 25. According to a blog post by Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive, 17,000 Penguin ebooks are already “live and available for purchase in OverDrive Marketplace.” Although Estrovich refers to the transaction as a purchase, the books are being offered for a one year term on a one copy/one user lending model.

“It’s about time, Dr. V!”: On maximizing database use with the one-login MackinVia app

Frankly, our password sheet has always been a royal pain. I’ve long been in search of an authentication solution–a relatively barrier-free strategy for out-of-school database access. For Mackin customers, MackinVia creates a single hub for e-books and database content–a one-user ID and password to your database collection (and your MackinVia ebooks) accessible from any internet-connected [...]

The new community-sourced Classroom 2.0 Book

To celebrate its 5th anniversary the Classroom 2.0 Community (with the help of additional educational networks), recently released the community-sourced  Classroom 2.0 The Book. Inspired by and led by community founder, Steve Hargadon, with Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) and Chris Dawson (ZDNet Education), the project’s official deadline for submissions was today, April 21st. In [...]

On maximizing database use: Part 1, the one-page approach

On maximizing database use: Part 1, the one-page approach

A few questions continue to keep me up at night. Among them:  How can I get my students and teachers to discover and use our e-resources to the max?  What does face-out shelving look like in an e-collection? We are fortunate, I know it, to have a wonderful collection of subscription databases and e-books. We [...]