June 22, 2017

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Are Fewer Schools and Libraries Applying To the E-Rate Program?

Last year, the federal program that allows schools and libraries to get funds for internet connectivity switched to an online application process. It was anything but smooth.

Amid ESSA Uncertainty, Educators Urged To Be “Aware” and “Active”

In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.

Get $500 to Spend at the Scholastic Book Store. Here’s how.

Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, is giving away his prize money in a raffle. But be quick: you have only five days to enter.

Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting

A former First Lady’s love of books has transformed into far reaching support for our neediest students.

Act now: Important IAL funding news from the DOE!

An ALA District Dispatch post by Kevin Maher yesterday, shared an important clarification from the Department of Education regarding the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The notice in the Federal Register shared that 50 percent of all grant funds, more than $13 million, are reserved for use by school libraries serving high need LEAs. […]

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

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.

Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey | Tech Tidbits

After chasing down the funding, and getting input from colleagues and adviser, Phil Goerner is about to launch a makerspace focused on the basics—with room to grow—in Silver Creek (CO) High School’s library.

New York’s Folly: A Lack of Vision at the City’s Dept. of Education | Editorial

As students around the country return to school, those in New York City are facing a future without certified school librarians, as the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has asked to be excused from a decades-old state mandate on minimum staffing requirements.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.