December 7, 2016

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A New Library Card for Rep. John Lewis | Picture of the Week

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Staff at the Fairfax County (VA) Library sent a new library card to “March” trilogy author John Lewis, who was denied one in 1956 because of his race.

 A NC Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students in Need

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Partnering with Sprint, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is allowing students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home to check out portable hotspots.

What’s After Pokémon Go? Explore Augmented Reality Sept 13 | SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

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This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, explores the education technology topics educators are talking about this school year, from virtual reality and STEAM to popular culture and digital literacy.

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

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Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Queens Library Steps Forward with Google ‘Computer Science First’ Kid Club

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Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was on hand to cheer the city’s first public library-based sites, 26 branches in Queens, a county of 2.3 million that’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the country.

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

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The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

Ideas from the Labs at DC Public Library

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They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.

Open eBooks Initiative Launches Service to Benefit Students in Need

Note: For background on the Open eBooks initiative see our post from April 30, 2015 when the project was announced by President Obama. From Today’s Announcement (via DPLA): Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First […]

Harlem Advocacy Group Demands School Librarians

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A petition by the Harlem Council of Elders calls on state and city officials to rectify the dearth of librarians by the start of the next school year.

Flatiron Press Goes YA; “Reproductive Rights” Giveaway; a New Harry Potter Book | SLJTeen News

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Macmillan debuts a new YA imprint. Win free copies of Reproductive Rights—a teen nonfiction title. Apply for Library of Congress literacy grants. An eighth Harry Potter book was just announced. These tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

ESSA—and Federal Support of School Libraries—Signed Into Law

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In the new education bill, the definition of “specialized instructional support personnel” is updated to include “school librarians.” That language “lays the groundwork for new attitudes in state and district leadership” regarding school library services, says library advocate Dorcas Hand.

David Greenough Named General Manager/Group Publisher for Library Journal, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book

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Here’s the full text of a news release we just received from Media Source. Today Media Source, Inc. announced the appointment of David Greenough as General Manager/Group Publisher for Library Journal, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book. Greenough brings experience from an over 32-year career, during which he has proven to be a dynamic […]

ESEA Rewrite Passes in House; Senate Vote Expected Monday

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If signed into law, the new education bill would be the first piece of federal legislation in over 50 years to provide school libraries with a dedicated revenue stream to enhance school library services and resources.

“Libraries Are Essential to a City” | SLJ Talks to Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

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Karl Dean remembers his childhood public library as a place where “you could go to dream.” Recreating that experience resulted in Limitless Libraries, which brought public library resources into Nashville schools to enable every student to pursue their dreams.

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances

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Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Librarians Tap Diverse Titles for 3M “Partner for Pride” Reading List

Attendees passing by the 3M booth at the June American Library Association (ALA) Conference in San Francisco were invited to contribute the names of books supporting diversity, which formed a heart-shaped display of rainbow-hued Post-it notes. Here are those titles.

Ian Singer, VP and Group Publisher of SLJ, LJ, Horn Book Departs Media Source

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Media Source, Inc., has announced that Ian Singer is leaving his position as Vice President & Group Publisher, Library Journals, LLC & The Horn Book, Inc., as of August 28.

Pictures of the Week: 3M’s Post-It ‘Partner for Pride’ Wall

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Attendees of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference added their favorite diverse book suggestions to 3M’s heart-shaped display made of rainbow-hued Post-it notes.

MyLibraryNYC Brings Public Library Services to City Schools, 500,000+ Students

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A unique partnership between New York’s Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems, MyLibraryNYC has made its way into 488 pre-K–12 schools across the city this past school year, serving more than half a million students and over 60,000 educators.

We Need Diverse Books and SLJ Release Booktalking Kit

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The We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Booktalking Kit is now available for download.