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February 10, 2016

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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.

Watch Live: President Obama to Make Announcement About New Partnership to Provide E-books to Low Income Kids

We will update this post with more info as it becomes available. From an Email by Roberto J. Rodríguez: Deputy Assistant to the President for Education (via DPLA): Through greater access to America’s libraries and information resources, you make a difference each day in the education and lifelong learning of youth and adults in your community. […]

Sixth Grader to Interview President Obama About Reading on April 30

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Maryland student Osman Yaya will talk to the president about his favorite books at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC on April 30 at 10:40 a.m. ET. The President will also discuss new initiatives to bring books to underprivileged children.

Updated: The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open—So What Next?

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Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.

E-Rate Win for Schools and Libraries: Modernization Order Brings Another $1.5B

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The FCC voted another $1.5 billion to E-Rate, a federal subsidy program that brings high speed broadband to schools and libraries, and advocates, including the American Library Assocation and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, are voicing their cheer.

A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

On Wednesday, November 19, the National Book Foundation hosted the 2014 National Book Awards—the 65th annual awards—at the cavernous Capriani’s Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The evening featured a surprise win in fiction for Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Penguin Pr.), a first book of stories by a former U.S. Marine who was stationed in Iraq for […]

We Need Diverse Books Announces Publishing Internship Project

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The new WNDB Publishing Internship Project will help support initiatives that give greater opportunities to individuals from diverse backgrounds who wish to begin careers in publishing.

Deadline Looms for Lemony Snicket Prize Nominations

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Do you know a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact? Nominate them for the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, sponsored by the American Library Association, before the December 1 deadline.

Survey: Library Ebook Growth Slowing but Still Substantial

Survey: Library Ebook Growth Slowing but Still Substantial

Ninety-five percent of public libraries currently offer ebooks to patrons, up from 72 percent in 2010, and 89 percent in both 2012 and 2013. However, money remains the biggest impediment for libraries looking to add ebooks or expand collections, according to Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report, sponsored by Freading.

Rosen Publishing Acquires Nonfiction Children’s Publisher Enslow

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Today, Rosen Publishing announced its acquisition of nonfiction children and young adult book publisher Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.