December 11, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Melissa Jacobs Takes Top Library Position at NYC Department of Education

As the new director of library services for New York schools, Melissa Jacobs plans to attract more educators to the library profession, expand maker spaces, and create more opportunities for librarians in public and nonpublic schools to learn from one another.

Ric Hasenyager Departs NYC School Libraries for Rosen Publishing

The head of library services at the New York City Department of Education will become associate director of curriculum solutions at Rosen Publishing.

New York DOE Green Lights Amazon eBook Deal

That new book smell may soon be a thing of the past for New York City’s schoolchildren. A $30 million contract will reshape the way ebooks are used in the nation’s largest school system.

Harlem Advocacy Group Demands School Librarians

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.

“When I Was The Greatest” Book Cover Provokes Concern From Brooklyn Parents

Despite complaints from a contingent of parents about a photo of a gun on the cover, the New York City Department of Education has no plans to remove Jason Reynolds’s YA novel from lists of suggested reading material for seventh and eighth graders.