Google+

August 26, 2015

Subscribe to SLJ

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

EH_150804_iansinger

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.

Harris Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning, Ratings

A recent Harris poll on attitudes about book banning and school libraries revealed that out of the 2,244 U.S. adults surveyed in March 2015, the percentage who felt that certain books should be banned increased by more than half since the last similar study conducted in 2011.

Pam Moran on transformed school libraries

Once I believed that libraries were places where people went for books and reference materials. Now I believe that libraries are learning opportunities that promote pathways for people to “search, connect, communicate and make.” Please do not miss superintendent Pam Moran’s post today about the possibilities of 21st c school libraries. Please share her vision […]

James Patterson Raises School Libraries Grant to $1.5M

EH150310_JamesPatterson

On March 23, best-selling author James Patterson announced that he is donating an additional $250,000 to the $1.25 million school libraries grant he and Scholastic Reading Club publicized earlier in March.

If you do school library research, please help us birth a community

If you do school library research, please help us birth a community

I am thrilled to be a member of AASL’s Community of Scholars Task Force and equally thrilled about our plans to move forward in creating a truly meaningful community. Discussed at last year’s CLASS (Causality: School Libraries and Student Success) Summit, the project is realized and described as one of three goals in the CLASS […]

James Patterson Partners with Scholastic to Give Away $1.25M to School Libraries

2013 Judge: James Patterson

Best-selling author James Patterson announces that in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, he’s pledged to give away $1.25 million in grants to school libraries in 2015. Nominations open March 9.

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

I recently spent a full day presenting workshops for the Nashville school librarians with my buddy Shannon Miller. I expected to fall in love with the city.  But I fell in love with it for an unexpected reason. Nashville is a city that truly loves its libraries. And that love has a lot to do […]

Michelle asks: RU Ready 2 Trust ‘em? (@TEDxWestport)

Michelle Luhtala suggests we judge millennials unfairly. Are they really coddled or are they resourceful?  Are they narcissistic or transparent? Unfocused or hyper-focused? Is taking a selfie narcissistic, or is it a way to connect with the world? In her kid-focused TEDx talk, Michelle, head librarian at New Canaan (CT) High School shares the importance […]

Celebrating the news from Vermont!

Celebrating the news from Vermont!

During National Library Month, it’s so lovely to celebrate a victory for children and that the hard work of advocacy can pay off. VSLA President, Denise Wentz, just wrote to share the following great news in advance of my visit to the the Vermont Dynamic Learning Landscapes Conference. I am very happy to finally announce […]

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

SLJ’s two new awards: School Librarian of the Year Award and Build Something Bold!

I am so embarrassed to have missed these announcements, and I want to make sure that others do not! SLJ just announced two new awards that are ripe pickings for so many of you! 1. School Librarian of the Year! You know who you are. I urge you to nominate yourself.

On “hacking” school library or crowdsourcing innovation (PLEASE SHARE YOUR HACKS!)

I am preparing for a talk at Computers in Libraries this week and I’d love to showcase your best ideas. In what ways have you innovated this year? How have you challenged traditional notions of: collection, instruction, reading, space/design, budget, walls, rules, and especially expectations? In honor of School Library Month, please help by adding […]

School Libraries Can Now Access Over 17,000 Ebook Penguin Titles through OverDrive

Penguin Ebooks Return to OverDrive, Go National on Axis 360

What was now only available to public libraries is now open to school libraries. Beloved authors—including Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, John Green, and many others—are now at school libraries’ fingertips.

School Library Story: When libraries thrive and when they crumble

School Library Story from joyce valenza on Vimeo. I’ve been wanting to tell this story for a long time. My very talented student friend, Walter Lynch, offered to help me tell it. A day doesn’t go by when I am not inspired to action by the inventive ideas I discover from my generous teacher librarian colleagues who […]

The view from my circ desk vs. stories of heartbreaking inequity

The view from my circ desk vs. stories of heartbreaking inequity

“There are 242 schools in the School District of Philadelphia. Only 16 librarians are left standing across that line. And what my [former] city colleagues tell me, is that NO Philadelphia public high schools have certified school librarians,” writes Joyce Valenza. “Consider this divide.”

Declaration is now online. Sign it and wear the badge proudly

NYPL's 42 Street Children's Center.

When I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, the resources were not yet available online.   They are now.  So please spread the message widely.  Have everyone you know who believes in equity, who believes that every child has a right to a strong library program, sign Barb Stripling’s Declaration. Host a face-to-face signing or […]

Librarians and Danielson and PA

Librarians and Danielson and PA

Late last spring, our district distributed the Danielson Framework for Teaching rubric listing the components of instruction–divided into 22 components and 76 smaller elements, and clustered into four domains. Danielson’s Framework, is designed to serve as the the foundation of a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all those activities together […]

Help me crowdsource TL monthly checklists?

I’ve had these in my files for a couple of years doing nobody no good. So, I thought it was time to crowd-source, update and improve a series of checklists I’ve planning to work on and share. The checklists are meant to be a handy list of things to plan, do, and celebrate month-by-month in the life […]

TL Cafe Hosts “Back to School Special”

slide-1-638

September is a great time get your network on. On Monday September 9 at 8 pm ET, it’s the very special third annual Back to School Special, featuring an idea share led by Tiffany Whitehead (Mighty Little Librarian), Jennifer LaGarde (Library Girl), and the daring Gwyneth Jones. Visit the TLCafé homepage for instructions on how to join the event using Blackboard Collaborate.

A new Follett Challenge & a couple of inspiring stories

a-s-king

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are probably a thousand different ways to do library great. Sure there are handbooks on how to put together a traditional library program–how to create a budget, weed a collection, host an author event, collaborate with teachers. But no textbook shows you what it looks like when the […]

Orientation inspiration

shannonpocket-500x441

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Joyce Valenza shares some creative ways to do a library orientation. (Zombies included.)