September 20, 2017

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Meet Tamiko Brown, SLJ’s 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Tamiko Brown embraces innovation at the Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX.

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Bringing a Better You Back to School | Editorial

A new school year always inspires creativity. This year, librarians around the country are stepping up programming connected to learning goals.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Get on the Bus! Jan Wilson, 2017 Hero of Collaboration

A school-bus turned bookmobile is one of many collaborative projects from this quick-witted innovator and 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist.

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Attuned to Equity: April Wathen, 2017 Hero of Equitable Access

April Wathen, 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, proves that “being a Title 1 school does not define who we are or what we are capable of doing.”

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“Liz the Librarian:” Liz Phipps Soeiro, 2017 Hero of Family Outreach

This “linchpin of the school community” and 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist prioritizes families, community, and social justice.

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Building Bridges and Restoring Jobs | Take the Lead

A strategic district media specialist “re-professionalized” school librarian positions in Georgia schools.

Keep school libraries weird

A couple of weeks back I presented at a conference about the value of out-of -the-box thinking. On a whim I included a slide that read: “Keep School Libraries Weird.” I’ve been doing a little thinking about why, like Austin, we might want to keep school libraries a little weird. Interestingly, it was Austin Community College […]

Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

Design Thinking, and a Library Update, With Third Graders

An elementary school librarian and her students reconceive their library to make it more conducive to Project Based Learning.

Thriving During Leadership Change | Take the Lead

Change in your school administration may derail your library program—but only if you let it.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers

A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.

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

Our “bus tour” experiment

We’ve just concluded an exciting experiment and I am thrilled to share our story. Rutgers MI program, NJASL and the South Brunswick School District partnered this week to offer a School Library “Bus Tour.” Okay, no buses were actually involved. (Think “garden tour.”) We simply opened up school libraries representing effective practice and invited students, […]

“Back to School” | an SLJ Webcomic by Nidhi Chanani

An exclusive SLJ webcomic by the author of the forthcoming graphic novel “Pashmina.”

A trip to the library will make a new boy of me

Last week I went over to the school across the street from my house to help school parent (and librarian and Horn Book Magazine reviewer) Pam Yosca as she worked to reopen its long-closed library. (More truthfully, “help.”) There is so much to do: the library has been closed for six years, and no new […]

On innovative practice: There is no box!

A few years back, I was stuck in an airport on a long layover. I found myself chatting over dinner and wine with an extraordinary woman who excitedly described the new business empire she was building.  I said, “Wow, you sure think outside the box!”  She responded: “Joyce, what makes you think there’s a box?” […]

Why Students Want Wi-Fi-Free Zones

Students seek out Wi-Fi-free zones. They crave them. Word gets out about where they are, and people flock.

A letter of support

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In some areas, school districts recognize our value and are struggling to find the best qualified, well-prepared professionals to fill multiple positions. I get letters and see postings seeking excellent candidates nearly every day.  In other areas, library programs are being cut because […]

I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)

It’s just the beginning of School Library Month.  Tweet it out! If you happen to be struggling for a few new ways to celebrate, don’t worry.  AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library […]