November 20, 2017

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Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

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

Baltimore Library Project Renovates 14th School Library

Fourteen libraries in the Baltimore City Public Schools have been renovated and now boast expanded collections and updated technology, thanks to a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Dispelling Some Myths about Public Libraries, One Tweet at a Time

I have worked in public libraries for 24 years now and every few months (weeks? days?) it seems like another think piece or post on social media comes out proclaiming that we should just shut down and stop funding our public libraries because no one even uses them anymore, or everyone just uses the Internet, […]

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.”

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

“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.

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

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 […]