October 13, 2015

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In Tacoma Public Schools, Support for the “Whole Child” | 2015 SLJ Summit


The 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle promised to “address dynamic, holistic approaches to supporting the success of kids in school and beyond.” In his remarks on the Tacoma (WA) Whole Child Initiative, Greg Benner delivered the goods.

How to host a hackathon (on the #sljhackathon breakfast)

I’ve been to nearly all of them, but for me, this year’s 11th Annual SLJ Leadership Summit may have been the best ever.  The speakers were inspiring. The crowd buzzed with energy. The panels were engaging and interactive.  The mix of practitioners included a wide range of ages. A youth presence was obvious! When SLJ […]

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015


CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

Teach More, Librarian Less, Say SLJ Leadership Summit Panelists


How can teacher librarians reimagine their positions to meet strategic student learning needs? That question was the main focus of the SLJ Leadership Summit panel “Become Essential.”

Fast Learning at the 2015 SLJ Summit


A teen technology “Mover & Shaker” and Sabrina Urquhart of the Bezos Foundation were among the Fast Learning presenters at SLJ’s 2015 Leadership Summit. Attendee Andy Plemmons covered the rapid fire session.

Rosen Publishing, Lilead Project Announce Grants for SLJ Summit Attendees


The grants will allow eleven Lilead Fellows to attend the 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle on September 26–27.

Innovating on Impact: Good School Libraries Bring Stronger Learning | Editorial


A recent impact study from Washington State reinforces that good school libraries are a great investment, offers fresh insight, and provides a new way to dig into the reality at work in our school libraries. In turn, it creates a vision for what quality libraries should look like in every school.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel

“When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” Lau Tzu We decided to switch up the panel Both Sides Now: Librarians Discuss Leadership at the SLJ Summit this week by seeking inspiration from the animal kingdom. Doug Johnson, KC Boyd, and Michelle Colte joined me in selecting animal behaviors […]

Austin Power! A Snapshot of School Librarian Leaders | SLJ Summit 2013

Antero Garcia chats up participatory culture

Librarians from around the country made their way to Austin, Texas, on September 28–29 for SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit. On stage and off, the conference convened key players and collaborators who are shaping a vision for the future of libraries. Here’s a snapshot and slideshow of the leadership event.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

ALA President Brings Conference Goers to Their Feet | SLJ Summit 2013


Speaking at SLJ‘s Leadership Summit in Austin, TX, last month, ALA President Barbara Stripling implored attendees to demand that their communities assert all students’ right to a library.

School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013


School librarians must be assertive leaders and technology experts, Joel Castro, associate superintendent for the Lubbock, Texas, School District, told attendees at SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit in Austin in September. Castro also urged school librarians to work closely with their school principals in order to forge common ground.

Texas School Librarians Share Strategies on Parent Advocacy | SLJ Summit 2013


Jennifer D. LaBoon, coordinator of library technology for the Fort Worth Independent School District, and Cindy Buchanan, program director for library media services for the Aldine, Texas, Independent School District, shared advocacy strategies with attendees at the SLJ Summit in Austin. Here are takeaways from their presentation, “PTA & School Library Relations.”

Leverage ‘Information Gaps’ to Spark Student Curiosity | The Science of Interest


Interest is the engine of intellectual achievement—it’s what drives us to keep learning, keep trying. But how does one generate it in oneself or others? Expanding on her keynote message at the SLJ summit, author Annie Murphy Paul offers three practical ways to use information gaps to stimulate curiosity.

In Praise of Print Books | SLJ Summit 2013

Annie Murphy Paul (left) speaks with attendees at the 2013 SLJ Summit in Austin, TX.

The very limitations of the book are its strengths, according to journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul, speaking at School Library Journal’s 2013 Leadership Summit in Austin, TX.

Transformation Through Effective Collaboration | SLJ Summit 2013


School librarian leaders from across the country made their way to the Austin, TX, aka the “Live Music Capital of the World,” on September 28–29 to attend SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit, where they discussed the future of libraries and how partnership is a necessary ingredient for stakeholder success. Throughout the weekend, participants—speakers, sponsors, panelists, and attendees—honed their conversations around the transformative power of collaboration.

Smart Stakeholders | SLJ Summit 2013


Impassioned, creative, dynamic, evolving and cool—these are just some of the words that the sponsors of SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit used to describe their companies’ latest developments. Joyce Valenza, SLJ blogger and teacher librarian, lead a panel discussion with the companies to examine the relationships between vendors and schools, the importance of strong content, and the ways that vendors can help educators in support of the Common Core.

The Time Is Right for Libraries to Embrace Participatory Culture | SLJ Summit 2013

Antero Garcia delivered the closing keynote at the 2013 SLJ Leadership Summit in Austin.

From educational equity and fan fiction to Kanye West and serious games, educator Antero Garcia brought it all together in a rousing keynote, inspiring attendees of the September 28-29 School Library Journal Summit in Austin, TX. The complete presentation is viewable here, along with additional comments from Garcia and related resources on participatory culture.

What to Expect at the SLJ Summit 2013


A group of forward-thinking and trailblazing school librarians will soon be gathering at School Library Journal’s ninth annual Leadership Summit. Taking place in Austin, Texas from September 28-29, the event will showcase the transformative work that educators are doing all over the country through effective collaboration. Check out the full schedule here.

Fight the Summer Slide—with a Library Card | Annie Murphy Paul


How to counter the “summer slide”? Simple, kids during the out-of-school months should read more books, according to journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul. And libraries play a critical role

What’s Your Favorite Caldecott?


In recognition of the Caldecott Medal’s 75th anniversary, librarians at School Library Journal’s Leadership Summit shared their favorite winners and discuss beloved picture books that were overlooked for this honor but still stand the test of time.