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July 29, 2015

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Random House Children’s Books Hires Jennifer Brown as Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Here’s today’s announcement from Random House Children’s Books, the World’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher: Jennifer M. Brown, a 25-year veteran of the children’s book industry, will join Random House Children’s Books as Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, effective August 24, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President […]

OITP Hacks the Culture of Learning in the Library | ALA Annual 2015

While the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is largely concerned with policy on the legislative level, an OITP-sponsored program at ALA’s 2015 annual conference, Hacking the Culture of Learning in the Library, focused on what libraries themselves need to know to function as outside-the-school-walls learning zones.

Keep ’em Coming Back for S’mores | Programs That Pop

Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco.

Rosen Publishing Buys Jackdaw Publications

Rosen Publishing has signed a deal to acquire Jackdaw Publications, a producer of primary source facsimile materials.

Tintin Book Back On Winnipeg Library Shelves, but in Adult Section

The Winnipeg Public Library has put the children’s book, “Tintin in America,” back on its shelves “but has moved it into the adult graphic novel section because of its stereotypical depictions of indigenous people,” reports the Canadian Press.

Review From This Month’s School Library Journal: About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   ★ 06/01/2015 Gr 10 Up—The […]

Follett, HarperCollins Partner to Offer 18,000 Ebook Titles for Pre-K to 12 Market

Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers.

President Obama Announces New Library Initiatives

President Obama Announces New Library Initiatives

At a visit to Washington, DC’s Anacostia Neighborhood Library April 30, President Barack Obama announced two new initiatives that promise to rally America’s libraries, publishers, and nonprofit organizations to strengthen learning opportunities for all children, particularly in low-income communities. The plan, dubbed the ConnectED Library Challenge, will engage civic leaders, libraries, and schools to work together to ensure that all school students receive public library cards. Commitments from 30 library systems are already in place.

Watch Live: President Obama to Make Announcement About New Partnership to Provide E-books to Low Income Kids

We will update this post with more info as it becomes available. From an Email by Roberto J. Rodríguez: Deputy Assistant to the President for Education (via DPLA): Through greater access to America’s libraries and information resources, you make a difference each day in the education and lifelong learning of youth and adults in your community. […]

FTC Urged to Investigate Google for Deceptive Advertising Via YouTube Kids App

A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.

StoryCorps Launches Global Platform, iOS and Android Apps Available

With the recent release of StoryCorps.me, anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview.

UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

Housed at the Digital Media Lab of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst, the new Center is equipped with over 30 MakerBot Replicators, bringing 3-D printing technology to faculty, researchers and students to enhance research, design, and entrepreneurial projects.

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

The new edition of The World Through Picture Books Catalogue has been posted online by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

In the Most Recent Issue of SLJ

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   Rockin’ the Boat: 50 […]

Meet Amy Randazzo, Ferguson’s New Crowdfunded Librarian

Meet Amy Randazzo, Ferguson’s New Crowdfunded Librarian

What do you do with an unexpected $350,000? Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library (FMPL), MO, had two items on his wish list: new carpeting and a children’s librarian. The carpeting is still forthcoming, but FMPL has just hired Amy Randazzo to serve as its long-awaited children’s services librarian starting March 9.

Congressional Hearing “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” Will Be Streamed Live Feb 12

“How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” is scheduled to take place before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2015, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST/8:15 a.m. PST.

Three E.B. White Classics to Be Released as Ebooks for the First Time

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “The Trumpet of the Swan” can be purchased as e-books starting March 17.

Amazon Enters Textbook Publishing With Launch of KDP EDU and Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon’s new KDP EDU will enable educators and authors to create, publish, and promote etextbooks for students to access on devices, including the iPad and Fire tablets, iPhones, and Android smartphones and tablets. A public beta of Kindle Textbook Creator enables users to turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books.