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April 15, 2014

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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.

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Stellar Databases: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources

Everywhere you look, librarians are on the hunt for databases, databases, and more databases. But which one is best? Which offers material that your students will use? And which one will be accessible to them? Wonder no more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

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If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

New Jersey Librarians Get $116,000 in Makerspace Grants

New Jersey Librarians Get $116,000 in Makerspace Grants

Fifteen New Jersey libraries—including public, school, and academic institutions—have received funds from a New Jersey Library Makerspace grant initiative making way for libraries to become a hotbed of community skill building and personal connections.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Queens Public Library Board Votes Not to Suspend the Library’s Director, Thomas Galante

” Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force director Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence,” according to the New York Daily News.

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Proposed Elimination of IMLS

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has urged cutting federal support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities, stated American Library Asssociation president Barbara Stripling in her response to Ryan’s proposed budget, released April 1.

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

We mentioned Ohio-based Findaway World about one month ago on infoDOCKET when 3M announced that 40,000 audiobooks were now available to Cloud Library partners. Findaway World powers the 3M Cloud Library audiobook service. Now, Findaway World is announcing that their AudioEngine audiobook distribution platform (what 3M, MackinVia Follett, and Baker & Taylor already utilize) is […]

Cengage Learning Exits Chapter 11, Completes Restructuring

Cengage Learning announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11, having completed its financial restructuring.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Here are some practical applications of how teachers and librarians can use Google’s Maps and Street View to create lesson plans and assignments on virtual tours of the streets of Paris, or map out some Civil War battles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New York Public Library Will Recommend Books Based on Patrons’ Searches

New York Public Library Adds Book Recommendations Powered by Bookish/Zola Books & BiblioCommons

The New York Public Library has partnered with New York startup Zola Books to offer a book recommendation tool in its online catalog to help library users discover new titles based on their reading preferences.

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Google Admits to Data-Mining Student Email

In a sworn statement filed in federal court, Google has admitted to scanning student emails to serve students targeted advertisements. Although Google does not display ads in Apps for Education, Google “does scan [student] email” to “compile keywords for advertising” on Google sites, according to an EPIC blog post.

How Libraries Can Measure their Impact: Outcome vs. Output

Measuring Outcomes | Design4Impact

One of the most common buzzwords in librarianship today is ‘outcomes.’ The measuring metrics of libraries’ impact is shifting from measuring the outputs─like circulation or visits─ toward the impact of those activities on the lives of patrons.

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit those policies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

Put the “science” back in library science and help support STEM learning

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard, Will Shutter Service in ‘Six Months or So’

CNN acquired news reader Zite in 2011 for a little less than $20 million and today sold the service to Flipboard for a rumored $60 million.

President Obama Requests $226,448,000 For Museum and Library Services

Libraries and Museums: President Releases FY 2015 Budget Request, Includes $226,448,000 For IMLS

President Obama’s 2015 budget request to Congress includes $226,448,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Discovery Education Summit: We Don’t Just Need Tablets, We Need A Digital Game Plan

Discovery Education Summit: We Don’t Just Needs Tablets, We Need A Digital Game Plan

Educators at Discovery Education’s learning summit last month in Maryland talk of how digitization requires strategy and training—not just putting a device into student’s hands.