August 17, 2017

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Problem-solving Techies: Careers & Skills | Series Nonfiction

Prepare kids and teens for the workforce with these series on coding, social media, and more.

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

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

Freeze! Library Mannequin Challenges | Videos of the Week

Students and librarians embrace the #mannequinchallenge.

Take Charge To Maximize Your Library’s Online Presence

Valuable advice for starting and maintaining a website that will serve your students well and show off your library as a key resource to the school community.

How To Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory

Here’s how one public librarian uses the popular social media app to create booktalks that wow teen and new adult readers.

11 Questions for Best-Selling Teen Psychologist Lisa Damour

The author of “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” offers insight into tween tribes, teen risk-taking, the growth mind-set, and more in this audio feature.

Happy 10th Birthday, Twitter. Love, @sljournal.

A few random Tweets from the vault. Launched in 2007, we’ll claim OG bragging rights on Twitter. Seriously, it’s been a fun ride.

All About Instagram

Detailed tips on engaging young users with the image-based social media tool, plus 20 Instagram accounts to follow.

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

CA Schools Get Social Media Helpline

iCanHelpline.org, a free service that seeks to fix and prevent issues in schools related to social media use, has launched for the 2015–2106 school year statewide in California.

Spanning the College Readiness Gap | Editorial

Too many teens arrive at college unprepared to do the work ahead. From research savvy to life skills, college readiness needs to be addressed through concerted effort by educators and librarians.

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

Promoting College Readiness via Pinterest |College Ready

School and public librarians are leveraging social media—Pinterest, Twitter, and LibGuides—to get college information in front of high school seniors.

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

Tennessee School District’s Tech Policy Blocks Students’ Constitutional Rights, ACLU Says

A Tennessee parent and the ACLU claim that a school district’s tech policy, which students much sign to participate in activities on campus computers, violates free speech and compromises student privacy.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

A Focus on Diversity and Savvy Blogging Drive KidLitCon 2014

For the first time, the Kidlitosphere Conference (KidLitCon) had a theme: “Blogging Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next?”

Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia on Connected Learning, Civic Engagement | TDS14

Civic engagement and a sense of shared purpose are key to connected learning, educators Mirra and Garcia emphasized in a tag-team presentation during the Digital Shift virtual event “Libraries @ the Center.”

Travis Jonker’s Five to Follow on Twitter

From the funniest children’s librarian on Twitter to the ‘Picasso’ of the medium, select recommendations of people to connect with in the kidlit/library sphere.

I Tried, I ‘Liked,’ I Shared: How Travis Jonker handles social media

If there’s one thing you can say about all school librarians: we’re cat people. The other is: we like trying things. And when it comes to social media, I’ve tried it all.

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

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

In an intellectually provocative keynote speech focusing on the privatization of the Internet, Dash called upon librarians to raise their voices and demand a more transparent, public Web.

What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24

The fourth annual Banned Websites Awareness Day makes excessive filtering an intellectual freedom issue in K–12 learning.

Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”