April 24, 2017

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Bellevue (WA) to Rehire School Librarians


Washington State’s Bellevue School District is seeking to hire two certified media specialists, to be known as Research Technology Specialists, by this spring and hopes to fully staff more of its secondary schools—whose librarians were cut in 2009—by 2015, District Superintendent Dr. Tim Mills confirms.

Washington State Library Conference Adds Virtual Connection


You don’t have to be in Washington State to get the exciting takeaways from the Washington Library Media Association’s (WLMA) two-day conference, being hosted in Yakima, Washington, starting Thursday, October 17. WLMA will again be offering a free virtual broadcast of key presentations from the event.

Follow the Leaders: Washington State’s Stellar Advocacy Model

Caption Opener: Teacher librarian Ron Wagner with some of the young people who inspire him to fight for school libraries.
Photograph by Faith Cathcart.

How Washington State teacher librarians redefined their roles, organized, and created an outstanding advocacy model for all.

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

YA Books Remain on School Library Shelves After Yakima, WA, Challenges


Two very different young adult books—the first volume of Amy Ignatow’s lively graphic novel series “The Popularity Papers” and Dave Pelzer’s harrowing memoir A Child Called It—will both remain on school library shelves in the Prosser school district in Yakima, WA, following several school board votes on the titles, according to the district’s superintendent, Ray Tolcacher. Rich Korb, a teacher at Prosser High School, had challenged both books for removal this winter.