May 27, 2018

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A Higher Standard: Many states have recently revised their certification requirements for school librarians

If you’re a media specialist with plans to relocate or someone who’s eager to join the profession, here are the latest certification requirements you’ll need to know. Since School Library Journal‘s last certification article (see ‘Getting Certified in 50 States,’ June 2000, pp. 50–72), 17 states—Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Vermont—have revised or updated their library media specialist certification requirements.

While finding work as a […]

Reality Check: A look at the disturbing growth of violence in books for teens

Sex and violence have been topics of YA books since the genre was invented. Realistically, they can’t be avoided. They are, to a greater or lesser extent, part of teenage experience or their expectations of the adult world. But in YA publishing’s early years, most of the action was offstage. When these topics first appeared onstage in single scenes, as in Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War (Pantheon, 1974) and Judy Blume’s Forever… (Bradbury, 1975), they caused a furor. But now, […]

Paws for Reading: An innovative program uses dogs to help kids read better

As library media coordinator at the Alderman Elementary School in Wilmington, NC, I’ve created a program to help kids improve their reading skills that combines my love of books with my affection for animals. Last year, I contacted Carolina Canines for Service, a nonprofit organization that provides specially trained dogs for people with disabilities, to see if its dogs could serve as listening partners for students who need extra reading help. Research shows that children with low self-esteem are often […]

Irrefutable Evidence: How to prove you boost student achievement

Di Wilson is on a mission. She’s spent the last 15 years hoarding evidence—the kind of information that proves her relevance to student learning. Wilson understands that colleagues at her K–12 girls school want proof that she’s valuable, and she’s more than willing to comply. She already has a portfolio stuffed with papers, everything from students’ test scores to surveys to checklists, anything that will chart her vital role as a school librarian.

Wilson knows that evidence-based practice—the process of carefully […]