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Interview – Adela Peskorz, Teens Know “Best” | SLJ Teen

One evening a month, Adela Peskorz, Faculty Librarian and Associate Professor of Adolescent Literature and Information Studies, Metropolitan State University (MN), becomes den mother to anywhere between 20 to 45 teens, all clamoring to get their hands on new galleys from teen and young adult publishers. The self-titled Teens Know “Best” YA Galley Group is part of YALSA’s Young Adult (YA) Galley/Teen’s Top Ten Project which uses 15 public libraries and school library media centers from across the country to […]

The Evidence-Based Manifesto for School Librarians

If school librarians can’t prove they make a difference, they may cease to exist

Every fall, School Library Journal hosts a national Leadership Summit that brings together a mix of school librarians, administrators, other educators, researchers, and university professors, as well as policy makers and elected officials. While the topics change, the Summit always focuses on an issue of critical importance to school librarians. Our goal? To jump-start the conversation and create a ripple effect throughout the profession.

The 2007 Leadership Summit, […]

Circulating Video Games | The Gaming Life

The Next Step in Public Library Service

The experience we’ve had over the past year at the Guilderland Public Library in upstate New York has proved that building a substantial collection of video games is a great way to attract young adults to the library. It takes only a modest financial commitment to launch a circulating collection of video games and the return on investment is huge—teen patronage increases and the library is recognized as a total media and information destination […]

Cracking Open | Consider the Source

Dare to show kids your true feelings

Teens don’t know enough about history and literature to tie their own shoelaces. That’s more or less the conclusion of a study I read about in the New York Times (see “Survey Finds Teenagers Ignorant on Basic History and Literature Questions,” February 27, 2008). Common Core—a nonpartisan research and advocacy group that favors more teaching of the liberal arts in public schools—surveyed by phone 1,200 17-year-olds nationwide. The participants were read 33 multiple-choice questions […]

East Meets West: Asian Pacific American Heritage | Focus On

While the national debate on immigration continues, there’s agreement that the United States has a long history as a melting pot. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of the people who came to our shores from a diverse and extensive geographic area that encompasses the countries from Korea to Myanmar, the Indian subcontinent, and the Pacific islands.

According to the U.S. Census estimates for 2005, people who identified themselves as Asian constituted the fastest-growing segment of minority populations, […]

A Tall Tale: Laura Amy Schlitz

Back in 1996, Laura Amy Schlitz wrote a story about the Middle Ages. This year, it won the Newbery.

The kids in Sharen Pula’s fifth-grade class are getting ready to go on a journey. One boy kicks off his shoes to get comfy. Another lies on his side, head on hand. A girl loosens her ponytail before leaning against the library wall.

Like a force of nature, Laura Amy Schlitz bustles into the room and promptly sits on the floor in front […]

It’s Not About You | Teenage Riot

We can create more user-friendly spaces by asking teens to take the lead

“I’m pretty independent, and I like to take risks. Some may see me as rebellious and defiant, but all I want is more experience and adventure in my life. If this doesn’t scare you, maybe we should meet.”

No, this isn’t a personal ad. It’s a realistic exchange taking place in the minds of the teens we work with in our libraries. But despite talk about the need to […]

Start Your Search Engines, Part 1: Taming Google

Part One: Taming Google—and other tips to master Web searches

Sure, there are a lot of nifty tools on the Web, all those social applications, and the like. Still most of us go online for one thing—to perform a basic search. Say you can’t recall the name of the actor that played opposite Nicolas Cage in the movie about a bomb on that island prison (Sean Connery of The Rock. Thank you, Google). Or you must know the number of eyelids […]

The Buzz | Under Cover

Naomi Shihab Nye’s latest collection of poetry and prose is called ‘Honeybee’

At the beginning of Honeybee, there’s a quote from a poem by Antonio Machado: “Last night I dreamed—blessed illusion—that I had a beehive here in my heart and that the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.” Why did you choose that verse?

For one thing, somebody must have had some failures […]

2008 YALSA Selected DVDs/Videos and Audiobooks for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2008 Selected DVDs & Videos and Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults list in January at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The video/DVD list recognizes productions for technical merit, content, and use with and interest to young adults ages 12 to 18. The audiobook titles have been selected for their appeal to a teen audience, the recording quality, and their enhancement of […]

2008 ALSC Notable Videos/DVDs and Recordings for Children & Great Interactive Software for Kids

The Notable Children’s Videos/DVDs and Recordings lists are compiled annually by committees of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). These lists were released in January 2008 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The items on these lists, intended for children 14 years of age and younger, were selected by committees of librarians and educators from across the country on the basis of their originality, creativity, and suitability for […]