March 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Karyn M. Peterson Joins SLJ as News Editor

School Library Journal  has a new editor. Karyn M. Peterson has joined the staff as news editor, replacing Debra Whelan, who left in October 2012.

Peterson brings to SLJ more than 15 years of editorial and news experience, including business reporting stints at international wire services Bloomberg and Knight-Ridder Financial. In the realm of print journalism, she has served as managing editor of FunFare, ToyFare, and Playthings magazines and as associate editor of Instructor and Scholastic Administr@tor, Scholastic’s professional magazines for K–8 teachers and for school technology leaders, respectively.

Peterson says, “I am passionate about service journalism and in helping to shape the voice and content of a brand to best serve its unique target audience.”

Peterson, who would like to pursue a MLIS degree in the future, also has a keen interest in libraries, education, policy, and children’s literacy. “I am eager to learn about this unique, evolving beat and to expand and develop SLJ’s news coverage to further incorporate the ways in which new technologies, education reform, and funding issues impact public and school libraries,” she says.

Peterson can be reached at kpeterson[at]mediasourceinc[dot]com.SLJ is the largest reviewer of children’s and young adult books and multimedia products, and is the only full-service publication serving the youth and school library market. It reaches more than 100,000 elementary, middle/junior, and senior high school librarians and youth service librarians in public libraries.