February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries

In addition to Education Department cuts, the budget proposes the wholesale elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Here’s what you can do.

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration

Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Scholastic’s Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest Opens

One school in each state will win 500 books. Deadline to enter is April 14.

Amid ESSA Uncertainty, Educators Urged To Be “Aware” and “Active”

In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Here’s a round-up of scholarships, grants, and prizes available to teachers, librarians, and students.

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

SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2017

The numbers you put to work every year are here—the list of average book prices for 2016 and 2017 to date.

Get $500 to Spend at the Scholastic Book Store. Here’s how.

Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, is giving away his prize money in a raffle. But be quick: you have only five days to enter.

Lilead Fellows, EveryLibrary Share Out ESSA Strategies | ALA Midwinter 2017

Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

Rebuilding Libraries at DC Public Schools| Take the Lead

Jennifer Boudrye, director of libraries at DC Public Schools, led the push to fill 100 percent of LMS positions in the system.

11 Lessons from a Maker Space­­, One Year In

A year after Karen Jensen and staff opened a teen maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), she assesses what worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

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

Three Strategies for When the Going Gets Tough | Take the Lead

When Lilead Fellow and former district library services supervisor Leslie Yoder faced staff cuts and low morale, she kept fighting. Here’s how.

Lilead Project Receives IMLS Support for New Round of Fellows

The Lilead Project, established in 2012 to support and build community among U. S. school library supervisors, has received an IMLS grant to continue its Lilead Fellows program and to create the Lilead Leaders initiative for advocacy and activism.

Peer, Pair, Perfection!

When students teach students in library-based peer-tutoring initiatives, everybody wins.

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

Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead

When you have the ear of an administrator, use your time well. Here’s how.

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

To the Table with ESSA | Editorial

The Every Student Succeeds Act is all about implementation now, and it’s critical that media specialists have a place at the table.

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

Gain Support When You Support District Goals | Take the Lead

The way to success for this district librarian has been to start small, build a network of library advocates, dream big, and never stop working for transformative change.

Montana School Librarians Fight to Keep Database Subscription

A cadre of school librarians has pushed back against the cancellation of EBSCO database subscriptions that have been used statewide for more than 20 years.

Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting

A former First Lady’s love of books has transformed into far reaching support for our neediest students.

Wisconsin School Libraries To Get $37.7 Million This Year

The state’s Common School Fund, established in 1848, yields assets that are distributed to school libraries each year.