May 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Bully Principal Missed Opportunity | Scales on Censorship

Parent with Caldecott concerns, a librarian fears “Vincent and Theo” content issues (again), and an administrator who cracks down on students’ rights: Pat Scales sets them straight.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Librarians Cannot Self-Censor or Capitulate To “George” Complaints | Opinion

The Oregon Battle of the Books is facing controversy because a book about a transgender child is on the reading list. Librarian Miranda Doyle calls on her colleagues to stand up to the critics.

Picture Book Police Officers

Not all kids see the police as community stewards, but picture books do.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A World of One’s Own | An Essay by Daniel Miyares

The author discusses his latest book and a reoccurring theme in his work.

The Latest Series Nonfiction | Series Made Simple Spring 2018

The reviews for the spring 2018 issue of Series Made Simple have arrived.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Google’s new Talk to Books: Semantic search for book and idea discovery

I am truly excited about sharing this new approach to search!  Imagine if you had the power to ask authors across time and disciplines your most burning questions or for their best advice.  Now you can. This week TED curator Chris Anderson and futurist Ray Kurzweil introduced Talk to Books. The feature was developed by a Google Research team […]

Google’s new Talk to Books: Semantic search for book and idea discovery

I am truly excited about sharing this new approach to search!  Imagine if you had the power to ask authors across time and disciplines your most burning questions or for their best advice.  Now you can. This week TED curator Chris Anderson and futurist Ray Kurzweil introduced Talk to Books. The feature was developed by a Google Research team […]

Teen Power | Editorial

It has been thrilling to watch the #NeverAgain movement rise. Adults have a special opportunity to stand up with young people.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

‘Woke’ Books for Babies | Readers Respond

On topics ranging from sober data on the profession to guns in the classroom, our readers weigh in.

10,000 School Librarians and Counting | Editorial

Nationally, the data confirms, the field has been grappling with a precipitous decline in full-time equivalent school librarian positions over the past decade. It’s time to rebuild.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Empower Yourself to Meet Challenges Ahead | Editorial

In these changing times, librarians must take action to build community, foster equity, and develop a rich and resilient social fabric.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Parental Demands and Accusations | Scales on Censorship

One mother accuses a librarian of “stunting her daughter’s intellectual growth,” while another says lack of policing child’s book choices gave her son nightmares.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Local Educators Lead Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

A former school librarian in Puerto Rico returns home after Hurricane Maria to help—and to tell the stories of the local people who are helping students, libraries, and schools recover.

Repurposing School Library Positions | Take the Lead

A school district superintendent describes school libraries as “a model of the type of learning space towards which education is evolving.”

We Closed the Comments. Here’s Why. | Editor’s Note

The comments section enables readers to provide feedback and engage in conversation. In this case, we’ve far exceeded the standard function of comments on a news story.

Foiled by Curses | Scales on Censorship

Shiloh’s curse words; a visiting author’s objectionable language; complaints about “A Day No Pigs Would Die”

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Safer Future: Shaping a New Norm with #MeToo | Editorial

Librarians can do more to raise awareness of the rights of girls and women, and of sexism and its price—and build cultural literacy about consent vs coercion.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Five Ed Tech Elephants in the PreK–12 Classroom | Opinion

From OER to equitable access, schools continue to battle challenges to the digital revolution.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Sleepers

2017 is done and there’s nothing else to be reviewed by the review outlets and everyone who isn’t on the artificial ALA timeline is looking at 2018 instead (ok, including me: I’m currently engrossed in the dark and mesmerizing The Hazel Wood, which name-checks like every book that made me, so you can imagine how […]

Advocate This, Not That!

Four bold strategies to elevate your school library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.