February 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox


School Library Journal welcomes Letters to the Editor of 300 words or less. They may be edited for clarity and length. When submitting letters, please include a daytime telephone number. Please email letters to Rebecca T. Miller at rmiller@mediasourceinc.com editorial director for Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Kids Suffer When Librarians Are Cut from Schools | Feedback

Check out School Library Journal’s reader responses to Rebecca Miller’s editorial, “The Cost of Cuts,” the review of Dig Those Dinosaurs, and more.

Letters to SLJ | March 2013

Is there a lack of Latino lit for kids or just a lack of awareness. Find out what our readers are saying.

Letters to SLJ: February 2013

The continuing conversation about whether Dewey’s days are numbered.

Letters to SLJ | Technology Education | January 2013

School Library Journal welcomes Letters to the Editor. They may be edited for clarity and length. When submitting letters, please
include a daytime telephone number. Please email letters to Phyllis Levy Mandell at pmandell@mediasourceinc.com.

Letters to the editor | Self-published memoirs reflect the experiences of these young people in our society | December 2012

Hope for Troubled Teens

I just wanted to say how insightful I found Amy Cheney’s article, “Time After Time” (Oct. 2012, pp. 36–39). I learned a lot from the article, including tips on what’s hot in Street Lit right now and the names of the well-known authors of the genre. I also appreciated her call to action for finding and purchasing self-published memoirs. I am really excited and inspired by her article and will try to get […]

Letters to the Editor: SLJ’s new Spanish column is just what librarians and teachers need | November 1, 2012

Thanks SLJ for providing Tim Wadham’s new bimonthly Spanish column, “Libro por libro.” I’d love to see how we can encourage each other in our bilingual programming and also give publishers ideas for themes and stories we want to see. I’d love to find Bolivian, Colombian, and Peruvian folktales for children. I haven’t found anything published in either language for children.

We also need books that provide rhythm and rhyme in Spanish for our youngest learners, like […]

Kill Dewey? It’s not necessary to demolish a system that works

I am writing in regard to Christopher Harris’s recent article, “Summer Project: Kill Dewey” (Aug. 2012). I’m all for making a school library more user-friendly, but why recreate the wheel? A few colorful shelf labels and directional signs would have saved him and Kristie Miller a lot of time and trouble.

Dewey is a system of subjects, so when students are taught how a library is organized, they will quickly see that all the books about a […]

Slim Pickings: It’s Getting More Difficult To Find a Job as a Children’s Librarian | Letters September 2012

The following is a response to Elizabeth Bird’s feature article “Role Call: Want to work with kids in a public library? Here’s the inside scoop,” .

While there may be children’s librarian jobs out there, and indeed librarian jobs in general, they are few and far between. Plus many of them may be part-time, or downgraded to “assistant” in order to save on salaries. Public service has gone the way of private corporations, wherein job openings require someone to already be doing the exact same job somewhere else, …

A Word to the Wise: ALA made no attempt to stifle debate about the National Broadband Plan | Letters

I believe that Lauren Barack, the author of “Proposed ‘Digital Literacy Corps’ Will Not Usurp School Librarians’ Role, Explains FCC,” a story that appeared on SLJ’s Digital Shift (June 12, 2012), used a poor choice of words when she said that “representatives of the American Library Association (ALA) reached out to some bloggers to help clarify the role the ALA has had with the FCC over the proposal to help quell concerns.”

What really happened was a […]

Feedback: Letters to SLJ, July 2012 Issue

I am the Project Coordinator for Limitless Libraries, the partnership program between the Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools. Limitless Libraries provides collection development assistance to school libraries to meet curriculum needs, and also provides daily delivery of NPL materials to the schools.

I just read Rebecca Miller’s editorial, “We Need Tag-Team Librarianship” (May 2012, p. 11), regarding collaboration between public and school libraries. It made me very excited to see a cover story […]

Tag-Team Librarianship: Partnerships between public and school libraries work well sometimes, but not always | Letters

I am the Project Coordinator for Limitless Libraries, the partnership program between the Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

A Labeling Dilemma: Identifying special needs materials in general collections | Feedback

We’d like to take issue with School Library Journal’s review of Terri Couwenhoven’s “The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years” (Feb. 2012, p 140).

The reviewer evaluated the book as if it were written for an audience of typically developing girls. But in fact, the book is intended for girls with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome or autism. The accommodations made for its audience are the strengths of the […]

Wood-pulp Pages: For a technology user, a love of print endures | February 2012 Letters

Kathy Ishizuka hit a nerve when she wrote “…we’ve got bigger fish to fry than a nostalgia for wood-pulp pages” (“SLJ’s Top Ten 2011: Technology,” Dec. 2011, p. 46). Just because the bandwagon is electronic, doesn’t mean I should throw away everything I like and value about printed materials to jump on it, and just because I feel some nostalgia for books doesn’t mean their usefulness is bygone.

I’m a supporter of new technology that is well […]

Public Library Circulation Stats

“Make Way for Stories” (Nov. 2011, p. 28) by Anita Silvey offers a very insightful look at why children’s picture books don’t seem to be selling like they used to. It is refreshing to read a perspective that has nothing to do with e-books. However, Silvey incorrectly stated that national circulation statistics for children’s and teen books are unavailable. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov) aggregates data from all 50 states and the District of […]