April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Librarians from Parkland, FL, and Brookfield, CT, Win Snicket Prize

Diana Haneski, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Yvonne Cech, formerly at Sandy Hook Elementary School, received the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

“Teaching For Black Lives” Brings Perspective and a Resource to Educators | News Bites

Find out the best teaching programs in the country, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ); the choices for New York City’s “One Book, One New York” campaign; and who won the Lippincott Award this year.

Free Databases for California Schools in 2018–19, AASL Social Media Superstars, And More | News Bites

Information database subscriptions can be prohibitively expensive for school districts, but next year in California, every school will have access for free.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Maker Space Gets an Upgrade, Becomes “Part of the Healing Process”

A couple of 3-D printers and motivated students has the MSD maker space evolving and playing a role in the students’ healing process.

Most Challenged: A Look Back at Books Some Wanted Off the Shelves

The ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom will release the top 10 most Frequently Challenged Books from 2017 on Monday, April 9. While we wait, let’s look back at those that made the list in years past.

Get Ready to Log Those Minutes: It’s Almost Time for Scholastic’s “Magical” Summer of Reading

It’s time to start planning for the Summer Reading Challenge and, with the addition of community partners, Scholastic takes aim at the issue of access.

Fighting Cuts: How To Keep Librarians in Schools

From before eliminating positions is proposed to getting those jobs back when they’re gone, Elissa Malespina gives you a plan of attack.

There’s More Money! Now What?

The unexpected $700 million boost to the Title IV A grant budget offers school librarians more opportunities for funding.

School Librarian, Where Art Thou?

The profession is evolving, and there are fewer of us. What has been happening? Here’s what the numbers say.

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

A Perfect Storm Impacts School Librarian Numbers

Several circumstances created conditions contributing to U.S. school librarian cuts. Here’s a look at likely issues at three levels—national, state, and local/school district.

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Charter Schools, Segregation, and School Library Access

Who loses? An educational policy analyst looks at the data on school libraries, the charter and choice movement, and questions about racial equity.

There’s Little National Data About School Librarians. What Happened?

The only two targeted efforts to collect detailed information about school libraries and librarians ended in 2012.

School Librarians’ Impassioned Response To Call To Be Armed

School librarians find themselves in the middle of the debate about arming educators. They’re sharing their concerns, which have implications in the national discussion about gun control and school violence.

Washington State Bill Includes Allocation for School Library Materials

The Washington Library Association (WLA) advocates helped secure a line-item allocation for school library supplies in a school funding bill that is now headed to the governor’s office for signature.

Governor Signs Law that Allows Florida School Librarians to be Armed

Scott signed Florida Senate bill 7026 into law despite opposition from the ALA and AASL and other organizations.

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.

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Partnership Prepares Teens for College

A teacher and librarian team up to give high schoolers better research and presentation skills.

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

Educators Start #ArmMeWith Social Media Movement

Educators start #ArmMeWith movement after presidents suggests having teachers carry guns could be the answer to school shootings.

SLJ Blogger’s Personal Call for Action after Parkland Shooting

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth shared her personal high school tragedy to move people to action after the Parkland shooting.

STEM & the Standards: Librarians and the NGSS

Librarians are getting involved in NGSS implementation at schools with maker space projects or other activities that incorporate NGSS principles.