May 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Celebrate Día with Bilingual Books, Library of Congress Livestream, and More

Monday, April 30, is Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

3 Steps for Introducing Teens to Virtual Reality | ALA Midwinter 2018

Digital Services Librarian Maddie Clybourn offers tips for those curious about using virtual reality with their teen patrons.

A Newbery Medal First At 2018 YMAs

The Newbery went to “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly; the Caldecott was won by “Wolf in the Snow” by Matthew Cordell; and “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour won the Printz.

YALSA Award and Grant Winners; Wolk Wins O’Dell; New Imprint for Scholastic | News Bites

The YMAs aren’t the only awards out there. Here are some people and books honored in advance of the ALA’s big day, along with some other industry news.

YMAs to Include Multicultural Awards in 2019 Ceremony

ALA will add multicultural awards announcements to 2019 YMAs ceremony.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Launches New Policy Toolkit

The toolkit is a valuable resource for all libraries to help create or revise selection and reconsideration policy.

School, Teen Librarians Recognized at 2017 I Love My Librarian Awards

Five librarians—three who work in schools and two who provide services to teens in public libraries—were among those honored last month.

ALA 2017: Find the SLJ Team at These Sessions

Like kids in a candy store, conference attendees are making tough choices on which sessions to savor. Here, the SLJ team reveals what’s on their short lists.

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Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

National Readathon Day 2016: Ice Cream, Grab Bags, and, of Course, Books

The idea behind National Readathon Day, co-hosted by ALA and Penguin Random House, is to celebrate the delights of falling into a story. Any proceeds will support ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

ALA Midwinter 2016 Photo Gallery

Snapshots from the festivities during this year’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

#getESEAright: ALA Joins Twitter Campaign for ESEA

The American Library Association is joining a Twitter effort (#getESEAright) on April 9 from 7−8 p.m. ET to support dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act.

March, Relish win awards at ALA Midwinter

As has often been the case in recent years, there were several graphic novels on the list of honorees at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia this year. March, Book One, the graphic-novel memoir of Congressman John Lewis’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, was named a Coretta Scott King […]

A Call for Fair Ebook Pricing: Site-based pricing has small schools overcharged

Christopher Harris shares his thoughts on how rural districts—with an average size of 1,100 students and less than half the budget of the average New York school district—are, in effect, subsidizing the state’s large, wealthy, suburban systems, which are purchasing the same content at the same cost per building.

News Bites: Register Now For International Games Day and Get Freebies for Your Library

Libraries in the United States and across the world are coming together to celebrate the American Library Association’s (ALA) 5th Annual International Games Day @ Your Library on Saturday, November 3. Beginning this year, National Gaming Day has been renamed International Games Day to reflect the interest of libraries outside of the U.S. It’s up to individual libraries how they celebrate this special day, but there’s lots of freebies for your library if you fill out a registration form.

“Big ALA” and the new School Library Resolution

“Big ALA” will be focused on school librarians even more after the 2012 Annual Conference recently held in Anaheim. We need it. So many school librarians want to join AASL or other divisions without paying dues that include the parent organization,  “Big ALA.”  I personally joined ALA and AASL as a new school librarian because […]

NLLD or VLLD: Time to “Take Action”

I am on my first train to get from Albany, NY to Washington, DC on a grey, chilly Sunday morning as part of the New York Library Association (NYLA)’s delegation. We will participate in the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on Tuesday, April 24th.  I am fairly sure I will be the […]