April 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ Debuts New Column: “College Ready”

College readiness: what is the role of librarians? That was the impetus behind “College Ready,” a new School Library Journal column that will explore related issues and track key initiatives, from community college to online education.

California Administrator Creates Digital Stopgap After School Librarian Cuts

When school librarians began to disappear in this Camarillo, California school district, Jay Greenlinger, the district’s director of instructional technology, found a way for students to find books and information online.

New ALA Report Examines Licensing Model for Ebooks in School Libraries

For libraries, buying or licensing ebooks is a very different story than the average consumer simply clicking and purchasing off a book retailer website. A new report from the American Library Association takes a close look at the licensing models for ebooks, for school libraries in particular and how these policies affect access for students.

Are Today’s Kids All Thumbs? Touch Matters. Researchers Bring Tactile Learning into Digital Realm.

Using our hands is critical to learning, and the rise of digital devices in early childhood learning potentially limits children’s opportunities to learn about the world around them through touch. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers founds young children have trouble using toys and blocks because of their overuse of touch-screen devices. So, the digital industry is coming up with ways to use interactive touch and tools with the digital screen.

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California’s Modesto City Schools To End Library Instruction for Elementary Schools

Modesto City Schools (MCS) is set to end all library instruction for its elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year—while keeping the school library open with library assistants.

PBS KIDS Says School Readiness Is More Than Letters and Numbers

A new study from PBS KIDS reveals that parents value their children’s learning of social and emotional skills over academic performance in early learning.

Colorado School District Experiments with Digital Literacy Teachers

Faced with a budget cut that turned their full-time teacher librarians into half-time positions, Adams 12 Five Star Schools District in Thornton, Colorado created a new job position to get media specialists into K-8 classrooms as much as possible.

St. Paul to Create 15 New School Library Positions

In Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools has agreed to more than double the number of school librarians over the next two years, to 25 positions by the fall of 2015.

YA Romance Imprint Swoon Reads Selects NJ Librarian as its Next YA Novelist

YA librarian Sandy Hall had never finished writing a novel before. After reading about Macmillan’s new romance novel imprint’s process that uses its online community to chose its authors, she found herself selected as a YA novelist.

Cleveland Public Library Pushes Out 54 Early Literacy Stations

The Cleveland Public Library has opened 54 new Early Literacy Stations across its 27 branches in the hope of enticing young learners, ages 2-8, through gamification and other means.