April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

Kathleen T. Horning Named 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Kathleen T. Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.

E-Rate Win for Schools and Libraries: Modernization Order Brings Another $1.5B

The FCC voted another $1.5 billion to E-Rate, a federal subsidy program that brings high speed broadband to schools and libraries, and advocates, including the American Library Assocation and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, are voicing their cheer.

January Deadline for 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Grants

Enrich your library collection with 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators by applying for one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants administered by the American Library Association.

Five Things to Love at YALSA’S YA Lit Symposium

Friendly authors, provocative programming, and the thrill of presenting were among the high points at YALSA’s fourth Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX.

At First International Conference on Children’s Librarianship, Transformation and Puppets

The inaugural event, sponsored by the National Library of the Philippines and held in Tagaytay City, featured speakers who challenged librarians to envision the future, be change agents, and cut the rug.

Teen Historians at the New-York Historical Society Curate Time Capsule to Be Opened in 2114

Teens historians participating in an internship program at the New-York Historical Society curated a 2014 time capsule that is slated to be opened in 100 years.

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.

The FCC To Vote on $2 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.

DC Public Schools Looking to Hire 30 Media Specialists

After years of budget cuts that eliminated full-time school library media specialist positions, DC Public Schools (DCPS) fiscal year 2014 budget has allotted an increase in budget for full-time library media specialists; DCPS is currently in the process of hiring as many as 30 media specialists for 2014-2015.

January 2014 YALSA Report Serves As a Guide for Library Community’s Youth Services Best Practices

Published in January 2014, the YALSA report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” addresses the need for a national conversation around how young adults are served by libraries today—and how to better position library centers to foster and drive learning in the future. The report is also being seen as set of best practices, which YALSA will use to re-evaluate its own best practices guidelines, says Beth Yoke, YALSA’s director.

AASL Board Shakes Up Its Bylaws with Amendments Vote

AASL President Gail K. Dickinson urges the organization’s 7,000 members to vote to amend two bylaws geared to widen access to its members for participation and leadership roles. Voting starts March 19.

‘Talk Story,’ Sharing American Indian and Asian American Culture at the Library

Grants are available to fund library programming around American Indian and Asian American literature and culture. But hurry, the deadline for applications is February 15.

New ALSC Rule Will Limit Awards Committee Members’ Reviewing, Blogging

Starting in 2016, Youth Media Youth Awards committee members won’t be able to review or blog about titles eligible for that year’s awards.

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?

YALSA Badges Aim to Quantify Youth Librarians’ Competencies

In just a few weeks, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will finalize the soft launch of its long-awaited badging program, which aims to provide a uniquely interactive opportunity for skill-building in its seven Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. YALSA hopes the program will be fully launched by January, Linda Braun, the project’s manager, tells SLJ.

Affirm your community’s love of libraries with a signing

When I hear heart-breaking news like this recent story of the closings of the libraries at Philadelphia’s two top academic high schools, following the closing of so many others,  I recognize that my own community likely takes our own libraries for granted. Really, how often do we as communities stop and acknowledge that we value […]

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Revealed

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has announced the finalists for the 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. No surprises here – just some tough decisions to make. Former winners include Lauren Myracle (Shine, Amulet), Francisco X. Stork (The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, Scholastic) and Kristin Cashore (Fire, Penguin).

Colorado Librarians Launch Bell Picture Book Awards Program

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, is launching the Bell Picture Book Awards, with the first honorees set to be announced on February 5, 2014. The program is designed to celebrate books that foster adult-child engagement around the early literacy practices of read, write, sing, talk, and play.

IMLS Says Libraries Key to Early Learning

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading today unveiled a new report on the role of museums and libraries in early learning, and issued a call to action for policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to include these institutions in comprehensive early learning strategies.