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.

Catching Up With SLJ’s School Librarians of the Year and Honorees

Awards, keynotes, published books, and more. Six previous winners and honorees updated us on their activities.

A Chat with John Schumacher, Scholastic Ambassador of School Libraries

Traveling the country, John Schumacher finds joy in school libraries. “I’ve met thousands of inspiring librarians and students,” he says.

10,000 School Librarians and Counting | Editorial

Nationally, the data confirms, the field has been grappling with a precipitous decline in full-time equivalent school librarian positions over the past decade. It’s time to rebuild.

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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.

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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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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.

Repurposing School Library Positions | Take the Lead

A school district superintendent describes school libraries as “a model of the type of learning space towards which education is evolving.”

Never Too Old: Embracing Picture Books To Teach Older Students

Traditional picture books provide versatile, effective teaching tools for a range of students.

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Advocate This, Not That!

Four bold strategies to elevate your school library.

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New Job, New Country, New Literature: A librarian starts a new chapter in Singapore

Susan Grigsby has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, leaving the U.S. for a school librarian position in Singapore. Here she shares some prized new finds as she begins to explore a whole new world of children’s literature.

How My Library Doubled Its Circulation

A librarian’s Reading Empathy Initiative cultivates student reading endurance in a distracted world. Here’s how.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

What’s Your Why? Defining Your Mission | Take the Lead

When did you last think deeply about why you are a teacher librarian? I challenge you to articulate that. You will be empowered.

I’ve Got Cardboard and a Sphero. Now What?

Bowling, Skee-Ball, ramp parks, and more, Alisha Wilson, SLJ‘s 2017 Maker Hero, provides activity suggestions for Sphero and Ollie in the library.

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.

AASL 17: Starring Standards

Include, inquire, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. Those six commitments of the new AASL National School Librarian standards resonated throughout the conference weekend.

8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now

Jan Wilson, SLJ’s 2017 Hero of Collaboration, provides tips to boost your school library’s profile.

Brooklyn Public Library Offers Online PD Course on Information Literacy

Through the free Teacher Lab program, K–12 teachers and librarians get up to date on research skills—and earn professional credit.

Expert Advocacy Saves WA School Librarian Certification Requirement

The Washington State Professional Educators Standards Board voted to reinstate the Pathway 3 standards for teacher librarians, which require completion of a full certification program from an accredited, state-approved institution.