Since 1954, School Library Journal has been helping school and public Librarians stay up to date on the books, trends, news, and topics important in YALit. Librarians have a tough job, and we require them to be superheroes to compete with the draw of social media, sports, movies, and video…
“I’m a middle school librarian and try very hard to work with the faculty. This year I feel challenged, because students from one language arts class tell me that they are allowed to read only nonfiction. I approached the teacher, and he told me that it was because of the Common Core State Standards.”—
“George W. Bush said it was his favorite book. And, no, I wasn’t in the “it must be the only book he can read hyuck hyuck” camp or even part of the camp that pointed out the book was published when he was already an adult. To me, his choice simply illustrated that this book is a safe choice for everyone from politicians to people buying christening presents!”—One Star Review Guess Who (#17) — @100scopenotes 100 Scope Notes
“Putting on my Carrie Bradshaw shoes, it made me wonder: are there any books these days that get similarly covertly passed around by kids who aren’t supposed to be reading them? Or in an age when porn is available at the push of a button, does Mom hand over her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey with enthusiasm, just glad that you’re reading something?”—Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles! - The Horn Book (via kishizuka)
“You know what? I am a good librarian. I am proud of the things I know and the things I can do. But the memories my friends–both young and older–shared were not really about that stuff or the professional way I hoped I performed over the 15 years I spend at STHS.
When they said goodbye, it was all about our relationships, smiles, and the way our library felt.
It was about being available, student and teacher rescues, and always saying yes.
I felt truly blessed hearing that I made a difference in lives I didn’t realize I touched.”—
Announcing the LEGO Education SLJ Design Challenge
We’re pleased to announce that LEGO Education and School Library Journal (SLJ) are together launching a “Design Challenge” to recognize innovative design that demonstrates the exemplary and creative use of library space and resources to engage children and teens and enhance multiple literacy capabilities, from basic reading skills to digital competencies.
This award emphasizes effectiveness in design and its meaningful infusion in the library or classroom as led by the librarian or media specialist. Award winners will be announced at SLJ’s Leadership Summit in October in St. Paul, MN.
“When blaming librarians for the demise of libraries [“Feedback: In the Name of Technology” (Nov. 2013, p. 8)], please keep in mind that not much is how we remember it. In fact, every generation that comes along brings new technologies in many formats that improves or changes the way we live. Not accepting technology because we feel threatened that it might replace the way we do things would be unfair to those who could benefit from it. When Gutenburg invented the printing press it changed the way information was disseminated from handwritten materials to printing by a machine. Suddenly, reading could be available to all, not just a few. The idea that if we have new devices to read from means we no longer need libraries or librarians is just absurd. Librarians are more than just keepers of the books. Libraries are places of information that has been offered in a variety of formats for many years. Those information specialists you think will be outsourced are needed now more than ever to support users—especially our students—in accessing and evaluating the mass amounts of information available on the Internet. If we were to only offer print sources of information, what would that say about our libraries?”—Leading The Technology Charge | Feedback | School Library Journal