Author Archives: Emily Sheketoff

Supporting a seamless learning environment

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

This week, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released new data (pdf) showing that the most powerful demographic predictor of library card ownership is poverty—more than 60 percent of children living below the poverty level did not have a public library card. Impoverished children often fall behind in school as they face challenges obtaining reading materials, accessing high-speed ... Read More »

Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

Scholastic joined a coalition of education businesses calling for school library provisions.

A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―called (pdf) on the U.S. Congress to support dedicated school library funding in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides federal funding for national K-12 education programs. The coalition specifically asks Congress to ... Read More »

Library leaders: Comment on the IRS Tax Form Program

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Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office hosted a conference call with several Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials to issues surrounding the distribution of the 2014 fiscal year tax forms and instruction publications to libraries. Nearly 100 library leaders participated in the call. Patricia Evans, director of IRS distribution, began by apologizing for the poor communications about the ... Read More »

President Obama nominates Kathryn Matthew to lead IMLS

President Obama

This week, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Kathryn Matthew to serve as the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Dr. Kathryn Matthew is currently the chief science educator at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a position she has held since 2014. She was a principal consultant and a product manager at Blackbaud, ... Read More »

School librarians: Send us your successful IAL story

Photo by sekihan via flickr

This week, I joined my colleague Kevin Maher, assistant director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Government Relations, in meeting with staff from Reach Out and Read, Save the Children and Reading Is Fundamental to lobby congressional Appropriators staff for level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), a grant program with at least half of funding going to ... Read More »