School Libraries

School librarian’s workshop: federal government resources for K-12

GPO Headquarters Building

From the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP): A live training webinar, “School Librarian’s Workshop: Federal Government Resources for K-12 / Taller para maestros de español: Recursos de gobierno federal para niveles K-12,” will be presented on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Click here to register! Start time: 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) Duration: 60 minutes Speaker: Jane Canfield, Coordinator of Federal Documents, Pontifical Catholic ... Read More »

DOE confirms half of IAL funds reserved for school libraries

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

IAL Grant Applications due by May 9 The Department of Education today issued a notice in the Federal Register clarifying that 50 percent of all Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant funds, more than $13 million, are reserved for use by school libraries. In it, the Department stated categorically that last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act committee report directed DOE to “ensure ... Read More »

ALA submits comments on Family Engagement and Early Learning

A parent reads to small children at her local library.

Yesterday, were we getting ready for ALA’s Midwinter conference that starts this week? Uh, no. In fact we were putting the finishing touches on comments to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education in response to their call for comments on their joint draft policy statement on family engagement and early learning. Their draft policy statement includes specific Principles ... Read More »

Significant victory for libraries as President signs ESSA into law

President Obama signs education bill that ALA advocated for into law.

A major reauthorization bill overhauling K-12 education policy–the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)–has been signed into law by President Obama and in a significant victory for ALA’s decade of advocacy efforts, it includes provisions favorable to libraries. ALA President Sari Feldman praised all ALA members, crediting their unified, collective, high-impact messages to their Members of Congress for the favorable provisions ... Read More »

ESSA passes the Senate!

ChildReading

Your voices have been heard! With a vote today of 85-12, the Senate moved us one step closer to a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  As we mentioned last week, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a bipartisan bill that recognizes the vital role a school library and its librarian play in a student’s education.  ... Read More »