School Libraries

Experts to talk library hacker spaces at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Woman playing classic video games using Makey Makey and coins as controllers at ALA conference. Photo by Jenny Levine.

How can libraries ensure that learners of all ages stay curious, develop their passions, immerse themselves in learning? Learn about developing library learning spaces at this year’s 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The interactive session, “Hacking the Culture of Learning in the Library,” takes place from 1:00–2:00p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The session will ... Read More »

Libraries on the offense in the digital revolution

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Today, American Libraries magazine launched, Digital Futures a new digital supplement that features articles both on how libraries are innovating and leading, as well as paths ahead for taking the initiative. Digital Futures is the fifth American Libraries magazine supplement on ebooks and digital content. “I’m so pleased to see story after story about librarians being proactive related to the ... Read More »

Hundreds gather in D.C. for 41st annual National Library Legislative Day

NLLD crowd

This week, hundreds of library supporters met in Washington, D.C. to speak with their legislators about the importance of libraries. From May 4–5, 2015, more than 400 library advocates met with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 41st annual National Library Legislative Day. This year, National Library Legislative Day advocates asked their ... Read More »

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 »

Progress for School Libraries!

Yello school bus

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (aka “HELP Committee”) met to mark-up (debate, amend and vote on) the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind. The American Library Association (ALA) sought amendments to require that every student ... Read More »