August 25, 2016

Open eBooks Initiative Launches Service to Benefit Students in Need

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Note: For background on the Open eBooks initiative see our post from April 30, 2015 when the project was announced by President Obama. From Today’s Announcement (via DPLA): Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First […]

Houston Independent School District To Vote on Putting a Librarian in Every School

Good: That this is happening (and hopefully) pass. Sad: This needs to happen in the first place. From Fox 26 Houston: There was a time when libraries and librarians at schools were a given not a luxury. “How can we have libraries in some communities but not others? How can that be right?” asks retired […]

David Greenough Named General Manager/Group Publisher for Library Journal, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book

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Here’s the full text of a news release we just received from Media Source. Today Media Source, Inc. announced the appointment of David Greenough as General Manager/Group Publisher for Library Journal, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book. Greenough brings experience from an over 32-year career, during which he has proven to be a dynamic […]

First Time Ever: An Emoji is the 2015 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

From the Oxford Words Blog: As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to look back and see which words have been significant throughout the past twelve months, and to announce the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Without further ado, we can reveal that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is… For […]

Diversity: Librarians at ALA Recommend Titles For 3Ms 2015 “Partner for Pride” Reading List

From School Library Journal: Attendees passing by the 3M booth at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francicso were encouraged to write down their favorite title of a book supporting diversity and add it to a heart-shaped display made of rainbow-hued Post-it notes. For each title posted on the Partner for […]

Ian Singer, VP and Group Publisher, to Depart Media Source (Owner of LJ, SLJ, and The Horn Book)

Here’s the full text of an announcement we just received from MediaSource, parent/publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Media Source, Inc., has announced that Ian Singer is leaving his position as Vice President & Group Publisher, Library Journals, LLC & The Horn Book, Inc., as of August 28. During his […]

Random House Children’s Books Hires Jennifer Brown as Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Here’s today’s announcement from Random House Children’s Books, the World’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher: Jennifer M. Brown, a 25-year veteran of the children’s book industry, will join Random House Children’s Books as Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, effective August 24, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President […]

U.S. Senate Approves Amendment to Support School Libraries With 98-0 Vote

UPDATE July 9 2015 At the bottom of this post we’ve added a transcript of Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) and Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) statements (via Congressional Record) on the Senate floor encouraging a yes vote on the amendment. The statements were made immediately preceding the vote. From The Washington Post: Senators began work in […]

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available. A foreword to the agenda written by Deborah Jacobs from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also published. Policy goals […]

Educational Publishing: Rosen Publishing Buys Jackdaw Publications

From a Rosen Publishing Statement: Rosen Publishing, one of the leading publishers of print and digital materials for the school library, classroom, and public library markets, today announced it had signed a deal to acquire the assets of Jackdaw Publications, a DBA of Golden Owl Publishing, Inc., located in Amawalk, NY. Jackdaw Publications is the […]