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The SLIDE Study: A chat with Deb Kachel (Part 2) And exploring the interactive data tools

In my last post, I shared news of the School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution?, or SLIDE research project. The study emphasizes a critical equity issue: our most vulnerable students are those most impacted by a declining numbers of school librarians. I recently chatted with project director, Deb Kachel to dig a little deeper into what […]

SLIDE: data, interactive tools, and an equity wake-up call (Part 1)

We now have the data. Important new research documents concerns relating to the future of our profession and implications for those we serve. The School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution?, or SLIDE research project emphasizes a critical equity issue: our most vulnerable students–those living in poverty, minority populations and English language learners–are those most impacted by […]

Introducing the Universal School Library, a new Internet Archive collection

Last week, the Internet Archive announced the opening of the Universal School Library (USL), “a growing collection of digitized books within the Internet Archive’s larger holdings, made available through controlled digital lending, and curated by a national advisory group of school librarians, librarian educators and researchers.” Currently in an early phase of its development, USL’s ultimate […]

On information privilege and information equity

I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about the high school/college transition these days and the differences we see among members of the freshman class. Such thinking leads naturally to a consideration of more profound issues of social justice and equity, issues supported by our Common Beliefs and standards. Access to an effective school library program […]

Wonderful news! The launch of the Open eBooks app for your children in need

Some wonderful news!  First Lady Michelle Obama’s video below announces a significant new initiative designed to address the challenge of providing children living in low income households with equitable access to digital reading materials. Open eBooks, is a free app, offering thousands of popular and award-winning titles, available without checkout or cost.  It targets all […]

Declaration is now online. Sign it and wear the badge proudly

When I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, the resources were not yet available online.   They are now.  So please spread the message widely.  Have everyone you know who believes in equity, who believes that every child has a right to a strong library program, sign Barb Stripling’s Declaration. Host a face-to-face signing or […]