R.I.P. Dorothy Broderick

SLJ has an informative obit of  library leader and VOYA co-founder Dorothy M. Broderick, who died last Saturday. I loved talking to Dorothy at ALA and enjoyed being edited by her for VOYA; her Library Work with Children (H.W. Wilson, 1977) had a profound influence on me in library school. Here’s a favorite passage: “One […]

The digital divide

SLJ Technology Editor Kathy Ishizuka reports on “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America,” a new study by Common Sense Media revealing an “app gap”: inequities in access to digital devices due to household income. The question of app and ebook accessibility across economic classes came up several times in the Librarians and Digital […]

Mildred Batchelder: The Power of Thinking Big

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In brief, the children’s library movement was touched off by Caroline Hewins, at the Hartford Public Library, who passed the torch to Anne Carroll Moore, at the New York Public, and Alice Jordan, at the Boston Public. Bertha Mahony Miller, founding editor of The Horn Book, sought guidance from both of them. Principal allies were […]

>Where Be There Dragon Ladies?

>Margaret Tice has an article in the new SLJ, querying what the de-funding of supervisory youth services positions might mean for children’s librarianship. If you missed them, take a look at Barbara Bader’s acute portraits of two of the greats from NYPL: Anne Carroll Moore and Augusta Baker. In the latter, BB also has a […]

>Library School of the Air

>On US Air earlier this month, I ran across a brief article in the in-flight magazine that referenced this study, which finds a positive correlation between physical proximity of research co-authors and citations to their work. (I’m SURE there is a more graceful and scientific way to put this.) The news-you-can-use the magazine was inferring […]

>Keeping it up

>We’re editing Magazine reviews today, and a couple have made me wonder when and whether we should mention author or publisher websites that promise additional material that supports the book. If anyone in library school is reading this and needs a paper topic, please take a sample of books published, say, three years ago, that […]

>and someday Man will walk on the Moon

>Interesting discussion on the ALSC-L listserv: they are discussing what to do with Judith St. George and David Small’s So You Want to Be President, which, last revised in 2004, includes the statement that “no person of color has been President.” On the one hand it is dated and inaccurate; on the other, the original […]

>When there’s not an app for that

>And speaking of science, check out this smart SLJ article by Douglas Rushkoff about the perils of raising consumers, rather than creators, of digital delivery systems. While it is true that I’ve never actually used the assembly language I learned in library school (twice, as I flunked it the first time), it was good to […]

>Well, what about Dick Sargent, then?

>The children’s librarians over at PUBYAC are discussing impossible homework assignments–like the kid who came in and needed a biography (it had to be a book) about Dick York, famous Indianan. I sympathize–I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before the hordes of kids who came into my little branch library needing copies of God Is My […]

>We Real Cool

> “To today’s children linear storylines are boring and only relevant in school. Providing access to games/stories became one of the missions of our youth services department. We wanted to be exciting, fun, and relevant to the young customers we see in our library every day.” Take a look at this American Libraries article about how […]