Serving students with disabilities

In 2006, school librarians in New York state were asked to rank how they felt they served students with disabilities.  With the results in, librarians ranked themselves quite low!  So with $482, grant money from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Ruth V. Small at the University of Syracuse and her team launched a plan to change this.  This past week, the website Project ENABLE  launched, with free learning modules for librarians to learn about how to serve students with disabilities.

You can see the full article on SLJ’s website.

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Digital Youth and Tedx Talks!

TEDxSouthLakeUnionWomen is coming to UW!

UW Women in Informatics, Microsoft Women in Research, and Women in Bio Seattle Metro have joined forces to bring the passion, spirit, and energy that is TEDxWomen to the University of Washington.

This year’s theme is “The Space Between,” participants will watch via livestream speakers from Washington DC as well as local speakers, including Katie Davis, Assistant Professor at the iSchool and Munmun De Choudhury, Microsoft Researcher, who will be speaking about digital youth.

This is a free event, and you can register online at Password to see the page is WINFO. Then tune in Saturday morning December 1, at 10:30am.

We will follow up with a link to recorded program in a few days if you’re not able to stream it live.


Upcoming Event! Book Club at Mockingbird Books

We know you’ve got your noses buried in textbooks and projects, but it’s time to take a break and talk about books!

Join iYouth officers for our first book club meeting at Mockingbird Books on 11/30 at 5:30pm. Theme: best/worst books. No prior reading required 😉

Directions from campus:

Take the 48 bus, get off at Woodlawn and Green Lake Dr, walk up Woodlawn to Mockingbird Books.

See you there!

WLMA presents Hack Your Education

WLMA presents Hack Your Education

For those of you who are interested or are involved in school libraries, or are interested in a way to leverage current policies and practices in public and private education, consider attending the Hack Your Education session.

Everyone is invited to join in a civic conversation on taking charge of their own education, by sharing what works for you (and what doesn’t) in and out of school, at all ages and walks of life.

For more info contact Jeff or Craig

In a Time of War, in a Time of Peace

Perhaps an unusual topic to cover right before Thanksgiving, but an important one nonetheless. Conflicts rage throughout our world and children are not immune to the effects. Books can help provide context, comfort, and connections in difficult times. We as librarians, information professionals, and mentors should consider how to develop a thoughtful, insightful, well-researched collection that look at all aspects of conflict–causes, resolution, survival, meaning, and prevention. The Horn Book has a wonderful article that presents several books to keep in mind.

From the article:

Whether providing historical overview, personal reminiscence, or fictional depiction of events, books about war can take many forms in YA literature. Readers interested in the hows and whys of the world’s conflicts, both past and present, will find much to ponder in the four titles below. Also, be sure not to miss Steve Sheinkin’s newest book, the excellent Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon about the Cold War. (1216 years, Flash Point/Roaring Brook)