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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorIt will come as no surprise to learn that school libraries have taken significant cuts over the past five years. The American Library Association's new report, "The State of America's Libraries 2014," cites a 2103 the National Center for Education report that shows that school library spending on books and audiovisual materials decreased by an average of 10.5% from 2007-2008 to 2010-2011. As worrisome is the fact that from 2006 to 2011, the number of school librarians declined more than the number of other educators. The total number of school librarians decreased less than 1% in 2007-2008, 1.1% in 2008-2009, 2.3% in 2009-2010, and 4.3% in 2010-2011. It's often the school librarian who is helping other teachers get up to speed on new initiatives, showing teachers how to make videos to use in flipping classrooms, leading district- or school-wide efforts to evaluate materials for use under the Common Core and helping students gain the technology literacy skills they need to be effective learners. I understand why it's easier to cut a librarian than a classroom teacher. I just believe that schools should not have to make such choices.

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Market Insights

market-insightsThree Key Issues in the Education Marketplace

EdNET 2014 planning is in full swing. This year’s theme, In With the New: Set Your Vision in Motion, aims to inspire participants to take a forward-facing view. Our Advisory Board, made up of a diverse and talented group of industry professionals, shared their top-of-mind issues this year as we move into the future of the education market. Today, we’re sharing three of those key issues:

  • Connecting the dots between islands of innovation
  • CCSS and implementation challenges
  • Data analytics

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamWell friends, the first day of Spring was a good month ago, but I know some of you had snow this week. Unbelievable! Here's hoping for a nice weekend for all of us, but before we head out, read on for your scoops....

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ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs. These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.

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Gwinnett County and Orange County School Districts Named Finalists for $1 Million 2014 Broad Prize

Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and Orange County Public Schools in Florida are the finalists for the $1 million 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced today. The Broad Prize for Urban Education is an annual $1 million award—the largest education prize in the country—that honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color. With two districts in the running this year, the top prize will be $750,000 in college scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the winning district, and the runner-up will receive $250,000 in college scholarships.

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