October 10, 2015

Kathy Ishizuka

About Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com, @kishizuka on Twitter) is Executive Editor of School Library Journal.

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015


CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

“Osmo Numbers” Wants to Make Learning Math more Fun

If any subject could use a more dynamic, hands-on approach, it’s math. Enter Osmo Numbers. With this latest game for the Osmo platform, users position physical number tiles in front of an iPad to solve math problems.

Lulzbot 3-D Printer Giveaway

Lulzbot 3-D Printer Giveaway

Some lucky classrooms and libraries will receive 3-D printers in a giveaway sponsored by Aleph Objects, in conjunction with the White House Science Fair.

Critics Sound off on “Clean Reader” App | Storify

UPDATE: As of March 27, all books have been removed from the Clean Reader catalog, states its Facebook page. A survey of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore.

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”


If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders

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Librarians are leading the way in technology use, according to School Library Journal’s annual technology survey. SLJ’s got the proof, and we encourage you to share it.

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning


Teacher librarian Joyce Valenza reflects on the 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning, the highly anticipated list chosen annually by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Digital Public Library of America | screencast tour


A closer look at the recently launched DPLA, its features and “how it works, both good and bad.” Linda W. Braun, a library consultant and educator, offers this screencast on the highly anticipated project.

How Do You Use Technology? School Library Journal Wants to Know

SLJ's May 2011 cover featured our annual technology survey.

SLJ’s research effort will enable school librarians nationwide to evaluate their level of service and advocate for increased resources. But you only have until tomorrow, March 29, to respond.

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu


Skype, commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.