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Tymisha Creightney's Selection Toolkit for SLMS

A curated collection of selection tools that can be used by K-12 SLMS

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"AALBC is the oldest, largest, and most popular online bookstore dedicated to African American literature and Black Literature from around the world. We celebrate Black culture, through books, for ALL readers to enjoy. "

American Library Association |

''The American Library Association is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that promotes libraries and library education internationally. It is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 57,000 members.''

School Library Journal

''School Library Journal is the premiere publication for librarians and information specialists who work with children and teens. A source of quality journalism and reviews for more than 60 years, SLJ produces award-winning features and news coverage on: literacy, best practices, technology, education policy and other issues of interest to the school library and greater educator community. We evaluate a broad range of resources, from books and digital content to databases, in 6000+ reviews published annually.''

Find great teen books

''While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.''

Reviews for what your kids want to watch (before they watch it) | Common Sense Media

''Common Sense Media is the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families. Parents trust our expert reviews and objective advice.''

Eliterate Librarian

''My experiences as a high school librarian interested in engaging instruction, edtech, combating poverty, creating lifelong readers and a safe place for all students.''

Blogpost website created by a high school LMS.

Goodreads | Meet your next favorite book

''Find and read more books you’ll love, and keep track of the books you want to read. Be part of the world’s largest community of book lovers on Goodreads.''

Selection of Library Materials and Information Resources - Collection Management - The University of Iowa Libraries

''The academic mission of the University of Iowa is “to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.” One measure of the University of Iowa Libraries’ strategic support of the University’s academic mission is providing access to inclusive, diverse, and distinctive collections and preserving them for future scholars. The collections of the University of Iowa Libraries are a result of close collaboration and commitment by librarians, faculty, and students to build excellent library collections to support diverse undergraduate, graduate, professional and post-doctorate academic programs.''

Book Review - The New York Times

''Find book reviews, essays, best-seller lists and news from The New York Times Book Review.''

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''PNLA is the oldest regional library association in the United States and the only binational association in North America. Members come from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and beyond. Since 1909, PNLA has provided a professional and social forum for librarians, library workers, and library supporters throughout the vast Pacific Northwest region''

Reading While White: Our Mission

''We are White librarians organizing to confront racism in the field of children’s and young adult literature. We are committed to working in the ongoing struggle for authenticity and visibility in books; to supporting opportunities for people of color and First Nations/Native people in all aspects of the children’s and young adult book world; and to holding publishers, book creators, reviewers, librarians, teachers, and others accountable. We are learning, and hold ourselves responsible for understanding how our Whiteness impacts our perspectives and our behavior as we strive to advocate for this movement.
We know that we lack the expertise that people of color and First Nations/Native people have on marginalized racial experiences. We resolve to listen and learn from people of color and First Nations/Native people willing to speak about those experiences. We resolve to examine our own White racial experiences without expecting people of color and First Nations/Native people to educate us. As White people, we have the responsibility to change the balance of White privilege.''

Titlewave: For the Library

''Fill your library shelves with quality titles that support current trends, timely topics, award winners and more — all hand-picked
by Follett’s team of dedicated professionals.''


''First introduced in 1945, the Scholastic Credo and Editorial Platform is a statement of our corporate values and mission. It remains largely unchanged since 1970. Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, connecting educators and families through accessibility, engagement, and expertise. We are a leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services, and classroom magazines, and a producer of educational and popular children’s media. Scholastic is currently in 115,000 schools, reaching 3.8 million educators, 54 million students, and 78 million parents/caregivers domestically.''

Welcome to SOL!

''PLUS is a searchable resource bank that includes Spanish-language versions of common library forms, flyers, and signs as well as the Dewey Decimal classification system; book summaries; guides to the language and to library Spanish; programming ideas; and a lot more... ''

Contact Us – YA Pride

Blog post created to review literature for the LGBTQ community