Member Spotlight: Scholastic Library

This month, we're pleased to spotlight Scholastic Library. In addition to their generous contribution of this article, Scholastic will host our Spring Speakers Forum on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 5pm - 7pm.  

Preserving almost a century of children’s and young adult literature, the Scholastic Library is located in the company’s SoHo headquarters. Scholastic was founded with the publication of a single classroom magazine in 1920, and corporate library services date back almost to the company’s creation, when it was called the Classroom Magazine Editorial Library. Now, the Scholastic Library serves every business effort including book publishing and distribution, book fairs, book clubs, media, the educational division, and, of course, classroom magazines.

scholastic.jpgScholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, and the company’s information needs are wide-ranging. Need to speak to an expert in the Swahili language? The library will use the Profnet database to connect an editor with an African language expert. Looking for the latest evidence based research on vocabulary acquisition in preschoolers? The library will connect a curriculum author to ProQuest, ERIC and myriad other subscription resources. Seeking the projected enrollment of kindergarteners in 2020? A link to the NCES report will be sent via the in-house “Ask a Librarian” service. 

A recent Scholastic Archive visitor dubbed it “the coolest sub-basement in SoHo.” The archive houses a collection of more than 150,000 items spanning back to the early 1900s. Copies of the earliest Baby-Sitters Club, Animorphs, Dynamite, Goosebumps, and many other early popular Scholastic series are housed in the Archive. The library also supports the archival efforts of the 90-year-old Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s most prestigious and longest-running recognition program for creative teen achievement begun by Scholastic’s founder and now administered by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Archive houses annual lists of student winners that include Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Avedon, and more recently Lena Dunham, and Zac Posen.

Essential to today’s changing corporate librarianship, the Scholastic librarians publicize and market the library and its services to business units. Senior reference librarian Karen Van Rossem meets new staff at employee orientation and introduces library services. Karen is active in the company’s working group on Common Core State Standards. Technical Services Librarian Jessica Watson contributes to the corporate blog and other social media efforts. This month, Jessica will lead a book club discussion for employees on humorist Paul Rudnick's debut young adult novel Gorgeous published by Scholastic Press.

Since 2009, the Scholastic library has sponsored a popular internship program, providing experience for master’s degree students in special librarianship, archives, and technical services. MLS programs at Pratt, LIU, Queens College, St. John’s, and Syracuse University have all sent talented students to Scholastic.


Interested in having your institution highlighted in our member spotlight? Contact Member Services Manager, Tom Nielsen