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School Library Advocacy

What can you do to promote the value of school libraries? We are in tough times all around the state and it is very possible that school libraries will experience cuts in many school districts. How can you be your own advocate and rally for the value of school libraries and school librarians? Listed below are some links to website and articles that you may find helpful to your cause. However, we are all in this together so please post any projects or activities that you are doing to promote yourselves. This could be best practices, lessons, community outreach, whatever!!

I will start the ball rolling and hope to see more added very, very soon. Every month I host a Parent Breakfast in my middle school library. We invite parents and their kids to attend and keep it fairly informal. However, each month we focus on a different topic and bring in a speaker. Such topics include identifying gang behavior, how to get a public library card, how to deal with a difficult teen, getting involved in the Summer Reading program at the public library and so on. Make it pertinent to your community and community needs is what I would suggest. Every month we get anywhere from 7 people to 40 people, it depends on the weather and the topic. So, all of you advocates out there, what are you doing?

AASL Advocacy Toolkit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslproftools/toolkits/aasladvocacy.cfm New York State http://www.crbsls.org/slsa/ Washington Library Media Association http://www.wlma.org/advocacy Resources for School Librarians http://eduscapes.com/sms/advocacy/promotion.html Slide show by Ken Haycock http://www.kenhaycock.com/slideshows/advocacy_Slide01.html School Library Monthly Media – September 2006 http://www.schoollibrarymedia.com/articles/Logan2006v23n1.html Library Journal – April 1, 2008 ( interview with Camila Alire) http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6542283.html School Library Journal Advocacy blog http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1340000334/post/1880023988.html

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  1. Sorry, let me try to make this easier to access, for some reason it didn’t work out the way I thought it would when I posted it.
    susan

    AASL Advocacy Toolkit
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslproftools/toolkits/aasladvocacy.cfm

    New York State
    http://www.crbsls.org/slsa/

    Washington Library Media Association
    http://www.wlma.org/advocacy

    Resources for School Librarians
    http://eduscapes.com/sms/advocacy/promotion.html

    Slide show by Ken Haycock
    http://www.kenhaycock.com/slideshows/advocacy_Slide01.html

    School Library Monthly Media – September 2006
    http://www.schoollibrarymedia.com/articles/Logan2006v23n1.html

    Library Journal – April 1, 2008 ( interview with Camila Alire)
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6542283.html

    School Library Journal Advocacy blog
    http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1340000334/post/1880023988.html

  2. Below is a modified copy of the draft document that is going to be used in the presentation to the state with the Oregon Mom’s efforts. I took it and drafted a District one to send out to appropriate staff. Why not create a similar effort from the state. I did check the statistics in our school district and 1/3 is correct for us. I wonder what it is for the state of Colorado? Why don’t we create a coalition and a real website for the url listed at the bottom?

    DRAFT
    Fact Sheet 2009

    Why should you support Colorado School Library Efforts?

    Fewer than 1/3 of school-age students in Colorado benefit from a strong school library program with a licensed librarian and an adequate budget for books and materials.

    Investing in school libraries is a proven and efficient way to increase student achievement and improve education for all Colorado students.

    Research in 15 states, including two in Colorado, shows that the school library program contributes to academic achievement. That contribution cannot be explained away by other powerful influences on student performance including poverty and minority demographics.

    A licensed school librarian is a teacher, first. This essential staff person enriches every program in a school by creating lessons that integrate information literacy into classroom instruction and obtaining needed resources to support curriculum. Above all the school teacher-librarian inspires children to cherish reading and learning.

    School librarians provide professional development to their colleagues introducing and providing on-going support to keep current on innovative technology use and information skills. They are teachers teaching teachers.

    School librarians develop, manage, and maintain collections of print and digital materials geared to a variety of reading abilities and subjects aligned with Colorado standards. They extend the reach of their collection by collaborating with public libraries.

    A strong school library program is a key element in assuring that all Colorado graduates have the 21st Century Skills needed to compete in the global marketplace by investing in school library programs.

    Colorado Coalition for School Libraries & Information Technology (COCSLIT)
    fundourfutureColorado.org

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