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In Lean Times, Schools Squeeze Out Librarians


Here is a frightening, but must-read article in the New York Times about schools in New York and across the nation, who are choosing to eliminate school librarians in lieu of other teachers or programs.   Just another indication of how we must continue to advocate, promote and “sell” ourselves.   Clearly these schools do  not understand the value of a school librarian and his/her influence on critical thinking, test score improvement, analyzing information or digital citizenship.

Susan Gilbert

Teacher Librarian, Westminster High School



It’s a scenario that keeps us up at night:

It’s August 2 and the Secretary of State announces that there weren’t quite enough valid signatures to qualify the Bright Colorado initiative for the November 2011 ballot.

Nothing on the ballot to stop a fourth year of cuts.  Nothing to prevent further class size growth, teacher layoffs, cuts to arts, music, P.E. and foreign languages, skyrocketing fees and double-digit tuition increases.

We can’t let that happen.  We’ve got to get the Bright Colorado initiative on the ballot so Colorado voters have a chance to protect students from the loss of even more educational opportunities.

It’s now or never.  We need your help.

We’re asking you today to “circulate or donate.”

Circulate” — If you haven’t already, please download a petition and start asking your friends, colleagues, fellow camp and sports parents, and book group members to sign.  We can also direct you to public events where you can collect signatures with other volunteers.

Donate” — If you aren’t able to carry a petition (and even if you are), you can help by making a donation of any size to Great Education Colorado Action.   Your donation will help Great Ed Action do the “back end” work that makes a volunteer signature gathering campaign a success.

Let’s make sure that August 2 is a day of celebration, not a nightmare come true.

Together, we’ll make it.  We have to.


Lisa Weil

Policy Director

Great Education Colorado Action

CASL PreConfernce to TIE CLEF Scholarships

Hello CASL Community,

It’s not to late to register for the CASL PreConference to TIE on June 20th in Copper
Mountain. It will be a great day and I hope you can attend.

The Colorado Library Educational Foundation (CLEF) would like to offer one (1) $110.00 CASL Preconference scholarship. CAL members may apply at http://www.formsite.com/calforms/CLEFscholsprngapplicaton/index.html
until noon on June 15th.


Deadlines are approaching fast for the call for programs, preconference workshops, and poster sessions.  Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

*Deadline to submit proposals is 11:59 PM, Thursday,  March 31, 2011!!
Click here-http://www.formsite.com/calforms/callforpreconference2011/index.html 


Deadline to submit nominations is 11:59 PM April 30, 2011
Click here-http://www.formsite.com/calforms/awards/index.html 


Deadline to submit nominations is 11:59 PM April 30, 2011
We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!

National Youth Summit – Vote for Topics

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has agreed to respond to your questions during the Feb. 26 National Youth Summit in DC. What do you want Secretary Duncan to address? You have five (5) votes to pick your favorites!

Here are the direct links to the questions on school libraries:

Books for school libraries


Certified school librarians and well-stocked libraries


CAL Lobby Day 2011

Join us at the State Capital on Thursday, March 3rd to tell the story of
how Colorado libraries are impacting local communities. The intent of
the day is to have a strong presence at the Capital to share with
legislators specifically about the work libraries are doing with regard
to economic development and business stimulus. Representatives from
Public, Academic, School and Special libraries are welcome to attend.
Talking points will be provided. The event will take place from 8am
till noon.

Contact Nicolle Davies (ndavies@ald.lib.co.us or 303.798.3021) if you
are interested in volunteering for part or all of the time. We look
forward to seeing you on March 3rd!

The Third Colorado Study: School Librarians Make a Difference!

The Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library recently released  “School Librarians Continue to Help Students Achieve Standards: The Third Colorado Study (2010).”  School librarians – we’ve done it again!  Two clear findings are that stronger library programs helped reduce percentages of students receiving unsatisfactory CSAP scores. We help close the achievement gap!  Additionally,  “Elementary schools with at least one full-time endorsed librarian averaged better CSAP performance than those with less than one full-time endorsed librarian.  Click on the link above for the full report.

As a result of this new study, we have updated the Advocacy PowerPoint presentation for you to share with your parent and staff groups.  Click the link below for the updated presentation.

School Libraries and Learning updated 12_10

How can we get the word out?  Each of us must share this important research in our own communities.