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Be Visible! Advocate for Your Library at a School Board Meeting! (S1-R27)
One of the most powerful advocacy weapons librarians possess is the creation of a presence at school board meetings. A school board presentation is the perfect vehicle for delivering an evidenced-based message that links properly funded library programs, staffed by certified school librarians, and student achievement. Use our advocacy techniques to visibly showcase your impact on student achievement and the Common Core State Standards.
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Campaign for America’s Libraries Toolkit for School Library Media Programs
AASL's advocacy toolkits
Jennifer LaGarde, :Library Girl's graphic, Perception vs Reality
AASL Legislative Committee's Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students infographic:
School Library Impact Studies (state studies):
Deb Kachel's Advocacy Guide to the State Studies--A Mansfield SL & IT Graduate Class project
Rev. Ed., 2013
GREAT school library advocacy LiveBinder from Judy Kaplan, the
University of Vermont
school library coordinator:
Need to get
? Check out the
Urban Libraries Unite
Rules for Radicals
| Saul D. Alinsky
Rules for Radicals.pdf
Checklist for effective legislative advocacy from advocacy guru Stephanie Vance
MORE great advice from Stephanie:
GREAT advocacy series by Dr. Christie Kaaland and others,
School Library Month,
on Articles page, scroll down to "Advocacy."
Follow the Leaders: Washington State’s Stellar Advocacy Model--Marta Murvosh, SLJ, Oct. 7, 2013
Watch Rebecca Ekstrom's Animoto quarterly reports from Algonquin Middle School, Averill Park, NY:
AMS Library Animoto Videos from 2011-2012:
Frontline Advocacy for School Librarians
Flash cards for each type of library:
NYS Schools Need School Librarians video (3 minutes)
Download 2012 Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium--free with registration
2011 K-12 Horizon Report
April is School Library Month!
What do Teacher-Librarians Teach from Joyce Valenza and Gwenyth Jones
David Loertscher's advocacy site
The purpose of this site is to provide resources for School Librarians engaged in advocacy efforts - some of those immediate, but most effective only over a long period of time.
Making Progress by Fives
Peggy Barber's "
. February, 2014.
The School Library Section of the New York Library Association's Crisis Toolkit:
NYS School Library Systems - Advocacy Toolkit
Colorado Association of School Librarians' Survive and Thrive resources
Dr. Gary Hartzell challenges the school library education programs to engage educational administration programs:
The Need to Shift and Widen School Library Advocacy Efforts
Sample Year End Reports In Web 2.0 Formats:
Head To The Edge Blog
- Information on how to create an Advisory Committee for your school library:
Blue Skunk Blog
- Information on building influence with community groups:
Blue Skunk Blog
-"Four Rules of Library Advocacy"
AASL Advocacy Brochures: School Library Programs Improve Student Learning
From an AASL Advocacy Tip of the Day
)Elected officials react to the voice of those casting votes. Getting others to deliver your message can be an important strategy. Consider the following list of individuals and groups that legislators might listen to: library trustees, Friends, and patrons; financial donors and backers; electronic media and the press; colleagues and other office holders; community leaders; university deans, alumni, senior administration officers, and staff; family, personal friends; staff; voting blocs representing jobs and organized interests; coalitions of organizations; educational and cultural groups; and business groups, chambers of commerce.
Library Advocacy: Influencing Decision Makers
by the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association.
The atomic method of creating a PowerPoint presentation
Broaden Your Audience Using Web 2.0 Tools
Joyce Valenza on FlipGrid:
Visiblity & Invisibility - Useful Resources...What Message Are You Sending?
Notes From The Bullet Train: Communication As Key To Administrative Support
LaRue, James. "The Visibility and Invisibility of Librarians ." Library Journal: Library News, Reviews and Views. November 15, 2010.
Loertscher, David, ed. "Advocacy and the Teacher Librarian."
36, no. 2 (December 2008).
Johns, Sara Kelly. "What can Teacher-Librarians do to promote their Work and the School Library Media Program? Offensive Formula: P+M=A
." Teacher Librarian
Dec 2008: 30-31.
Kenney, Brian. "What Does Excellence Look Like?: A New Study shows the Role of School Libraries in Learning."
Hartzell, Gary N.
Building Influence for the School Librarian: Tenets, Targets & Tactics,
2nd ed. Worthington, OH: Linworth, 2003.
Johnson, Doug. "Who Doesn't Get It?"
Library Media Connection
. Oct 2011: 98. Abridged version located on the "Blue Skunk Blog" at
Woolls, Blanche and David V. Loertscher.
The Whole School Library Handbook
, 2nd ed. Chicago IL: ALA Publications, 2013.
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Advocacy Toolkit
Library Advocate’s Handbook
The YA Advocacy Action Plan Workbook
School Library Systems Advocacy Toolkit
National Council for the Social Studies Toolkit
AASL School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit
AASL Crisis Toolkit
New York State School Library Media Program Rubric (SLMPE)
Knight Commission Report
(Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age)
School Libraries Count survey
and previous years' reports
Position paper from Ross Todd and Carol Gordon from CISSL.
It cites five decades of research proving that school libraries help boost
School Libraries, Now More than Ever
. Download it from:
Instructional Classification Toolkit
to support the classification of SLMSs as educators.
Horizon Report on K-12 Education
LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER- direct link to contact your Senator:
Add It Up
Research and statistics to help advocates make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education.
Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit
includes talking points, outreach activities, checklists, and resources.
School Library Funding Press Kit
includes links to Google Map of library cuts, current news/articles, tweets, etc., plus talking points to use.
State of America's Libraries Report 2010:
Value of Libraries.
Includes links to articles, resources, and calculation tables.
Our Authors, Our Advocates:
Authors are natural allies of libraries. They are passionately speaking out on the importance of not only sustaining but increasing support for libraries. Spread the word; share these videos and messages with your friends, family, and those who can make a difference.
Effective School Library Programs Positively Impact
View the findings from the NJASL-funded
**Study of New Jersey School Libraries**
School Library Journal
on Data Driven Library Programs:
Tools for Real
ssessment of Library Skills "TRAILS" Test:
Library Research Services
: Research and statistics about school libraries including the state studies on school libraries.
Common Core and the School Library--NYC
: "Common Core College and Career Readiness Skills Learned Through the School Library Instructional Program"
Common Core College and Career Readiness SkillsHandout.docx
The Missing Librarians
Grants and Other Sources of Funding:
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation for books:
From Deb Kachel's Mansfield LibGuide, her "Grants' link:
National School Boards Association -
American Association of School Administrators -
National PTA -
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