AASL13: Links to the Make an Impact at your School Board Meeting wiki and the Why Common Core Standards Matter wiki for:

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 toolkitshttp://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/toolkits/schoollibrary.cfm

Jennifer LaGarde, :Library Girl's graphic, Perception vs Reality


AASL Legislative Committee's Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students infographic:AASLInforgraphic.jpg


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: http://sl-it.mansfield.edu/upload/MU-LibAdvoBklt2013.pdf


GREAT school library advocacy LiveBinder from Judy Kaplan, the University of Vermont school library coordinator:


Need to get radical? Check out the Urban Libraries Unite's Rally-in-a-Box!


Rules for Radicals | Saul D. Alinsky

Checklist for effective legislative advocacy from advocacy guru Stephanie Vance

MORE great advice from Stephanie: http://www.advocacyguru.com/

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:

Quarter 1: http://animoto.com/play/X1hw2PN3KSFa9atIR9SPRw
Quarter 2: http://animoto.com/play/OcVf3mMZEnERnyO0UfTeBA

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 JonesWhatTLteach.png

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.http://eduscapes.com/sms/advocacy/index.htm

Dorcas Hand Making Progress by Fives

Peggy Barber's "Contagious Marketing" American Libraries. 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

Interactive Resources:

  • AASL Advocacy Brochures: School Library Programs Improve Student Learninghttp://www.aasl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/brochures/advocacybrochures.cfm

  • From an AASL Advocacy Tip of the Day (subscribe now!)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.

  • Seth Godin The atomic method of creating a PowerPoint presentation

Broaden Your Audience Using Web 2.0 Tools

Visiblity & Invisibility - Useful Resources...What Message Are You Sending?

Advocacy Resources:

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  • LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER- direct link to contact your Senator: http://capwiz.com/ala/home/

  • 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: School Libraries

  • 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.



The Missing Librarians

Grants and Other Sources of Funding:


Useful Websites: