“If you don’t promote yourself, you’re doomed to defend yourself.” Ken Haycock at CIL 2010
What can we do to promote the value of school libraries? How can we advocate for the value of school libraries, school librarians and intellectual freedom? Listed below are some links to websites and articles you may find helpful.
National Library Month Spokesperson Laurie Halse Anderson speaks to students about the importance of school libraries and librarians:
This video was produced by Mike Charbonneau of Mexico Academy.
School Library Media Program Health and Wellness Toolkit
Defines the ALA Code of Ethics and why it is important in school library programs, provides print and online resources, discusses internet filtering, and gives contact information for help with challenges even if you are not an AASL member.
Self Censorship part 1 on AASL BLog 2/27/12
Other Toolkits can be found at AASL's Advocacy and Issues site.
by Dr. Nancy Everhart, President, American Association of School Librarians, May 19, 2011.
Choose Privacy Week
Advocacy Articles and Resources
Links to our elected officials. Take action to save Connecticut Libraries.
June 29, 2010
School Libraries Work, Scholastic 2008
Why We Still Need School Librarians by Jamie McKenzie
Forbes.com article by Mark Moran
Digital Access, Collaboration a Must for Students by Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, e School News
Joyce Valenza discusses the international document that can be used to advocate professional school libraries worldwide.
How Can Librarians Save the World, from npr.com
ALA's Our Authors, Our Advocates website
ALA toolkit to turn your local authors and notables into library advocates
CCBC’s What IF intellectual freedom question and answer service. The site has MANY questions and answers useful to school and public librarians as well as teachers, and answers can be sorted by category. Anyone may submit a confidential question and receive a personal reply.
Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians by Joyce Valenza
Joyce discusses what a 21st century librarian should do.
Are Librarians Still Important? Scholastic Administrator
How Bellevue School District Teacher Librarians Utilize Technology to Support Students
Visit the CASL Ning to access links to these videos:
Resources from other States
From the Massachusetts School Library Association. Site includes links to MSLA documents to Help in a Crisis and their Advocacy Initiatives Wiki.
This website was created by concerned parents and community members in Bellevue, Washington after they learned of cuts at the middle school and high school levels.
Shonda Brisco has created this collaborative map. Please be sure to include a statement about the impact on student learning.
from the ALA Washington office
Being Tactical with Advocacy by Carl Harvey II, the 2011-2012 President of AASL , in Teacher Librarian
ALA resources promoting Intellectual Freedom