Invite Legislators to
Your School Library During National Library Week
What is foremost in legislators’ minds? Finance & Budget
How can teacher-librarians link up to legislators’ agenda? With One Key Message
Legislators @ your library ®
Your legislators must know
- • Networked school libraries and fully licensed school librarians have a positive impact on student learning and achievement.
- • Students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library media programs.
- • Interactions with a school library media specialist aid children and teens in becoming confident, competent, and independent learners.
- • Students achieve more academically when their teachers and fully licensed school library media specialists collaboratively plan and deliver instruction.
- • There is data to support these statements, which has been collected over the past decade in studies across the United States.
- • Stimulus money (ARRA) can be spent to benefit school libraries and to hire fully licensed school librarians in every school building, e.g., Title I; Enhancing Education Through Technology; and State Fiscal Stabilization Funds.
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/woissues/schoollibraries/lsl/lsl.cfm
Know Your Stimulus www.ala.org/knowyourstimulus
School Library Media Month 2009 http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/aasladvocacy/schoollibrary.cfm
AddItUp: Libraries Make the Difference
Act quickly. Put together a needs list for your district. Share it with your local school administrators and legislators. Take pictures. Write news releases. Let us know how it goes. Send your story to AASL Legislation Committee Members: Mirah Dow email@example.com or Mary Moyer firstname.lastname@example.org