November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

AASL National Standards: A few essentials to get started!

As a member of the AASL National Standards Implementation Taskforce, I was honored to take part in the rollout in Phoenix. Whether you were in Phoenix or were #NOTATAASL, you will need to get your arms around the Standards and share them with your colleagues or stakeholders, I’d like to highlight a few of my personal […]

Dispelling Some Myths about Public Libraries, One Tweet at a Time

I have worked in public libraries for 24 years now and every few months (weeks? days?) it seems like another think piece or post on social media comes out proclaiming that we should just shut down and stop funding our public libraries because no one even uses them anymore, or everyone just uses the Internet, […]

Hurricane Relief for Libraries; Be a Rebel and Tweet; Grants for Autism Inclusion | News Bites

Ways to help hard-hit libraries recover after Hurricane Harvey and to win literary swag and stand up for reading—and more.

Parsing the New ALA School Librarian Competencies Framework

An ALA committee has designed a set of professional competencies that emphasizes leadership and growth.

Building Bridges and Restoring Jobs | Take the Lead

A strategic district media specialist “re-professionalized” school librarian positions in Georgia schools.

New Advocacy to Save School Librarians, One Click at a Time

Save School Librarians, a project of EveryLibrary, Follet Learning, and state library associations, is an online activist site for librarians, parents, and others.

Incoming ALA President Jim Neal: Supporting School Libraries

Neal, who assumes ALA leadership in June, will bolster support for school libraries, while also prioritizing equity, leadership, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations.

School Librarians of Rhode Island Raising the Profile of Their Profession

With the help of Kickstarter and Capstone Publishing, Rhode Island school librarians are producing a video to highlight the critical importance of well-funded and properly staffed public school libraries.

Support Libraries, Save the IMLS

Earlier this week, the newest proposed federal budget was introduced and it included massive cuts to many services (see link below for a complete look at the budget in the Washington Post). Included in those potential cuts would be a complete elimination of the IMLS, the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The IMLS provides […]

Amid ESSA Uncertainty, Educators Urged To Be “Aware” and “Active”

In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.

Advocating for the Worth of Librarians Pays Off in CA | Take the Lead

A district coordinator’s dream of hiring credentialed librarians finally came true. Here’s how she did it.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Behind the Poster: Artist Calef Brown Talks with SLJ

SLJ chatted with the Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award winner about what led him to the creation of the striking poster included in our February 2017 issue.

Eight Librarians Flip Their Skills To Serve a New Calling

These powerhouse librarians leveraged their experience to shift careers midstream, after decades on the job, or post-“retirement.” They’re still giving to the profession.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Book Review: Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Sadowski, Michael. Safe Is Not Enough: […]

How To Crowdsource a Library

The inspiring story of Just. One. Book. The effort rebuilt a school library for the benefit of some very deserving kids in Greenville, CA.

Make the Case To Attend ALA, ISTE—or Any Conference

It’s not too late to lobby for attending the ALA and ISTE conferences in June. Here’s a strategy, including ways to keep costs down.

A letter of support

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In some areas, school districts recognize our value and are struggling to find the best qualified, well-prepared professionals to fill multiple positions. I get letters and see postings seeking excellent candidates nearly every day.  In other areas, library programs are being cut because […]

I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)

It’s just the beginning of School Library Month.  Tweet it out! If you happen to be struggling for a few new ways to celebrate, don’t worry.  AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library […]

ESSA learning more, doing more

I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. On the SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org website, Deb Kachel offers some clarity. Deb’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs, shares critical background on the ESSA […]

Proposed Federal Budget Could Cut State Library Funding by Nearly $1 Million

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget request to the U.S. Congress, released on February 9 by the U.S. Government Publishing Office and the Office of Management and Budget, included $230,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Of the total FY17 appropriations request for IMLS, $228,593,000 is allocated for programs and administrative costs authorized by the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), which comprises the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Museum Services Act (MSA). Some $182,429,000 would go toward programs authorized by LSTA: grants to state library agencies, Native American and Native Hawaiian library services, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and National Leadership Grants for libraries.