Resources for School Librarians - Index Demonstrating the Importance of School Libraries
These sites are useful when it becomes necessary to have a chat with your administrator about
the role of the library.
Talking to the Principal
The Nonnegotiable Role of School Librarians - by Scott Beck, posted to the blog of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Feb. 6, 2020.
The Importance of School Libraries in the Google Age - If we have Google why do we need libraries and librarians? An article by Kay Oddone.
Effective School Library Toolkit for Administrators - By the Michigan Department of Education, April, 2019.
A Pre-service Toolkit for Principles and Teachers - From the AASL. A list of resources to inform principals and teachers about the functions of the school librarian. March, 2016.
Why School Librarians Matter: What Years of Research tell us. An article by Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel in the Phi Delta Kappan, March 28, 2018
A 13 Point Library Media Program Checklist for School Principals - How does your library measure up? This checklist is by Doug Johnson and was written in 2009.
Creating a Culture of Literacy - A handbook for principals to assist in the development of literacy in their middle and high schools. This handbook is in pdf form.
Outdated School Libraries: What
Can You Do to Update Yours - An article for school administrators from Education World. It was written in 2003 and needs to be updated.
Average Book Prices 2021 - From School Library Journal, Feb. 20, 2021 School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit - "If sharing information about your program is outside of your comfort zone, remember, you are not tooting your own horn; you are advocating for students and student learning. This is not about you; this is for the children of your school district. You are being a student advocate. Do it". From the American Association of School Librarians.
Strong Statements About the Importance of School Libraries
Roles of the School Librarian: Empowering Student Leaning and Success - A study of the importance of the school librarian. This is by the Northeast Comprehensive Center, the New York State Library, and the New York Education Department. The report was issued on November 12, 2019.
The Importance of School Librarians - an article by Nader Qaimari in Publishers Weekly, Jun 15, 2018. Mr. Qaimari is president of Follett School Solutions.
Without Foundations, We Can't Build, Information Literacy and the Need for Strong School Library Programs - a very informative article by Cara Berg, Darby Malvey, and Maureen Donahue, March, 2018.
Students Need School Libraries - An Australian organization promoting school libraries.
Advocacy and and the School Librarian - Article from Ebsco.
More on Advocacy and Promotion - From the Resources for School Librarians web site. The Data
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