What is it?
On-going process of building partnerships so that others will act for and with you, turning passive support into educated action for the library program.
It begins with a vision and a plan for the library program that is then matched to the agenda and priorities of stakeholders.
– Definitions developed by the AASL Advocacy Committee.
Advocacy Season 2018 with Colleen and Jen (Download PPT) (View PDF)
Here is the current 2018 guide for this year’s Advocacy Season. Available in Powerpoint and viewable PDF.
Advocacy Links – AASL, ALA, NYLA, SLMS, and more…
One positive and productive step toward effective advocacy is self-education. Engaging, in depth, research based ADVOCACY sites abound on the World Wide Web. Professional organizations and policy making groups provide links to significant ISSUES, current RESEARCH, and POLICY base. Reviewing and understanding the content of these sites would strengthen any potential advocate’s ability to build strong arguments, draw on respected studies, and echo national and state library leaders.
AASL – American Association of School Librarians
- AASL Advocacy Toolkit – Provides “Talking Points,” Quotes, Information Power guidelines, research on student achievement, sample letter, criteria for parents to assess and support their child’s school library, resource guides, links to the White House Conference focusing on school libraries, introduction to advocacy, state advocacy tools, support materials.
- “@ your library” Campaign for School Libraries
- Position Statement – Multiple documents related to student achievement and school library media programs
- AASL Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development – A comprehensive, one stop shopping list of quality links addressing the empowering connections between school library programs and student achievement. Includes Keith Curry Lance on Colorado Study, Pennsylvania Study, Alaska Study, Texas study, California and Iowa research, Fast Facts and “Proof of the Power” links.
- AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
ALA – American Library Association
- Advocacy Publications – Includes LSTA Brochure, Power Point presentation, Library Advocate’s Handbook, Quotes, resources, generic advocacy tools.
- Advocacy for Libraries
- ALA Resolution : School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success
Libraries – How They Stack Up (PDF file)
A highly visual report from OCLC on the economic impact of libraries, includes comparisons and charts that sum up insightful evidence to the viability and value of libraries.
New York State’s School Library Systems
Overview of services, profile of positive impact on student achievement, facts and data regarding service levels.
NYLA – New York Library Association
- Advocacy Homepage – Legislative updates, legislative initiatives, voting records, advocacy materials, advocacy and the budget, NYLA Lobby Day.
- Advocacy Tools – Advocacy information resources, legislature, sample advocacy letter, letter guidelines, sample testimony at budget hearings
New York State Education Department
- New York Online Virtual Electronic Library TOOLKIT
NOVEL talking points, presentation tools, charts, graphs, printed information, brochures, Fact Sheets, database search statistics.
School Library Leadership
Importance of School Libraries to Educational Programs – An extensive hot linked bibliography of research, very broad in scope, conveniently arrayed, carefully selected. Just the resources you need to read to advocate persuasively.Student Achievement and the School Library
See the detailed results of now 21 state studies demonstrating the correlates of student achievement with school library programs, instructional time, quality resources, school library media specialists, collaboration, leadership. Consistent patterns in all studies show quality school library programs increase reading scores and improve performance on local, state or national assessments.