Symposium on the Future of Libraries
As of 2007, only 60% of K-12 public schools employed a state certified librarian (American Libraries, 2007). ALA and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have launched several initiatives to advocate for a state-certified librarian and assist state and local organizations in advocating for continued and increased school library staffing. With budgets and state regulations often playing a role, these advocacy efforts are aimed at legislators and decision makers who can enact relevant policy. Nevertheless, school librarians continue to face barriers and obstacles to their participation in political advocacy. Research suggests common barriers include (but are not limited to) resistance by public decision makers, lack of training, and insufficient time (Ewbank, 2011).
In this session, participants will listen to decision makers at the local, state, and federal level speak about their perspectives and advice regarding advocacy; and then engage ALA Policy Corps members in a conversation regarding political advocacy for school librarians. Best practice for how to connect with and interact with local, state, and national legislators will be presented as well as research-based communication strategies for creating effective messaging.
Participants will leave with strategies to help break down the barriers standing in the way of their advocacy efforts.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, Center for the Future of Libraries
Meeting Type: Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Cost: Included with full conference registration.