Information for Policymakers
School Librarians are Learning Leaders
American Association of School Librarians Resources
NEW!!! 2017 AASL National School Library Standards. Buy it now - and an APP for quick reference when you visit your libraries.
EVERY EDUCATION POLICYMAKER needs to know this resource is ready for implementation in every school district across the country. Strong school libraries can improve student achievement. Learn how by READING the AASL Standards Framework for Learners in printable PDF. This content can also be purchased in packets of 10 to share with other policymakers.
Expect/Require the Learner competencies to be embedded into library and collaborative lesson plans.
AASL 2016-17 Presidential Initiative
Resources FOR School and School Library POLICYMAKERS
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders." AASL, Apr. 2017. This is the AASL web page that shows the full breadth of Audrey's Presidential Initiative.
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders: #SchoolLibrariansTransformStudentLearning." by Audrey Church. KQ, AASL, 19 June 2017. This blog post links to ALL of Audrey's Presidential Initiative tools.
General Resources for Policymakers
Vercelletto, Christina. "Expert Advocacy Saves WA School Librarian Certification Requirement." School Library Journal, 6 Oct. 2017, .
Moreillon, Judi. "Judi Moreillon: Missing School Librarians Means Lost Literacy Learning." Arizona Daily Star - Tucson, 3 Nov. 2017. Arizona Daily Star.
Krashen, Stephen. "Credentialed school librarians: What the research says." 4 Sept. 2017. SKrashen, . Letter. Sent to the Chicago Tribune, Sept 4, 2017. Original article: Information literacy lost: Most CPS schools no longer have librarians
"The Instructional Role of the Library Media Specialist as Perceived by Elementary School Principals" by Audrey Church. School Library Research (AASL), vol. 11, 2008.
"Secondary School Principals’ Perceptions of the School Librarian’s Instructional Role" School Library Research (AASL), vol. 13, 2010.
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders." AASL, Apr. 2017.
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders: An Administrator's Guide." AASL, ALA, Apr. 2017, PDF. An infographic format is also available; the content is the same.
PODCAST: "Administrators and School Librarians: A Powerful Partnership for Schools and Learning." Education Talk Radio PreK-20, BlogTalkRadio, Inc., Apr. 2017. AASL's President Audrey Church with Deb Levitov, editor of Teacher Librarian magazine and Michelle Folk school librarian from Ft. Atkinson WI. Audrey is presenting her AASL Presidential Initiative, School Librarians as Learning Leaders. Deb and Michele served on her committee.
Thoughts from Elsewhere
Weller, Sam. "Commentary: Without school librarians, we're on a dystopian path." Chicago Tribune, 29 Mar. 2017. Chicago Tribune.
Krashen, Stephen. "Letter: Libraries and librarians: What does the research say?" Chicago Tribune, 31 Mar. 2017, . Response to Weller Commentary, March 29.
Smith, Corbett. "11 Dallas ISD schools are losing their librarians because of budget cuts." Dallas Morning News, 17 Apr. 2017. Dallas News.
Krashen, Stephen. "Why school librarians matter." SKrashen, 17 Apr. 2017. In response to Smith in Dallas News.
Moreillon, Judi. "Judi Moreillon: One million Arizona students at risk." Tucson.com, Arizona Daily Star, 4 Apr. 2017.
Singer, Stephanie. "School librarians are not a luxury in the digital age." Hunterdon County Feedback, NJ.com, 21 Feb. 2017.
Littman, Sarah Darer. "Opinion: Dear Congressman, Research Shows Closing School Libraries and Cutting Certified Librarians Does Not Make Sense." School Library Journal, 23 July 2014,
Kachel, Debra. "Who should teach our kids the difference between real and fake news? Our librarians." Penn Live, PA Media Group, 10 Feb. 2017.
"Are Librarians the Key to a Future Ready School?" by Meris Stansbury. Transform Your School Library, Mackin, Dec. 2016.
Eckert, Cory. “Opinion: Libraries Are Not Neutral.” (SLJ, Aug. 12, 2016)
McKiernan, Kathleen. “BPS [Boston Public Schools] looking to turn the page on lack of libraries.” (Boston Herald, Sept. 32, 2016)
Strachan, Linda. “School librarians, A precious resource. Still under threat.” (An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, Sept. 18, 2016)
Caneva, Gina. “Opinion: School libraries are vital for students.” (Chicago Sun Times, Sept. 14, 2016)
New Jersey Assn. of School Librarians (NJASL). Unlock Student Potential: Support Highly Effective School Library Programs in New Jersey.” (NJASL Advocacy Toolkit, 2016)
Todaro, Julie and Audrey Church. “Letter: If Chicago is a 'city of readers,' then it should support its librarians.” (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 9, 2016)
Harland, Pam and Angie Miller. “Asking the Right Questions to Get the Right Librarian: An Open Letter to Administrators Hiring New Librarians This Year.” (Let the Librarians Lead, April 2, 2016)
Church, Audrey. “Ten Things Your Administrator Needs to Know as the School Year Begins.” (KQ blog, Aug. 10, 2016)
Todaro, Julie Beth and Audrey Church. “Shelving LAUSD’s school librarians would widen the learning gap: Guest commentary.” (Los Angeles Daily News Columns, Aug. 3, 2016)
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development . “NYU Study Identifies “Book Deserts” – Poor Neighborhoods Lacking Children’s Books – Across the Country.” (NYU, July 12, 2016)
Rich, Motoko; Amanda Cox and Matthew Bloch. “Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares.” (NYT The Upshot, April 29, 2016)
Malespina, Elissa. “An Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere.” (School Library Journal, May 23, 2016)
Stevenson, Sara. “Freedom to Read: Saving School Libraries–A Presentation at the Network for Public Education Conference.” (KQ blog, April 27, 2016) [Sara is a librarian in Austin ISD.]
Moreillon, Dr. Judi and Dr. Theresa Starret. VIDEO: Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School. (DrM’s channel, YouTube; April 4, 2014) Principals, Leadership
Polos, Susan. “View: School Librarians Serve the Whole Child.” (Lohud, The Journal News, March 26, 2016)
Griffin, Andrew. “Closing Libraries is a Fine Way to Keep the Poor Powerless.” (The Independent UK, March 29, 2016)
Available in booklet format for printing as well as full-page format with internal bookmarks for desktop access, this 2018 project offers all stakeholders a visual guide to the multi-faceted skill set of certified school librarians. Please share widely!
Related Policy Statements
NCTE. "Statement on Classroom Libraries." NCTE.org, edited by NCTE,
NEA. New Research Study Details Growth, Staffing, Resources Trends in School Library/Media Centers. NEA, 2016. National Education Association.
Articles before 2016
"Thriving Schools Need Libraries and Librarians" by David B. Cohen (DBC Education blog, April 5, 2015).
"If you know anyone who still imagines a librarian is a glorified book clerk whose main interaction with patrons is sshhhh!, I urge you to have them visit a library and talk to a librarian about their work. The rise of the internet and the search engine and digital media has not rendered librarians any less essential; their expertise and dedication are needed more than ever, and those of us who value them must step up our advocacy in light of short-sighted library policy and budgeting."
"Why Fund Libraries When It’s All Online?" by Nicola Morgan. (An Awfully Big Blog Adventure. Jan. 22, 2015. Look to A.B. Credaro for the origin of this discussion, but this British update is also worthwhile reading. Key is the fact that without librarians, students have no skill to find the books they want to read or the resources they need for assignments.
As Senate Begins Debating Education Bill, Happy Words and Better Libraries by Lyndsey Layton (Washington Post, July 8, 2015)
"Speech to School Board Supporting School Libraries and Librarians." by Kathryn Hardesty (ilovelibraries.org. ALA, n.d.)
"Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success" by Carolyn Sun (School Library Journal, May 15, 2015) This includes a link to the actual study.
"School Libraries: The Best Bang for Your Education Buck" by Minerva (June 2,2015)
"Why Fund Libraries When It is All Online?" by Nicola Morgan (An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, Jan. 22, 2015)
"The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries" by Patti Sloan and Joan Flora (blog post inTeaching it Forward, March 15, 2014
"The Shame of Los Angeles" by Diane Ravitch (Diane Ravitch's Blog, a site to discuss better education for all, Feb. 28, 2014)
"Some Libraries Are Too Quiet: Budget cuts leave many L.A. Unified schools without librarians" by Teresa Watanabe (front page of LA Times, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014) [This article refers to the Krashen presentation listed next.]
Why Invest in Libraries, a Presentation at LAUSD Board of Education Meeting, February 11, 2014 by Stephen Krashen. Krashen analyzed LAUSD test scores to document the negative effect of poverty and the positive effect of voluntary reading on scores in LAUSD schools, as well as the effect of libraries in support of both voluntary reading and improved test scores.
VIDEO: Dr. Stephen Krashen defends libraries at LAUSD Board Meeting by Stephen D. Krashen. (YouTube. 16 Feb. 2014.)