Policymaker Info - Pre 2017
In working to keep these pages approachable, we've moved articles older than 2017 to this page. There is still powerful content here.
Caneva, Gina. “Opinion: School libraries are vital for students.” (Chicago Sun Times, Sept. 14, 2016)
Church, Audrey. "The Instructional Role of the Library Media Specialist as Perceived by Elementary School Principals." School Library Research (AASL), vol. 11, 2008.
Church, Audrey. “Ten Things Your Administrator Needs to Know as the School Year Begins.” (KQ blog, Aug. 10, 2016)
Eckert, Cory. “Opinion: Libraries Are Not Neutral.” (SLJ, Aug. 12, 2016)
Cohen, David B. "Thriving Schools Need Libraries and Librarians" (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."
Griffin, Andrew. “Closing Libraries is a Fine Way to Keep the Poor Powerless.” (The Independent UK, March 29, 2016)
Hardesty, Kathryn. "Speech to School Board Supporting School Libraries and Librarians." (ilovelibraries.org. ALA, n.d.)
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)
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.
Malespina, Elissa. “An Open Letter to School Boards Everywhere.” (School Library Journal, May 23, 2016)
McKiernan, Kathleen. “BPS [Boston Public Schools] looking to turn the page on lack of libraries.” (Boston Herald, Sept. 32, 2016).
Minerva, AKA Claire Zinkin. "School Libraries: The Best Bang for Your Education Buck." (June 2,2015)
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).
Morgan, Nicola. "Why Fund Libraries When It’s All Online?" (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.
New Jersey Assn. of School Librarians (NJASL). Unlock Student Potential: Support Highly Effective School Library Programs in New Jersey.” (NJASL Advocacy Toolkit, 2016)
Polos, Susan. “View: School Librarians Serve the Whole Child.” (Lohud, The Journal News, March 26, 2016)
Ravitch, Diane. "The Shame of Los Angeles" by Diane Ravitch (Diane Ravitch's Blog, a site to discuss better education for all, Feb. 28, 2014).
Rich, Motoko; Amanda Cox and Matthew Bloch. “Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares.” (NYT The Upshot, April 29, 2016)
"Secondary School Principals’ Perceptions of the School Librarian’s Instructional Role" School Library Research (AASL), vol. 13, 2010.
Sloan, Patti & Joan Flora. "The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries." (blog post inTeaching it Forward, March 15, 2014
Stansbury, Meris. "Are Librarians the Key to a Future Ready School?" Transform Your School Library, Mackin, Dec. 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)
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.]
Strachan, Linda. “School librarians, A precious resource. Still under threat.” (An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, Sept. 18, 2016)
Sun, Carolyn. "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.
Todaro, Julie and Audrey Church. “Letter: If Chicago is a 'city of readers,' then it should support its librarians.” (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 9, 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)
Watanabe, Teresa. "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.]