INSPIRATIONAL PEP TALK
Take a minute to remember why you are telling your story, what you do every day and why it matters.
Johnson, Doug. "10 Traits of Successful School Librarians." Blue Skunk Blog, 9 May 2018.
All Sides Staff. "The Decline of School Libraries." All sides with Ann Fisher. WOSU (Ohio State University, Columbus), 29 Aug 2019. "Today on All Sides, the importance of libraries and school librarians.
Several studies suggest a link between school librarians and improved reading scores, even when accounting for differences in school funding and student income.
But the role of the school librarian is fading.
One in five school librarian posts were eliminated between 2000 and 2016 across the country, where elementary and high school libraries are being defunded, repurposed or just abandoned."
Despite the dark title, this piece holds lots of great info and suggestions from experts.
SKILLS & IDEAS
Achs, Jordan. "Library Sees Increase in Youth Circulation, Attendance." Laramie Boomerang (WY), 9 Apr. 2019.
Abercrombie, Sedley. "The Time for Advocacy Is Now: Why Telling Your Story Is So Important." KQ, AASL, 30 Nov. 2018.
Tell Your Story: ALA. Library Value Calculator. Adapted from Massachusetts Library Association, n.d. Return on Investment (ROI) calculators need to be used carefully so as not to discount the many (!!!) services libraries offer that will not show up in ROI - but the tool is still enlightening in some contexts.
ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. "Using Data to Tell Your Story." ALSC Blog, 21 Sept. 2017.
Amazing, Sarah. "Get the Word Out: Marketing Your Teen Summer Learning Program." American Libraries, 1 May 2019.
Belastock, Eileen. “School librarians can save democracy.” eSchool News, 7 Sept 2020. “When it comes to equity, critical thinking skills, and evaluating information, school librarians are critical for students.”
Brenner, Keri. "Librarian to Stay on at Mill Valley: School Decision Comes After Lobbying by Strawberry Point Elementary School Parents." Marin Independent Journal [Marin County CA], 8 May 2019.
Original article: Brenner, Keri. "Strawberry Point Parents Protest Librarian Layoff: Emotional Testimony before Mill Valley School Board." Marin Independent Journal [Marin County CA], 6 Apr. 2019.
Burns, Tom. "The Difference a School Librarian Can Make, According to One Dad." Brightly: Raise Kids Who Love to Read, Penguin Random House.
Chrastka, John. “School Librarians Must Treat the Fight for Their Future Like the Political Campaign It Is.” Publishers Weekly, 8 Oct 2021.
Cleaver, Samantha. "The Loss of School Librarians Is Hurting Kids (and Teachers)." We Are Teachers, 11 July 2019.
Crum, Brooke. "Schools Cite Budget Cuts as Reason for Having More Aides than Librarians." Waco Tribune [Waco TX], 9 Mar. 2019.
Cucci, Christina (NJASL President). Celebrating school librarians. NJEA, 8 April 2019.
Davis, Joann and Kenneth C. “School Libraries Are the Bedrock of Freedom.” Publishers Weekly, 7 May 2021. “Librarians fulfilled the vision of 25-year-old Benjamin Franklin, who established the Library Company, America’s first lending library, in Philadelphia in 1731. … Franklin’s belief—that libraries and education are crucial to democracy—has never been more true than in our current age of disinformation, with the threat it poses to the republic. …”
Evans, Maxwell. "Lawmakers Push to Require Librarians in Public Schools." Lansing City Pulse [Lansing MI], 11 May 2019.
Falcon, Joaquin. "Victory for Washington School Libraries." ILoveLibraries, ALA, 29 Mar. 2018.
Ferlazzo, Larry. “Response: ‘Just as School Libraries Have Changed, So Have School Librarians.’” Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo in Edweek.org, 11 Aug 2020. “What are some “best practices” for school librarians and/or for how teachers work with school librarians?”
Gola, Christina and Kristi Staar. “Not Your Parents’ Library: School Librarians More Crucial than Ever in the New Reality of Learning Today.” Texas Lone Star (publication of TX Assn. of School Boards), March 2021. Author Christina Gola was Preaident of the TX Library Assn., while Kristi Starr was Chair of the TX Assn of School Librarians.
Hand, Dorcas. "10 Reasons to Know and Use Your Child's Texas School Library." TASLTalks, Texas Association of School Librarians, Feb. 2019.
Hunt, Jonathan. "Advocate This, Not That!" School Library Journal, 2 Jan. 2018, . Equity and access, not reading. Curriculum and instruction, not information literacy. College and career readiness, not ed tech. Universal Design for Learning, not collection development.
Hurst-Wahl, Jill. “How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers and Why It's Important.” Digitization 101, 8 July 2019. Reviewing a United for Libraries program at ALA Annual 2019.
Joanosz, Lia Fisher. “Stepping onto a Soapbox, Part One: Aesthetics.” KQ blog, 31 Aug 2021. “Stepping onto a Soapbox, Part Two: Challenges.” KQ blog, 5 Oct 2021.
Johnson, Doug. "The Shy Person's Guide to Lobbying." Blue Skunk Blog, 16 Dec. 2017.
Kachel, Deb. "Inviting Legislators into School Libraries" (Information Today, Inc., Feb. 8, 2015)
Kagan, Oleg. "Library Visits Have Gone Way Up Over the Last Two Decades. Here’s Why…." Medium, EveryLibrary, 4 Sept. 2017.
ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR SPEECHES
Abercrombie, Sedley. "What is an ‘elevator speech’?" KQ, AASL, 26 Jan. 2018.
"How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch." from Open Colleges (Australia).
Rancourt, Derrick E. "Turn Your Elevator Pitch into an Escalator Pitch." Responsibilities May Include, Universities Canada, 16 Jan. 2018.
Sheneman, Laura. “Time to Update Your Elevator Speech.” Librarian Influencers blog. 4 Sep 2020. With downloadable template.
Tetreault, Steve. “Pump Up The Volume! Boosting the Signal of School Librarians.” KQ, 31 Aug 2020.
EMAIL THAT WORKS
Harris, Kathleen Murray. "How to Write Emails That Actually Get Answered." Real Simple, 31 July 2017.
EXAMPLES of VIDEOS
These are fun videos to inspire your own creativity as you TELL YOUR STORY in the Advocacy Process.
Episcopal School if Dallas. How Far Will You Go... to return your library book? June 2018.
Bring Them Back Overdue Library Book Parody. YouTube, 2013-14.
Salt Lake City county Library. The County Library WILL ROCK YOU. June 2018.
Please let Dorcas know if you have a contribution to post here. Let's feature HISD!!!
Skills and Ideas
Mann, Leah. "I love how this tweet shows what librarians do and breaks stereotypes! We need to show librarians out from behind their desks, highlight great instruction, and tell a tale of Future Ready librarians of today, not book keepers of yesterday. @aasl @TXLA #futurereadylibs #LISDlib." Twitter, 26 Feb. 2019.
Maxey, Andrew, and Mike Daria. "How To Speak Administrator." School Library Journal, 3 Oct. 2018,
Meyer, Susan. "School Libraries – More Important than Ever." Tech Notes, TCEA, 12 Apr. 2017
Mills, Jill. "NJ State Teacher of the Year Advocates for School Libraries." TAP into Denville (NJ), 4 May 2019.
Moreillon, Judi. "Letter: The Library Ecosystem." Arizona Daily Star [Tucson], 18 Apr. 2019.
NEA. “Build Your School’s Opportunity Checklist.” NEA, 2019. Librarians are included in the “Quality Educators” section.
Nobel, Rachel. The Importance of Having a School Library. New York Teacher Issue, United Federation of Teachers (NYC), 4 April 2019.
Pentland, Courtney. “What 2020 Has Taught Me about Advocacy–A Simple Way to Toot Your Own Horn.” KQ, 14 Dec 2020. “Sending a shared document of tasks tackled may seem small in the face of the challenges some school librarians are facing, but sometimes small acts can spark big conversations.”
Peterson, Carl J. "LAUSD Libraries are Safe (For Now)." Medium, 24 May 2019.
Pine Grove Middle School at ESM. [East Syracuse Minoa] "It's National Library Week! Pine Grove Librarian Sue Kowalski and Associate Principal Ashleigh Wilson appeared on News Channel 9's Bridge Street Live to talk about school libraries and how they support learning in the classroom. Libraries help students safely and effectively get the information they need in a time when they have technology at their fingertips! Check out the interview. [citation below]." Facebook, 11 Apr. 2019.
VIDEO Jadran, Farah. "Pine Grove Middle School Focusing on Anti-Bullying, Putting End to Cyberbullying.LocalSyr.com, WSYR Channel 9, 6 Mar. 2018.
Qaimari, Nader. "The Importance of School Librarians: The President of Follett School Solutions Explains Why School Librarians Are Worth Fighting For." Publishers Weekly, 15 June 2018.
Schulte-Cooper, Laura. "Everyday Advocacy Has Lots to Offer." ALSC Blog, Association for Library Service to Children, 5 Apr. 2018.
Because: Shen, Jerry. "The Most Persuasive Word in the Dictionary: Give a Reason to Get Results." Medium, 25 Aug. 2018.
Turek, Tanya. "This Is What Being an Elementary School Librarian Means to Me Today." Brightly: Raise Kids Who Love to Read, Penguin Random House. “Building a culture of literacy by way of creating a space where books and reading partner with collaborative play and community is what being a librarian — and book lover — means to me today.”
Vaux, Aileen Keown. "It'll Take Time before We Understand the True Cost of Losing Librarians." Inlander, 6 June 2019.
Wilson, Jan. "8 Ways To Make Your Library More Visible Now." School Library Journal, 27 Oct. 2017.