Thursday, January 11, 2018

School Library Advocacy Nuggets

From the desk of…Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator

In November, I attended the bi-annual AASL (American Association of School Librarians) conference in Phoenix, AZ. It was productive, professional time filled with learning, networking, and warmth. One session I attended was titled “Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: Resources and Strategies to Foster Administrator and School Librarian Partnerships.” I left this session with several nuggets that I knew I wanted to share.

Flyer from AASL
School Librarians as Learning Leaders: An Administrator's Guide

The School Librarians as Learning Leaders webpage at www.ala.org/aasl/learningleaders is loaded with selected quality resources that demonstrate the instructional role of librarians in 21st century schools and further administrators’ understanding of the role that strong school libraries and certified school librarians play in student achievement.

One of my favorite sources on this webpage is the comprehensive School Librarians as Learning Leaders: An Administrator’s Guide. It’s stocked with focused infographics, videos, and articles – kind of a one-stop-shop for librarians, administrators, and other stakeholders.

The South Dakota State Library has links to additional school library advocacy resources at http://library.sd.gov/LIB/SLC/index.aspx#Advocacy

And, as always, for questions about school libraries, contact me at alissa.adams@state.sd.us