Back to School: School Library Legislation in the Statehouses

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Schools with a strong school library program and a state-certified school librarian ensure their students have the best chance to succeed in college and career, yet research shows only approximately 20 states require a state-certified school librarian in their schools. As the need for future-ready citizens builds, collaborative partnerships in several states have worked to pass legislation – or enforce existing legislation – to guarantee every student has access to an effective school library program.

During this webinar, representatives from three states share their successes, challenges and lessons learned while working together to pass legislation.

The webinar was the kickoff event of a joint AASL, CRO and OLA special initiative “State Ecosystems,” a program to develop a more collaborative relationship and stronger coalition between ALA, the ALA Chapters and the AASL Affiliates.

Learning Outcomes


Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


  • James Keehbler is a past president of the New Jersey Library Association and Director of the Piscataway Public Library.
  • Mernie Maestas is the president of the Missouri Association of School Librarians and school librarian at Boone Trail Elementary School.
  • Lysha Thompson is the Missouri Association of School Librarians legislative chair and school librarian for Miller County R-3 Schools.
  • Deb Kachel, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association legislative chair and adjunct instructor, at Antioch University.



Access to this webinar archive is complimentary.

How to Register

No registration is required.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


Jennifer Habley email icon
AASL Manager, Web Communications