School Library Resources

Resources available from ALA

  • Everyday Advocacy (Association for Library Services to Children)
    Library services for children, and simple, effective ways to learn, share, and make a difference in your library community.
  • Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education 
    Research and statistics to help advocates make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education.
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Advocacy 
    Advocacy resources collected by AASL specifically for school library media programs and school library media specialists.
  • Standards for the 21st-Century Learner 
    AASL "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" offer vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon the school library media specialist profession as education leaders. They will both shape the library program and serve as a tool for library media specialists to use to shape the learning of students in the school.
  • Kids! @ your library® Campaign Tool Kit (Association for Library Services to Children)
    ALSC's Kids! @ your library® Campaign tool kit provides promotion tips, sample press materials, free downloadable art, and other tools to help local libraries reach out to kids, their parents and caregivers.
  • School Libraries Count! 
    "School Libraries Count!" aims to gather data on changes in the field to gain understanding of the state of school library media programs nationally.
  • Special Presidential Task Force on School Libraries
    Provides data and advocacy content specific to threats to school library instructional programs.

Available from ALA Editions

The Power of DataThe Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs
The Power of Data discusses the use of data sets to establish goals for school library programs. Highlighting data available at the local, state, and national levels, the book takes a look at how school librarians can use available data to influence decisions at the local level. The Power of Data will increase the ability of school librarians to effectively use existing data and to articulate the analysis of that data to the people who need the information, including principals, superintendents, school boards, parents, teachers, and students.

Toolkit for School Library Media ProgramsCampaign for America’s Libraries Toolkit for School Library Media Programs
Developed specifically to assist school library professionals. This toolkit includes messages, ideas and strategies for promoting the value of school library media programs and library media specialists in the 21st century.

@your library®, The Campaign for America's Libraries, in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), is designed to help foster a greater collaboration with other types of libraries; to enhance the professional development of school library media specialists; and to provide customizable tools and resources that support the advocacy efforts of school library media specialists.

Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School LibraryProtecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library
Pat Scales uses her experience and expertise to offer an intellectual freedom title tailored to the school library environment. This title presents a number of scenarios in which intellectual freedom is at risk and includes case studies, easy and motivating ways to prepare new hires for handling intellectual freedom issues, sidebars throughout the book that offer sample policies, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statutes and decisions.

Online Learning Opportunities

A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation
Writer Patricia Owen discusses AASL’s newest publication, A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation. In this workbook, Owen uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators. In this webinar, Owen walks participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations.

Ask the Advocate: Find What You Need to Make the Case
Attendees asked questions pertaining to advocacy issues at their library, as well as learning what resources are available to help make the case for libraries.