State Ecosystem Initiative

American Association of School Librarians, ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and Chapter Relations Office have embarked on a yearlong initiative to strengthen state library ecosystems through unified messaging and identification of shared priorities for action. This initiative follows the more than 40 ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Implementation Workshops that AASL conducted across the country during 2016-17, to ensure that school librarians were at the table as states and districts develop their implementation plans for federal education legislation.

The State Ecosystem Initiative was launched at ALA Annual in 2017 with a panel on Partnerships to Strengthen School Libraries and will continue with virtual and in-person programming, as well as the development of strategic resources, with a culminating event at ALA Annual in June, 2018.

November 2017

Ecosystem Survey Postcard

Thanks to all who participated in the survey and congratulations to raffle winners April Dawkins and Dawn Berryman!


September 2017

Webinar_Back to School: School Library Legislation in the Statehouses


June 2017