Invite your local representative to your school library

Contact: Melissa B. Jacobsen


AASL Communications Specialist


(312) 280-4381

mjacobsen@ala.org

NEWS


For Immediate Release


April 13, 2009

Advocate for reasons school libraries are important to today's student

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) urges school library media specialists to advocate for their school library media program by inviting their local representative to visit during School Library Media Month. It is important to help your legislator understand why school library media specialists are indispensable to a student's educational career. AASL has created templates for school library media specialists that can be downloaded on the School Library Media Month pages at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/slmm.

"Nothing could be easier; and, nothing is more important than to invite your legislator to visit your school library," says AASL President Ann M. Martin. "Seeing you engaged with teachers and students changes perceptions effectively and gains support for school library programs. AASL is providing templates to make the process easy and by using the template you are fulfilling an important advocacy initiative."

In addition to these templates and the month-long celebration of school library media specialists and their programs, AASL provides many other advocacy tools. Toolkits,
http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy, offer guidance in building support from key stakeholders in the school community. Position statements,
http://www.ala.org/aasl/positions, reinforce the importance of the standards in a school library media program and its staffing. Finally, the @ your School Library® campaign,
http://www.ala.org/@yourlibrary, gives school library media specialists the tools they need to let the public know that they are essential to a student's achievement.

School Library Media Month is the annual celebration of school library media specialists and their programs. The month long celebration takes place every April. This year, AASL is pleased to have spokesperson James Patterson, award-winning author and a tireless advocate for creating lifelong readers. The theme for this year is "Worlds connect @ your school library." The School Library Media Month pages will be regularly updated with PSAs and activities for celebrating.

The American Association of School Librarians,
www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.