In these days of tight budgets and staff cuts, libraries everywhere need to advocate for the important resources and guidance they provide. Often the library is the first place cut as administration and community members do not realize the many benefits provided by the library. Below are some advocacy resources to share.
American Association of School Libraries (AASL) Toolkits
Crisis Tool Kit -- "This toolkit is designed to assist you as you build meaningful and effective support for saving your program."
School Library Program Health and Wellness Tool Kit--"This toolkit provides resources to help you build stakeholder support and true advocacy."
Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL):
School Libraries More than Ever: A Position Paper by Ross Todd and Carol Gordon. http://www.cissl.rutgers.edu/
State Impact Studies and other resources from the Library Research Service http://www.lrs.org/impact.php
Maine State Library http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/advocacy/index.shtml
School Library Value Calculator – allows individuals to calculate how much it would cost to purchase the service provided free by a school library http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/schools/savings.htm
Dulcina Media is one of the most ardent advocates for school librarians in the business community.
*Study Shows How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation*
A new national study commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave without a diploma than proficient readers. The report, "Double Jeopardy: How Poverty & Third-Grade Reading Skills Influence High School Graduation," breaks down for the first time the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.
23 Studies Find Positive Link Between Library Spending and Student Learning http://bit.ly/mTDcW8
New York Times article
A Los Angeles Times response to school cuts
School Libraries Work
Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement: a Review of the Research - Report for the Australian School Library Association by Michele Lonsdale Australian Council for Educational Research, 2003.
LRS (Library Research Studies) site has the link to many studies that show the need for librairans and library programs: http://www.lrs.org/school/. Go to the link entitled "School Impact Studies." Many of the studies and findings focus on the role of the library media specialist to student achievement.
What happens When Media Positions Are Cut was published in LMC, May/June 2011. It's available through Ebsco and here:
Colorado State Library just released a newly designed infographic snapshot of Colorado/national studies done over the last 2 decades that show how teacher-librarians (school library media specialists here in Maine) have a positive impact on student test scores.Visit the link below to access both online and scroll down to see the ‘printing’ link
This article provides a good summary of the findings of a recently completed Pennsylvania survey on the importance of school libraries in relation to students’ test scores. It also gives some very good advice about how to advocate for your school library.
The California Campaign for Strong School Libraries: http://librarycampaign.csla.net/ - this site has handouts for parents, administrators etc.
Anderson, M. A. (2011). What happens when media positions are cut? *Library Media Connection, 29*(6), 16-18. ) -- When media specialists are cut, information literacy instruction and research instruction are also cut because there is no one to provide direct instruction or to collaborate with teachers to integrate those aspects of learning into the curriculum.
Baumbach, D. J. (2003). *Making the Grade: The Status of School Library Media Centers in the Sunshine State and How They Contribute to Student Achievement. *Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida. -- Baumbach’s study of high schools concluded students at schools with well-staffed libraries and high circulations performed better on Florida’s
required standardized tests.
Francis, B. F., Lance, K. C., & Lietzau, Z. (2010). *School librarians continue to help students achieve standards: The third Colorado study. *Denver, -- Francis et al. reported students in schools with a certified school librarian and a better funded library scored significantly higher on standardized tests. In a comparative study of test scores in states showing changes in the number of librarians between 2004 and 2009, Lance and Hofschire (2011) determined states which gained school librarians demonstrated a greater rise in reading scores while states that lost librarians had an overall decline in reading scores.
Jaeger, P. (2011). Transliteracyundefinednew library lingo and what it means for instruction. *Library Media Connection, 30*(2), 44-47. -- Technological literacy and reading literacy are tied to one another and span the curriculum, involving every subject area.
Lance, K. C., & Hofschire, L. (2011) Something to shout about: New research shows that more librarians mean higher reading scores. *School Library Journal, 57*(9), 28-33. (see above)
Lance, K. C. Rodney, M. J., & Hamilton-Pennell, C. (2005). *Powerful libraries make powerful learners: The Illinois study. *Retrieved from http://www.islma.org/pdf/ILStudy2.pdf -- Academic achievement is positively impacted when librarians and teachers work together to impart instruction.
Quantitative Resources, LLC (2003). Show Me Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement. Missouri Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved from
http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/lmc/documents/showmeconnection.pdf -- This study found even when considering demographics of schools with high percentages of students eligible for free and reduced lunches, school librarians and school library usage have a positive impact on test scores.
Santos, F. (2011, June 24). In lean times, schools squeeze out librarians. *The New York Times. *Retrieved from* *
Todd, R. J., & Kuhlthau, C. (December, 2003). Student learning through school libraries: A summary of the Ohio research study. Presented at the Ohio Educational Media Association.
Keep it Simple
Administrators love statistics
It's ALL ABOUT THE KIDS -- show the impact of these people on student learning.
Get parents & community members involve. Their voices have more weight.
Ask teachers to share their collaborations with the library.
Don't forget to check the MASL Handbook for even more Advocacy Resources.