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Advocacy

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians actively supports strong school library programs. NJASL works throughout the state to advocate for regulations and funding to require all schools to have credentialed School Library Media Specialists who possess the competencies needed to deliver effective school library media programs.  Our students’ futures depend on it.


We encourage all school library supporters to speak out for school libraries!


What We Do

  • Initiate legislative actions and recommend language in legislation about school libraries by working with legislators and their staff
  • Maintain strong relationships with other state education organizations and stakeholders,
  • Educate members of the education community about advocacy efforts and strategies.


How can I be an advocate for School Libraries?

SHARE information about how effective school library programs positively impact student achievement with school administrators and board members. 

POST on the library web site facts about how your library program helps students.

USE #theother160days to:

  • Use #theother160days to share #NJ #school #library success stories beyond library-as-computer-lab.
  • Thank you for helping us get the word out that #NJ #school #librarians benefit students' #infolit #theother160days
  • Use #theother160days to share #NJ #school #library stories about successful #infolit initiatives!
  • Use #theother160days to tell everyone what #school #librarians in #NJ do for #infolit when students aren't testing!

USE the results of the NJ Study of School Libraries to inform and educate state and local policy makers, parents, teachers, and other members of your school community about the positive impact well-funded, well-staffed school library programs have on student achievement. 

ASK decision makers to support funding for effective school library programs staffed by certified SLMS.

NJASL Position Statements

The Role of Effective School Library Programs in The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015: A Position Statement from New Jersey Association of School Librarians, New Jersey Library Association, and LibraryLinkNJ (August 2016)


NJASL Position Statement on the Evaluation of School Library Media Specialists


School Library and Classroom Reading Collections: Both essential to promote literacy, share common purposes and goals while providing unique scope and support for students. (2004)


School Library Media Research Studies


School Library Programs in New Jersey: Building Blocks for Realizing Student Potential with ESSA Legislation Opportunities(April 2016)


NJASL/CISSL Study: School Libraries: Now More than Ever


School Library Media Infographics

NJASL Infographic  (2013)


AASL School Librarians Transform Learning Infographic (2014)


Roles of School Library Media Specialists


NJ Department of Education adopts AASL wording into NJ Student Learning Standards (May 2016)


Reading, Research, the Common Core & Your School Librarian,” a two-page document that indicates how school librarians are best positioned to integrate the Common Core Standards, is now available by clicking the above header. Review and share the document that includes quotes from recent research in over 21 state studies. Remind stakeholders how you and your school library program can be indispensable to your school community and promote the skills students need to become independent learners. 


   

Who can I contact to learn more?

NJASL Legislative Chairperson, Mary Moyer, mmoyer@njasl.org

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