NJASL Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Within our Organization
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians joins organizations and individuals around the country and world in condemning the racism, xenophobia, and acts of violence that have been perpetrated against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander individuals and communities. We are saddened by the injustices we have seen happening throughout the nation and recognize that there is an abundance of work to be done. Read the full statement.
Battle of the Books Statement:These resources are provided as a benefit of NJASL membership thanks to the volunteer work of NJASL’s Battle of the Books committee. As an organization whose vision is that “Every student in every school in New Jersey is served by a certified full time school library media specialist,” NJASL advocates for the School Library Media Specialist on staff to have the first right of refusal to run their school’s program. Battle of the Books programs in schools are typically run by certified school library media specialists. When that is not possible, nonmembers who wish to purchase these materials may contact email@example.com.The Battle of the Books Handbook and questions are not to be copied and freely distributed.
"School Librarians are Uniquely Positioned to Enhance Student Learning,” a two-page document that illustrates how school librarians facilitate learning, is now available by clicking the title. Use it to remind stakeholders how you and your school library program can be indispensable to your school community and promote learning skills students need to achieve. The document includes quotes from recent research in over 21 state studies and an informative graphic. (August 2018)
Role of School Library Media Specialist in NJ Department of Education's Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Initiative Here are NJASL'S position on ways that school library media specialists address social and emotional learning.
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)
School Library and Classroom Reading Collections: Both essential to promote literacy, share common purposes and goals while providing unique scope and support for students.