Public Testimony

May 1, 2019 Bonnie Lafazan, Parent and Director of the Berkeley College Library in Woodbridge testified at the open public testimony session of the NJ State Board of Education about the value of school libraries and her personal experiences with a lack of a school librarian in her Springfield Public Schools district. She is a board member of Library Link NJ, NJLA/CUS President and also, serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council to Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. View her testimony.

January 2, 2019 NJASL members along with NJLA Executive Director, Patricia Tumulty presented public testimony at the NJ State Board of Education.

Robin Canetti in Room LRC spoke about the need for open access to school library materials (referencing the situation in Mahwah where students are limited in their opportunity for book checkout).

Debra Gottsleben in Room A spoke about her school's participation in Library Snapshot Day at Morristown HS and the students comments about their library.

Anne Piascik in Room LRC shared her students' heartfelt comments about their school library at Morristown HS as part of the library's participation in Library Snapshot Day.

Patricia Tumulty spoke about the need for an Information Literacy Curriculum.

September 9, 2018 Public Testimony from Christina Cucci and Darby Malvey to the NJ State Board of Education presenting a letter on behalf of AASL to adopt information literacy standards. 

August 1, 2018 .Public Testimony to the NJ State Board of Education on proposed amendments to N.J.A.C. 6A:8, Standards and Assessment and how those changes will benefit school libraries. (NJASL's testimony is found on page 25)

May 2, 2018 Public Testimony on the importance of school libraries before the NJ State Board of Education.

May 2, 2018 Written Comments on the importance of school libraries submitted to the NJ Board of Education for Public Testimony.

April 9, 2018 Lisa Bakanas' testimony at the NJ Assembly Budget Hearings on Proposed Budget and the need for funding for school libraries.

January 3, 2018: Testimony before the NJ State Board of Education by Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association testifies on the impact of the loss of school library media specialists

September 13, 2017: Testimony at the State Board of Education on the loss of school librarian positions

May 3, 2017: Evaluation of the Performance of School District Testimony to the NJ State Board of Education. Presented by Lisa Bakanas, NJASL President-Elect. 

February 2, 2017:  School Librarians and Digital Curation: Value Added (Essential) Service for School Communities. Presentation created by LaDawna Harrington, Mary Lewis and Pat Massey. Presented by Mary Lewis and Pat Massey to New Jersey Association of School Administrators, Curriculum & Instruction Committee.

April 18, 2016: Testimony regarding South Orange - Maplewood School District Removal of SLMS And District Strategic Plan

September 17, 2015: Bruce DuBoff, NJASL President-Elect, advocated for a re-focus on school libraries and librarians in a speech he gave during an NJ Board of Education Meeting. Read his testimony here.

January 7, 2015: Arlen Kimmelman, NJASL President, testifying at the State Board of Education meeting. Click here to read her testimony, Planning for the Future of NJ's School Libraries.

November 7, 2012: Click here to read President Amy Rominiecki's Testimony to the NJ State Board of Education titled: Professional Licensure and Board of Examiners Testimony,

March 2012: Budget Assembly Testimony by Fran King, NJASL President.

April 30, 2012: Reading Disabilities Task Force Testimony by Peg Lawlor, NJASL representative.

April 2012: Letter to Reading Disabilities Task Force from Pat Massey.

December 2011: College and Career Ready Task Force Dec. 2011 Comments. Read the Report

August 3, 2011: Testimony to the New Jersey State Board of Education on N.J.A.C. 6A:30 Evaluation and Performance of School Districts presented by Fran King, NJASL President - elect. Read the Report

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