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"You as a school library media specialist are too important to too many children to let budget reductions that impact your program just  'happen.' Get active, ask for support, and heed the words of Dylan Thomas – 'Do not go gentle into that good night.'" - Doug Johnson


The resources on this page are desgined to help NCSLMA members fight for and maintain library services and positions that impact North Carolna's young people.  Keeping in mind that the best form of advocacy is to provide quality, far reaching services that impact student learning, the resources on this page are divided into two sections.

  • Advocacy Resources From NCSLMA and Its Members.
  • Advocacy Resources From AASL, ALA and other National Programs.

Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to combat a tough economy and the drastic cuts to education that have followed.  However, by providing quality, impactful services and embedding themselves into the instructional programs at their schools, North Carolina's school librarians can (and do!) draw a clear and distinct line between themselves and student learning.  The purpose of these resources is to help North Carolina school librarians draw that line.

NCSLMA.Advocacy.Resources:

Elevator Speeches (PDF)

How to Build an Elevator Speech (PPT)

"Librarians are Ready" Flyer (PDF)

Marketing L4L (PDF)

NC Authors/NC Advocates

Proving Your Worth - from the 2010 NCSLMA Conference (PPT)

The Top Ten Reasons (Excuses) that Prevent School Library Advocacy (PDF)

University Teaching Fellows Initiative

National Advocacy Resources:

100 Things Kids Will Miss If They Don't Have A School Librarian In Their School 

AASL's School Libraries Transform Learning

AASL Crisis Toolkit

AASL Advocacy Toolkit

Advocating for School Libraries (Scoop It site by Beck Palgi)

ALA Our Authors/Our Advocates

ALA Take Action for Libraries, By State

Doug Johnson's 4 Rules of Library Advocacy

The Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement: Exploring the School Library Impact Studies (conducted by Jamie Helgren and Keith Curry Lance in 2010)

The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technologies (from ISTE)

21st Century Learner Poster Available at ALA Store

21st Century Learner Bookmarks Available at ALA Store

SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org - an advocacy blog


Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

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Dr. Teresa Starrett and Dr. Judi Moreillon proudly announce the launch of their crowdsourced video called "Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School".  You can find it on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/bihGT7LoBP0.  We hope you will share this work and this message widely in your professional learning community and on your social media networks.



You can always advocate for libraries by calling or emailing Congress.

 Let your legislators know just how important our nation’s libraries are to the communities they serve.  http://capwiz.com/ala/utr/1/FYMORPSNSC/KWFRRPSOEZ/8180388021   

Call Congress
To call your Members of Congress, view this alert at the Legislative Action Center.  http://capwiz.com/ala/utr/1/FYMORPSNSC/FESXRPSOFB/8180388021 Read over the asks and then enter your zip code into the “CALL NOW” box to find phone numbers for your legislators.

Email Congress
  1. Visit the Legislative Action Center home page http://capwiz.com/ala/utr/1/FYMORPSNSC/FTYLRPSOFC/8180388021
  2. Enter your zip code into the “Find Your Officials” box 
  3. Click on your senator’s or representative’s name 
  4. You will see their bio page appear, click the “Contact” tab 
  5. Select the option to contact your legislator via “Web Form”
Find out if your Congressional representatives are on Twitter 
Visit this website: http://classic.tweetcongress.org/officials/states.  If you find that your representative is on twitter, click their image on the left and that link will take you to his/her acct.

Once on your representative’s page, click the silhouette icon,  and enter the message in the field below the ‘Follow’ button.