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Advocacy

"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education."
~ Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education

WLA provides advocacy support and resources for your school library. We hope the links below are useful tools. Please contact us if you need more information. 

NEW! Legislative Update

  • School Library Materials (SB 6362): WLA was able to amend a "library materials" change onto SB 6362, which passed and was signed by the governor. With this change, every school will receive an allocation for “library materials,” equivalent to $20 per full time equivalent student. It is an allocation, not a mandate, but it will go a long way towards providing resources for school library bills.
  • Watch Steve Coker, Kristi Bonds and Craig Seasholes tell SB 6362 story.
  • SSB 6362 Victory for Librarians Letter from Marianne Costello, WLA School Division Chair

Guidelines for Communications with Political Content

Teacher-Librarian Advocacy Toolkit

WSSLIT  WA State School Library and Info Tech Study & Data

Legislative Updates and Archives

Other Resources

Advocacy Tips

  • To mount an effective advocacy campaign you must have an action plan with a clear goal.
  • Identify the target audience you wish to influence
  • Know your intended audience: What do they want? What is important to them?
  • Define your key message
  • Focus on whole document or focus on one or more issues
  • Select the most appropriate strategy to gain the respect of your audience and enable you to get the message across
  • Collect evidence to support your message
    • *National evidence
    • *Local evidence and arguments
  • Make time to assess the progress/impact of your campaign
For more info, view our LIT Framework and this document explaining the three essential functions of a teacher-librarian.

 

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