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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!

New Online School Library Advocacy class for Winter 2018, instructed by Debra Kachel, Adjunct Professor and 2014 AASL Distinguished
Service Award recipient.

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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