Magazine article CSLA Journal

Advocating for School Library Staffing and Programming

Magazine article CSLA Journal

Advocating for School Library Staffing and Programming

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The theme of this issue of the CSLA Journal is "Making Your Case," and this has never before had such priority for library staffs-and students-in California. Renée Ousley-Swank, in her article describing the history of California school library funding, noted that as of 2014-2015 the state had 859 TLs. This is a ratio of TLs to students of 1:7,187 - and some years ago we thought 1:5000 was bad! Ms. Ousley-Swank's article provides background information on what funding levels have been possible in the past, and the sources of that funding - good to know.

Featured author Virginia Loh-Hagen shares memories of how important the school library was to her as a youngster, and why she writes for students who may feel marginalized. She is an example of the importance of school library staff-in this case a paraprofessional-in helping students become engaged and relate to the world around them.

To help find strategies that would work for you, in your school and district, several of our authors shared their experiences. The TL's from the Vista Unified School District provide an update on how their district library plan has worked, with links to resources. Brigeen Houghton describes using content marketing as a library advocacy tool (powerful!), while Rosan Cable suggests using the strength of the teachers union to support the library program, which worked for her.

In support of your school's focus on preparing students for college/career, Lesley Farmer provides information and resources you can use to promote the library program's role in making this happen.

All of the authors emphasize that you cannot advocate for library staffing and programming alone. …

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