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Free school library advocacy packs from Bound to Stay Bound

ALA is offering free school library advocacy packs.Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), the packs contain tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning. They include 25 copies of a limited print edition of the digital magazine supplement AASL produced in collaboration with American Libraries, as well as an assortment of brochures from AASL’s School Library Programs Improve Student Learning advocacy series.

While the packs are fabulous to share with policymakers, administrators, teachers and parents, if you’d like a peek at the American Libraries supplement before you order, it is separately available as a downloadable PDF and it contains the following articles and extras:

  • A guest editorial from ALA President Courtney Young, ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, AASL President Terri Grief and AASL Executive Director Sylvia Knight Norton titled “School Librarians: Leaders Transforming Teaching and Learning”;
  • “’I’m an Expert’: School Libraries Build Enthusiastic Learners” and “Reimagining Advocacy for School Libraries” written by Barbara Stripling an AASL and ALA past president and assistant professor in the school of information studies at Syracuse University;
  • “’Do Kids Even Use the Library Anymore?’ Parents Discover the Importance of School Libraries” written by Kay Wejrowski, school librarian at Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, Michigan, and 2013 recipient of AASL’s National School Library Program of the Year Award;
  • “Creating Coalitions: School Librarians Partner with Parents, Teachers to Forge New Path,” showcasing successful partnerships between school librarians, parents and teachers;
  • “Building Advocacy before a Crisis” written by AASL Past President Nancy Everhart, professor at Florida State University’s School of Information, and Marcia Mardis, associate professor at the same;
  • Quotes from notable authors Jeff Kinney, Jarrett Krosoczka, Carmen Agra Deedy, Laurie Halse Anderson, Caroline Kennedy and Mo Willems on why school libraries matter;
  • The infographic, School Librarians Transform Learning, detailing the ways school librarians impact not only student learning, but teacher professional development.
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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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