The ALA Office for Library Advocacy has just published “School Libraries Make the Difference,” a new addition to I Love Libraries, ALA’s website for the public. It’s available at www.ilovelibraries.org/school-libraries-make-difference
Written specifically with parents in mind, it focuses on the importance of quality school libraries and certified school librarians for student success at all education levels. Facts about student success, lifelong learning and college and career readiness, as well as infographics, and videos produced by state school library associations help to illustrate the importance of quality school library programs. Tips for getting involved range from visiting a school library to writing op-eds for local publications.
Created in consultation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), this resource complements AASL’s new, “School Libraries Transform Learning,” a digital supplement produced by American Libraries magazine. It’s available at www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/issue/2014-school-library-digital-supplement and www.ilovelibraries.org/school-libraries-transform-learning.