Presented at CSLA/CLA Pasadena November 13, 2011
By Heather Gruenthal and Marie Slim

A (school) year of Advocacy. A day by day guide to advertising your program and making an impact by using the power of Web 2.0 to mobilize your advocacy efforts. The original idea was posted on my blog at: A (school) year of Advocacy

Definition of Advocacy from AASL
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Since my goal for this year is advocacy, I thought I'd try to come up with one thing per day to promote the library. I don't think I can promise to post every day, but over the course of a full year, I might be able to come up with 180 things to do.

Week 1
Day 1: Welcome everyone back with a smile (yeah, this is a note to self, stop grumbling about going back to school and let everyone know how excited you are to be working with them this year).

Day 2: If you are not ready to check out books, have lots of free stuff so students don't go away empty handed. We have magazines, book covers, bookmarks, and some discards from last year, so if a teacher is assigning students to have a book in their hand, they can walk away with one.

Day 3: Bulletin Boards and Displays. Show off those new books and Advertise your great resources. Themes for September are:
o Welcome Back
o “All Star Cast” Staff Bulletin Board including TA’s photographs
o Banned Books Week, “Don’t Read This!”
o Remembering September 11 “Never forget,” “United we Stand.” Remember today's students may have questions, they were too young to remember.
o “How to Survive High School” (books that take place in schools)
o Hispanic Heritage Month
o Advertise new books “Check out these NEW books
o Talk like a pirate day (pirate books) September 19th

Haven't tried this one, but maybe in honor of labor day, a Caesar Chavez biography and an educational display about labor day? here's some information you can share with teachers and students from the Department of Labor.

Day 4: Make sure your hours are clearly posted with a nice sign. Here's one from Demco.

Day 5: Make signs and put announcements in the bulletin, on the website, and on the staff e-mail your GRAND OPENING. In the past I have had a teacher invitation event with cookies and tea when we were introducing new staff or books.

Week 2
Day 6: Take your show on the road! If your library is closed because of testing, full of shipments of textbooks, etc., take a cart of books directly to the classroom to get books in the hands of kids as soon as possible. Some circulation systems such as Alexandria allow for remote log in and circulation. If not, the old paper and pencil will work, just enter the transactions as soon as your system is up and running.

Day 7: Partner with a community organization to offer extended hours. We partner with YMCA's Anaheim Achieves, which offers students a safe place to be, activities, snacks, and tutoring in our facility from the time school lets out until 6:00 PM.

Day 8: Advertise your databases and passwords to staff and students by creating a flyer, bookmark, or brochure.

Day 9: Join PTSA. Connect with your parent community by sending messages through their e-mail listing or newsletter. Your student information system or library circulation system may also have a database of parent e-mails you can send library news from.

Day 10: Have information available about your local public libraries and promote library card sign up month. Advertise their programs and services. Give candy to anyone who can show you a public library card.

Week 3
Day 11: Host a new teacher orientation. Create a packet for them of the services you offer to help out new teachers. A good book for new teachers is The First Days of School by Harry Wong.

Day 12: Attend as many staff meetings and department meetings as you can to stay in the know. Our Teacher Librarians are considered Department Chairpersons and attend all Department Chair meetings as well. Make yourself a member of your school's English, Reading, and English Language Development departments.

Day 13: Make sure your library website is easily accessible from the school webpage.

Day 14: Hold a bookmark contest. For detailed instructions, templates and free reproduceables see the bookmark contest wiki put together by Library Technician Tommy Kovac and Teacher Librarian Heather Gruenthal. We hold these contests twice yearly for Back to School Night and Open House. The students love seeing the winning artwork. Put your Database information on the winning bookmarks and pass out to students, teachers, and parents.

Day 15: Open the library for back to school night. Give out information such as your database passwords. Create a Library Brochure

Week 4
Day 16: Celebrate Banned Books Week. This is the last week of September each year. Use this as an opportunity to review your district's challenge of instructional materials policy with staff in a newsletter.

Day 17: Make a display for Banned Books Week. We cover our books with plain paper bags and write or stamp CENSORED on the cover (search "RED SELF-INKING RUBBER STAMP CENSORED" on e-Bay). Then we write on the back a quote from the Banned Books Resource Guide telling why it was challenged or banned. This can also be given as an assignment for TA's or a class project.

Day 18: Create Banned Books Week Bookmarks. Copy down the challenge history from the Banned Books Resource Guide (available from the ALA Store) on to a bookmark. Put the bookmarks in the books. This can be given as an assignment for TA's or a class project.

Day 19:
Put in an announcement to the bulletin regarding Banned Books Week:

What do The Giver, Harry Potter and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer have in common? They have all been “Banned Books.” That means they were removed from a school or public library because someone did not agree with the ideas expressed in them. People who ban books think they have good reasons; usually book banners feel they are protecting children from ideas that are not suitable for their age level. Although Orangeview’s library has many books that have been banned in other places, these library books have been chosen as appropriate for the junior high level. You are free to read any books in the Orangeview library. Only you and your parents can decide what ideas are right for your family. Come by the library today and celebrate your freedom to read during “Banned Books Week.”

Day 20:Run a powerpoint of banned books and the reasons for banning on one of the library's computers. Joy Millam from Valencia High School has created a great one.

Week 5
Day 21: Time to change the displays for October. I usually feature scary books and mysteries. Supernatural Romance is also a popular topic for girls.
o “The Horror, the Horror.”
o “Solve a Mystery
o Teen Read Week: What’s your problem?” use problem novels or "edgy fiction"
o Be Afraid…Be VERY Afraid.
o Red Ribbon Week: “Relax, Don’t Do It!” or Red Ribbon Reads (Junior High School) Gang bios, books on drugs, addiction, and alternatives to drug use such as volunteering an community service.
o Stranger than Fiction (UFO’s and unexplained; Ripley’s, Guinness)

Day 22: Have a flexible schedule and post it online so that staff can check availability from their classrooms. We use Google Calendar.

Day 23: Start a Book Club. A good way to start a book club is to start with a Summer Reading Social. See the link above for the activity description.

Day 24: Let your foreign language and English Language Learner teachers know what dictionaries you have available. If you have multiple copies, let students have a year long check out period.

Day 25: Promote local literacy events in your area. The Orange County Festival of Books is held each year in October.

Week 6
Day 26: Celebrate YALSA's Teen Read Week. Register your school to be eligible for neat give-aways from YALSA

Day 27: Give your teachers a break before progress reports are due by giving booktalks. By using Genre as a theme, you can help reinforce a standard.

Day 28: Be a club advisor. Sponsor a literacy group, book club, manga club, or any topic your library users are interested in. Participate in Club Rush to promote your club. Let clubs meet in the library.

Day 29: Take pictures of your TA's doing things to put in a PowerPoint for parents on Back to School Night.

Day 30: When you receive a donation, be sure to thank your donors.

Week 7
Day 31: Get your picture taken on staff picture day. Talk to the yearbook advisor to make sure you are included on the teacher page (I can't tell you how many years I was not even pictured). Even better, see if you can have a whole page dedicated to library activities.

Day 32: Get all the freshman classes in for a library orientation. Collaborate with a freshman teacher on a research assignment so students are getting just in time, relevant instruction. Show students how to find Works Cited information to prepare them for questions on the CST.

Day 33: Get active in your School Site Council or WASC committee and make sure your library is represented in the WASC (accreditation) plan. Meetings are required to be open to the public, so even if you are not a member, you can attend meetings.

Day 34: Make sure your library is represented in the School Plan.

Day 35: Get some business cards. Use them for networking.

Week 8
Day 36: The last week in October is Red Ribbon Week. Wear red and participate in red ribbon week activities.

Day 37: Make a video. Here's one that students at Oxford Academy made for the "I Love My Library" contest.

Day 38: Educate your patrons about "Good Weeds" An advocacy tip from AASL: Advocacy Tip #144 Posted on November 1, 2011 by AASL

Take five minutes to write a story about your experience with outrageously out of date school library materials and the consequences of under-funded school library programs. Email your stories to the ALA Washington Office by writing Ted Wegner ( and Jeff Kratz ( to help garner support and help influence members of the Senate if a school libraries amendment is re-introduced to ESEA on the Senate floor (which will likely happen).

Day 39: Partner with your Spanish Department to put up a Dia de los Muertos -- Day of the Dead Display.

Day 40: Halloween!!! Dress up. Give out Candy. This is an advertising technique called transfer, that links positive feelings to the library.

Week 9
Day 41: Time to change the displays! Themes for November:
o American Indian Heritage
o Historical Fiction
o Veteran’s Day
o Cookbooks, “What’s Cooking?”
o Books with a Thanksgiving Theme
o Library Staff Recommendations “Gobble up a Good Book”

Day 42: When a kid asks you to participate in a fundraiser, say yes. If you don't want the product, make a donation instead.

Day 43: Join your state library association

Day 44: Become familiar with the state library standards. Watch Dr. Bernie Dodge's Keynote, Barbara Jeffus' Message about the Model School Library Standards and Glen Warren's Legislative Update on the CSLA SS Workshop Wiki:

Day 45: Apply for a grant

Week 10
Day 46: Vote! Educate your friends about school and library issues. Make sure they vote too!

Day 47: Join ALA and memberships to YALSA and/or AASL.

Day 48: Go to a library conference to get more advocacy ideas. CSLA meets in November each year.

Day 49: Invite your principal to attend an event.

Day 50: Make your school look good, issue a press release on your event. We got a lot of coverage when the Angels Strike Force came to read to students at Orangeview.

Week 11
Day 51: Promote a local author.

Day 52: Send out useful websites to interested staff/departments, i.e. I thought of you when I saw...

Day 53: Thank your volunteers with book giveaways or gifts from the library store.

Day 54: Start a portfolio to document your impact on student achievement. Directions provided by OSLA The Teacher Librarian's Toolkit for Evidence-Based Practice.

Day 55: Wish all students who come in a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a fun contest like guessing the number of harvest candy corn in a jar.

*Thanksgiving Break*

Week 12
Day 56: When the principal asks you for a favor, say YES! For example, be ready to do a staff development presentation on short notice, or represent the school on committees and at conferences.

Day 57: Visit the ALA's Advocacy Univeristy. Here's an easy one from their Top Ten Action Steps for Frontline School Advocacy: Thank Someone. Tell them what you are thankful for and why it matters.

Day 58: Write a letter about supporting libraries to your newly elected officials. Use tips from School Library Monthly.

Day 59: Make a bulletin board or white board of new releases and when they are available for check out.

Day 60: Have a waiting list, or place holds for the popular new releases.

Week 13
Day 61: Change the Displays
o “Read the Movie,” books made into movies
o Fantasy display: Lord of the Rings, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter, Golden Compass, Spiderwick Chronicles, The Dark is Rising
o “Millions of worlds to explore.” Science Fiction display: I, Robot, Star Wars series, Star Trek series

Day 62: Work with your ASB to put up a giving tree in your library.

Day 63: Place a book order to support a curricular project.

Day 64: Give an extended due date for a classroom project.

Day 65: Have make and take project supplies available for students and teachers to use: stapler, tape, hole punch, scissors, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pens, ruler, scratch paper and white out.

Week 14
Day 66: Collect pens from companies (Library Store often includes free pens when you order) who use them to advertise and make them available for teachers and students to take for free (ARMY and NAVY are good sources for free stuff too).

Day 67: Partner with your art department to do an art gallery.

Day 68: Let students check out multiple books to read over the holidays.

Day: 69: Give the teachers a break and do a "Read the Movie" booktalk for their class. Feature movie trailers for books made into movies.

Week 15
Day70: When the school has spirit days, show your support and participate.

Day71: Have a snowflake contest and give prizes(idea from Suzanne Rahn).

Day 72: Give books away as gifts to your student assistants and teacher collaborators.

Day 73: Reward your volunteers and student assistants with a gift or hot coco and a cookie tray.

Day 74: Wish everyone who comes in a happy holiday.

*Winter Break*

Week 16
Day 75: Change Displays
  • What’s your resolution?
  • New Year, New You
  • Big To Do List, Self-Help Books
  • MLK Day/Civil Rights
  • Survival/Adventure stories

Day 76: Have a Textbook covering workshop. Get local grocery stores to donate paper bags. Collaborate with your art department for supplies. Here's some instructions from my textbook wiki.

Day 77: #Advocacy. Post interesting library or education related articles to your Professional Learning Network. Twitter #4CSLA find me @hgruenthal

Day 78: Promote school activities on a bulletin board or designate a wall for student flyers and announcements.

Day 79: Participate in school Pep Rally events such as faculty sports games.

Week 17
Day 80: Be a technology leader on your campus. Help implement any new technology initiative, be the webmaster or webmistress.

Day 81: Don't reinvent the wheel. Post your documents to a wiki and share with other professionals. See the AUHSD Wiki, put together by the Teacher Librarians in the Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim, California.

Day 82: Ask your board to adopt the state standards as part of your district's library plan.

Day 83: Start a College sweatshirt day or give a college talk to promote your highly educated status.

Day 84: Eat lunch with others on campus, don't isolate yourself. Start a salad club. Bring the lettuce and invite others to bring dressings and other fixings.

Week 18
Day 85: Publicize your programs to your staff through newsletters. If you don't tell them, they won't know what you are doing.

Day 86: Invite the special education classes to the library for story time and to check out books. Give their classroom a book to keep (you can get lots of good children's books at friends of the library sales for $1.00 or less. (Hal Morris)

Day 87: Visit the take ACTion 4 School Libraries site. Fill out your own ACTion card and ACT!

Day 88: Create a signature line for your e-mail that states you are a teacher librarian. Some librarians even include a picture of what they are currently reading. Here's mine:

Heather Gruenthal, Teacher Librarian
"Your best Internet connection is your Librarian." -- InfoPeople

Day 89: Create a brand or logo for your library that you put on everything. You may want to use some of the images in the CSLA advocacy toolkit.

Week 19
Day 90: Change Displays
o African American History Month
o Romance Novels (Valentine’s Day)
o Teacher Recommended Readings

Day 91: Inform your local public libraries about upcoming projects so they can be prepared.

Day 92: Help students place books on hold at the public library if you can't offer it in your collection.

Day 93: Go to a school board meeting and make a short presentation about the effectiveness of your program in raising student achievement. Share statistics on the impact of libraries on student achievement from Library Research Service.

Day 94: Make sure to attend your site's staff development days so you know what is going on. Lead a staff development activity to emphasize your status as a knowledgeable teacher.

Day 95: Get to know your public librarian, especially those offering teen/children's services.

Day 96: Start a success journal (Gilmore-See). You can keep it on a blog, a wiki, or a plain old fashioned paper journal. The idea is to keep track of your progress not only to use as evidence, but to help you recognize your accomplishments.

Day 97: Join the Leadership Team.

Day 98: Libraries help close the digital divide. Write letters to the editor regarding the importance of books and libraries in closing the gap for haves and have not's.

Day 99: Write an article for your district's website.

Week 21
Day 100: Publish your work in a professional journal. Knowledge Quest (The Journal of AASL), CSLA Journal, School Library Journal, VOYA, and Booklist are all good library related journals.

Day 101: Advertise your programs through bulletin boards, posters, newsletters, displays, announcements.

Day 102: Start a Friends of the Library Group.

Day 103: Random Acts of Kindness Week. Hold an amnesty day for fines.

Day 104: Start a Stargirl Club to promote Random Acts of Kindness. Give out bookmarks with instructions.

Week 22
Day 105: Make an effort to know your students by name.

Day 106: Become a mentor for students who need special attention.

Day 107: Put up a media wall with helpful school/community brochures. The AASL produces some brochures for parents, Administrators, teachers, and students on the importance of school libraries.

Day 108: Have a contest. Give Prizes. Guess the candy in a jar, monthly drawings. Twilight Trivia. At the release of each Twilight movie, we had a quiz about the book and gave away prizes such as Twilight themed t-shirts, calendars, and tickets to see the movie.

Day 109: Make sure reading is represented in your school's Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLR's)

Week 23
Day 110: Change Displays
o Folktales and Fairytales (with St. Patrick’s Day)
o Fairytales Retold, “Happily Ever After?”
o Read Across America Week – Read to a child today!
o Books for Boys and Books for Girls
o Oh, The Places you will go (Travel Guides)

Day 111: Celebrate Read Across America Week. Let your teachers know about what is happening in the announcements or a newsletter.

Day 112: Organize a field trip of students to read to lower grade levels or your special education classes.

Day 113: Give everyone who visits the library this week a raffle ticket to win free books.

Day 114: Get community members to come to your library and read books to your students. Local sports organizations may be willing to help (One year we got the Angel's Strike Force to come and read).

Week 24
Day 115: Host a book fair. I have used Scholastic, and Mrs. Nelson's. You can also host an in-store event with Barnes and Noble. Make a Book Fair Bulletin Board to advertise the books.

Day 116: Use a student crew to help set up and take down. Reward them with books.

Day 117: Give away books to teachers who participate in the classroom library wish list (Scholastic gives an incentive for this).

Day 118: Host a family event and partner with a student group to provide childcare for parents. We have used Latino Club, Octagon Club, Avid, Cheerleaders, and students in Child Development classes (ROP).

Day 119: Let Teachers nominate students for reading awards. Give away books to the students with your book fair proceeds (reader awards quarterly)

Week 25
Day 120: Read 50 Ways to Love your Library, produced by the Saskatchewan School Library Association, Fall 2008.

Day 121: Have a student wish list available on the counter and online and keep a list of student requests to purchase when funds become available. Publicize your wish list on

Day 122: Develop recommended reading lists for quick reader's advisory. See the RIYL Wiki for ideas.

Day 123: Start a parent bookshelf in your parent center.

Day 124: Create a Library Brochure of services to pass out at the parent night for incoming students.

Week 26:
Day 125: Celebrate Teen Tech Week Richton Park Public Library had a teen blog workshop.

Day 126: Promote Teen Tech Week all year long

Day 127: Make sure your school has a technology plan to update technology as funding comes available. Report on the status of your technology yearly to the principal so they are aware of what is available for teachers and staff.

Day 128: Make sure you have your database passwords available all year long near the search stations.

Day 129: Read Deb Stanley's Advocacy Through Action Blog

*Spring Break*

Week 27
Day 130: Change Displays
o Multicultural (International Week)
o Funny Books (April Fool’s)
o Poetry (National Poetry Month)
o National Library Week (books that involve libraries or librarians)

Day 131: Partner with an English or Art Teacher to make a poetry museum (Suzanne Rahn)

Day 132: Hold an event during Open House such as an "Open Mic" or "Poetry Slam"

Day 133: Celebrate a poem in my pocket day.

Day 134: Go to a PTSA Meeting and talk about the services your library offers to improve student achievement.

Week 28
Day 135: If you care about it, blog about it. I am a guest blogger at the Gatekeeper's Post.

Day 136: Testing season begins. Have a test preparation workshop. Gale's Testing and Education Reference Center has great test prep materials.

Day 137: Create a testing tips bookmark or handout. Here's a sample from Jim Wright

Day 138: Read this Blog:

Day 139: Start a library club of students to help with advocacy efforts. Have students write letters to your School Board and Superintendent about how the library has helped their academic achievement.

Week 29
Day 140: Publish a poetry journal.

Day 141: Read the Blog: AASL's Advocacy Tip of the Day. Sign up to receive the AASL Advocacy Tip of the Day.

Day 142: Phone a legislator:
Dianne Feinstein (D)


Washington, D.C. Office:
331 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0504
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954

San Francisco Office:
One Post Street,
Suite 2450
San Francisco, California 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Fax: (415) 393-0710

Barbara Boxer (D)


Washington, D.C. Office:
112 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0505
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Fax: (202) 224-0454

Oakland Office:
70 Washington Street,
Suite 203
Oakland, California 94607
Phone: (510) 286-8537
Fax: (202) 224-0454

Day 143: Find out who your Congressmen are and e-mail or write them a letter about the importance of funding libraries. You can look up your Congressmen and other local leaders on the NEA Legislative Action Center.

Day 144: Write a letter to the editor in your local paper in support of libraries. Feature a program at your library that has made an impact on student literacy or expose the lack of support of libraries and it's impact on students access to books and reading.
Stephen Krashen does this all the time in support of libraries. He has posted his letters for reference on his site. See more Books and Articles by Stephen D. Krashen. Stephen Krashen is professor emeritus at the University of Southern California.

Week 30
Day 145: Visit the California Library Association's advocacy site to see what legislative items need your action now!

Day 146: Purchase school spirit wear.

Day 147: Make READ Posters for your Staff

Day 148: Purchase celebrity READ posters from the ALA Graphics Store

Day 149: Make READ Posters for your Students

Week 31
Day 150: Start a bookcrossing zone

Day 151: Host an Author Visit. Check with your local Barnes and Noble to see what authors they have visiting that might be willing to do a school visit for free.

Day 152: Get involved politically by contacting your legislators about library related issues. The 2012 National Library Legislative Day is quickly approaching. The event will be held on April 23 & 24 at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Promote NLLD 2012 with this flyer (pdf).
Important Links
National Library Legislative Day
YALSA Advocacy Tools
ALA Washington Office
District Dispatch

Day 153: Put together a procedures manual that has all the district documents that pertain to the library as well as any written policies you have developed. This may come in handy when you need to justify why you do things a certain way.

Day 154: Follow Jackie Siminitus' Advocacy Blog

Week 32
Day 155: Change bulletin boards and displays
o Be a Sport, Turn in your books on time
o Memorial Day Armed forces Display
o “Choose Your Adventure” Adventure Books
o “Make your Escape” Crime Thrillers

Day 156: Teacher Appreciation Week. Leave treats in areas where teachers frequent, such as the lounge or copy room. School supplies are always needed and never expire.

Day 157: If you find a must read curriculum book or fiction book, gift as many copies as you can to staff members.

Day 158: Troll the friends of the library book sales from your public libraries and find good deals to release in your Bookcrossing Zone, or to start a "one book" book club. Advertise to teachers as free books for summer reading.

Day 159: Visit the Teen Librarian's Toolbox for great shelf-talker signs and programming ideas.

Week 33
Day 160: If you have a reading program such as Accelerated Reader or Reading Counts, reward your top readers or develop a reading program to support it.

Day 161: Display student's college acceptance letters.

Day 162: Mark your summer calendar to participate in district days, when your congressmen are at home in their district office.

Day 163: Find out what programs your local public libraries are running over the summer and advertise them.

Day 164: Find out when your PTSA has elections. Welcome the new president and offer your assistance. Know their e-mail and phone number. Communicate often.

Week 34
Day 165: Change Bulletin Boards and Displays
o Advertise summer reading programs for your public libraries “Don’t get dumber in the summer – READ!”
o Summer Reading Lists
o College/careers: Who do you want to be?
o Goodbye and Good luck to Seniors
o College Acceptances

Day 166: Promote the summer reading list of your school. If there isn't one, then make your own "must read this summer" list.

Day 167: Make sure you get a yearbook from the yearbook staff. Maintain an archive of all yearbooks. This may be the only record of school history.

Day 168: Subscribe to local papers. Post any news articles about the school on a bulletin board, or keep a scrapbook on the counter.

Day 169: Develop a yearbook policy regarding who can view yearbooks and make copies. This is especially important if someone famous attended your school.

Day 170: Toot your own horn. Pass it on...Share everything you do with the library community. Your ideas will help other librarians improve their program.

Week 35
Day 171: Professional Networking with listservs, they usually can answer every patron's "stumper." CALIBK12, YALSABK, LM_NET.

Day 172: If you will be returning to your position next year, be sure to thank all your library supporters. Use the AASL's School Library Program Health Toolkit to build a long term advocacy plan.

Day 173: Have a party for your TA's, Friends of the Library or Library Club.

Day 174: Count up your library use from the year's sign in sheets. Report to the principal how highly used your facility is.

Day 175: Write a library plan for your library and make sure to share it with key administrators.

Week 36
Day 176: Attend the year end awards banquet and give a reading award for your top reader.

Day 177: Give a summary of the year's library programs to your PTSA president so they know how you have contributed to academic achievement.

Day 178: Help your teachers collect textbooks with these helpful hints. Put out an all call informing parents that all textbooks are due prior to finals.

Day 179: Allow summer check outs for returning students and teachers. Start a "Don't get dumber in the summer" book club using "book bundles" or "summer series."

Day 180: Do professional reading over the summer. A good place to start is Simply Indispensable by Janice Gilmore-See. Libraries Unlimited. 2010.

Summer Vacation!!
One of my new resolutions is to figure out some things I can do over the summer so that September is not so hectic. Here are some ideas:


100 Things Students Will Miss Without a Teacher Librarain
Act 4 School Libraries AASL School Library Advocacy Task Force
Mrs. G's Advocacy Blog
Mrs. G's Advocacy Links on Delicious

30min Video "PMAD-Stephen Krashen 03/14/2011" Failing Schools, Literacy and Poverty:

Article on Maine TL to State Senate:
Research Studies:
Vimeo at
AASL Advocacy Brochures
ALA Advocacy Toolkit
ALA Frontline Advocacy University
ALA Frontline Advocacy Toolkit for School Libraries
CSLA Bestsellers Campaign
CSLA Toolkit for Advocacy and Action
School Library Advocacy Illustrated slogans from CSLA posted by Marie Slim (as seen in School Library Journal)

Advocacy Day 2010 Webinar
Library Advocacy Day Site
Library Advocacy Day FAQ

2010 Action Needed to support school libraries
YALSA Advocacy
District Dispatch: News for Friends of Libraries

Locate your California State Representatives
Contact your U.S. Elected Officials
Tips for a successful meeting with your Elected Officials
ALA Legislative Action Center

YALSA Advocacy Talking Points
YALSA Advocacy Brochure

Compiled at CSLA 2005 by Ellie Goldstein-Erickson

Published by the AASL, a division of the American Library Association

Education Code section 18100 requires districts to "provide school library services for the pupils and teachers of the district by establishing and maintaining school libraries or by contractual arrangements with another public agency." The Education Code further requires in Section 18103 that "the libraries shall be open to the use of the teachers and of the pupils of the school district during the school day."

Jackie Siminitus Blog: Library Advocate
California School Library Association
VP-Communications and Project Manager

Taken from a CALIBk12 posting by Marie Slim on 3-13-2011
Here was my plan of action, that I may put into place if I lose my first battle.

1) Each TL or Para creates a spreadsheet of any and all stakeholders who would be willing to be a CSLA "Best Seller" for their school's library. I have this spreadsheet for myself and it includes about 150 people I know who would be comfortable in doing this.
2) Send an "opt out" letter to each of these potential "Best Sellers." I created this letter and sent it to about 10 people so far. None of those people asked to "opt out" of being a Best Seller.
3) Create a Google Form to collect responses OR create a paper form:

my example at:

4) Register your BestSellers at: This link is off of:

5) Create an 8.5" x 11" sheet with your Bestsellers' quotes (Bestseller Story) and names. Hopefully you'll have to use 5 point font because you'll have so many. Send this sheet out to teachers, students, parents, staff, everyone!

6) Decide on the five major myths that district admin may use to dissipate support for school libraries and create a sheet to answer these. Mine is at:

7) Use the ELA CST Testing info that TL's Connie Joyce and Sarah Bosler compiled to show that what we do is 11% of the English Language Arts CST Testing.

8) Do something BIG! T-shirts, Slogan, "pink day", buttons, walk out, supermarket Q&A's, Ask your UNION what they are going to do for you that is BIG. Get all your "Best Sellers" to come together in one place, put it on Facebook, Twitter, make it a school library flash mob. Get the newspapers to cover this. Get the TV networks too. Get LOTS of pictures. Send these pics to news agencies. Create a press release. Ask all CSLA members to join you. Ask CSLA members to register BestSEllers on your behalf. I have quite a few friends in Los Angeles who would be an LAUSD bestseller if you just say the word.

9) Do come to the CSLA SS Workshop and garner support there. Bring your buttons and fliers and invitations to sit-ins, etc. and you will find supporters! CSLA SS Workshop info at: As Jane Lofton said, Glen Warren, Janice Gilmore-See and the always-uplifting Barbara Jeffus will be there to give guidance and support.

10) Contact your CSLA SS Region Rep and let them know how you would like their support. If there are any CSLA SS funds available for Advocacy, how would they best be spent? Let your Region Rep know!!! Emails of Region Reps are here: - - click on your region # on the righthand side (the navigation bar) LAUSD is region #2 and region #3 West LA is region 2 and East LA is region #3.

11) Continue to be the best TEACHER-Librarian you can be. It is so hard in the face of all this adversity. Try to work smarter (together) rather than harder and do make time to treat yourself with respect as well. Eat, sleep, surround yourself with good people. Have a pity-party, as I am prone to do. But then hop up and do what our students need. My heart is with you Annette!

Marie Slim
CSLA SS Secretary
Teacher-Librarian (Tri-brarian), FJUHSD
Troy High School
Sunny Hills High School
Fullerton Union High School

"Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is." -- Jedi Master Yoda
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