Tools For Advocacy

Tools to Gain Administrative Support

21st Century Job Description: School Librarian (K-12)

School librarians are the professional, certificated staff members charged with the instruction of students and daily operations of the library program at the school level.  They have the primary responsibility for the functions of the school library (i.e., evaluation and selection; ordering and processing; utilization of media; and the instructional role, which includes both formal and information instruction in library, media and technology information skills as well as assistance to students and staff in locating, evaluating and using library media materials and technologies).

Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School

This 5-minute video was crowd-sourced by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett using funds provided by the Texas Library Association, Demco, and the Dean's Research Funds (College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University).


 Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs

PA Model Curriculum for School Library Programs aligning with PA Core Standards.

2011 Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs

Published by PDE, Commonwealth Libraries.


Libraries in the Internet Age

Common Craft created this video to help the public understand how libraries have changed in the Internet Age.

School Library Story: When libraries thrive and when they crumble

A video by Joyce Valenza about impact of school library programs and school librarians on students

Model Curriculum For PA School Library Programs Standards Alignment (graphic)

A graphic showing how many PA Core Standards are included in The Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs.

"The New School Library"

An article by Doug Johnson in Educational Leadership 10/2013

“Advocacy Videos and More.” LibGuide- Mansfield University School Library & Information Technologies Department.

Videos and op-eds

“Making the Principal Connection”

An article by Mark Ray in School Library Journal 1/31/2013 

“School Libraries: A Lesson in Student Success” [infographic]

Created by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians

”What Do TLs Teach?” [one-page infographic]

Created by Joyce Valenza

Strong School Library Programs Support Student Achievement Infographic by Bitsy Galaska, Robeson Elementary Center Librarian

Support a Strong School Library Infographic by Bitsy Galaska, Robeson Elementary Center Librarian

Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students Iinfographic) 


AASL Essential Links-Advocacy-Administrators

Links to research, articles and books

AASL Advocacy Brochure-Administrators

Reproducible or order in packets of 25 from ALA Graphics


From the 2015 AASL Conference: "Your Principal Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success is Key to Your Success"

  • Learn what information can help your principal understand how you collaborate with teachers in planning, instructing, and assessing student learning.
  • Demonstrate the value of the library program by crafting reports that assess school and library objectives, forming the basis of your annual evaluation.
  • Critique information and determine what can be useful to your principal and why.
  • Presented by Dr. Mary Kay Biagini and Debra E. Kachel.

Resources and PowerPoint located at PA School Library Project website.

Article: "Collaborative Relationships with Principals"

By Judi Moreillon. School Library Monthly, Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015

Pre-Service Toolkit for Principals and Teachers pdf icon

The resources listed in the toolkit, developed by the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS), can help to educate future principals and teachers about the significant role that quality library programs can play in student learning. The resources can also be shared with practicing principals and teachers, who would benefit from learning more about the impact that a quality school library program can have on their schools.

From Len Bryan's Communication for the Teacher-Librarian

"Each of us has a behavior style as a person and as a team member or supervisor that impacts how we communicate with others. Since no one person has all of the attributes of a perfect person or leader, it takes a TEAM made up of many different communication styles to get the best results.  All styles bring value to the organization." The survey is only 10 questions; quick and easy!

Communication Styles Inventory