PSLA Challenged/ Eliminated Positions Support

Is your library position, or a library position of which you know, in danger of being cut, reduced, furloughed, eliminated or not refilled? We at PSLA are here to support you in this challenging time. Please see the resources below and contact us.


Follow this checklist to get support and take action:


PSLA Librarian Position Challenge/Elimination Checklist:

  • Learn the timeline for your district’s budget adjustment process.

  • Alert PSLA President and Board of Directors.

  • Complete this PSLA form to notify us about the details of your situation.

  • Contact your Teacher Union.

  • Contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy to ask for advice and a letter of support signed by the ALA and AASL Presidents.
     
  • Distribute and discuss library advocacy information with your building administrators, superintendent, school board, and community.

    • See the resources below for examples.

  • Prepare a short statement outlining the consequences to students and staff of the elimination of the school librarian.

    • See the resources below for examples.

  • Collect positive statements from district teachers, parents, and students

    • See the resources below for examples.

  • Select teachers, students, and parents to commit to speaking to school board in support for school librarians.

  • Be persistent and do your best!

Advocacy Information:


Statements of Support:

Consider asking various stakeholders for letters of support/speaking at a School Board meeting (if they can hold the privilege of the floor to speak).

From Librarians

From Parents & Students

From Teachers & Staff

Upon request, a letter of support will be provided by the PSLA President.

Parents and Students make excellent advocates.  Consider asking for their support through letters, emails, and speaking at the School Board meeting.

Teachers and Staff one of our most important stakeholders.  Ask them for support by sharing some personal stories of how you and the library have helped them and their students be successful.