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School Librarians at the Center of School Renewal and Transformation

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association’s Board of Directors has approved a one page document titled “School Librarians at the Center of School Renewal and Transformation” to be used by the association and school librarians in their advocacy efforts. Created by Allison Mackley (@amackley), PSLA Immediate Past-President and endorsed by the PSLA Board, this can be shared widely with stakeholders as we educate them about the value and expertise of school librarians.

Behind the Scenes: Town Hall Followup

Behind the Scenes – Just Info – Just Links – Just Awesome

This Behind the Scenes is a no frills – no graphics – no quotes from me - update.

I know many of you are anxious for the links for the Town Hall Meeting from last week – but please keep reading – Save the date for the Business Meeting, the Model Curriculum on SAS, an exciting video contest to win Amazon gift cards and AASL Town Hall meetings all follow.


PSLA Town Hall Meeting - April 21, 2020

Thanks to all who attended the Town Hall Meeting. We are so excited that we had over 150 attendees. The Chat Transcript is filled with ideas and links that you don’t want to miss. PLEASE fill out the evaluation form so that we can determine if there is enough interest to continue to hold virtual town halls. We are considering another meeting in May – but we need to hear from you.

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Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians Recap

The Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians was a huge success with approx 150 people attending.  PA legislators Rep. Tom Murt, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Sen. Vincent Huges and Sen. Larry Farnese spoke.  President of the Philadelphia Federations of Teachers Jerry Jordan, City Coucilwoman and parent Kendra Brooks, and teacher representative of WE the Caucus of working Educators Jessica Way made moving and compelling speeches.  Debbie Grill former School District of Philadephia school librarian and leader in the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (APPS) relayed the history of cuts in SDP library programs and losses to students.  PSLA's President Cathi Fuhrman presented the loss of librarians statewide.  Senior student Kayla Johnson told her story of "privilege" as she attended kindergarten through 12th grade at SDP schools that still have librarians and what that has meant to her.  Four Philadelphia television stations covered the event.  View the video here: https://vimeo.com/387046910

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians

Friday, January 24, in front of the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) Administration Building, 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, from 12:30 to 1:00pm (students have a half-day of school) The event is being organized by PSLA and EveryLibrary, a non-profit, national political action committee for libraries. APPS, the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, is also supporting the rally, assisting with local arrangements. The Administration Building is four blocks from the Convention Center where the ALA Midwinter Conference is being held.

  • Although there are over 200,000 students in SDP with 341 schools, there are fewer than 8 school librarians in the district, making it the worst librarian to student ratio in the nation.
  • PSLA’s message: Every student deserves a certified school librarian and a quality school library.
  • Lauren Comito, founder of Urban Librarians Unite and recent recipient of Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award will be the MC.
  • Speakers include PA State Rep. Thomas Murt, a primary co-sponsor of HB 1355 and Senator Larry Farnese, a sponsor of SB 752. Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Jessica Way, Caucus of Working Educators, Helen Gym, and Kendra Brooks, Philadelphia City Councilwomen, and a parent and student. There will be a photographer and media to cover the event.
  • Please RSVP at https://www.saveschoollibrarians.org/rally_psla_20 .

Celebrate and Act Now - HB1355

Celebrate and Act Now - HB1355

We now have SIXTY-TWO co-sponsors for HB 1355 - One Certified Librarian Per Public School. This is amazing work that many school librarians have done in talking with and meeting with PA Representatives all over the state. Thanks also to our Local and State Advocacy Committee and Deb Kachel/Co-Chair for the many phone calls, visits, and emails to get this far.  Let's celebrate this accomplishment - but continue to work for more co-sponsors and keep the momentum moving.
 

If your representative is listed below - Send them an email, make a phone call or schedule a visit to thank them personally. Remind them why this legislation is so important to the students in Pennsylvania.

If your representative isn't listed below - Send them an email, make a phone call or schedule a visit to ask them to become a co-sponsor on the bill. Remind them why this legislation is so important to the students in Pennsylvania.

Resources to help you are found here: https://psla.memberclicks.net/pa-librarian-legislation

House Bill “One Certified Librarian Per Public School”  (Updated 8/12/19)

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