Parents

Parents can be a powerful voice in advocating for effective school library programs. Parents want their children to have the tools to be a success in school and in life.

The Pennsylvania PTA strongly supports school libraries. In Janaury 2011, the PA PTA developed the Position Statement on Public School Library Programs.

As the school librarian, get to know the parents and/or parent organization in your school! Work with them to develop and implement the school library mission and vision. Focus your advocacy actions on making sure the parents know how the school library program is helping achieve success for their children. Communicate with parents!

Tools for Librarians

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).

Joining the Keystone PTA brochure

National PTA Standards

Other Resources

PTO vs. PTA: Differences at a Glance
A comparison charted published in PTO Today.

Creating a Parent Advocacy Plan
A chart published in School Library Monthly 23.6 (Feb. 2007).

Innovations in School Librarian and Parent Relationships: A Resource Guide
A resource guide created by the Texas Library Association, 2010.

AASL’s Parent Advocate Toolkit

AASL Advocacy Brochure: School Library Programs Improve Student Learning: Parents
School Library Programs Improve Student Learning: Parents (Spanish)
Link to brochures - Reproducible or order in packets of 25 from ALA Graphics.

Tools to Keep Parents, Business Leaders and Community Members Informed

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

“Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools” [c2016] 


Tools for Parents

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).

A Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs
Based on the PA Common Core

Articles in PTA in Pennsylvania Newsletter:

Leaders within PSLA have written articles for the official publication of the Pennsylvania PTA

The Right to School Libraries by Michael Nailor (September/October 2014)

Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Michael Nailor (July/August 2014)

Get Your Children Into the Flow Of A Good Book! by Dr. Eloise Long (July/August 2013)

Check Out Your School Library! by Eileen Kern (September/October 2013)

Greatest Gift: The Love of Reading by Eileen Kern (November/Decemeber 2013)

Power of POWER by Eileen Kern (March/April 2014)

Standing Up For School Libraries
An op-ed letter written by Barbara Stripling, ALA President, 2013-2014, published in Our Children, April/May 2014.

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.

Join the PSLAN Listserv of Library Supports

Join a moderated, announcements-only listserv for the general public called the Pennsylvania School Library Advocates Network (PSLAN) [email protected]. Information about Pennsylvania school library programs will be shared including, updates on state legislation needing your support, media coverage about PA school libraries, and links to relevant, new research on school libraries and their impact on student learning.

Self subscribe at https://mail.palibrary.org/mailman/listinfo/pslan or you can email the list moderator, Deb Kachel at [email protected] 


Parent Advocate Toolkit          
AASL toolkit for advocacy for better school libraries.

AASL Advocacy Brochure: School Library Programs Improve Student Learning: Parents
School Library Programs Improve Student Learning: Parents (Spanish)
Link to brochures - Reproducible or order in packets of 25 from ALA Graphics.

What Do TLs Teach?
An infographic by Joyce Valenza and Gwyneth Jones explaining roles of school librarian. 

How Parents Can Advocate for Quality School Library Programs
A handout from PSLA Presentation at the PaPTA Conference in 2013

“Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools” [c2016]
More resources can be found on the PA School Library Project website at http://paschoollibraryproject.org/parents