SLRI Advocacy Update

Summer 2015

Click and Be Counted!

With testing hysteria and Chromebook obsession on the rise, we need to advocate for ourselves and the importance of our roles. The Advocacy Committee is planning to contact government officials and the media, but we need hard data to bolster our arguments.

PLEASE complete the Library Resource Survey so that we can put together accurate statistics. It shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Currently, we have about 40 elementary, 20 middle, and 20 high school respondents. We will hold off from sharing any results until we have more responses. If you have any questions about the survey, or want to add additional comments, please email

Federal Legislation Progress

We are lucky to have a phenomenal advocate at the federal level in Senator Jack Reed. He and Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran championed an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) that "would encourage states and school districts to integrate school library programs into their plans for improving student academic achievement." The amendment passed the Senate unanimously on July 8. For more information, read the press release on his site.

On July 17, the ECAA itself was passed by a Senate vote of 81-17. It's now going to a committee to reconcile the Senate education bill with the House of Representatives bill; another vote will probably happen in the fall.

Board Positions Available

Contact Sarah Hunicke at if you are interested in either position.