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We'll be in touch again on April 1. In the meantime, if you have additional ideas, please share them with the SLRI Advocacy Committee.
Have 5 minutes? Contribute to our Kickstarter
School administrators, legislators, taxpayers and even parents and classroom teachers do not always have a clear understanding of how the role of school librarian has evolved. Our Advocacy Video committee is working to produce an 8-minute documentary to tell our story; we'll be able to use it to bring our message to a variety of audiences.
Have 10 Minutes? Fill out our survey
Have 15 Minutes? Ask your students for their stories
This theme dovetails nicely with the SLM theme: "Because School Libraries Empower Students." Ask your kids to share how the library has empowered them to build a better world: were they inspired by an inventor's biography? have they created something new in a Makerspace? did they learn something fascinating in a nonfiction book? were their eyes opened by something that happened to a fictional character? have they participated in a volunteer or fundraising activity?
If you receive examples from your kids, please email email@example.com so we can use them!
Have an Hour? Craft your "elevator speech"
From ALA: "An elevator speech is a [short, specific, and memorable] message intended to spur decision makers to action. ... For school librarians, decision makers can be school principals, parent organizations, district administrators, elected officials, community partners and more. It's good to have a few elevator speeches ready--or a few versions of the same speech--so that you can quickly shift to address the audience in front of you."
It's crucial to include real anecdotes and/or data ... what compelling stories can you share in a couple of sentences? See examples at ALA (scroll to bottom of page).
Have a couple of hours? Invite visitors to your library
- Reporters - Email Meredith Moore if you're willing to be interviewed
- School district administrators
- School committee members
- City officials
- State representatives