School Library Advocacy
School libraries have experienced a decline in staffing and supports since the mid 1990’s due to budget constraints.
What can you do?
The quality of a students’ education will have an impact on the future
of Ontario. We need to ensure our students have the best possible
education – this includes a well-resourced school library program.
- Engage with your local school trustee. These are elected
representatives and you have every right to ask questions or express
concerns. You can find out who your trustee is by asking at the school
office or checking your school board’s website. Or you can find a
complete list of the province’s school boards on this Ministry of Education webpage.
- Contact the Ministry of Education to express concern over the lack of a provincial strategy for effective school library programs:
A sample email is at: SampleEmailMinisterEducation.doc
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The good news
OSLA's Together for Learning has been embraced by many OSLA and
TALCO members as a way to re-invent the school library for the 21st
century – these schools are thinking strategically about how they can
empower the school library, both physically and virtually, as a
collaborator with students, teachers, and library staff.