School Library Advocacy
School libraries have experienced a decline in staffing and supports since the mid 1990’s due to budget constraints. 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.
OLA Advocacy Resources
The State of Elementary School Libraries in Ontario - Excerpt from the Teaching Librarian (2019) (pdf)
About School Libraries - Information Sheet (2014) (pdf)
This information sheet describes the school library as learning commons,
how the school library program and the teacher-librarian can be
leveraged, barriers to optimizing the school library, and what can be
done to overcome these barriers.
Facts about the impact and decline of school libraries - Information Brief (2014) (pdf)
De-Valuation of Teacher Librarians - OSLA Information Brief (2013) (pdf)
Ideas for Advocating at Your School
|100 Ideas for Internal Support and Engagement for Your School Library (slides)
|Watch: A Dozen Ways to be Indispensable in Your District (A 5 minute video prepared by Melissa Jensen)
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.