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)

See also

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.

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