Advocacy for Highly Effective School Library Programs in New Jersey

The New Jersey Library Association, along with partners, is actively advocating for New Jersey students to have the opportunity to improve literacy and build information literacy skills taught by a state certified school library media specialist.  These skills will prepare New Jersey Students for college and beyond.

2016 School Library Programs in New Jersey Report -- In an effort to determine the current status of School Library Media Specialists (SLMS), School Libraries, and funding for School Library programs in New Jersey, The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) collaborated on  census of certified School Library Media Specialists (SLMS) and a survey to gain further insight into New Jersey School Library Programs.

New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Calls on New Jersey to Support Highly Effective School Library Programs (Official NJLA Statement)  - - NJLA recognizes the value and importance of highly effective school library programs and believes that access to a quality school library/media center staffed by a certified school media specialist is a necessary part of every student’s education.  The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with proper implementation by the NJ Department of Education, legislators and school boards, can provide financial support to help schools achieve vibrant literacy, information literacy and school library media programs for our state’s students. 

NJLA Launches Campaign to Call for Highly Effective School Library Programs (PRESS RELEASE) -- On July 28th, 2016 NJLA issued a press release discussing the report, the Unlock Student Potential campaign, the VALE/CUS/ACRLNJ joint statement and value of school library research.

Unlock Student Potential Campaign -- NJLA has created a campaign to advocate for school library programs and the teaching of information literacy in New Jersey Schools.  The site contains a blog, a petition and numerous advocacy tools for the campaign.

Testimony before Joint Committee on Public Schools -- On October 11th, 2016 Pat Tumulty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) and James Keehbler, Chair of the NJLA School Libraries Taskforce were asked to give testimony about ESSA and school library programs in New Jersey to the Joint Committee on Public Schools. 

The Role of Effective School Library Programs in The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 A Position Statement from New Jersey Association of School Librarians, New Jersey Library Association, and LibraryLinkNJ -- Joint Position Statement for the New Jersey Department of Education regarding ESSA implementation.

Sample Public Library Board of Trustees Resolution to Support School Libraries -  Public libraries have a vested interested in the education of children in their communities.  Please be sure to send a copy of the approved resolution to the New Jersey Library Association Office, Box 1534, Trenton, NJ 08607.

Be sure to check out Unlock Student Potential, the campaign for New Jersey's School Library Programs.