School Library Programs in New Jersey: Building Blocks for Realizing Student Potential with ESSA Legislation Opportunities

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:

1. A census of certified School Library Media Specialists (SLMS)
2. A survey to gain further insight into New Jersey School Library Programs

NJLA Letter to South Orange-Maplewood School District

South Orange-Maplewood School District                                                                                             
525 Academy St.
Maplewood, NJ 07040

March 18, 2016
 

Dear President Baker and Board of Education Members:

On behalf of the membership of the New Jersey Library Association we are urging the South Orange-Maplewood School District to reconsider its proposal to eliminate school library media specialists in its proposed budget for the upcoming school year.

New Jersey Library Association Statement on ALA's President's Program at Midwinter 2016

The New Jersey Library Association wishes to express its dismay that the 2016 ALA Midwinter Conference’s President’s Program will feature Cory Booker, a United States Senator from New Jersey.  In the program description ALA says: “Prepare to be inspired when rising United States Senator Cory Booker—known for being innovative, and widely recognized as the accessible and energetic new voice of politics—joins President Sari Feldman as speaker on the President’s Program, in partnership with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion…”

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