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A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement in Pennsylvania; edited by Debra E. Kachel
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AASL Preconference

Transforming Decision Makers into School Library Champions is a half-day preconference presented at the Am. Assn. of School Librarians Conference, Hartford, CT, on November 14, 2013. Presenters are Mary Kay Biagini and Deb Kachel

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Deb Kachel is a part-time Instructor for Mansfield University’s online School Library & Information Technologies graduate school . She also served as the Project Director on the PA School Library Project, an IMLS National Leadership grant project. Deb can be contacted at

A School Library Research Project.  Mary Kay Biagini, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, analyzed the data and produced the executive report of the Pennsylvania School Library Study: Findings and Recommendations. Mary Kay can be contacted at


The PowerPoint


Example of an Elevator Speech

Thanks to Stacy Udo, a Mansfield School Library & Info Tech graduate student, for this excellent example of an elevator speech prepared for parents. It is less than 2 minutes and 150 words.


Resources for Elevator Speeches

Fontichiaro, Kristin, and Marcia Mardis. “How Does a Culture Mean? Common Beliefs in an Elevator Ride.” Knowledge Quest37.5 (May/June 2009):98-101.

Moreillon, Judi and Kristin Fontichiaro. “Getting Off the Ground Floor: Back-to-School Elevator Speeches.” Knowledge Quest 38.1 (Sept./Oct. 2009):74-76.


Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival

Kachel contributed to the following Libraries Unlimited book published in 2012. Available at the Libraries Unlimited Booth # 700.

Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival offers straightforward, practical approaches for creating advocacy programs. This guidebook examines the characteristics for becoming an advocate, explores the meaning of advocacy/activism as an effort that is ongoing and proactive, and provides the steps required for initiating a successful program. The contributors address the various types of advocacy and activism, including legislative advocacy at the local, state, and national levels; school and district level programs; and community-based initiatives. The book includes expert advice from successful advocates and provides helpful reproducible tools.


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