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AASL Pre-Conference 2013 "Transforming Decision Makers"

Transforming Decision Makers into School Library Champions was a half-day preconference presented at the Am. Assn. of School Librarians Conference, Hartford, CT, on November 14, 2013. Presented by Mary Kay Biagini and Deb Kachel, the PowerPoint and activities formed the basis of training on July 11, 2016, at the SLA in Hershey. The complete resources for the half-day AASL pre-confernece are located at, including a video of an elevator speech. 


“Your Principal Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success is Key to Your Success”

During the 2015 AASL Conference, Mary Kay Biagini and Deb Kachel presented this session on working effectively with a school principal which was later repeated for the Western Pennsylvania School Librarians Assn. in April 2016. The complete resources, many of which were used during the SLA training at Hershey, can be found at

This information will be the subject of a free AASL webinar to be conducted on October 4, 2016, by Mary Kay and Deb. To register, please go to


ALA and AASL Tools and Resources on Advocacy

The resources listed in the toolkit, developed by the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS), can help to educate future principals and teachers about the significant role that quality library programs can play in student learning. The resources can also be shared with practicing principals and teachers, who would benefit from learning more about the impact that a quality school library program can have on their schools.


Everyday Advocacy - Developed by the Assn. for Library Service to Children (ALSC). The "Speak Out" section is particularly good for messaging.

YALSA Advocacy Toolkit 2013 - Developed by ALA Division Young Adult Library Services Assn.

Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs - Download a PDF of this 77-page toolkit. Published in 2015. To view the online, interactive version of this toolkit, go to

School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit - This toolkit provides a full range of resources to help school librarians build or update plans for stakeholder support and true advocacy.

Crisis Toolkit - This toolkit is designed to assist the school librarian who has encountered an immediate threat to their position and/or program. The toolkit guides school librarians through building meaningful and effective stakeholder support.

Parent Advocate Toolkit - Parents can be a school librarian’s strongest and most vocal advocates.  This toolkit is designed to help school librarians build parent support for their programs.

School Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit  - School librarians are in a critical and unique position to partner with other educators to elevate the reading development of our nation’s youth. This toolkit offers resources to ensure the school librarian’s role in reading.


Reimaging School Library Advocacy

School Librarians Transform Learning cover

This digital supplement of American Libraries, September/October 2014, is one of the best resources on school library advocacy. Download a free copy and read it cover-to-cover! It is also included in the School Library Advocacy Packs offered by ASSL basically for the cost of shipping.

School Libraries Transform Learning

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