The need to shift and widen school library advocacy efforts

An opin­ion piece
by Gary Hartzell

First results from PA’s IMLS-funded 21st cen­tury school library infra­struc­ture study (includes an excel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion enti­tled “School Library Staffing & PSSA Read­ing & Writ­ing Scores”)

An excel­lent arti­cle by Dianne Oberg in the Spring 2012 Edi­tion of Edu­ca­tion Canada: Ignor­ing the Evi­dence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries

from “Have Your Say” Win­nipeg Free Press, Edi­tion 13/09/2011:
The best link of all:

This let­ter con­cerns the cut­ting of funds to libraries in Toronto and the future impact such a move may make on libraries through­out Canada.

I am an Inter­net addict. I am on the Inter­net at least four hours per day read­ing and learn­ing about world issues, his­tory, dif­fer­ent cul­tures, art and science.

These are sub­jects that com­monly one would, and still can, ven­ture into a library to research. While the way we share infor­ma­tion con­tin­ues to change and libraries may no longer be the go-to place for many young peo­ple such as myself, there is no web­site that can replace the value of a good librarian.

Librar­i­ans are pro­fes­sion­als edu­cated in the art of research. They not only know how to help any­one who may need to write an essay, work on a project or sim­ply want to learn more about a sub­ject, but they truly care about their roles in doing so.

Even in a world where we can type a word into a box and mag­i­cally dis­cover hun­dreds of pages of infor­ma­tion relat­ing to a sub­ject, the under­stand­ing and intel­li­gence of fel­low edu­cated human beings have proven invalu­able to an Inter­net junkie such as myself.

Ter­rific cam­paign using social media and reverse psy­chol­ogy cam­paign to pre­vent cuts. Here is a short video how they did it: