California School Library Association (CSLA) - an organization of teacher librarians, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, district and county coordinators of curriculum, media and technology, and others committed to enriching student learning by building a better future for school libraries.
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) - the mission of this organization is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field. (See Advocacy Toolkit. and Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit too.)
School Libraries Work! (Scholastic 2008) - Summarizes findings from a decade of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and library media specialists have on student achievement.
School Libraries Make a Difference - summary of findings from CSLA, 2005) Research studies from 1993-2005 in Sixteen States. (CDE version)
The Haves, Halves and Have-nots: School Libraries and Student Achievement in California (Achterman, 2008)
Standards & Guidelines for Strong School Libraries (2005) - Like other subject areas, Teacher Librarians teach standards too. In fact, 11% of the English Language Arts STAR test reflects these standards.
LibraryScienceDegree.org - an unbiased and updated list of every school that offers a library science degree in the US.
What can I do? Contact your local officials.
American Library Association's Legislative Action Center
School zip code is 91763-2075)
Join the California Campaign for Strong School Libraries! Click the image at left for more information.