Advocacy for School Libraries
Are you an advocate for school libraries and the many benefits they provide in our school communities?
Of course you are!
Welcome to KASL's featured school library-related advocacy materials. Don't see what you're looking for? Contact a KASL Board Member and make a request!
From the website of the Office of Intellectual Freedom and the American Library Association (www.ala.org/bbooks)
•A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.
•Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.
The ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of Challenged Books:
•Challenge information is gathered from newspapers and individuals
•Challenges can be reported to ALA OIF online HERE
•KASL’s Intellectual Freedom Chair reports challenges to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom annually
More resources from the American Library Association:
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
The Libraries Transform Campaign, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by all libraries and library professionals.
The campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession, showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age.