[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Call for School Libraries Today

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Thu Apr 9 07:57:14 PDT 2015


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 7:11 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] Call for School Libraries Today
To: "alacro-l at lists.ala.org" <alacro-l at lists.ala.org>

Please send to any of your lists

URGENT: If you support school libraries, NOW is the time (not later, not
tomorrow, but RIGHT NOW) to contact your Senator to help save them.  We
won’t have a better chance than this for years.

The Senate HELP Committee will begin voting on the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA) on Tuesday, April 14 at 10 am.  School libraries are
NOT already included in that bill, so we need to pass an amendment to fix
that.  Even our paltry Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funding has
been cut.  Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) has agreed to offer an amendment
calling for an effective school library program to be part of the
bill…..but he needs at least 13 votes to prevail in the Committee. Your
Senator is on that Committee and we badly need them to be one of those 13.
Unless you ask Your Senator for their vote, we won’t get it and NOW is the

Call your Senator right now.  Ask whoever answers for the “education
staffer.”  Tell them, or their voice mail if necessary, how important
school librarians are to students’ education and that the Senator needs to
tell Senator Whitehouse NOW that they will support his “school library
amendment” to ESEA.

PLEASE CALL NOW and get anybody else who cares about school libraries or
education in your state to call as well.

If you are from the following states, you need to call this Senator NOW

Tennessee call Senator Alexander at 202-224-4944

Wyoming call Senator Enzi at 202-224-3432

North Carolina call Senator Burr at 202-224-3154

Georgia call Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643

Kentucky call Senator Paul at 202-224-4343

Maine call Senator Collins at 202-224-2523

Alaska call Senator Murkowski at 202-244-6665

Illinois call Senator Kirk at 202-224-2854

South Carolina call Senator Scott at 202-224-6121

Utah call Senator Hatch at 202-224-5251

Kansas call Senator Roberts at 202-224-4774

Louisiana call Senator Cassidy at 202-224-5824

Washington call Senator Murray at 202-224-2621

Maryland call Senator Mikulski at 202-224-4654

Vermont call Senator Sanders at 202-224-5141

Pennsylvania call Senator Casey at 202-224-6324

Minnesota call Senator Franken at 202-224-5641

Colorado call Senator Bennet at 202-224-5852

Rhode Island call Senator Whitehouse at 202-224-2921

Wisconsin call Senator Baldwin at 202-224-5653

Connecticut call Senator Murphy at 202-244-4041

Massachusetts call Senator Warren at 202-224-4543

*Talking Points:*

*Point 1: While reading and books are mainstays of the school library
program, today’s effective school library programs are also sophisticated
learning environments that provide the education and necessary skills to
succeed in college and the workplace.*

*Point 2: Across the United States, studies have demonstrated that students
in schools with effective school library programs learn more, get better
grades, and score higher on standardized tests than their peers in schools
without such resources.*

*Point 3: NCES data reveals that approximately 8,830 public schools across
the nation do not have a school library and for those schools that do have
a library, nearly 17,000 schools do not have a full or part-time
state-certified school librarian on staff.*

*Point 4: Effective school libraries:*

*1. Are staffed by a state-certified school librarian;*

*2. Have up-to-date books, materials, equipment and technology;*

*3. Include regular collaboration between classroom teachers and school
librarians to assist with development and implementation of the curriculum;

*4. Support the development of digital literacy skills.*

Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

Phone: 503-725-8169
Fax: 503-725-5799

email: sagers at pdx.edu
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