Advocacy Toolkit

GLMA Advocacy Handout

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How-To: Instructions and Tips for Advocacy


  • School Libraries: A Lesson In Student Success (PDF): This powerful infographic from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) conveys the gaps in student research skills and the roles served by modern school library programs.
  • School Libraries and Student Achievement (PDF or JPG): Available as a PDF optimized for printing or a JPG optimized for electronic viewing, this infographic from the Library Research Service (LRS) focuses on the link between school libraries and student achievement.
  • Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students (PDF): This file from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is built around a collection of succinct quotes that convey the importance of school libraries in 21st century education.
  • The Times They Are a Changin’ (JPG): This image from Jennifer LaGarde aims to “blow the bifocals off what you think you know about school librarians.”


  • NJASL School Libraries Video (YouTube): A brief (two-minute) video, produced by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, that conveys the gaps in student research skills and the roles served by modern school library programs.
  • Teacher Librarians at The Heart of Student Learning (YouTube): A more extensive (5 minutes, 20 seconds) look at the role of school librarians play in student learning, produced by the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA).


  • School Library Programs Improve Student Learning (PDF): A series of brochures from AASL, each one tailored to a specific audience (Parents, Policymakers, etc.), and based around the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Also included are versions of the brochures that are customizable for your specific library program.
  • Reading, Research, the Common Core & Your Librarian (PDF): A tri-fold brochure on Common Core & School Libraries produced by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) Board of Cooperative Educational Services

White Papers

  • Library Media Programs and Student Achievement (PDF): A concise summary of the research on school library programs and student achievement, with implications for practice for both school librarians and education leaders, written by Andy Spinks.  (This document be distributed as is, or the text in this document can be freely used in other works, as long as the source is cited.)

More Tools and Resources

  • AASL Advocacy Web Page:
    The starting point for all AASL advocacy resources, including events, tools, professional development, and books.