Carolyn Foote, an Austin, TX teacher librarian who will be part of the upcoming Your School Library advocacy online conference, recommends creative use of web tools in fighting cuts to staffing and funding to inform your community and politicians of your value. They include student made websites to “Save Our Library”, online petitions, wikis and blogs to Rescue Our Librarians. “It’s time to use the tools at our disposal to demand equity for students in our own districts and across the country. And we have to be willing to take matters into our own hands,” says Foote.
“When communities accept library closings as ‘the new normal,’ then all libraries are in trouble,” says Lori Reed, learning and development coordinator at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina.” Reed started the site Save Our Libraries where anyone can share their story of library funding and staffing cuts and the strategies used to stop them.
What can you and your students do to save your library, now and for the future?
See Foote’s School Library Journal article, “Everyday Advocacy,” for the full story.